Hawks defense stops Ennis
RED OAK - After coming off a tough non-district loss to Lake Dallas, where the secondary was exposed, the Hawks defense, including a much improved secondary, stopped the Ennis Lions’ running and passing game.
The Hawks opening 15-4A district game was on the road in Ennis on Friday, Sept. 9.
Last year the Hawks beat the Lions pretty handily at home, but this is a new season and the Hawks were coming off an emotional loss to Lake Dallas in game they players coaches know they could’ve won.
The Lions won the coin toss and took their opening possession in for a touchdown.
However after watching the last two games, no one was really worried as the Hawks had responded with their own opening scoring drives and this game proved no different.
The Hawks marched right down the field and scored and controlled the game from that point on.
Except for the Lions opening drive, the Hawks shut down the run game forcing the Lions to the air.
That’s when the secondary stepped up.
Where ever the Lions quarterback threw the ball, it seemed the Hawks were waiting.
The Hawks had four interceptions on the night setting up the offense who took advantage on everyone taking a 42-21 half-time lead.
The second half was no better for Ennis and the Hawks were still firing on all cylinders.
The Lions could not get to the outside and could not get a push up the middle.
Although the Lions would score late in the game, it was against the Hawks young back-up players and even then they struggled.
The Hawks had 473 total yards on the night.
Hawks junior quarterback, Austin VanHove (#10) was 8-12 for 191 yards passing with three touchdowns.
Both Cameron Bausley (#34) and Charles Crosby (#7) rushed for more than 100 yards and both had two touchdowns.
Jeremiah Gaines (#30) had three receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown as they went on to win 56-27.
The Hawks responded well from their loss against Lake Dallas, and will now likely face their biggest challenge when they host district favorite Mesquite Poteet on Friday, Sept. 16 at Billy Goodloe Stadium.
This is also the Hawks Homecoming Night so be sure to get there early so you don’t miss the Homecoming ceremonies and crowning of the 2011 King and Queen.