COLEMAN — Fifth-ranked Coleman delivered a second-quarter knockout blow, while the Bangs Dragons’ offense was punchless for the second week in a row as the Bluecats cruised to a 35-0 win in the District 6-2A opener at Hufford Field Friday.
Coleman (4-0, 1-0) recorded touchdowns on its final three possessions of the first half to build a 21-0 halftime lead, but the Bluecats managed just 63 of their 269 total yards in the second half. Meanwhile, the Bangs (1-3, 0-1) offense tallied a mere 12 yards in the opening half, but kept the ball away from Coleman during final two quarters and finished with 145 yards of total offense.
“Our defensive guys bowed their backs and played pretty well, but our offense spit and sputtered again,” said Bangs head coach Eddie Pettit.
Bronson Buzzard led the Bluecats — who churned out 173 yards rushing on 33 carries — with 58 yards rushing and a touchdown, while catching a team-high two passes for 32 yards. Colton Buzzard added 49 yards on the ground and 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air, completing 6-of-10 passes. Brandon Worsham also chipped in 58 yards rushing and 26 yards receiving.
Bangs quarterback Justin Greenhaw connected on 10-of-24 passes for 96 yards with an interception, and he was sacked six times which resulted in 31 yards lost. Bradley Lee grabbed four receptions for 31 yards, Adrian Brown caught three passes for 42 yards and Joey Brooke made three catches for 23 yards.
On the ground, Jeremiah Johnson again led the Dragons — who chalked up just 49 yards on 32 carries — with 23 yards. Bangs also committed seven penalties for 65 yards, which bogged down the offense at times.
“Offensively, we’re just not getting things clicking,” Pettit said. “One thing we have to do is cut down on penalties. We’ll get going and have a third-and-1 and get a penalty and wind up third-and-6 or third-and-11. That’s hard for us to overcome, but we’re going to continue to work and get better.”
After mustering just one first down on their initial possession, the Bluecats closed the first half by scoring on a 2-yard Stanley Cole run, a 16-yard Bronson Buzzard run and a 5-yard pass from Colton Buzzard to Jacob Agbor.
Cole’s touchdown — which occurred with 9:39 left in the first half — capped an 11-play, 69-yard trek that chewed 4:39 off the clock. The key play of the drive was a 15-yard pass from Colton Buzzard to Bronson Buzzard on fourth-and-7, which moved the ball to the Bangs 19.
The Bluecats’ next scoring drive began on their own 47 as they needed just five plays to get back in the end zone. Worsham reeled off a 14-yard run on the second play, then two plays later the Buzzards hooked up again for a 17-yard gain down to the 16. Bronson Buzzard capped the drive with his touchdown run at the 5:05 mark.
Coleman closed the first half with an eight-play, 71-yard march that ended with 21 seconds left in the first half. Colton Buzzard ran for 14 yards, then connected with Worsham on a 26-yard pass to set up his scoring toss to Agbor.
“Our defense was a bright spot for us, but we had a little letdown in the second quarter and they got on us a little bit,” Pettit said.
Meanwhile, Bangs racked up 44 yards and three first downs on its first drive of the half, but the last three ended horribly. First, the Dragons went three-and-out and lost 12 yards, followed by a possession that netted a first down but still wound up losing eight yards. Greenhaw was then sacked on the final play of the first half for another loss of a dozen yards.
After halftime, the Dragons did an excellent job of playing keep-away as Coleman had just 16 snaps compared to Bangs’ 40. But one of the Dragons’ offensive plays resulted in points for the Bluecats as Cole grabbed an errant shovel pass from Greenhaw and raced 18 yards for Coleman’s fourth touchdown with 9:45 left.
The Bluecats tacked on a final touchdown with 51 seconds left as Colton Buzzard hit Corbin Brooks on a 20-yard scoring toss, capping a four-play drive that started on the Bangs 39 following a turnover on downs.
“The score is not an indication of the way the game was played,” Pettit said. “Our kids never quit. It was a well-played game and I’m proud of our kids for hanging in there, fighting hard and giving all they’ve got.”
Bangs will attempt to snap its three-game losing streak next week when it hosts District 6-2A co-leader Early, which picked up its first win of the season Friday, 21-6, over Jim Ned.