Football moves to 5-0 with Homecoming win

Standing at midfield, the Redhawk captains (Ford Shippy #11, Chris Johnson #21, Jack Bryan #24, and Keldric Luster #12) get ready to walk to the center of the field at the Ford Center. Facing off against Lake Dallas in District 7-5A action, the Redhawks earned their 5th straight win 41-24.

Harley Classe, Sports Editor

In a battle of birds, the Redhawks won their Homecoming game 41-24 on Thursday against the Lake Dallas Falcons in a District 7-5A contest at the Ford Center.

Last season the Redhawks pulled out a seemingly easy 63-21 win against the Falcons, however, this season was a different story according to quarterback, junior Keldric Luster.

“The first half we were there but I feel like coming out in the second half we just weren’t there mentally,” Luster said. “You know, we were kind of slow in the second half. Everybody’s head was kind of everywhere. With me being a leader, it was my job to try and calm everyone down and get everyone on the right page.”

In the first half alone, Luster passed for 217 yards, but that was almost nothing compared to his second half. After senior Chika Ugoh forced a fumble recovered by Sam Wenaas, Luster took over on the next play as he burst down the sideline 80-yards into the end zone for a touchdown with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter.

“After I got that 80 yard touchdown I feel like we were going somewhere; we were on the right track,” Luster said. “A few of our guys were still a little bit bummed because we weren’t playing Liberty football the way we usually play, but we are going to regroup and get ready for next week.”

However, Luster did not stop there.

Just a minute later, Luster recovered a fumble by the offense, and ran another 62-yards for a touchdown with 7:34 left in the final quarter.

“It really wasn’t a designed play,” Luster said. “I just kind of saw that the ball was loose, picked it up, and did what I could for the team and we were in for 6.”

With the Redhawks rushing for 217 yards, the offensive linemen were not the only ones being kept on their toes, as junior Preston Meally felt the defense was pushing just as hard to turn the ball over to the Redhawks as soon as the opportunity presented itself.

“From a defensive standpoint we really just want to keep the momentum going and keep hitting hard which helps with offensive highs when we get the ball back,” Mealy said. “It just gets everyone on the sidelines hype and everyone’s ready to go, next play.”

Between back-to-back touchdowns from Luster and getting other players involved, the absence of 5-star recruit senior Evan Stewart was not resting too heavily on the minds of the team.

“I was just taking what the defense was giving me,” Luster said. “With Evan being a big part of the offense, it’s just next man up. We really have a lot of great athletes on the team, especially the offensive league which can really step in and make a big impact on our offense when making plays.”