BANGS — Missed opportunities and miscues were a bigger foe for the Dragons than the Llano Yellow Jackets as Bangs fell to Llano 23-50 in the homecoming game at Memorial Stadium.
Llano shocked everyone in their season opener as they narrowly missed upsetting state runner-up Wimberley.
New head coach Craig Slaughter’s team capitalized on the energy from last week to take advantage of every Dragon turn-over.
“You are disappointed that you got beat 23-50, but the thing that I liked is that I don’t think we shut it down,” Bangs Coach Chuck Lipsey said. “The kids kept playing hard, and I’m proud of them for that.”
Llano’s senior Rhett Brooks got the first points of the game as he ran in from the 8 yard line with 10:25 to play in the opening period. Will Siegenthaler caught a pass on the go- for-two and the Yellow Jackets took an 8-0 lead.
The Dragons were able to hold Llano scoreless for the rest of the first quarter, but they were not able to put together a consistent drive. Quarterback J.T. Newton, in spite of being sacked several times, did not throw an interception. Newton averted another Llano score by kicking a dropped ball out of the end zone resulting in a safety but not a TD for Llano.
Llano opened up an explosive second quarter. Isaac Hutto caught two touchdown TD’s from QB Layton Rabb. Storey Tatsch ran in one and caught passes for two more scores. Tatsch would score again in the fourth for the Yellow Jackets.
Senior Matt Carter was a bright spot for the Dragons as he caught three touchdown passes from Newton on the evening. Newton’s 35 yard pass to Carter came with 1:40 left to play in the half. Logan Dent kicked the PAT and the Dragons were on the board.
The Dragons were able to move the ball better in the second half. Newton hit Carter on a 47 yard pass with 4:29 to play in the third quarter. Jack-of-all trades Carter also caught a pass for the two point conversion.
The Newton-Carter combo would give the Dragons 8 more points in the 4th quarter as Newton hit Carter on 14 yard pass with 10:27 to play. Carter again caught the two point conversion. That would be all Bangs would do on the night.
Senior Adam Keller caught five passes for 61 yards. Seniors Cameron Deal and Trenton Morgan were the top rushers with 8 and 5 yards respectively.
“We turned the ball over too many times,” Lipsey said. “We made too many mistakes. It’s a growing experience. We’ve got to learn from it and move on. One game is not a whole season.”
Bangs moves to 1-1 on the season as they travel to Goldthwaite next week to take on the Eagles.
LLANO 50, BANGS 23
Llano 8 23 6 12 - 50
Bangs 0 7 8 8 - 25
First Downs 21 8
Total Offense 245 273
Rushes-Yards 55-183 17-54
Passing Yards 62 229
C-A-I 2-15-0 14-20-0
Fumbles Lost 3-0 5-3
Penalties 11-97 9-70