GOLDTHWAITE — The Bangs Dragons continued to work the bugs out of their game plan as they fell to a very good Goldthwaite Eagle team 47-14 in Goldthwaite.
Bangs had scrimmaged Goldthwaite several times over the past few years, but this was the first time the two teams had met in regular season in almost a decade.
“Goldthwaite was hitting on all cylinders,” Dragon head coach Chuck Lipsey said. “I don’t want to take anything away from them. They capitalized on all our mistakes.”
Bangs was playing without the help of center Jacob Beckwith, linebacker Tanner Shaw and two-way starter Gabe Perez who were out this week with injuries. Having people playing new positions led to missed assignments, and a seasoned Goldthwaite team was able to exploit every opportunity.
Goldthwaite scored first at 9:07 on a 2-yard run by Taylor Stephens. The PAT by Eliud Vasquez was good. A punt over the head of Bangs’ Logan Dent led to another Eagle score at 8:21 when A.J. Guerrero ran it in from the 2. The extra point was again good and Goldthwaite score was 14-0.
The Eagles scored 26 points in the second quarter as Bangs struggled offensively. Dragon fumbles were returned from 60 yards for a TD while another fumble gave the Eagles good field position on the Dragon 19.
If there was any bright spot for Bangs, it was the second half where junior J.T. Newton settled down and did what he does best — find receivers and scramble for yardage.
After a quick, scoreless third quarter Trenton Morgan put Bangs on the board with a 10-yard run with 11:10 to play. Logan Dent kicked the extra point.
Goldthwaite put the exclamation point on their win by scoring with 4:01 to play on a 1-yard run by A.J. Guerrero.
Bangs added pride points with 1:50 to play when Newton hit Matt Carter on a 25-yard pass. Dent kicked the extra point and the score was 14-47.
“It’s just frustrating the way we’ve played the last two weeks,” Lipsey said. “I still think we have a good football team. The potential’s there. Offense played good at times; defense played good at times and special teams played good at times. But we shot ourselves in the foot.”