NEWCASTLE — The Chickasha football team was close.
Trailing by seven at Newcastle, the Fightin’ Chicks had the ball and managed to drive down the field on their last possession. Chickasha’s drive ended near the Newcastle end zone, and the Chicks suffered a 24-17 loss to the Racers on Friday night.
Chickasha fell to 3-3 on the season with the loss and is now 1-2 in District 4A-1. Newcastle moved to 3-3 on the season and moved to 2-1 in 4A-1.
The first two touchdowns of the game were both on special teams, and the Fightin’ Chicks managed to take a 7-0 lead early in the game.
Chickasha’s Harrison Funderburk played a crucial role in the team's first touchdown, blocking a Newcastle punt. Jordan Jackson returned the blocked punt for a touchdown to give Chickasha the lead.
Jackson also had a big night on offense, reaching the 100-yard mark in receiving.
Chickasha’s 7-0 lead did not last long. Newcastle’s Teagun Jordan returned the ensuing kick for a touchdown, and Newcastle was able to tie the game at seven points apiece.
The Racers scored 16 unanswered points and carried a 16-7 lead to halftime.
But the Chicks gained momentum in the third quarter. With the strong running of Ronald Givens, Chickasha was able to score its only offensive touchdown of the game and cut its deficit to just two points.
With Chickasha down by two points later in the second half, Juan DeLeon buried a field goal to put the Chicks up 17-16.
Trailing 17-16, Newcastle responded with its only score of the second half and the final score of the game. A 10-yard touchdown run put the Racers up 22-17, and they took a 24-17 lead after putting together a successful conversion attempt.
The Fightin’ Chicks will look to snap their losing streak of two games Thursday at home against the Weatherford Eagles. Weatherford enters the matchup 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in 4A-1.