Bulletin Staff Report
CISCO — The scoreboard showed that Cisco beat Bangs 33-0 here Friday, but the Dragons have to be wondering if they didn’t defeat themselves.
It was a game marked by defensive heroics that kept Cisco off the scoreboard when it was handed several opportunities. But the Loboes took advantage of plenty of them, especially in the first half.
The Loboes built a 19-0 half-time lead, capitalizing on five Bangs interceptions off the arm of Dragons quarterback Tyler Fuqua, who completed 7 of 15 passes for 46 yards. Cisco added two more touchdowns in the second half.
Cisco quarterback Tanner Garcia (3 of 6 for 80 yards with one interception) opened the scoring with a 12-yard run with 8:33 left in the first quarter, but Grant Bear blocked the kick attempt. The possession came after Cisco had intercepted a Bangs pass at the Cisco 33.
Bangs was unable to get a first down, and Cisco turned the ball over on downs at the Bangs 27. But the Dragons gave Cisco a short field with an interception on the Dragons’ 33. Bradley Toler scored for Cisco on a 2-yard run with 2:28 left in the first quarter. A two-point conversion attempt failed, but Cisco led 12-0.
The Bangs Dragons twice turned Cisco back inside their own 10, but the Loboes picked up a third touchdown with 2:37 left in the half when Garcia hit Toler with a 22-yard pass. Garcia’s kick was good.
Bangs fans might have guessed that the second half wouldn’t hold any magic for them either when Vegas Hastings took the opening kickoff at the 5 and returned it 91 yards. Trever Honea ran it in from there, and Garcia’s kick made it 26-0 with 10:20 left in the third quarter.
Bangs then mishandled the kickoff, and started its next possession at the 5.
But the Bangs offense showed some spark, with quarterback Tyler Fuqua passing to Marcus Smith at the 32 to pull the Dragons out of the hole. Bangs couldn’t get points out of the drive, but the punt pinned Cisco back on its 3.
Cisco closed the scoring on a 7-yard run by Jesse Rodriguez with 7:39 left in the game. Garcia’s kick was good.
The Bangs defense did accomplish its goal of containing the Cisco rushing attack, as Hastings – the Loboes’ leading rusher who had 309 yards and four touchdowns last week against Ballinger – ran for 70 yards on 11 carries. But Garcia rushed for 80 yards on nine keepers.
The Dragons had 167 total yards compared to Cisco’s 312. Fuqua led Bangs rushers with 46 yards on 11 carries, and Marcus Berniard added 45 yards on 11 carries.
Bangs (2-1) can now turn its attention to defending its District 8-2A championship. The district race will open next Friday when cross-county rival Early (0-4) visits Bangs Memorial Stadium.