Friday was a good night for Chickasha’s playoff hopes.
Chickasha defeated Clinton 29-13 in Chickasha, and Newcastle fell to Weatherford to even the teams’ district records. Newcastle does have the head-to-head advantage.
Chickasha is now 5-4 on the season and 3-3 in 4A-1.
The Fightin’ Chicks could not have asked for a better start to the game, getting a stop on their first defensive possession and scoring on their first offensive possession.
The combination of Cayss Lowery and Jordan Jackson paid off on the Chicks’ first score of the game. Lowery managed to escape the pocket and find an open Jackson for a long touchdown. Chickasha held a 7-0 lead after the extra point.
Jackson had a big game for the Chicks on offense and defense. He recorded a game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter and continues to step up.
“He’s a great player,” head coach Jerry Don Bray said. “When we need a big play, we go to him.”
Clinton managed to score in the second quarter on a Caden Powell touchdown run. With the game tied, Chickasha was able to come up with an answer to take the lead to halftime. The Chicks grabbed the lead on an Austin Albright touchdown run and held a 14-7 lead at halftime.
The Chicks came out in the second half and got the ball down the field, taking several minutes off the clock in the process.
Albright finished the drive with his second touchdown run of the game. Chickasha went up 20-7 and took up over half of the third quarter.
The Chicks ended up keeping the ball after recovering the ensuing kick. Even though Chickasha did not score, it did force Clinton to have bad field position.
The Red Tornadoes ended up punting on the possession, and Chickasha held a 20-7 lead after three quarters of play.
Chickasha extended its lead on its following offensive possession. After Chickasha got stopped on fourth down, Juan DeLeon buried a field goal to give the Chicks a 23-7 advantage.
But the Red Tornadoes’ offense got going again after the field goal. Clinton took advantage of good field position and scored a touchdown to make the score 23-13, but it did not get two points and still trailed by two possessions.
But Chickasha showed the ability to answer once again after a returned onside kick set the Chicks up with great field position. Lowery finished the drive with his second touchdown pass of the game.
Chickasha is scheduled to play at Anadarko on Friday.