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Red Oak climbs 5A AP football poll ahead of regular-season battle for 4-5A crown

By Travis M. Smith | Ellis County Sports

Red Oak weathered the literal storms to continue its historic unbeaten streak on the gridiron Friday. 

The 27-3 victory against district-foe Grandbury was rewarded with a climb up the 5A Division I state rankings, too. 

The Hawks jumped two spots to No. 5 in the week 10 Associated Press poll, just days ahead of a battle for the outright District 4-5A DI title on Thursday at home against (9-1, 7-0) Midlothian. That game will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Billy Goodloe Stadium in Red Oak. 

Red Oak had maintained the No. 7 spot in the rankings for several weeks. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football became the official provider of the AP poll in 2019. 

Red Oak completely dominated (3-6, 1-6) Grandbury this past Friday, holding the Pirates to a measly 85 total yards of offense. Granbury completed just 2-of-his-11 passes for 15 yards and 1 interception.

Hawk quarterback Reggie Moody Jr. was unfazed by the playing conditions. The senior completed 17-of-his-28 passes for 274 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Moody Jr. first connected with Taz Williams Jr. for a 46-yard touchdown with 2:37 to play in the first half. The pass put the Hawks ahead 14-3. 

Williams Jr. finished with a game-high 9 catches for 125 yards and the lone score. The senior has 874 yards and 9 touchdowns on 58 catches this season. 

Moody Jr. later connected with junior wide receiver Preston Wells for a 64-yard fourth-quarter touchdown. The touchdown catch was the first of Wells’ varsity career and came with 3:28 to play in the game. It also put the Hawks comfortably ahead, 20-3.

Charles Taplin opened the Red Oak scoring with an 81-yard kickoff returned for a touchdown with 1:53 to play in the first quarter.

Lorenzo Holman added a 12-yard touchdown run in the game’s final minute for the 27-3 victory. 

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

tsmith@elliscosports.com

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith is the owner and content director of Ellis County Sports and has over a decade of award-winning sports coverage. He most recently served as the digital sports director for KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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