Heston Shaffer carries the ball against Harrah earlier this season in Chickasha.

The end of the regular season keeps getting closer, and the Chickasha football team remains alive in the race for a playoff spot.

Chickasha is currently just outside of the playoff picture but is still in the playoff race. A 15-8 win over the Elgin Owls snapped a losing streak and helped keep the Chicks within striking distance.

Newcastle is currently fourth in the district standings at 3-2. The Racers are just ahead of Chickasha and have the head-to-head advantage over the Chicks and their 2-3 district record.

If Chickasha and Newcastle finish in a two-way tie, the Racers would have the tiebreaker. 

District points could end up being a factor.

Chickasha and Elgin are now both 2-3 in 4A-1, and Chickasha owns the head-to-head advantage. Chickasha also matched its 2018 win total with the win over Elgin last week and is now 4-4 this season.

Austin Albright showed off his versatility in the win against Elgin. He ran for more than a 100 yards, made a tough catch and threw the game-winning touchdown.

Albright's performance goes back to what head coach Jerry Don Bray said about the senior before the season. Bray mentioned Albright's competitiveness, and that competitiveness came through last week against the Owls.

But now the Chicks have another test in a district that has proven to be extremely tough for all teams involved. Chickasha is scheduled to host the Clinton Red Tornadoes this week.

Clinton enters the meeting with a 6-2 record and is 4-1 in district play. The Red Tornadoes defeated Anadarko 21-20 last week after nearly losing a 21-0 lead.

The Fightin' Chicks have been strong this season when it comes to getting takeaways. That ability to get a turnover showed against Elgin with Jordan Jackson's interception return for a touchdown.

Turnovers could play a role against Clinton. The Racers have to play a tough Weatherford team this week, so a Chickasha win over Clinton could go a long way.

The playoff chase might still be muddled, but the results this week could make things clearer for the final week of the regular season.

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