MANSFIELD — Vernon Newsom Stadium has not been kind to the Red Oak Hawk football team this year.
The torment continued Thursday night when five different Mansfield Lake Ridge Eagles scored touchdowns against the Red Oak defense in a 45-13 rout.
The Eagles outgained the Hawks 463 yards to 228 in total yards and 281 yards to 156 on the ground.
Carson Forbes finished 6-of-15 for 72 yards and one touchdown through the air for the Hawks, and CJ Palmer led all ball carriers with 118 yards on 33 carries. Forbes added 31 yards on 12 carries.
Lake Ridge needed less than one minute — 36 seconds actually — to find the end zone when Chandler Rogers found Tameron Derrough for a 57-yard touchdown pass.
Behind sophomore running back CJ Palmer, though, the Hawk offense responded and ate more than six minutes off of the first quarter clock. Palmer carried the football on seven of the 10 plays from scrimmage to put Red Oak on the Lake Ridge 21-yard line on fourth and five. Angel Medel split the uprights from 38 yards out to pull Red Oak within four, 7-3 with 5:00 to play in the first quarter.
The Eagles then scored 21 unanswered points to build a 28-3 lead before Medel again sent a football between the goal posts — this time from 39 yards. The field goal cut the Eagle lead to 28-6 but Jacob Meeks countered with a 42-yard field goal of his own as the first-half clock expired to give Lake Ridge a 31-6 lead at the half.
Red Oak found the end zone first in the second half when Carson Forbes found Shane McCulley for a one-yard touchdown pass to cap a 14-play, 67-yard drive. The touchdown cut the Lake Ridge lead to 31-13.
The Eagles added scores from 36 and 42 yards in the fourth quarter for the 45-13 win.