TOLAR —The Bangs Dragons traveled west on 377 Friday night and suffered their seventh consecutive loss of the season at the hands of the District 4-3A Division II rival Tolar Rattlers, 63-6.
The Dragons (0-7, 0-2), playing out without starting quarterback Colton Brewer, never found their groove on offense. Bangs finished with 184 yards of offense — 140 rushing and 44 passing — with four turnovers, while allowing Tolar (4-3, 1-1) to produce 637 yards, including 500 on the ground.
Bangs picked up the lone Rattler turnover on a fumble on the opening snap and began inside the 10, but the good fortune did not last long as Bangs was quick to give the ball back leading to a 15-yard touchdown run by Tolar senior running back James Henderson.
The Dragons answered on the ensuing possession with a 57-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Seth Anderson, which tied the game up at 6 in what would be Bangs’ final touchdown of the night.
Anderson, a silver lining in an otherwise frustrating night, was able to rack up 145 yards on the ground but it would not be enough against a feisty Tolar defense. On an unfortunate play where Tolar made a helmet to helmet, Anderson had to take a play off to gather his wits on the sideline.
Bangs head coach Jim Bird politely conveyed to the referee his thoughts on how best to protect his players which led to a personal foul. It was a sobering moment that served as a metaphor for the entire season, an example of Murphy’s Law for a Bangs’ team that has been unable to catch a break all season against an onslaught of obstacles.
The Dragons finished the half on a good note after an Eli Carbajal interception, but the Rattlers were able to put 41 points on the board to Bangs’ 6.
Along with his 145 rushing yards, Anderson completed 4 of 18 passes for 44 yards with one interception. Sagan Baker (22 yards), George Nicholas (13 yards) and Justin Wilson (10 yards) made catches for positive yardage, while Zach Zink added 17 yards in the run game.
Mason King finished with 147 yards rushing for Tolar while Henderson added 135 yards. Bryan Morgan completed 12 of 18 passes for 137 yards with scoring tosses of 50 yards to Brice Scott and 26 yards to Derian Morphew.
Elsewhere in the district, the Eastland Mavericks defeated the Dublin Lions, 42-3, in Eastland. The Mavericks are 5-2 overall and remain undefeated in both of their district games. Dublin has an overall record of 2-5 and has yet to win a district game.
Cisco, also undefeated in district play, is 5-2 and was able to overpower the Coleman Bluecats, 47-0, Friday night. Coleman shares a 2-5 record with Dublin but has a district record of 1-1.
Next week, The Dragons will host the Cisco Loboes in another attempt to find that elusive first victory.