After back-to-back tough losses, the once red hot Red Oak Hawks offense is cooling off.
The cure for this cold could be available Friday night when the Hawks (2-3, 1-2 in 15-4A) host the Terrell Tigers.
Terrell (2-2, 0-2 in 15-4A) has allowed 24 or more points in every game this season. In their first two district games, the Tigers were shut out 55-0 at Mesquite Poteet and beaten 48-10 by Waxahachie.
Red Oak has scored 37 or more points in each of its first three games before running into defensive buzzsaws in the form of Mesquite Poteet and Waxahachie.
Poteet took care of Red Oak in the rain 28-7 and Waxahachie clipped the Hawks in its home opener 55-9.
Quarterback Austin VanHove will need to get back to the success he has in his first two games if the Hawks want to turn their season around.
VanHove threw for 727 yards and eight touchdowns in the Hawks’ first three games. But he has been stalled in the last two games throwing for just 255 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the last two losses.
He isn’t the only one that has struggled over the last two games.
Running back Cameron Bausley ran for 389 yards and four touchdowns in the Hawks’ first three games and just 95 yards and zero scores in the last two.
Wide receiver Jeremiah Gaines has put up solid numbers the last two games, even though he only has a pair of catches in each.
Gaines had two catches for 40 yards against Mesquite Poteet and two grabs for 80 yards and a touchdown against Waxahachie. His touchdown was a 51-yard strike for the Hawks’ only touchdown in the loss against Waxahachie.
In his first three games, Gaines had 12 catches for 304 yards and four touchdowns.
Marquise McNeil has also been slowed during the last two games. He has just three catches for 29 yards in those district games. He had four grabs for 196 yards and three touchdowns in the first three games.
Terrell is led by quarterback Shea South who leads the team is passing and is second on the team in rushing.
South has completed 38 of 89 passes for 450 yards and a touchdown. He has thrown four interceptions.The quarterback also has 48 carries for 283 yards and five touchdowns.
Running back Dwayne Dowell is the team leader in carries (69) and yards (298) with two touchdowns.
Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Red Oak.