SAN ANGELO — When it rains it pours … literally. The Bangs Dragons poured it on the Grape Creek Eagles 61-7 in a driving rain storm in Grape Creek
Bangs scored on their first eight possessions as everything turned to gold for the Dragons. Bangs ran, threw and contained the Eagles to punctuate their district opener win.
“I told the kids on the way over that the rain wasn’t going to bother us and it didn’t,” Coach Chuck Lipsey said. “They didn’t expect us to come out throwing because of the rain, but we did and it worked well for us.”
The Dragons opened up an explosive first quarter at 9:25 on a 23-yard pass from J.T. Newton to Josh Beckwith Guerrero. Logan Dent kicked the extra point to give Bangs the 7-0 lead. Everything was going the right direction for the Dragons when less than two minutes later, Newton tucked the ball in on a quarterback keeper to scamper 21 yards for another TD. Dent’s PAT was good. Bangs led 14-0. With 4:07 to play in the opening period, Trenton Morgan caught a Newton pass for another score and Dent once again kicked the extra point. The last scores of the quarter came as senior Matt Carter first caught a pass then picked up a missed extra point kick to run it in for 2. Bangs led 29-0.
The second quarter was equally productive as Beckwith scored on runs of 5 and 30 yards. Trenton Morgan scored with 2:32 on a 6 yard run. Dent’s extra point was good and Bangs took a 48-0 lead into the dressing room at half.
As the rain came down harder and the wind blew both Grape Creek and Bangs, the teams had to deal with a ball that got heavier and heavier. Bangs scored 12 points on a 15-yard run from Morgan and a 12-yard run from Efrayin Guerrero. Dent missed the first PAT but was good on the second.
The Eagles were able to finally get on the board in the fourth on a 32-yard run by Kevin Revell. The go for 2 was good as Jacob Shultz punched it in.
“It was a good night, just a wet night,” Lipsey said. “It really clicked early. They thought we weren’t going to throw the ball so that really opened up the passing game.”
Lopsided games often give second teamers a chance and many of those players saw a lot of action in the second half.
“The second team got in tonight and they played hard on both sides of the ball” Lipsey said. “They usually stand on the sideline each week, but tonight they got in and did a good job.”
Bangs is now 1-0 in district and 3-2 for the season. The Dragons are open next week and will next meet Wall in Bangs.
BANGS 61, GRAPE CREEK 8
Bangs 29 19 6 7 - 61
Grape Creek 0 0 0 0 - 8
First Downs 22 14 Total Offense 479 213 Rushes-Yards 37-319 19-106
Passing Yards 160 107
C-A-I 5-6-0 3-23-3
Fumbles Lost 0 3
Penalties 0-0 7-60
Punts 0-0 1-9