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RED OAK - The Red Oak Hawks opened up their 2011 football season on the road at Garland Independent School District William’s Stadium on Thursday Aug. 25. 

On a rare Thursday night game and on the road, the Hawks opened up the game by muffing the opening kick-off and allowing the Garland Raiders excellent field position and they took quick advantage of it by scoring first taking a 6-0 lead early in the game. 

For a young Hawks’ team it could have been the worst thing that could have happened, but instead they settled down and played their game. 

They eventually got the running game going with quick burst through the middle by Bausley (#34) and Crosby (#7) and both running backs had great nights. Junior quarterback Austin VanHove also had a great night by going 7 for 7 passing in the first half including a quick dart

to a streaking Marquise McNeil (#6)

for a touchdown.

The offense had the  Raiders defense on their heels nearly the entire game by mixing up a successful passing game with a pounding running game. 

Other than the first touchdown by the Raiders, the Hawks defense was consistently causing problems in the Raiders back field including a couple of sacks and huge tackles for big losses. 

James Holmes (#11) made an incredible leaping in the first half when the Raiders tried to go deep. 

That was the Raiders last attempt at a deep ball. 

The Hawks went on to rout the Garland Raiders 37-6 and now return home to host an always good Lake Dallas team on Friday, Sept. 2 at ROISD’s Billy Goodloe Stadium. 

Get there early and be sure to stop by the Quarterback Club table to purchase your Hawks shirts, hats and other items and don’t forget to get your 2011 Football Program.

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