RED OAK — Red Oak kept its momentum going Friday night as the Hawks march into the playoffs after beating the Corsicana Tigers 35-34.
The game was one big play after another ultimately being decided in the final seconds on a missed field goal.
The fireworks started early as the Hawks marched down the field on a nine-play drive that ended with a 12-yard Seth Rushing touchdown run. The extra point was good and the Hawks took the early 7-0 lead.
Corsicana wasted little time responding, taking its opening drive for a touchdown as well.
The Tigers’ score also came on the ground as Tiger wideout Omarius Hines took a direct snap 5 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
Red Oak got back on the scoreboard after they capitalized on a Corsicana miscue when Hawk Victor Cooper recovered the fumble on a Tigers punt return.
Just two plays later Hawk running back Nic Boyd scampered 5 yards into the end zone, putting the Hawks up 14-7.
The lead did not last long as the Tigers responded quickly yet again, this time in rather thrilling fashion as Hines took a reverse 70 yards for his second touchdown of the game.
The game would remain tied at 14-14 until halftime.
Red Oak forced a Corsicana three-and-out on the Tigers’ first possession of the second half and took over with good field position the Hawks took advantage of the good field position putting together a 10-play drive that ended with yet another Nic Boyd touchdown run the Hawks pulled ahead after the run 21-14.
The Hawks did not enjoy their lead long as the Tigers pulled off another long touchdown run, this time by running back Scotty Bryant who outran Hawk defenders 80 yards to tie the game at 21-21.
Corsicana would eventually take the lead just as the third quarter ended after they forced a Hawk turnover and just as they had done all night the Tigers wasted little time scoring.
The Tigers scored one play after the interception on a 33-yard touchdown run by Bryant, giving him his second score of the game and the Tigers their first lead 28-21 as the third quarter ended.
The Hawks returned the kickoff to the 39-yard line following a Tiger facemask the Hawks began their drive at the Tiger 46 yard line. Red Oak did their best Corsicana impression scoring one play later on a 46-yard Nic Boyd touchdown run.
Boyd on the play simply outran the Tiger defenders all the way to the end zone.
Corsicana refused to let the game stay tied long scoring on a 7-yard Ethan Bryant Run, however the Tigers missed the extra point which would prove to be costly.
Red Oak took possession of the ball at their 35 and with 6:15 left in the game they looked to embark on a game-winning scoring drive.
The Hawks put themselves in a bad position early getting themselves in a third and long situation.
The Hawks caught a break on a roughing the passer penalty giving them the first down and yet another chance to take the lead.
The Hawks marched even closer to the end zone after Hawk quarterback Kevin Pruett hit Nic Boyd on a 17-yard screen pass that put the Hawks at the 17-yard line. One play later Red Oak running back Taylor McCuller took it the distance scoring the touchdown tying the game up 34-34.
Red Oak only needed to convert the point after to go ahead but unfortunately for the Hawks it was not going to be as easy as hoped.
Red Oak received and unsportsmanlike penalty, moving the point after back and forcing the Hawks kicker to covert on a 35-yard extra point to put the Hawks up.
The long extra point was good and the Hawks went up by a single point with 2:27 left in the game.
The Tigers would get one last shot to take back the lead. The Tigers drove the length of the field putting themselves in field goal position.
Corsicana was unable to move past the Hawk 20-yard line which set up a 37 yard field goal to win the game.
Corsicana would miss the field goal, giving the Hawks their eighth win of the year.
“We don’t have a lot of playoff experience,” Red Oak coach Mike Shield said after the game. “So beating teams like Corsicana and Ennis, who are playoff tested, gives us a lot of confidence and momentum going into the playoffs.”