The 2019 season has become a special campaign for the Chickasha football program.
Chickasha's playoff hopes were still alive after losing three district games in a row, but those were slipping with each loss.
And then things started to turn around.
There is plenty of credit to go around for Chickasha being able to overcome adversity and battle its way to a playoff a spot. Head coach Jerry Don Bray and his staff, the players and everyone else involved all deserve credit for what has become a special season.
Even though the Chicks did not control their own destiny and needed help from other teams, they did what they had to do to advance to the postseason for the first time since 2013.
Chickasha was 3-4 on the season and 1-3 in district play before rallying and winning the final three games of the regular season.
Chickasha needed to win games and did that, gaining confidence with each victory. Chickasha's run started with a 15-8 win over Elgin. The Chicks then defeated Clinton 29-13.
Clinton was 4-1 in the district at the time and competing for a district title.
And then came Chickasha's final game of the regular season against rival Anadarko, a team Chickasha had not defeated this decade. That was just another streak Chickasha was able to snap, winning 28-16.
Chickasha now finds itself in the playoffs with a 6-4 record. Chickasha not only jumped Newcastle in the district standings, but it also jumped Clinton to finish third in District 4A-1.
The reaction after the Anadarko win showed how much the win and playoff spot means to the program. Students were anxiously awaiting to rush the field to celebrate with the team and coaches and did so as the game came to an end. It was a special moment for everyone involved.
Chickasha's turnaround did not just happen this season. It has occurred over the past few seasons and has been sparked by a senior class that Bray and his staff believed in from the beginning.
Chickasha's senior class did not win a game as a group of sophomores. As juniors, the group won four games and narrowly missed out on the playoffs. The seniors now find themselves with six wins, a playoff spot and another chance to extend their careers at Tuttle on Friday.
Once again, there is plenty of credit to go around. No matter how far Chickasha goes in the postseason, the 2019 campaign has been one the program and community can think of as special.