ANADARKO — The Fightin' Chicks entered Friday's matchup with Anadarko needing things to go their way.
Those things went Chickasha's way, and Chickasha was able to celebrate its 28-16 win in Anadarko with a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2013. Chickasha (6-4, 4-3) ended up finishing third in District 4A-1.
"I'm so happy for the kids, the fans and the community. It's been a long time," head coach Jerry Don Bray said after the win. "We're excited to have this win. Our program's going in a good direction."
Along with defeating Anadarko for the first time this decade, the Chicks got help securing a playoff spot from Elgin's win over Newcastle and Cache's win over Clinton.
"It just feels unbelievable," Bray said about defeating the program's rival to help earn a playoff spot.
Chickasha came out and showed its dominance early, taking up over half of the first quarter on the game's opening possession and finishing it with a touchdown. Hasian Burdex capped off the drive with the first of his two touchdown runs.
Burdex's second touchdown run came in the second quarter, and Chickasha led 14-0 at halftime. Chickasha's defense did not allow a single first down in the first two quarters of the game
"Don't know how you ask for anything better than that," Bray said about the defense's first half.
Anadarko did score 16 points in the second half, but Bray talked about how the defense forced Anadarko to take a lot of snaps.
"We made them snap it again, snap it again … and that just killed the clock," he said.
Anadarko cut its deficit to six in the third quarter and trailed 14-8 heading to the fourth quarter. Two touchdowns runs from Jordan Jackson in the final quarter helped Chickasha secure the victory.
Jackson scored the final touchdown after Anadarko pulled within five.
It was not too long ago that Chickasha found itself on the wrong side of a streak, having lost three games in a row. With adjustments and the ability to battle, Chickasha was able to end the regular season with three wins in a row and a spot in the postseason.
"We battled through some injuries, moved some kids around and just found out what worked for us," Bray said on how the team turned the season around.
Chickasha will now travel to Tuttle on Friday.