BANGS — Bangs head coach Eddie Pettit felt the Class 3A Clyde Bulldogs could possibly be the best team his Dragons face all year. The Bulldogs certainly left a lasting impression as they ruined Bangs’ homecoming with a 32-0 rout Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
In their final contest before the start of District 6-2A action at No. 5 Coleman next week, the Dragons mustered just 126 yards of total offense. Prior to Friday’s contest, Bangs was averaging 28.5 points per game, but the Dragons only advanced into Bulldog territory once and got no further than the Clyde 42-yard line.
“We knew Clyde was going to be good, and we were already banged up on the offensive line,” Pettit said. “It just went south tonight.”
Defensively, the Dragons (1-2) yielded 353 yards of total offense, including 158 yards and a touchdown on the ground to Curtis Kevil. Wes Liles added 98 yards of total offense and scored a rushing and a receiving touchdown.
“We’re going to definitely put this behind us because we have a much more important game coming up next week against Coleman,” Pettit said. “We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there. But we’re not going to hang our heads. We’re going to get ready for district opening up this week and see if we can get this thing rolling in the right direction.”
Clyde (3-1) opened the scoring on its second possession, marching 76 yards in 12 plays and chewing 5:50 off the block before Jacob Gonzales — who completed 5-of-15 passes for 75 yards — connected with Liles on a 9-yard scoring toss. Derek Mar’s failed pass attempt following a botched extra-point snap left the score at 6-0 with 30 seconds left in the first period.
The Dragons held the Bulldogs to a three-and-out on their third possession, but Clyde’s fourth drive covered 58 yards in five plays before Gonzales hooked up with Kyle Lewis on a 33-yard scoring toss at the 6:02 mark of the second period. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Bangs down by a 12-0 count.
On the play prior to the touchdown, Kevil converted a 4th-and-2 with a 17-yard scamper. Up to that point, the Dragon defense had limited Kevil to 23 yards on 10 carries.
Clyde added another touchdown before the first half ended as the Bulldogs took advantage of a 16-yard Bangs punt. The only play of a one-play scoring drive saw Kevil dart through the Dragon defense for a 45-yard touchdown at the 3:31 juncture. Mar drilled the extra point, giving Clyde a 19-0 halftime lead.
“Defensively we played a whole lot harder than we did last week,” Pettit said. “The defense is playing hard and it’s going to continue to play hard. I just want us to get better from here.”
Meanwhile, the Bangs offense generated just 57 yards of total offense and four first downs in the first half. The Dragons did not have a play gain more than eight yards in the opening 24 minutes.
“We knew as aggressive as their defense was and as banged up as we were on the offensive line, we were going to have to try and do some things we weren’t accustomed to doing,” Pettit said. “They sniffed it out pretty quick and that put us behind the eight ball all night.”
A pair of second-half Bangs turnovers set up Clyde’s final two touchdowns.
The Dragons had moved the ball from their own 12 to the 33 after Joey Brooke broke up a potential Clyde fourth-down touchdown pass in the end zone. But the drive ended when Joey Lewis, who finished with 33 yards rushing, coughed up the ball.
Clyde followed with a 20-yard run from Kevil, which set up Liles’ 13-yard scoring sprint. Bangs blocked the extra point with 2:56 left in the third period, leaving the Dragons behind 25-0.
Bangs quarterback Justin Greenhaw — who completed 4-of-14 passes, all to Adrian Brown, for 35 yards — was picked off by Clyde’s Jeremy Gordon on the Dragons’ 40 with 1:55 left in the third period.
Clyde needed just six plays to reach the end zone for the final time, scoring on a 13-yard quarterback keeper by Gonzales. Mar’s kick at the 10:35 mark of the fourth period made the final score 32-0
“Our offense put the defense in some bad situations with some turnovers,” Pettit said.
Bangs’ best drive of the night came following Clyde’s final touchdown. The Dragons kept the ball for 6:42 and moved 39 yards in 14 plays. Michael Peters reeled off a 17-yard run on the drive, the longest play from scrimmage for the Dragons.
Jeremiah Johnson also chipped in a 16-yard run on the final snap, which gave him a team-high 40 yards rushing.
Clyde 32, Bangs 0
Clyde 6 13 6 7 — 32
Bangs 0 0 0 0 — 0
C — Wes Liles 9 pass from Jacob Gonzales (pass failed), 0:30, 1st
C — Kyle Lewis 33 pass from Gonzales (run failed), 6:02, 2nd
C — Curtis Kevil 45 run (Derek Mar kick), 3:31, 2nd
C — Liles 13 run (kick blocked), 2:56, 3rd
C — Gonzales 13 run (Mar kick), 10:35, 4th
First Downs 17 9
Total Yards 353 126
Rush-Yards 36-269 37-91
Passing yards 84 35
C-A-I 6-16-1 4-14-1
Fumbles/Lost 0/0 2/1
Punts-Avg. 3-41.7 6-31.0
Penalties-Yards 4-40 2-20
Rushing — C: Curtis Kevil 21-158, Wes Liles 9-68, Jacob Gonzales, 5-46, Kelci Gonzales 1-(-3). B: Jeremiah Johnson 7-40, Joey Lewis 8-33, Michael Peters 5-22, Joey Brooke 5-12, Bradley Lee 5-(-1), Justin Greenhaw 7-(-15).
Passing — C: Gonzales 5-15-1-75, Liles 1-1-0-9. B: Greenhaw 4-14-1-35.
Receiving — C: Liles 2-21, Kyle Lewis 1-33, Zack Winters 1-12, Brandon Parsons 1-9, Donovan Nohl 1-8. B: Adrian Brown 4-35.