MARLOW — A strong start helped the Chickasha Fightin’ Chicks pick up a season-opening victory Friday.
Facing the Marlow Outlaws in Marlow, Chickasha carried a 20-0 lead to halftime and ended up with a 20-7 season-opening victory to get to 1-0 for the second season in a row.
Following a Marlow punt, Chickasha needed just one offensive play to get on the scoreboard. Quarterback Cayss Lowery found an open Kaden Stephenson for a long touchdown.
Chickasha soon held a 7-0 lead over the Outlaws.
But Chickasha was not finished. In a strong stretch of play, Austin Albright helped the Chickasha defense force the first turnover of the game.
On Chickasha’s next offensive possession, Albright took on a Marlow defender and went up for a tough grab to set Chickasha up near the end zone. He later scored on a short touchdown run to extend Chickasha’s lead.
Albright was also not done on defense. Marlow’s next turnover was an Albright interception, but Chickasha could not take advantage of good field position.
Chickasha was not done intercepting Marlow passes. Stephenson had an interception late in the first half to help end a Marlow drive that was looking strong.
With Chickasha up 14-0, Hasian Burdex broke free for a long run to give Chickasha a 20-0 lead.
Stephenson’s interception came with Marlow driving and came in the end zone.
Neither team was able to score in the third quarter, as the defenses made their mark by each getting a turnover.
The two teams exchanged turnovers on back-to-back possessions. Chickasha earned another turnover before the offense gave the ball back.
With Marlow gaining an advantage in field position, the Outlaws started driving toward the end zone near the end of the third quarter.
Facing a long fourth down, the Outlaws were able to convert to keep the drive alive.
Sam Ivory eventually got the ball out of the backfield and found the end zone to get the Outlaws on the board.
Chickasha’s best offensive possession of the second half came after the touchdown. A couple of big runs by Burdex and Albright helped the Chicks have success on the drive.
Chickasha eventually got inside the 20 of Marlow but turned the ball over on downs.
The Outlaws were able to move the ball on their next possession. Chickasha was able to get the stop and seal the victory.
Chickasha's home opener is scheduled for Friday. The Chicks will play Harrah.