A football team is ultimately defined by the number of times it defeats the opposition lined up on the other side of the ball. And Red Oak proved its worth a record-making nine times in ten regular season games.
The Hawks, under the guidance of first-year head coach Chris Ross, ended the District 6-5A schedule with a 65-0 rout of Seagoville on Friday night.
Red Oak running back CJ Palmer (11-108) got the party started with three first-quarter rushing touchdowns (10, 2, 14 yards) and quarterback Zayid Aziz added a fourth touchdown from five yards out for a 27-0 advantage.
Aziz (10-84) added a second rushing touchdown with 10:31 to play in the second quarter. He also completed 3-of-7 passes for 88 yards on a night when the Hawks outgained the Dragons 493 total yards to 166.
Dee Johnson led the Hawks with 123 rushing yards on nine carries and added two touchdowns of 49 and 5 yards.
The victory improved the Hawks to 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in district play. Their lone loss came Sept. 20 against district champion (10-0) South Oak Cliff, 31-21.
The Red Oak defense has allowed just 18 points since the loss to South Oak Cliff, as the Hawks have now outscored opponents 434-77 on the season.
Even before the Hawks step onto the field next Friday night against Midlothian, they've already made program history with nine regular season wins.
The Hawks won nine games in 2012 under then-head coach Mike Shields but only seven of those game in the regular season, as they eventually fell in the third round of the playoffs to Frisco Centennial (40-14).
Red Oak also won 10 games in 2007 under Shields. The Hawks exited the playoffs in the third round, that time against West Mesquite (41-34). They won eight games in the regular season that year.
It is also important to note the Hawks are just three seasons removed from when quarterback Chris Bugg led Red Oak over Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 17-14, to snap a 21-game losing streak on Sept. 2, 2016.
But there are still bigger goals to reach and records to be broken for the Hawks this season.
Red Oak now faces (8-2) Midlothian in the 5A Division II Region 2 bi-district championship at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Billy Goodloe Stadium in Red Oak.
A change in the playoff rules by the UIL Executive Committee in the spring now allows for higher-seeded 6A and 5A football teams to host bi-district games.
The Panthers, who run the flexbone offense, have won four consecutive football games and have outscored the opposition 488-198 on the season.
If anyone has records to show that Red Oak has won more than nine regular season football games prior to 2018, please contact Travis M. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (469) 517-1470.