Hawks and Falcons air it out!
RED OAK - Red Oak Hawks hosted the Lake Dallas Falcons at Billy Goodloe Stadium Friday, Sept. 2 in the Hawks last non-district game before district play begins.
The game couldn’t have started any better for the Hawks, by taking their opening drive 80 yards and scoring on a Van Hove (#10) 6 yard touchdown to go up 7-0.
Then things just got better.
The Hawks defense created three straight turnovers on Lake Dallas drives.
On the first turnover, Lake Dallas quarterback Dalyn Williams threw an interception to Red Oak’s Hunter Gonzalez (#28), who returned it back to the Lake Dallas’ 23-yard line.
Two plays later, Red Oak scored on a 23-yard strike from Van Hove to Jeremiah Gaines to give Red Oak a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
On the Falcons ensuing drive, the Falcons fumbled the ball on the first play and it was returned to the Falcons 12 yard line.
Three plays later, Red Oak led 21-0 after just 5 1/2 minutes.
On the Falcons next drive, Falcons quarterback threw another interception to Red Oak’s Michael Hafner, who returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to give Red Oak the 28-0 lead with 5:45 remaining in the first quarter.
By the time Lake Dallas could gain a yard on offense, they had spotted Red Oak a seemingly insurmountable 28-point lead.
However, before Red Oak could bat an eye, Lake Dallas had reeled off 36 straight points by halftime.
The Falcons finally got their passing attack going and picked apart the Hawks secondary.
The Hawks also turned the ball over three times later in the game and missed recovering two on-side kick attempts setting up Lake Dallas with good field position to start the second half.
In the fourth quarter, the Hawks defense finally got pressure on the Falcons quarterback resulting in sacks or incomplete passes giving themselves a chance to get back into the game.
After watching Lake Dallas control most of the second half, VanHove and the offense finally got to come back on the field.
When they did, they begin playing like they did last week and just as quickly as Lake Dallas scored; the Hawks did too and were only down 8 with little more than five minutes left and driving to tie the game up.
However, a bad snap pushed them back to the 24 and the Lake Dallas’ defense held Red Oak to a 37-yard field goal attempt that fell short.
The Falcons simply ran the clock out from that point to take a 50-42 win over the Hawks.
So where do the Hawks go from here? Back to work.
They showed they could overcome some big obstacles against a good team and if not for a couple of bad plays, easily could have won this game. The Hawks (1-1) open up district play on the road against Ennis (0-2).
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and come early, you won’t want to miss a play of this Ellis County rivalry game.