Bulletin Staff Report
SAN SABA — Bangs’ offense exploded for nine touchdowns while the defense minimized the threat of San Saba’s all-purpose quarterback John Henry to record the Dragons’ second win in a row Friday night, 60-21.
It was also the second District 6-2A victory for Bangs (3-5, 2-3) while San Saba (1-7, 0-5) is still looking for a win in district.
“It was a very good performance by all,” coach Eddie Pettit said. “Whenever you score that many points, it’s overall a pretty good performance by everyone involved. A lot of kids that hadn’t gotten in got an opportunity to play.”
After the two teams traded touchdowns, Bangs went ahead to stay with 3:25 left in the first quarter when Joey Brooke returned a punt 75 yards. Earlier, Bangs quarterback Justin Greenhaw faked two handoffs before keeping the ball and running for a 6-yard touchdown with 7:06 left in the quarter.
San Saba countered with a 6-yard run by Henry with 3:40 left in the opening quarter to tie the game at 7-7. But that was as close as the Armadillos would get.
Bangs scored three times in the second quarter to open a commanding 32-7 half-time margin.
Joey Lewis ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 9:50 left in the second quarter, and after Jayton Roberts’ kick, but the kick was no good. But Bangs had increased its lead to 20-7.
After beginning its drive on the San Saba 45 thanks to a long punt return, Greenhaw hit Jeremiah Johnson with an 8-yard pass. The 2-point conversion failed, but the Dragons were ahead 26-7.
Greenhaw hit Adrian Brown with a 25-yard pass with 30 seconds left in the half, and the score was 32-7 going into intermission.
Bangs added another touchdown with 6:43 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard scoring jab by LaShawn Johnson, making the score 39-7.
But the Armadillos found new life, and after a 1-yard run by Henry, the lead was cut to 39-14. Then, just 6 seconds into the fourth quarter, Henry passed for a touchdown to make it 39-21.
It was all Bangs Dragons the rest of the way, however.
Jeremiah Johnson ran 30 yards two plays later, with 11:18 left in the game, and after the kick the score stood at 46-21.
Grant Lawrence intercepted a Henry pass and returned it 75 yards for the touchdown with 7:04 left, boosting the score to 53-21. Then LaShawn Johnson ran for the final touchdown — a series set up by an interception — and the point-after made it 60-21.
Bangs will continue its efforts to stay in the hunt for the third district playoff spot next week by traveling to Grape Creek. San Saba will be on the road to play Early, the district leader after a 20-18 win over Coleman Friday.