COAHOMA — The Bangs Dragons battled through another heartbreaking loss in Coahoma Friday night. After an exciting four quarters and a dramatic comeback attempt late in the second half, the Dragons fell short 34-26.
Bangs delivered another strong offensive performance with 436 total yards and held the Bulldogs (2-2) to a mere 263. In the end, a host of penalties on big downs, turnovers and Coahoma’s ability to convert on third downs (46%) led to the Dragons’ fourth loss of the season.
The game began with a successful onside kick by the Dragons, but it was the Bulldogs who scored first on a 21-yard run by Joe Escobedo for the only score of the first quarter. Coahoma found the end zone again with a 9-yard pass to junior receiver Gage Clark-Burdell ending the first half with a 14-0 lead.
The first half proved frustrating offensively for the Dragons but their strong defensive effort kept them in the game. Safety George Nicholas and the rest of the Bangs defense was able to hold the Coahoma passing game to a staggering low 24 yards on a mere 3 catches.
After a 41-yard run touchdown by quarterback Mason Moore made the score 20-0, the Dragons responded with vigor. Quarterback Colton Brewer led an air attack that totaled 288 yards and completed 21 of 48 pass attempts. The first Bangs’ touchdown was on a 56-yard pass to Justin Wilson. The Dragons would score two more touchdowns to tie the game at 20 — one on a quarterback sneak from the 4 yard line and another on a quick 3-yard pass from Brewer to Wilson in the end zone.
The Dragons defense held together but it was Coahoma and sophomore Zach Schneider who would eventually break away, scoring on touchdown runs of 10 and 29 yards with 3:15 and 2:36 left in the fourth quarter. With 27 seconds remaining, the Dragons were able to get one last touchdown on another 2-yard run by Brewer.
After the game, Bangs head coach Jim Bird said, “(Coahoma) was a very physical football team and we were able to hit them in the mouth. Our defense we played well and in the second half we adapted and came together offensively.”
Bangs returns home next week seeking its first victory against Jim Ned (3-1), which suffered its first loss Friday night, 32-28 to Sonora.