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Red Oak faces Highland Park in the 2008 Tom Landry Classic

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The Ellis County Press

The Hawks of Red Oak High School have been waiting since last season to face the Scots of Highland Park.

They finally got their wish on Saturday, Aug. 30 in the second game of the highly touted Tom Landry Classic held at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

It was a battle of wills both offensively and defensively for Red Oak.

With 6:45 left in the first half, Red Oak watched as Highland Park’s Morgan Stringer cruised into the end zone to go up 7-0.

The Hawks’ Brandon Spencer answered back minutes later with a touchdown of his own evening the score at 7-7. Their celebration was short-lived as not a minute later Cody Walker again reached the end zone to put Highland Park on top 13-7 due to a missed extra point kick.

Another touchdown and a successful two-point conversion with 9:06 left in the second quarter increased Highland Park’s lead to 21-7.

A botched field goal attempt by Red Oak and another Highland Park touchdown had the Hawks trailing 28-7 before Seth Rushing found his way into the end zone to cut the point deficit in half at 28-14. Highland Park put three more points on the board with 0:22 seconds remaining for good measure before half-time.

Minutes into the third quarter Seth Rushing again worked his magic to put 6 more points on the board.

After a failed extra point kick, the Hawks trailed 31-20.

Undaunted, Highland Park answered with two touchdowns in as many minutes to make it 45-20 at the end of the third quarter.

Ending a successful evening under the lights, Seth Rushing scored Red Oak’s fourth and final touchdown of the game with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter.

An attempted two-point conversion by Nic Boyd was unsuccessful as Boyd first dropped and then reclaimed the ball too late to make it to the end zone.

The first meeting of these two teams ended in a victory for Highland Park, 45-26.

With the victory came a record 700 wins for the Scots of Highland Park. The Hawks return to action at 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster on Sept. 5.

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