For the second season in a row, the Chickasha football team is still in the playoff hunt heading to the final week of the regular season.
The Fightin’ Chicks head to their final regular-season game in Anadarko on Friday with a record of 5-4 on the season to go along with a 3-3 record in District 4A-1. Newcastle is also 3-3 in 4A-1 and has the head-to-head advantage, but the Racers’ loss to Weatherford helped Chickasha’s playoff chances.
Chickasha’s five wins are the most in a season since 2013.
Chickasha also helped its playoff hopes by winning its second game in a row at a crucial point during the season. After losing three games in a row, things started to change with a win over the Elgin Owls.
Chickasha snapped its losing streak with a 15-8 win over Elgin, and it followed that up with a complete performance over the Clinton Red Tornadoes. Chickasha won its second game in a row, defeating Clinton 29-13.
“They were just prepared,” head coach Jerry Don Bray said about the team’s performance. “They were ready to rock.”
There are multiple ways that Chickasha can advance to the postseason for the first time since 2013.
The simplest way for Chickasha to advance to the postseason starts with a win over Anadarko. If Elgin beats Newcastle, Chickasha would have a better district record than Newcastle and get a playoff spot.
Chickasha could finish third in the district if it beats Anadarko, and Newcastle and Clinton lose their games.
Chickasha could also get in the playoffs if it wins and Newcastle wins. Clinton would have to lose in that scenario. Chickasha and Newcastle have both defeated Clinton this season, so the Red Tornadoes would be left out of the playoffs in that scenario.
Chickasha, Newcastle, Anadarko and Elgin could all finish 3-4 in 4A-1.