By Steve Patterson / Moving Pictures
CORSICANA – On Friday night, the Red Oak Hawks made the long drive to Corsicana hoping to build on some of the successes they had late last season.
Unfortunately, they ran into a fast and talented Tigers football team that didn’t just run the ball, they ran over the Hawks to the tune of 41-0.
Red Oak’s offense didn’t get anything going until late in the 2nd quarter when a quarterback substitution changed the Hawks offensive tempo. But the Tigers defense stiffened around their own 35 yard line and they took at 21-0 lead into halftime.
Corsicana’s offensive line blew Red Oak off the ball all night. When the Hawks defense finally made some adjustments in the second half to slow the Tigers running game down, Corsicana went to the air and burned the Hawks twice.
The Hawks have plenty to work on after their first game of the 2017 season, but there were moments where the Hawks did play well. Sophomore Running Back C.J. Palmer ran the ball hard and it often took multiple Tiger defenders to bring him down. Receivers Jacob Proche and Tallon Heine made some great catches across the middle, showing the offensive line can provide protection for the QB. A big obstacle to overcome is going to be penalties – the Hawks had 7 for 45 yards and most ended good looking drives.
The Hawks are at home this Friday night, hosting the 5-A Fort Worth Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets, who defeated Weatherford 31-27 last Friday.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Billy Goodloe Stadium.