The Red Oak Hawks have scored 135 points in their first three games, but that high-powered offense will be put to the test this week against Mesquite Poteet.
Hawk quarterback Austin VanHove has been the leader Red Oak (2-1) needs all season long. He has completed 31 of 60 passes for 727 yards and nine touchdowns.
His favorite target has been Jeremiah Gaines, who has 12 catches for 324 yards and four touchdowns.
But VanHove learned as a child that sharing means caring and has two other targets he’s been getting the ball to a lot this season, Marquise McNeil and Charles Crosby.
Crosby is second on the team in catches with seven, but is third in yards with 118 yards.
McNeil might have three less catches than Crosby, but has scored three more times. He has three touchdowns on four catches for 196 yards.
Crosby is second on the team with 155 yards on 18 carries and has scored three times of his own on the ground.
He trails running back Cameron Bausley, who has 51 carries for 389 yards and four touchdowns.
All of these pieces add up to a well-balanced, high-scoring offense for the Hawks.
But all of them will be tested this week against Mesquite Poteet (3-0).
The Pirates see the Hawks’ point total and raise it to 147 and have allowed just 39 points in their three games, including a 55-0 victory against Terrell last week.
Quarterback Tanner Ramsey has matched VanHove almost tit-for-tat with 634 yards and six touchdowns on 37-53 passing.
Steven Hicks is leading the ground game with 395 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries.
He also has 84 yards receiving on six carries. That means he is averaging 9.9 yards per touch. He’s essentially a walking first down.
Ramsey’s favorite target has been Chase Graham, who has seven catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Expect a lot of points in this one when it kicks off in Red Oak at 7:30 p.m.