WAXAHACHIE — The Dale Hansen Classic, named after WFAA Sports Director Dale Hansen, was originally conceived to showcase Waxahachie in addition to some of the smaller schools that typically don’t receive the same attention as the premier high school football teams in North Texas.
The fourth iteration of the North Texas high school football showcase kicked off Friday night at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium with the Red Oak Hawks taking on the Frisco High School Raccoons.
Penalties and defensive woes plagued the Hawks in Friday night’s loss to the Raccoons, dropped their record to 0-2 on the season and created questions on both sides of the ball.
Frisco’s 407 yards on the ground helped the Raccoons stall the Hawks 35-14 and hand them their second loss in two weeks. Red Oak lost to Wylie East High school last week 49-7 and continued that trend against powerful Wing-T offense user Frisco High School.
According to bucksweep.com the Wing T is an offense that employs one quarterback and three running backs to confuse teams at the line of scrimmage through a system of fake and real handoffs.
The Wing T’s key is its use of offensive line shifts to trap or pull one or more linemen and have the quarterback and all three running back’s carry out run fakes well past the line of scrimmage.
Hawks head coach Brian Brown said the loss was attributed to issues with football fundamentals and admitted losing his starting signal caller changed the dynamic of the game, but said the loss was mostly because of failures on offense, defense and special teams.
“Our quarterback went down for the game,” said Brown. “That hurt. Our back-up came in and did some good stuff for us, but we weren’t consistent. We’d execute one play and not execute another. We have to tackle better and we probably lost on all three levels of the game. We knew Frisco was a Wing-T team going into the game and they do a good job of it.
“Our tackling in the first half hurt us the most. When you don’t tackle, the game turns into a race. They kept the ball from us and out offense didn’t help us with three-and-outs.”
The Red Oak offense was visibly different after junior quarterback Chris Bugg left the game with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter and didn’t return for the rest of the game. Brown said the injury wasn’t serious and he expects Bugg to make a full return in next week’s game against West Mesquite High School.
“I don’t think it’s bad, I talked to the trainer and he was hopeful that he could get back out there next week,” said Brown. “He said he was dizzy, but I don’t think it was from a hit.”
The Hawks defense had trouble defending the run, especially against Frisco senior fullback Idris Ali. Ali rushed for 285 yards on 25 carries — and 11.5 yards per carry — and scored four touchdowns.
“When you’re a Wing-T offensive team like Frisco, Ennis or Athens — a team we scrimmaged against — you don’t change plays,” said Brown. “You have defensive assignments and some things to do, but if you don’t do those things or can’t do those things, they will run the same play 50 times if you can’t stop them. That’s what you saw tonight.”
The Red Oak pass defense was a bright spot on a bad day of football, holding Frisco High School senior quarterback Rohan Vasa to 60 yards passing and taking away receiving lanes from the Raccoons receivers.
The Hawks will have to shore up their run defense before Thursday’s game, but will face a much easier offense in West Mesquite. The Wranglers managed only 170 yards of total offense in their 20-16 win against Wylie High School.
The Red Oak Hawks will try to tally their first win of the season when they play West Mesquite High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
The Waxahachie Indians and their improved defense will face a Ennis High School’s version of the Wing T offense and former running back Treyvon Smith at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 during the Battle of 287.