Dragons drop 12th straight dating to 2016

COLEMAN — The Bangs Dragons limped through their sixth loss of the season, and 12th in a row dating to 2016, on Friday night as the Coleman Bluecats tallied their second win, 46-12, in the District 4-3A Division II opener.

Bangs (0-6, 0-1) started Friday’s game with the ball but was unable to do much on the first possession. After failing to convert on a fourth down attempt, Coleman (2-4, 1-0) took over deep in its own territory making quick work of the Bangs defense and scoring the first points of the game on a 5-yard sweep by tailback Devonte Roberson.

Bangs’ offense had another slow start and was forced to punt after a three and out leading to a 64-yard return by Denton Allen that made the score 16-0 with six minutes left in the first quarter.

The Dragons’ offense began to come together and on their third possession of the game they were able to move the chains. Bangs found success against Coleman’s secondary and loosened up the Bluecats’ front line. With the success of their passing game, the Dragons to took advantage of a shaken defense scored their first touchdown on a 4-yard run by junior running back Seth Anderson.

Throughout the game the Dragons’ defense struggled to make tackles after contact but there were flashes of solid playmaking. The Dragons’ defense began to tighten up late in the second quarter and forced a critical third and long inside the Coleman 20. On a very intuitive play, Anderson noticed a quarterback audible to his receiver and adjusted forcing the Bluecat quarterback to scramble and attempt to find another receiver that led to nowhere.

The stop seemed to lift Bangs’ spirits. The Dragons were able to score their second but final touchdown with 6:23 left in the half on a quarterback keeper by Colton Brewer at the 1 yard line, ending the half with a score of 32-12. Brewer, who led an exciting air attack in the first half for the Dragons hurt his knee and was unable to return for the second half.

The second half proved too much for the Dragons and their defense. Bangs’ inability to consistently tackle, especially late in the game, has been their achilles heel all season and it caught up with them against another physically imposing offense. The Bluecats were able to squeeze off touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarter of the game making the final score 46-12.

Bangs finished with 244 yards of offense, 156 passing and 88 rushing, with two turnovers. Coleman produced 456 yards, including 387 rushing, with one only turnover.

The Dragons have had a difficult season so far but there have been some bright spots. The Bangs passing game, led by Brewer, has garnered over 1,000 yards passing with a 50 percent completion rate. Before Friday’s matchup, senior receiver Justin Wilson led the Dragons in total reception yards with 26 catches for 410 yards while George Nicholas leads the team in yards per catch at 16.

This season the Dragons’ ground game has totaled over 700 yards led by Brewer who has about half that at 326 yards putting him with almost 1,500 all purpose yards in the first five games of the season. Ethan Sanchez has a team high 5.1 yards per carry on 16 touches (in the first five games).

In other District 4-3A Division II action Friday, the Cisco Lobos were able to best the Dublin Lions, 43-21, and just to the north the Eastland Mavericks beat the Tolar Rattlers, 35-13.

Next week, Bangs will play its second district game at Tolar (3-3, 0-1).