Hawks beat Tigers in OT thriller
RED OAK - The Red Oak Hawks rolled into Lancaster with nothing to gain, but a lot to prove.
Lancaster had already made the play-offs and a win or loss would not affect their play-off chances, other than who they would play.
Both offenses struggled to move the ball effectively in the first half and that had a lot to do with the defenses, but penalties and turnovers didn’t help.
The Tigers scored first with a 32-yard field goal and would never give the lead up in regulation play.
The Hawks answered in the second quarter with a Barri-entos 20-yard field goal tying the game, but the Tigers picked off a Hawks pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown taking a 10-3 lead going into half-time.
The Tigers started out good in the second half moving the ball down the field and into the red zone, but the Hawks defense stiffened and forced another field goal by the Tigers, keeping the game within reach.
The Hawks would scored their first touchdown in the fourth quarter and once again, keeping the game within reach, but on the ensuing kick-off, the Tigers returned the ball back deep into Hawks territory and scored shortly thereafter and it appeared the Hawks were done.
Like so many games this season, the defense stepped up and forced a very short punt by the Tigers and brought in an inspired offense who quickly took advantage of the short field when Satterwhite found Harrison for a touchdown in the end zone.
The Hawks defense did their job again forcing another punt and allowing the offense to come out and give the Hawks a chance to at least tie the game.
That’s exactly what they did.
The Hawks moved the ball well within Barrientos range and with 18 seconds left, Barrientos tied the game at 20-20 with a 38-yard field goal.
In the overtime period, the Tigers went on offense first and on the second play of the drive, the Hawks sacked the Tigers quarterback and on the third play, Nick Giron stepped in front of the Hawks receiver and intercepted the pass giving the Hawks the ball.
The Hawks went back to work using the big offense line and pounding Bausley up the middle.
Finally on a third and short, Carlos Pineda and Logan Finch opened up a huge hole on the left side allowing Bausley into the secondary who simply would not be denied and ran over a couple of tacklers scoring the winning touchdown leaving the Tigers players stunned.
Lancaster is in the play-offs despite of the loss and will play Pfugerville Connally in the first round. Best of luck to the Tigers.
The Hawks will miss the play-offs for the first time in three years, but the 30+ seniors will not forget their last game together in a thrilling overtime win. The Hawks finish 6-4 overall and 4-4 in district.
The Hawks coaches have a tough task ahead losing so many seniors, but the JV and freshman teams both have a lot of talent coming up next season.