RED OAK — The Waxahachie Indians football team held the Red Oak Hawks scoreless during Friday’s game despite consistent rain and slick footballs.
The Indians won the shutout 48-0 Friday night at Billy Goodloe Stadium.
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. “We told the players we were going to play like we’re 9 years old. When you’re 9, you loved it when it rained and you just went out there and played in it.”
Jordan Kitna 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 defense, which has forced six turnovers in the last two games, was key Friday night. The players crammed Red Oak in to bad field position, allowing only one competion on 10 attempts.
Sophomore linebacker Caleb High said the defense’s resurgence has a lot to do with the unseen efforts of Indians assistant coach Evan Brady, who has been teacher of the week on several of occasions and helps with equipment management.
“He’s taught me a lot,” High said. “He teaches me and then he dumbs it down for me so I can get it faster and so it becomes easy for me to do it a the game.”
High echoed the sentiments of Jon, saying their main goal is to play to their ceiling and get better, not focus on the playoffs.
“It was just another game we needed,” High said. “I just want to make the season longer, so I can play more football.”
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.
Though a Legacy loss to Timberview on Saturday would help the Indians’ placement, Waxahachie now sits with destiny squarely in its own hands.
A win against Lancaster will give Waxahachie a third place tie in the district 14-5A standings — its best case scenario.
“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.”
Waxahachie will play its final game of the regular season against Lancaster’s Tigers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Lumpkins Stadium.
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