On Sunday the Waxahachie Indians hosted the 0-8 Red Oak Hawks into Lumpkins Stadium for the Indians senior night. The chances of either team making the playoffs was already out the window at this point, but still both team was desperate for a win.
The first touchdown came from the Indians, who worked their way down to the goal line before handing the ball off to sophomore running back Eris Miles (No. 21), who ran it in for the 3 yard touchdown. Waxahachie would miss the point-after touchdown kick, but had a 6-0 lead over their district foes.
It wasn’t much longer after this that Miles scored his second touchdown of the night for his team, this run coming from 14 yards out, to give the team a 12-0 lead after the Indians ended up going for the two-point conversion, instead of kick the PAT, and it cost them because they were unsuccessful to get any points.
Later in the second quarter junior running back Trevon Smith (No. 1) powered his was into the end zone from the Hawks 5 yard line. Robert Perez (No. 29) kicked the ball between the uprights and the Indians took a 19-0 lead just before the half.
With a little more than a minute left on the clock, the Hawks were forced to punt that ball back to Waxahachie, in hope that the Indians wouldn’t have enough time to drive down the field and score again before the half. Unfortunately for Red Oak, sophomore defensive end Anthony Bartolo (No. 38) broke through the line and blocked the punt, which was picked up by Waxahachie and carried down to about the Hawks 6 yard line.
This time the Indians let their full back put in some work after handing the ball off to Chuck Woods (No. 32), who carried it in for the 5-yard touchdown run. Perez would nail down another PAT and the Indians and Hawks headed into half time with the scoreboard reading 26-0.
After halftime the Indians came out and made their way down the field, where Waxahachie’s QB Max McCulloch (No. 16) connected with his wide receiver Kennedy Snell (No. 8) on a beautiful pass that turned into a 16-yard Indians touchdown. Perez added the extra point, making the total score 33-0. Waxahachie looked like they might shut out the Hawks headed into the fourth quarter.
Red Oak decided they didn’t want to go down scoreless so with a little less than eight minutes to play in the game, the Hawks put up their first points on the night with a 43-yard touchdown run from senior Kandeh Fofanah (No. 9). The Hawks added their point-after and the score was 33-7.
It wouldn’t be but a few minutes later when the Hawks would score again, this time Red Oak’s quarterback Tanner Little (No. 10) found his made Kharim Griffin (No. 8), who catch the pass then ran it 35 yards down the sidelines, cutting the indians lead to 20 points with 5:35 left of the clock.
The Hawks then received the onside kick and were headed in the right direction for a come-from-behind victory, but they couldn’t convert and the game would end, giving the Waxahachie Indians a much needed 33-14 win.
The Indians football head coach David Ream said this win was a much needed win.
“It feels a whole lot better than what we have been facing after those football games,” said Ream. “I think these seniors toughened up and led us to the win. They kept their heads up the whole time, it’s not just this week that we won.”
The Indians last game of the season is on the road against a tough Lancaster football team that are looking to make a playoff run, but coach Ream said him and his boys will go in there and give it everything they’ve got.
“We’re going to go out and get a game plan that were ready to play,” Ream said. “Lancaster got beat last night so they’ve got to win to in order to make it into the playoffs. So that’s going to be our goal this week is to make sure they stay at home with us.”
Kickoff is at 7:30 this Friday at Lancaster High School.