COLEMAN — The Bangs Dragons evened their record at 2-2 with a 28-21 win over the Coleman Bluecats Friday night.
Bangs dropped its last two games to tough teams from Llano and Goldthwaite, so a win was needed to propel the Dragons into district play.
Bangs drew first blood with 7:56 left in the first quarter on a 7-yard run by senior Cameron Deal. The point after was blocked by the Bluecats, but Bangs led 6-0.
The Bluecats could not consistently move the ball against the Dragons in the opening period.
“We knew we had to stop their big fullback,” head coach Chuck Lipsey said, “and we did a great job of that. Defensively it was a great game except for a couple of big plays.”
In the second quarter, the momentum was with Bangs as the Dragons drove down inside the Coleman 10. Two penalties later, the Dragons were facing a fourth down back at the Coleman 23-yard line. Senior Logan Dent came in to attempt a field goal. The kick had the distance but the officials ruled it wide to the left, so Bangs left that series empty handed.
Coleman was determined to make it a game. With 6:17 left in the second period, quarterback Anthony Thomas threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jaquan Hemphill. The extra point kick by Shelton Zarate was good, and Coleman took its only lead of the night.
With 2:04 to play in the half, J.T. Newton ran 6 yards for a touchdown. The Dragons’ two-point try failed, but Bangs once again had the lead at 12-7. Bangs had its best third quarter of the season as the offense began to mix up pass and running plays, keeping Coleman defenders off guard. With 8:13 left in the third, Cameron Deal ran 4 yards for a touchdown. Matt Carter caught a pass for the two-point conversion and the Dragons led 20-7.
Coleman came roaring back as Hemphill scampered 30 yards to start the Bluecat drive. Bangs seemed to have the ’Cats contained until a Dragon penalty gave Coleman a fresh set of downs. Thomas’ 29-yard pass to Hemphill put the Bluecats on the Bangs 2 yard line. Two plays later, Thomas scored on a keeper and Zarate’s extra point kick was good. With 3:33 to play in the third, the Bluecats were once again breathing down the Dragons’ necks at 20-14.
The most exciting play of the game for the Dragons came with 7:19 to play. Senior Trent Morgan took the option pitch from Newton and zig-zagged his way 51 yards through the Coleman defense, eventually dragging one of their defenders with him into the end zone for a Bangs score. J.T. Newton ran in the two-point conversion to put Bangs up 28-14.
Coleman added seven more points with 4:35 to play as Thomas once again tucked it in from 1 yard out. Zarate added one more extra point for the final score of 28-21.
Even though Bangs took the win, Lipsey said that there is still room for improvement.
“Offensively, we’re close, but we’re just not quite there,” Lipsey said. “We had two or three big opportunities in the first half to blow it out and we didn’t take advantage of it. We’ve just got to coach them to get where we can make those plays.”
Bangs wraps up a three-week road trip next week as the Dragons open district play at Grape Creek.
BANGS 28, COLEMAN 21
Bangs 6 6 8 8 - 28
Coleman 0 7 7 7 - 21
First Downs 17 11
Total Offense 322 228
Rushes-Yards 32-160 36-143
Passing Yards 162 85
C-A-I 9-20-0 3-8-1
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Penalties 10-95 8-75
Punts 4-30.5 3-34.0