REDWATER, Texas — The hardest part is out of the way.
Redwater earned its first win of the season with a shutout victory over New Diana, 28-0, on Sept. 4.
"The key to the win was the effort of our kids," Dragon head coach Tommy Graf said. "They prepared well all week and showed up to play. Our kids play physical and played really well on the defensive side."
Malcolm Brown played a huge role in Redwater's win. Brown scored the first touchdown of the game on a 5-yard run. He also returned a punt 70 yards for a TD, along with an 18-yard TD run.
"Malcolm had a really good offensive and defensive game," Graf said. "He played super aggressively and finished with 12 tackles."
Caden Bowen caught a 45-yard pass from Preston Davis for Redwater's last score.
Graf recognized Skeet Roberts for his outstanding play. Roberts finished with 12 tackles. Carson Bowman was named a standout and made 10 tackles against New Diana. Defensive tackle John Collier was recognized by Graf for his extreme effort. He had a total of 10 tackles for the Dragons.
"The attitude of the team is the best part of it," Graf said. "They are checking attitudes and egos at the door. They are coming in and it's 'team first'. They are just a great group to be around this year."
Redwater (1-1) hosts Edgewood (0-2) tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium.
"It is always great to play at our home stadium," Graf said. "We love to play in front of our home crowd. The opportunity to compete at Dragon Stadium brings more to it. Edgewood is a comparable team. They are 0-2, but they played two good opponents in Commerce and Rains. They have a team that, if we don't execute or aren't ready to play, they could beat us. But we can pick up where we left off. We have an opportunity to come out victorious. It's going to be a good game."
Northeast Texas Games
Gilmer at Atlanta
Paul Pewitt at Mount Vernon
DeKalb at Linden-Kildare
New Boston at Hooks, cancelled
Hughes Springs at Winnsboro, cancelled
Queen City at Quitman
James Bowie at Overton
Maud at Beckville