RED OAK — The Red Oak’s 48-0 loss to Waxahachie on Friday at Billy Goodloe Stadium didn’t only give the Hawks their ninth straight loss, it made the possibility of going winless very real.
If the Hawks go without a single win this season, it will be the second consecutive time they do so under head coach Brian Brown.
The last winning season Red Oak had was in 2012 under Mike Shields when the Hawks went 9-4 overall and 6-1 in district 15-4A and reached the conference 4A Regional Semifinal round.
Brown, who has been Red Oak’s coach since they transitioned to the 5A conference, said his players remain upbeat despite the adversity they are facing.
“We’ve got a good bunch,” Brown said. “They know what they are up against each week. It’s a tough district, everybody knows that. There are some really good teams and we’ve really played well the last four weeks. We just didn’t play well against Waxahachie.”
Brown said football is a tough sport and losing takes a toll on players, but adversity creates a stronger person and player.
“Losing’s never good, but it also makes a man out of you,” Brown said. “It makes you comeback harder next time and gives you a better chance to win. Young people get over things really quickly and I’m impressed with the way they’ve handled things.”
Red Oak will play its final game against Mansfield Legacy High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at R.L. Anderson Stadium.
“We didn’t tackle well last night, especially during the first half,” Brown said. “We didn’t throw the ball well. We had three turnovers and they didn’t have any. We kind of let things get to us in the first half. Those are things we’ll correct and get better at and obviously we want to win the game. We had a chance against them last year and we just want to come out and play well.”