Two games into the football season and the Red Oak Hawks are still undefeated.

That's a sentence that has not been seen in print since a 49-21 win against Corsicana on Sept. 6, 2013.

Red Oak won its second game of the season last Friday after a more-than-two-hour rain delay and on the strength of the Hawks rushing attack on the road against Princeton, 19-7.

Led by CJ Palmer, who rushed 20 times for 146 yards, and Dee Johnson's 104 yards on 16 carries, the Hawks ran for 300 yards as a team in the victory, while the Red Oak defense limited the Panthers to just 304 yards of total offense.

The Hawks also won the turnover battle, which, thanks to the slippery conditions, resulted in three lost fumbles for Red Oak. Princeton quarterback Brendon Strickland (23-51, 253 yards) also tossed four interceptions on the evening to pair with a Panther fumble for a whopping five total turnovers.

However, it was still Princeton that scored first to take an early 7-0 lead when Strickland found Kole Massey for a 35-yard score.

Red Oak placekicker Dakota Santos followed shortly after with his first of two 30-plus-yard field goals in the game to inch the Hawks closer before Palmer scored a one-yard touchdown to give Red Oak the last lead it needed, 10-7.

Palmer added an 11-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Santos split the upright again in the fourth.

The lone blemish for the Hawks on the night was the 145 yards surrendered on 12 penalties.


Red Oak returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday against (0-2) Frisco Heritage at The Ford Center inside The Star in Frisco.

The Coyotes have struggled on defense through the first two games of the season, having surrendered 39 points and 409 yards per game, while the offense has been limited to 23.5 points and 346 yards per. Red Oak, on the other hand, has limited the first two opponents to just seven points and 253.5 yards per game.

Heritage quarterback Jason Faulkenberry has completed 26-of-42 passes for 286 yards and one touchdown on the season. The majority of those completions have gone to Kyle Bradford, who leads the team with 13 grabs for 184 yards and two scores.

Cameron Rose leads Heritage on the ground with 32 carries for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns.