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Red Oak Hawks find the win column

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Steve Patterson

The Ellis County Press

RED OAK - After two frustrating weeks of football, the Red Oak Hawks found the win column last Friday with a 26-20 win over Waco University. It was not the prettiest game the Hawks have played, but they did what they had to do to win the game.

The Hawks started out early with a great mix of run and pass.

Nic Boyd (#7) kept the ground game on track while Seth Rushing (#24) and Ishmael Harrison (#3) provided a nice mix of run and pass plays to keep the Trojan’s defensive on their heels.

The Hawks went up 7-0 early and it appeared the Hawks were back.

The Trojan’s quickly answered with an impressive drive of their own, but did not convert the extra point and the score remained 7-6.

From that point, the game turned ugly, for both teams.

The Hawks had problems with snaps, illegal motion penalties, fair catches, fumbles and too many players off the field the rest of the night.

The Trojan’s could do no better and had similar mistakes and both teams seem to struggle to get any consistency.

The Hawks did have some bright spots in their secondary.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojan’s had to resort to their passing game.

The Hawks secondary broke up several pass plays and played the Trojan’s receivers tight.

The Hawks defensive was also getting closer to the Trojan’s QB, forcing him to throw early or out of bounds.

The Trojan’s did a better job of slowing down Nic Boyd in the second half, so the Hawks turned to Seth Rushing and Ishmael Harrison with direct snaps to Rushing and quick outs to Harrison, who’s always dangerous in the open field.

Casey Hawkins (#44) also had a great key first down catch on a slant route late in the game.

QB Grady Latimer completed 13 o 14 passes and threw for two touchdowns.

The Hawk’s two fourth quarter touchdowns were enough to overcome a late drive by the Trojans and Latimer was able to take a couple of kneel downs and run the clock out.

Although the team will take the win, especially on homecoming night, the Hawk’s coaching staff will be hard at work to fix the little things and get them ready to play a very tough Whitehouse team on Sept. 19.

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