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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Offense gives Red Oak a shot in District 15-4A

By Randy Jennings

One reason District 15-4A is considered one of the most competitive for football  in the state is a team like Red Oak.

The Hawks (2-1, 1-0 in 15-4A) didn’t get the amount of preseason attention that went to Corsicana, Mesquite Poteet, West Mesquite or Lancaster, but Red Oak has the kind of offense that can make any opponent nervous.

Red Oak is averaging 45 points a game with its balanced attack.

In their district-opening 56-27 win over Ennis last week, the Hawks had two rushers and a receiver go over 100 yards.

Senior Charles Crosby (5-foot-7, 150 pounds) rushed for 123 yards and junior Cameron Bausley (5-11, 170) gained 116. Each had a pair of touchdowns.

Junior tight end Jeremiah Gaines (6-3, 235) caught three passes for 120 yards and scored once.

Junior quarterback Austin VanHove hit on 8-of-12 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

The Hawks host Poteet (3-0, 1-0) 7:30 Friday in a rematch of a last season’s swing game played at Mesquite Memorial Stadium. Red Oak no doubt has anguished over  the final events of that night many times.

Poteet scored on a touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining to force overtime, and eventually won, 21-20. The difference turned out to be a Red Oak extra point kick that banged off the upright after the Hawks scored first in overtime.

Poteet went on to go five rounds deep in the playoffs. Red Oak finished fifth in 15-4A, one victory shy of qualifying for postseason.