Bulletin Staff Report
BANGS — The Bangs Dragons won a decisive battle, but they may feel like they lost the war as Friday night’s 40-20 victory over Wall wasn’t enough to send the team into the playoffs.
Bangs took care of its business, with Bradley Lee running for five touchdowns and passing for another, but the season ended when Jim Ned couldn’t defeat Coleman. A Coleman loss of 15 points or more would have meant the third District 6-2A playoff spot behind champion Early and Ballinger would be decided on a coin toss.
“Our kids played extremely hard,” head coach Eddie Pettit said. “They stepped up to the challenge offensively, and they really found out in the last four weeks what it’s all about.”
The Hawks threw some new wrinkles at the Bangs defense, but the Dragons’ half-time adjustments mostly shut them down.
The Dragons jumped out to a 34-12 half-time lead thanks to four of Lee’s touchdown runs and a Lee pass to Adrian Brown. Lee’s fifth scoring run came in the third period.
Lee’s first touchdown came on a 12-yard run with 8:08 left in the first quarter, but the kick was blocked. Lee scored again on a 15-yard run with 4:51 left in the quarter and the Dragons got a 2-point conversion on a run by Joey Brooke.
Adrian Brown’s 33-yard touchdown catch from Lee with 11:53 left in the first half combined with the point-after kick gave Bangs a 21-0 lead.
Then, Wall scored two consecutive touchdowns to narrow the margin to 21-12, with 7:00 left in the half on a 2-yard run by Denver Lewellan and 3:01 left on a 13-yard run by Colton Chandler.
But Bangs answered the challenge with two touchdowns before half-time. After a long touchdown run was negated by a personal foul call, Lee scored with 27 seconds left in the half on a 55-yard scamper and the kick was good.
The Hawks got the ball back, but fumbled and the Dragons recovered. After a long pass from quarterback Justin Greenhaw put the ball on the Wall 2-yard line with just seconds left before intermission, Bangs attempted two passes into the end zone. Then, as time ran out, Lee ran the final yard, and the Dragons went into half-time ahead 34-12.
Lee uncorked a 65-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds left in the third period after the Dragon defense recovered a Wall fumble deep in their own territory. That score finished out Bangs’ scoring, but Wall added another touchdown on with 5:04 left in the game on a 2-yard run.
The Dragons had a late drive deep into Wall territory, the ball went over on downs at the Hawks’ 14-yard line with 42 seconds left.
Bangs collected 484 yards of total offense, with Lee rushing 11 times for 223 yards and five touchdowns. Jeremiah Johnson added 97 yards on 13 carries. Chandler was Wall’s leading rusher with 104 yards on 20 carries, scoring two touchdowns.
Bangs ends the year with a 6-4 record overall, and 4-3 in district play.