CHICKASHA — There was no pregame speech by Chickasha football coach Rick VanCleave. Nothing needed to be said.
"This game is for Kody. This is about honoring his memory and his family," VanCleave said before the game. "I know we're going to do that."
After an emotional pregame ceremony, the Chicks did their best to honor their fallen teammate with a 49-0 victory Friday night against Capitol Hill.
Friday night wasn't just Chickasha's first win of the season — it was their first home game since the death of junior offensive lineman Kody Turner.
Turner's mother, Crystal Coleman, was given a framed No. 74 jersey with Turner's picture on it before the game. After the first play, she was presented with the game ball and held it up in the air proudly.
"I've just been amazed by the outpouring of support from the whole community of Chickasha," Coleman said. "They've made Kody so special. It has touched us to the core."
It was two weeks ago Friday when Turner, 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, died at the OU Medical Center after collapsing following practice that Tuesday.
Chickasha canceled its game against Noble two weeks ago and lost on the final play of the game last week against Durant.
But the signs were there that the team was improving, VanCleave said. And against the Redskins, they made even more progress.
"We were able to play well on a very emotional night," VanCleave said. "We did what we wanted to do and played our game."
The Chicks (1-3, 1-1) were unable to score on their first drive but got it rolling on their second drive of the night.
Quarterback Chase Rodgers connected with his favorite target, Jaree Blakes, for a 32-yard touchdown, and the rout was on. Rodgers found Blakes for another score en route to throwing four touchdown passes in the first half and taking a commanding 35-0 lead into halftime. Rodgers had five touchdown passes in the game with Blakes catching three of them.
The Chicks had nearly 500 yards of total offense (313 rushing, 169 passing).The defense limited Capitol Hill to 37 total yards and minus-2 rushing yards.
Pick up Sunday's Oklahoman for more on an emotional Friday night in Chickasha.