Bulletin Staff Report
COMANCHE - After battling Comanche to a draw for two quarters, the Bangs Dragons opened the second half with a two-touchdown barrage then turned it over to the defense to capture a hard-fought 35-28 win and remain perfect in the race for the District 8-2A crown.
The victory sets up a showdown next Friday with Coleman, a 46-7 winner over Dublin this week, at Bangs Memorial Stadium.
The Dragons (3-0 in district) used a pounding ground game that saw two players (quarterback Bradley Lee with 11 for 171, and DeShawn Johnson 23 for 141) chalk up 100-yard-plus games. But it was up to the Bangs defense to hold off the aerial game of Comanche, as Jerick Roberts hit 8 of 19 for 125 yards. But Devin Rowland picked off two Comanche passes playing defense, in addition to catching a 30-yarder from his own quarterback on offense.
After the two teams went into half-time with a 21-21 tie, the Dragons scored quickly to open the third quarter. Then Bangs took the kickoff and reeled off a series of big plays, capping it with an 18-yard TD run by Lee. Bangs added another score with 3:27 in the third when Johnson went 4 yards. Bear’s kicks were good both times.
Lee had an 80-yard scoring run called back in the fourth, and it gave Comanche new life. Feaster had a 1 yd scoring run in the fourth, and Herrera’s kick was good. But the Dragons defense sealed the victory.
An aroused Comanche Indian squad drew first blood, when Cody Briggs hauled in a 6-yard pass from Roberts with 9:59 left. But the kick failed. Bangs countered with a 6-yard run by Johnson and Bear’s kick with 5:52 left in the first. Briggs caught a 10-yard pass from Roberts with 3:38 left in the first, and Hohertz caught Roberts’ pass for 2 points. Johnson ran 6 yards with 1:16 left in the first quarter.
Both teams picked up touchdowns in the second quarter. Lee ran 83 yards with 11 minutes left, and Lee passed to Bear for the 2-point conversion. Hohertz caught a 35-yard pass from Robert with a minute left in the half, and Herrera’s kick was good.