RED OAK — The Indians continued their march toward the playoffs with a 48-0 win against the Red Oak Hawks on Friday night at Billy Goodloe Stadium.
Senior quarterback Jordan Kitna and junior receiver Jalen Reagor were catalysts for the Indians, connecting on three touchdowns against Red Oak's improved defense.
Waxahachie held junior quarterback Chris Bugg and the Hawks to 113 total yards while gaining 471 yards of their own despite consistent rain and wet footballs.
“We embraced the rain,” Indians head coach Jon Kitna said about the less than desirable weather conditions. “We told the players we were going to play like we're 9 years old. When you're nine, you loved it when it rained and you just went out there and played in it.”
Jordan led the Indians on seven different scoring drives, including a pair of 60-plus yard strikes to Reagor.
Reagor, who finished the game with seven receptions, 172 yards and three touchdowns, also added a 63-yard, second quarter punt return.
His return marked the seventh game the Indians have scored on special teams this season.
Senior running back Keondric Jones and junior running backs DeQuan Childs, Kenedy Snell and Anthony Bartolo carried the load for the Indians ground game, combining for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
Bartolo, recently moved from the junior varsity roster, put the first of the Indians' points on the board with a 2-yard run in the first quarter.
The win evened Waxahachie's district record to 3-3, seating them in fourth place behind district leaders Mansfield Lake Ridge and Summit high schools and Lancaster High School and slightly ahead of Mansfield Legacy.
“You keep taking about playoffs, but we don't talk about playoffs,” Jon said. “What we're going to do is go out next week and play close to our ceiling. If that gets us in the playoffs, then that's great. If not, then at least we played close to our ceiling. We're not going to talk about playoffs or any of that. We're just going to go out there and play.”
Play they will and play they must. Though a Legacy loss to Timberview on Saturday would help the Indians cause, they now sit with destiny squarely in their own hands.
A win against Lancaster will give Waxahachie a third place tie in the district 14-5A standings — its best case scenario.
Waxahachie will play its final game of the regular season against Lancaster's Tigers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Lumpkins Stadium. For full coverage, see Sunday's edition of the Daily Light.