Elk City 42 @ Chickasha 18
It was a wild, windy ride Thursday Night in Chickasha for the Elk City Elks and Chickasha Fightin Chicks.
Chickasha drew first blood on the game’s opening possession thanks to a 59 yard TD pass from Cade Rayburn to James Harrell. Elk City answered with a pair of TD runs, one from Reece Burton and the other courtesy of Catch Geno to lead 14-6 midway through the second quarter. Chickasha answered on a 15 yard TD run from Rayburn to tighten the score to 14-12 with just over two minutes left before half. That’s when the Elks took control.
The Chicks marched the ball 80 yards into the stout south wind capped off by Geno’s second TD run of the night with 4 seconds left in the second quarter for a 20-12 halftime advantage. The 4th play of the 3rd quarter was a 64 yard TD run from Burton for his second score to widen the gap to 28-12. Chickasha drove the ball inside the Elk City two yard line on the next possession but were stuffed on 4th down. Elk City put the final nail in the coffin from there with a 18 play drive that covered 97 yards and melted over 9 minutes off the clock.
Burton scored from 4 yards out on the 18th consecutive running play that put Elk City up 35-12. Each team scored once more for the final score of 42-18. The Brown and White had over 400 rushing yards as a team. Jayden Wynn paced the attack with 22 carries for 156 yards and a TD. Geno and Burton combined for 162 rush yards and 5 scores.
It was exactly the type of performance Head Coach Zac Maynard was looking for, “I thought once again we were extremely physical. Offensively we pretty much did whatever we wanted.”
Elk City improves to 4-3, 2-1 in the district while Chickasha falls to 3-4, 2-2 in 4A-1.
Weatherford 23 @ Cache 14
The Weatherford Eagles went down to Cache and took care of the Bulldogs 23-14 on Thursday night, but what will be the cost for the victory. Weatherford dominated in the first half and took a 23-7 lead into the halftime locker room. Everything changed when they came out to start the 3rd quarter.
Junior QB Stone Chism wasn’t on the field and never returned for the Eagles. Weatherford’s offense stalled throughout the second half, but the defense did enough to earn their 3rd district win of the season. Victor Garcia led the Eagles’ running attack with 13 carries for 85 yards and 2 TDs. CJ Nickson caught 3 passes for 114 yards and a TD.
Head Coach Reagan Roof talked about his defense stepping up after halftime, “Well the biggest thing is I’m proud of our defense. Real proud of the way our defense was able to keep us in the game.”
With the win Weatherford’s 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the district. Cache falls back to 3-4 overall 1-2 in 4A-1 play.
Merritt 20 @ Sayre 30
It was a rollercoaster ride in this year’s Battle for Beckham County with Merritt traveling the short distance to Sayre. The Eagles scored first to grab a 8-0 lead before the Oilers kicked it in gear. Merritt put 20 straight points on the board covering the second quarter and the first half of the 3rd to make the score 20-8. Sayre wasn’t done.
They turned the game around in the latter stages of the 3rd quarter and carried the momentum through the final quarter with 22 straight points to grab a 30-20 win. Sayre snapped a two game losing streak to Merritt and won their 3rd game against the Oilers in 8 all time meetings.
Sayre improves their record to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in District A-1. Merritt falls to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in A-1.