Hawks knock off Waxahachie Indians, 29-20
WAXAHACHIE - In one of the most thrilling games seen in recent years, the Red Oak Hawks knocked off favored Waxahachie in District 15-4A football.
I am hesitant to use the word "upset" because statistically, on paper, these two teams were pretty evenly matched going into the game, but as they say, the game is not played on paper.
After falling to Mesquite Poteet in district play, the Hawks’ backs were really against the wall. Falling 1-2 in this district would be hard to climb out with teams like Lancaster, Corsicana and W. Mesquite waiting on the schedule.
At a nearly sold out Billy Goodloe Stadium, the Indians received the opening kick-off and the Hawks defense showed up early forcing a late first quarter 4 and 20.
The Indians were too far away for a field goal attempt, but to close to punt, so they threw a deep ball towards the end zone and the Indian’s Dequavious Robinson (#1) made a great leaping catch near the goal line for the touchdown going up 7-0.
The Hawks answered the Indians score with one of their own tying the game at 7-7 when Person (#2) hit Dixon (#15) for an 11 yard pass in the end zone, but then things went south for the Hawks.
The Hawks gave up an 86 yard run for another Indians touchdown.
With little more than 17 seconds left in the first half, the Indians punt was fumbled near the Hawks five yard line setting up another Indians score and they took a 20-7 lead into halftime and leaving the Hawks crowd a little shell shocked.
The Hawks received the second half kick-off and wasted no time in letting the Indians know they were here to win.
A 30-yard kick-off return got the Hawks offense on the right track.
A few plays later, Person (#2) scored from 10 yards out bringing the score 14-20.
On the ensuing kick-off the Hawks recovered the onside kick and a few more plays later Person (#2) found pay dirt again and now the Hawks were up 21-20 to the dismay of the Indians fans.
The Hawks defense took control from that point forward including a 25-yard fumble recovery for another Hawks touchdown by Linebacker Jeremiah Gaines (#30) increasing their lead to 29-20 with 3:06 left in the game.
Now the Indians were forced to pass and the Hawks were ready.
The Hawks defense forced turnovers in the last three Indian drives and the Hawks Jeremy Brady (#1) sealed the game with an interception with less than a minute left in the game.
The offensive came back in and Person (#2) took two kneel downs and the Hawks had defeated the Waxahachie Indians.
The Hawks will travel to Terrell on Friday, Oct. 1 in another district game against the Terrell Tigers.