BANGS — The Bangs Dragons limped through another loss Friday night — their eighth this season and 14th in a row overall — as the Cisco Loboes picked up a 51-0 District 4-3A Division II victory Friday night.
Although they were unable to find the end zone, the Dragons (0-8, 0-3) played a solid four quarters with a lot of heart.
Murphy’s Law was at play again early for the Dragons. After receiving the opening kickoff, a Cisco (6-2, 3-0) linebacker snatched a pass out of the sky for a pick six on the first play of the drive putting the Loboes up 7-0.
Bangs began its second drive at its own 31 yard line only to fumble and set up the Loboes’ second touchdown of the night on a 2-yard dive by quarterback Cooper Witt.
The Dragons’ third drive resulted in a three and out against a speedy Cisco defense that was unwilling to give up anything to the Bangs offense. The Dragons started the night with second-string quarterback Seth Anderson, who did everything he could to get the Dragons on the scoreboard but was unable to convert. Anderson also left the game early in the second quarter after a big hit by Cisco’s defensive end, which led to senior Zach Zink holding the reins for the Dragon offense. Zink was unable to do much with Bangs’ banged up offense as he found himself with little wiggle room but never took a play off and fought for every yard.
The Loboes, known for a powerful running game, took the opportunity Friday night to experiment with their air raid. Bangs’ secondary, led by junior George Nichols, stood up to the challenge by knocking down 10 passes. Nichols would have the play of the night on an interception in the second quarter and was able to return it 60 yards. The play would be the last highlight of the night for Bangs. The following drive would involve two consecutive mishandled snaps that left the Dragons with a third-and-34.
The first half ended with a score 41-0. The second half was a brisk one on a 39 degree night. Both teams allowed the underclassmen plenty of playing time, and the Dragons were able to hold the Loboes’ offense to only a field goal and a touchdown in the second half.
“Cisco is a great football team and a class act program,” Bangs head coach Jim Bird said after the game. “We had some young kids that got some playing time at the varsity level for the first time that we felt battled well. We wish Cisico well in the rest of the district and the playoffs.”
Next week the Dragons will travel to Eastland for a chance at redemption against the 6-2 Mavericks who are also undefeated at 2-0 in district play. Eastland blanked Coleman, 45-0, Friday.