Red Oak – The long District 15-4A schedule continued Friday night in Red Oak as the Mesquite Poteet Pirates took on the Hawks in their homecoming game.  

Both teams entered with a 1-0 district record and were looking to build steam in the eight-game marathon district schedule.

But it would be the Pirates (4-0, 2-0 in 15-4A) who were able to rush ahead in the district with a 28-7 win.  

On their first drive of the game, the Hawks (2-2, 1-1 in 15-4A), with the help of two Pirate penalties, moved inside the Poteet 30-yard line.

But then Red Oak committed two penalties of its own and that set up a third and 24 situation from the Poteet 48-yard line.

Needing a big play for a first down, head football coach Mike Shields, called a reverse pass to the quarterback. 

On the play, Tanner Hunt threw across the field to the regular quarterback Austin VanHove.

VanHove, with the open field in front of him and four Hawks out in front to block, went into the end zone virtually untouched for the first score of the game.

After a good Jose Flores extra point, with 6:44 left in the first quarter, Red Oak led 7-0. 

The first half rolled by with each team trading punts and the Pirates committing their first turnover. 

It was not until 4:51 left in the half before the Pirates would get their first score on a 29-yard touchdown pass and would tie the game at 7-7.

Poteet later in the quarter forced the Hawks to punt the ball away and the Pirates responded with a 54-yard punt return to start their drive at the Red Oak 23-yard line.

Four plays later Steven Hicks slithered into the end zone from five yards out to give Poteet a 14-7 lead on a good extra point with 57 seconds left in the half.

Tanner Hunt took the ensuing kickoff back to the Red Oak 46-yard line, but two running plays later, the Hawks were out of time in the first half, trailing 14-7.

The Pirates started the second half with a kickoff return into Red Oak territory and two plays later, Hicks struck again on an inside run for  a 49-yard  touchdown run and, 57 seconds into the second half, Mesquite Poteet led 21-7.

As the third quarter ended, the Pirates stopped the Hawks on fourth down inside Poteet territory to take over at the 22-yard line.

The Pirates then went on a eight-play, 78-yard drive that ended on a 24-yard touchdown by Hicks, leaving 9:24 on the clock and the Hawks down by three touchdowns.

On the Hawks’ next two possessions, Mesquite’s defense was able to keep doing what it had been able to do all night, keeping the Hawks’ offense contained.  

Red Oak entered the night averaging 45 points per game, but the Pirates were able to bottle up the high-flying Hawk offense for a 28-7 grounding.

The Hawks managed 2.4 yards per carry and 85 total rushing yards while the Pirates averaged 7.5 yards per carry on the night and a total of 246 yards on the ground.

VanHove ended the game with 111 yards passing by completing nine of 24 passes and throwing one interception.

Charles Crosby and Cameron Bausley led the way for the Hawks on the ground.

Bausley led the team in carries and yards with 17 and 67, respectively.

Crosby was second in both categories with five catches for 40 yards.

Bausley was also VanHove’s favorite target through the air with three catches for 40 yards.

Next week Red Oak will help the Waxahachie Indians (2-1, 1-0 in 15-4A) christen the newly renovated Lumpkins Stadium on Friday night in Waxahachie. The Indians soundly defeated Terrell 48-10 in their first district game on Friday night.