by Seth Crowder, WVW Sports
The Chickasha Fightin’ Chicks nearly upsets The Newcastle Racers on homecoming night but fall short 27-20.
The Racers struck first, 4:23 into the contest, from 35 yards out on a 4th down. Newcastle then again scored with 19 seconds left in the 1st quarter to jump ahead 13-0.
With 9:20 remaining in the 1st half, the Chicks recovered a fumble on the Racers 11-yard line. Chickasha drove down the field but came up short on 4th down.
The Fightin’ Chicks drove down the field on their next possession but had a field goal blocked with 2:30 left until halftime. The Chicks failed to convert in the endzone twice, making the score at intermission 13-0 in favor of Newcastle.
Chickasha recovered a surprising onside kick to start the second half, but the Racers picked off a Chicks pass in the ensuing drive. Senior Cayss Lowery hit Junior receiver Xavier Copeland-McFadden with a touchdown pass on 4th down, with 1:37 remaining in the 3rd quarter, to make the score 13-7.
Newcastle answered with a rushing touchdown with 15 seconds left in the quarter, to go up 20-7.
The 4th quarter comeback started with a 46-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cayss Lowery, with 8:18 remaining in regulation, to bring the score to 20-14. The Fightin’ Chicks forced a Racers punt the next possession. Sr. Eddie Wauahdooah scored from 21 yards out the following drive, to tie the game 20-20, with 3:45 left in the 4th.
Newcastle converted on a 3rd and long with just over 2 minutes remaining. They would punch it in just a few plays later from the 5-yard line,to go ahead 27-20 with 21 seconds left.
The Chicks got the ball back with 13 seconds, after a nice kickoff return from Sr. Kaden Stephenson. Chickasha had the ball at the Racers 39-yard line with 4 seconds on the clock but fell short after a Newcastle sack ended the game. The Racers outlasted the Fightin’ Chicks 27-20.
Chickasha will visit Elgin on Friday, November 6th at 7pm.
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