The Red Oak Hawks had nothing to lose.
After closing a 21-point deficit to force an overtime against Denton Ryan on Friday night, the Hawks were looking for the win. Jaylon Robinson completed the game-winning two-point conversion to Brayden Robinson in first overtime to give Red Oak a stunning 29-28 win in the UIL 5A two-county football playoffs.
“We came in as underdogs,” Red Oak quarterback Robinson said after the game. “Eighty percent of DFW thought we were going to lose that game. We came in and shocked the world.”
The game started well for Denton Ryan (6-4) as quarterback Khalon Davis led the offense and hit tight end Jimmie Jones III with a 43-yard pass to give the Raiders an early lead 7-0.
Davis finished the game 10th of 20 for 153 yards and 4 touchdowns.
On the Raiders’ next possession, Davis found Jones back in the end zone and gave Ryan a 14-0 lead after a quarter.
In the opening game of the second quarter, Davis connected with receiver Jordyn Bailey in the backfield on a bubble route. Bailey found a crease and rushed 44 yards to pay dirt to give Ryan a 21-0 lead.
From there, both defenses took over as the next five drives of the first half resulted in punts and the Raiders were 21-0 at the break.
“[We] didn’t really make any adjustments,” said Robinson. “We just didn’t play ‘us’. We played at their level and are much better.”
Red Oak had to punt to open the third quarter, but the ball was ripped loose on the return and the Hawks got the ball back. Two games later, Moses Martindale broke through the defense and rushed for 25 yards to put Red Oak on the board.
On the ensuing kickoff, the ball was caught by the wind and blown back toward Hawks cover. The Raiders mishandled the ball and Red Oak recovered. The Hawks capitalized when Jaylon Robinson hit Brayden Robinson with a touchdown pass to level the score at 21-14 after three quarters.
Jaylon Robinson finished the game on 9 of 18 for 96 yards and 3 touchdowns.
After a defensive stop, Red Oak drove deep into Raider territory and set up another Robinson-to-Robinson touchdown from 18 yards to level the game at 21-21.
Ryan’s next drive resulted in the Raiders hitting Red Oak’s 12 yard line for fourth and fourth place. The pass fell incomplete and the Hawks took over. A three-and-off returned the ball to the Raiders, who again had excellent field position.
However, Ryan failed again in fourth place. Another three-and-out forced a punt from Red Oak, but this time they were able to reverse field position and land the punt at Ryan’s 1-yard line.
After three run plays to get out of the end zone, the Raiders opted to kneel the clock and go into overtime.
Ryan started overtime with the ball, taking just one play for Davis to find Jones for their third connection of the game to win 28-21.
Red Oak quickly picked up a first down on his possession. On the next play, Robinson threw Warren Roberson wide open for the touchdown. The Hawks took time out to talk about their next move, eventually deciding on two and the win.
Once again, the Robinson-to-Robinson connection paid off and the Hawks walked away with a 29-28 win.
“I wanted to cry,” Robinson exclaimed. “I had to hold him down … I was just so happy that he caught the ball.”
Red Oak (9-2) takes on the Abilene Eagles in the area round of the UIL 5A Football Playoffs.
PHOTO GALLERY: RED OAK 29, DENTON RYAN 28
(All photos by Brian McLean)