DUBLIN — The Bangs Dragons were unable to snap their losing streak as the season ended with a sixth consecutive loss, 48-28, to the Dublin Lions — who notched their one and only victory of 2016.
The Dragons finished their second season under head coach Jim Bird at 2-7 overall but went 0-5 against District 4-3A Division II opponents. Dublin, a playoff team a year ago, posted a 1-9 overall mark, 1-4 in league action.
Bangs owned a 14-7 lead after one quarter, but Dublin charged back with 20 second-quarter points en route to a 27-14 halftime advantage. The Lions padded their cushion to 34-14 through three frames, and both teams scored twice in the fourth period.
Quarterback Colton Brewer returned to the Bangs lineup after a two-game absence, but he was intercepted three times as the Dragons committed four turnovers — which negated a 413-404 advantage in total yards over the Lions.
Brian Sterling carried the load offensively for the Dragons as he racked up 253 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 18 carries. Zach Allen contributed 43 yards and a score on the ground.
Brewer connected on just 7 of 22 passes for 82 yards, but hurled a touchdown to Sterling. Tanner James added a 27-yard reception and Kevin Blaine caught a team-high three passes for 16 yards.
Dublin’s attack was sparked by quarterback Brady Moore, who completed 10 of 16 passes for 92 yards with a pair of scoring tosses, while rushing for a team-high 111 yards and two more touchdowns. Keith Wright added 88 yards and a score while Gabe Garcia chipped in 78 yards.
The Lions raced out to 7-0 lead on a 27-yard scamper by Moore, but the Dragons answered with touchdown carries of 7 and 48 yards by Sterling to wrestle away the lead at the end of the first period.
The second-quarter scoring began with a pick six of Brewer by Garcia, as Dublin pulled even at 14. Moore later scored on a 5-yard carry to push Dublin in front for good, while Brandon Burleson hauled in a 3-yard touchdown reception before halftime to stake the Lions to a 13-point lead at intermission.
Dublin tacked on its fourth straight touchdown when Moore connected with Jacob Stanley for a 16-yard scoring connection and a 34-13 edge. The Lions’ lead peaked at 27 points, 41-14, just 38 seconds into the fourth period on a 7-yard touchdown run by Josh Haynes.
Brewer threw a 22-yard touchdown to Sterling, cutting the deficit to 41-22, but Dublin responded with a 49-yard scoring sprint from Wright. A 1-yard Allen run with 3:05 left allowed the Dragons to trim the final deficit to 20 points.