RED OAK — The Red Oak Hawks allowed District 15-4A foe Forney to score nine points in the opening quarter of a road game, Friday night. The strong presence on defense helped Red Oak to a 70-50 victory to keep it in the playoff hunt with a 4-2 district record.

With West Mesquite beating Mabank, 68-58, and Lancaster getting past Terrell, 64-59, the same evening, it puts the Hawks in sole possession of second place.

Lancaster moves to 6-0, all alone in first place.

Mabank, which was tied with Red Oak and Terrell for a three-way tie for second place, falls to 4-3. Terrell is also 4-3.

The Hawks took advantage of a Forney team that entered the game in last place and is now 0-6 with the defeat.

Red Oak’s Gaylon Edwards was a focal point on offense as he garnered 25 points. Earl Graves had 17 points for the Hawks.

The pair helped their team with more than 20 points in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Among the other contributors on offense for the Hawks were D.J. Brady (8), Dominique Harris (7) and Mandel Dixon (5).

Forney was led by Grant Shaw’s 12 points.

The Hawks can’t sit on their laurels, however, as a whole new chapter in the district begins with the second half of the season starting next week.

In other boys’ action, Maypearl beat Palmer, 48-26.

The game started with the teams struggling to find some offensive fireworks. Maypearl led by an 8-4 count after the first quarter of play.

The Panthers then got rolling in the second quarter and went ahead by 21-14 at the half.

Palmer had its troubles finding its offense as it scored seven and five points, respectively, in the third and fourth quarters. Brandon McDowra led the Bulldogs in scoring with nine points. Cord Langthorn added six points and T.J. Barnes five points.

Maypearl learned earlier this week that it was ranked No. 19 in the state, according to a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.