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Red Oak shutouts Arlington Seguin to start season 2-0 ahead of 4-5A play

By Travis M. Smith | Ellis County Sports

RED OAK — A touchdown a quarter keeps the doctor away, or however that childhood reminder goes.

Either way, (2-0) Red Oak found paydirt once in all four quarters for the 28-0 victory against the visiting (1-1) Arlington Seguin Cougars on Friday night at Billy Goodloe Stadium. 

Red Oak head coach Melvin Robinson was audibly ecstatic following the Hawks’ home-opening win. He quickly applauded the Hawks’ defensive effort — which limited the Cougars to 175 total yards and one touchdown, while the Hawk offense accounted for 248 total yards and the remaining three scores.

“The whole defense played well. That’s a goose egg. Defense wins championships when offense wins ball games,” an ecstatic Robinson told Ellis County Sports following the win. 

“The most important thing to work on right now is discipline. We are not very disciplined sometimes,” added Robinson when asked about a focus ahead of District 4-5A DI action. “We are young. We have 7 sophomores playing right now and lost 41 seniors last year. We just need to continue to get better each week. I’m proud of the kids for working hard and taking coaching, but we need to continue to improve each week.”

Red Oak improved on the penalty front from week one to week two. The Hawks were flagged 7 times for 88 yards against The Colony and only 5-45 against Seguin. They also won the turnover battle 2-1. 

An article published in the Dallas Morning News earlier this week likely served as a bit of bulletin board material for the Hawks. It proclaimed the Cougars as being poised for a “breakout season” after defeating the (1-1) Midlothian Panthers and ahead of Friday’s game against the Hawks. 

To be fair, Seguin did limit Midlothian to just 134 total yards in the Cougars’ 21-7 week one win. And, sure, the program does feature 3-star wide receiver Carterrious Brown, who had 894 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022 and holds offers from the likes of Baylor, Kansas State and Texas. 

Seguin head coach Joe Gordon also noted the Cougars’ secondary holding Midlothian 5-star wide receiver Bryant Wesco to 47 yards on 5 catches was “probably as good of a performance you can get.”

Wesco is the most talented receiver in Ellis County; there’s very little doubt. But it quickly became apparent that Gordon and the Cougars underestimated the talent on the Red Oak sideline.

Red Oak held a 14-0 half-time lead and had outgained Arlington Seguin 171 total yards to 94 in the first half — despite the Hawks being held to negative-7 yards rushing At Billy Goodloe Stadium.

Reggie Moody Jr. completed 7-of-his-13 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. 

Moody connected with sophomore Brayden Robinson (4-134, TD) for a 73-yard touchdown to open the scoring. He then linked up with junior Taz Williams (5-46, TD) for a 14-0 second-quarter lead.

Moody ultimately finished 11-of-20 for 199 yards and the two first-half touchdowns. 

Jordan Omolola returned a fumble for a 67-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Red Oak running back Chris Martinez Jr. (17-45) capped the Red Oak scoring with a 7-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Red Oak begins District 4-5A DI play with a 7 p.m. road tilt Thursday against (2-0) Lake Belton. 

The Broncos defeated Leander Rouse (34-10) and Buda Johnson (51-44) in their non-district slate.

PHOTOS by Fred Phipps/Ellis County Sports

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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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