TUTTLE — Two area teams faced each other in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday.
The Chickasha Fightin' Chicks and Tuttle Tigers met at Tuttle's Bill Hinkle Field, and it was Tuttle that managed to come out on top in a defensive battle. The Tigers scored 17 unanswered points and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 17-7 win over Chickasha.
Competing in the football program's first playoff game since 2013, Chickasha had the momentum early after getting on the scoreboard first in the first quarter.
The Chicks ended up using Jordan Jackson quite a bit on the drive, and he put the Chicks up 6-0 with a short touchdown. The extra point gave the Chicks a 7-0 lead.
Chickasha held that 7-0 lead heading to the second quarter.
But Tuttle was able to strike quickly on one of its offensive possessions and eventually tied the game at seven points apiece. A connection between Cole Battles and Hunter Anderson went 83 yards for a touchdown, and the game was tied 7-7 after the extra point.
Both defenses continued to step up, but Tuttle ended up taking momentum to halftime.
Tuttle managed to work its way near the end zone late in the first half, but Chickasha's defense stepped up. The Tigers did manage to add a field goal right before halftime to go up 10-7.
Both defenses stood tall for most of the second half. Tuttle's offense did not gain a first down in the third quarter, and the Tuttle defense came up with a couple of turnovers.
The Chickasha offense eventually started to move the ball on Tuttle in the third quarter, but the Tigers stood tall and kept Chickasha from scoring in Tiger territory.
After struggling to move the ball in the third quarter, Tuttle took advantage of great field position in the fourth by moving the ball and finishing the drive with the final touchdown of the game.
Triston Truelove managed to break free and score from 15 yards out to extend the Tigers' lead.
Down 10, Chickasha moved the ball down the field late in the game. A turnover gave the ball back to Tuttle's offense
Tuttle moved to 10-1 on the season with the victory. The Tigers are now scheduled to play Broken Bow on the road Friday.
The Fightin' Chicks finished the season with a record of 6-5. The winning record is Chickasha's first in quite some time.