Bulletin Staff Report
DUBLIN - Bangs dominated the Dublin Lions, gave some backup players valuable experience and - most importantly - clinched a playoff spot with a 43-0 victory over Dublin here Friday night.
The Dragons claimed a 21-0 half-time lead and added 22 more points in the third period in winning their fifth District 8-2A win. Now, Bangs will enjoy an open date next Friday and prepare to host Brady, who beat Coleman Friday, in what could be a battle of unbeaten district teams to decide the championship on the final weekend of the regular season.
Bangs rolled up 501 yards rushing against the outgunned Lions, and were led by the 182 yards on 14 carries by DeShawn Johnson. Quarterback Bradley Lee, who was 6-of-9 passing for 49 yards, added 116 yards on the ground for Bangs.
Dublin was led by Mason Lewis, who carried eight times for 41 yards against a stiff Bangs defense.
After holding the Lions without a first down on their first offensive series, Bangs drove methodically and opened the scoring with 6:10 left in the game when Michael Peters ran 2 yards. Grant Bearís kick was good.
Lee ran 9 yards with 9:16 left in the second quarter, to boost the score to 13-0, but the kick failed. Johnson ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 32 seconds left in the half, and Lee passed to Cody Cross for the 2-point conversion.
Bangs went into intermission holding a 21-0 advantage.
In the third, Bangs asserted its dominance 8 seconds into the quarter with a 70-yard dash on the first play from scrimmage. Bearís kick was good.
Johnson added another touchdown with 7:30 left in the third, and Bear passed to James Churchill for 2 points.
The Dragons closed out the scoring when Issac Brown stepped in front of the Justin Goodrich pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Bearís kick made it 43-0.