For the first time in eight years, the Red Oak Hawks are perfect through the first three football games of the season. Neither of the three games has been close, either.
Red Oak soundly defeated (0-3) Frisco Heritage at the Ford Center at the Star on Friday night behind five forced turnovers and 430 yards of offense, 41-14. The victory moved the Hawks to 3-0 on the season, as they have now outscored opponents 87-28 over those contests.
The Hawks defeated Denton Braswell, 27-7, in week one and then Princeton in a rain-soaked affair last week, 19-7, for their first two wins.
Red Oak last opened a season with three consecutive wins in 2010 under head coach Mike Shields. That season, the Hawks defeated North Garland, Lake Dallas and Ennis before losing to Mesquite Poteet, 21-20, in overtime and finished the regular season 6-4 overall.
Dee Johnson got the scoring started for the Hawks on Friday with a 39-yard touchdown run just a little over three minutes into the game. Johnson finished the game with a team-high 117 yards on nine carries, while the Hawks offense ran for 306 yards as a team.
Red Oak quarterback Zayid Aziz scored the second Hawk touchdown with 5:33 to play in the first quarter.
Aziz finished the game 6-of-15 through the air for 124 yards and added 54 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Linebacker Swinton Jackson then returned an interception 9 yards for a score about one minute later for a 20-0 Red Oak lead.
It was the last score the Hawks needed but they were far from done.
CJ Palmer, who finished with 62 rushing yards on 10 carries, scored late in the first half from 6 yards out and again in the third quarter from the goal line.
Tristan Lee added the final Red Oak score with 0:57 to play in the ball game when he scampered in from 15 yards.
Angel Medel connected on all five of his point-after-touchdown attempts.
Frisco Heritage was led by quarterback Jason Faulkenberry, who finished 24-of-34 passing for 214 yards.
The Hawks will look for a fourth win in as many games at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Billy Goodloe Stadium in their District 6-5A opener against Dallas South Oak Cliff.