By CHUCK LARSEN
The first night of real football ended early when Thursday’s storms blew into Chickasha, forcing the cancellation of the Chicks' freshman game with Anadarko.
The cancellation was announced it at the end of the third quarter of the eighth grade game, and they tried to finish that one, but when the Warriors scored with just under three minutes left to extend to 38-14 under threatening skies, the officials said “enough” and sent everyone home.
'Darko’s eighth graders jumped out for two early touchdowns, but the Chicks bounced back to tie it at 14 by halftime. The grind of playing both sides of the ball caught up to Chickasha in the second half; however, and the Warriors dominated the rest of the game.
“This team wasn’t very successful last year, but they scored two touchdowns and played good and hard in the first half,” Chickasha coach Jerry Don Bray said. “They’ll get better and better and get more confidence with each game we play.”
The Chicks scored on two explosive big plays.
“Dalvin Madison broke a long run, tip-toeing down the sidelines and showing some great balance, then Darkarian Polk scored on a toss to the other sideline,” the coach said. “Both of them were really good plays.”
The defense ran out of gas in the third quarter, allowing ‘Darko to break the game open.
“We just got tired – we’ve got a lot of guys playing both sides,” Bray explained. “We’ve got to work on our tackling but we’ll get better.”
Tanner Roof’s seventh-graders had the only good weather of the three-game set for their 16-12 win.
Daniel Thellis scored twice and Kyle McNatt punched in a pair of two-point conversions for the come-from-behind win.
“We looked shell-shocked early,” Roof said about giving up two quick scores, one on a long drive then setting up another on an interception on the Chicks’ ensuing possession, “but the defense played really good in the second half.”
Good enough for a shutout and killing 'Darko’s final drive of the game by getting the ball back on downs.
“Daniel returned the second half kickoff about 80 yards for a touchdown. After the defense held them he scored again on a 65-yard run,” the coach said. “Kyle McNatt did a good job running both conversions in for us.”