Most teams have at least three non-district games to prepare for the push toward the playoffs in district competition. Not teams from District 15-4A.
With the nine-team district the teams from 15-4A begin play this week and one of the biggest match-ups with local ties pits Red Oak against Ennis.
Both teams have started the season 1-1 but it is Red Oak that is favored by six points despite playing on the road.
Red Oak rolled through North Garland, 37-6, to open the season before losing a high-flying battle against Lake Dallas (50-42) last week.
Ennis opened the season with a 35-28 win against Arlington Seguin in Jack Alvarez’ debut as Lions head coach before falling to Fossil Ridge 14-13 last week.
The Lions trailed 14-0 at the half against Fossil Ridge before having a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
Instead of playing for overtime, Alvarez elected to go for the win and the Lions missed the two-point conversion attempt.
Red Oak has made several key replacements from last season including quarterback.
Austin VanHove is the Hawk signal caller this year and has been a dual threat. He has passed for 536 yards and six touchdowns in two games while posting a 100 quarterback rating. He is averaging 9.8 yards a carry in the running game.
Claud Bausley has led the rushing attack for the Hawks with 271 yards on 32 carries. He has scored two touchdowns.
Three receivers have eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark as Jeremiah Gaines is leading the way with 204 yards receiving on nine catches.
The Ennis offense has had several contributors this season as the Lions have found a way to move the ball.
Houston Vanya has passed for 262 yards and three touchdowns while Trevor Davenport and Alex Sanchez have also completed a pass.
Three players have double digit marks in rushing attempts as Sam Walker leads the way with 27 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Walker is also the team’s leading receiver with seven catches for 164 yards and three scores.
Last season Red Oak defeated Ennis 48-28 to open district play..