Brownwood Bulletin

BANGS - Bangs, riding high after a two-point victory over cross-county rival Early last week, improved to 2-0 in District 8-2A play with a 27-0 victory against the San Saba Armadillos at Dragon Memorial Stadium Friday night.

San Saba began the game with the ball, but an interception by Bangsí Cody Cross and a subsequent catch and run gave the Dragons the ball in Armadillo territory. Quarterback Bradley Lee rushed 40 yards, to set the Dragons up with a first down at the San Saba 9. Two plays later, Lee found the end zone, and after the kick by Grant Bear, the Dragons took a 7-0 lead with 6:12 left in the opening period.

The Armadillos maintained possession for the remainder of the first quarter, but missed an opportunity to get points when a field goal attempt failed.

Both teams were forced to punt the ball during the second quarter. Then the Dragons, who recovered a San Saba fumble, took possession at the Armadillo 25 yard line. An up-the-gut surge by running back DeShawn Johnson - who led all rushers with 122 yards on 16 carries - put six more on the board. An extra point later, Bangs took a 14-0 lead.

Lee, who was 8 of 11 for 74 yards passing with no interceptions, also ran for 92 yards on 12 carries.

With two minutes left in the half, San Saba threatened to score after a drive that took the Armadillos to the Bangs 5-yard line. But the Dragonsí defense stopped the visitors to preserve the shutout.

San Saba adjusted its offensive strategy to open the second half, eating up nearly 10 minutes in a drive that saw no points scored.

After a short pass to Cody Cross, the Dragons found themselves with a first down at the Armadillo 23-yard line. Johnson moved the ball to the 1, and Lee took it in from there to give Bangs a 20-0 lead. The extra point attempt failed.

With 3:55 left in the game, Johnson darted 7 yards, and after Bearís extra point, Bangs capped the scoring with a Bear PAT.

The homecoming game began one hour late due to lightning in the area.