Dragons still winless folllowing third straight defeat

BANGS — The Bangs Dragons hosted the Winters Blizzards for their 2017 Homecoming Friday night. In an amazing display of offense from both teams, Bangs fell short for its third consecutive loss by a score of 52-36.

It was thrilling game that showcased some great quarterback play on both sides by Bangs’ own Colton Brewer and Winters’ Mikev Diaz.

The Dragons (0-3) — who finished with 467 yards of total offense, 278 rushing and 189 passing, with three turnovers — struck first with an early fumble recovery by junior Hunter Lawrence that set up a 20 yard run to the end zone by Brewer, who threw for 278 yards and two scores and rushing 82 yards and two touchdowns. The Dragons were unable to add to their touchdown and the game started off 6-0.

Winters (1-2) — which generated 523 yards, including 503 rushing, with two turnovers — was able to recover quickly when Diaz scooted on a 50 yard sweep with an extra point to give the Blizzards the lead, 7-6, just minutes into the first quarter.

Bangs answered when Brewer hit junior George Nichols, who caught two passes for 87 yards, on a short dink to the sideline. Nichols evaded several tackles and raced towards the end zone for a 65-yard touchdown reception putting Bangs back on top 13-7.

After Diaz scored on a goal line quarterback sneak, Winters took advantage of a Bangs fumble at midfield and set up 32-yard sweep by Diaz again to end the first quarter in front 19-12.

Bangs began the second quarter with another touchdown run by Brewer and with a two-point conversion Bangs retook the lead, 20-19.

Winters then turned to its running game and senior back Troy Hernandez ripped off a 60-yard run to set up another quarterback sneak by Diaz. Hernandez would find himself in the end zone one more time before halftime to put Winters ahead, 34-19, at the break.

Bangs began the second half in strong fashion when senior running back Terick Flores, who led all Dragons with 88 yards on the ground, ran a 35-yard shot to bring the Dragons within a touchdown, but Winters responded quickly with a 36-yard run by Diaz again.

The Dragons’ defensive side began to settle in and showed great poise, but Winters was able to pull off big plays on third down.

After another Diaz touchdown, Brewer intercepted a pass on the two-point conversion and ran it back 99 yards to the other side and breathed life into the game once more.

Again the Dragons defensive effort was on display with some great third down stops, but the Blizzards put the nail in the coffin on another touchdown run with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The final score came in the waning seconds when Brewer was able to hit junior wideout Justin Wilson, who finished with five grabs for 62 yards, on a 10-yard fade. It was a bittersweet finale but a great way to finish such an strong offensive effort.

When asked his thoughts on the game, Bangs head coach Jim Bird responded that he was frustrated with the final score but felt “our offensive balance with the run and passing game was great, but we weren’t able to stand in the gaps as well. Give credit to a good Winters’ football team, they were more offensively consistent.”

Next week the Dragons will head out west to try their luck against the Coahoma Bulldogs (1-2), who are coming off a 42-35 home loss to Reagan County.