BANGS — Seeking their first win streak since 2014, against the head coach who roamed the Dragons sidelines the last time they won two in a row, Bangs instead suffered a 45-7 loss to the Ballinger Bearcats in District 4-3A Division II action Friday night.
Bangs (1-5, 1-2), which snapped a 20-game losing streak last week with a 27-0 home victory over Grape Creek in first-year head coach Kyle Maxfield’s fifth outing, was unable to duplicate a similar outcome against former head coach Chuck Lipsey and the Bearcats (4-2, 2-1).
Playing without starting quarterback Justin Wilson, the Dragons committed four turnovers, giving them 16 on the season, and were limited to 157 yards of total offense. The Bearcats, meanwhile, generated 412 yards — 280 rushing and 132 passing – without a turnover.
Bangs’ lone touchdown was scored by Ethan Sanchez on a 6-yard run early in the fourth quarter after Ballinger tallied the game’s first 38 points.
Sanchez rushed for a team-best 56 yards for Bangs followed by Seth Anderson with 47 yards on the ground and Wesley Mitchell with 12.
Anderson completed 2 of 3 passes for 23 yards while Mitchell was 3 of 5 for 19 yards with an interception.
Corbin Freeland caught two passes for 20 yards while Riley Taylor grabbed a 12-yard reception, Sanchez made a 9-yard catch and Anderson finished with a 1-yard reception.
For Ballinger, quarterback Edgar Nunez rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and completed 9 of 15 passes for 132 yards and another score.
Cooper Bean chipped in 74 yards on the ground and two scores while Damian Wilborn rushed for 64 yards with a trip to the end zone.
Cody Harral led all Bearcat receivers with four catches for 61 yards, Tyler Vaughn added two catches for 29 yards, Weston Rollwitz pulled down two receptions for 27 yards with a touchdown and Garret Dixon made a 15-yard grab.
After a scoreless first quarter, Ballinger raced out to a 24-0 halftime advantage. Nunez scored on a 25-yard carry on the first play of the second period, then Bean added a 1-yard dive into the end zone at the 9:35 mark. Nunez later connected with Rollwitz on a 9-yard scoring toss at the 1:28 mark, and the Bearcats added a 27-yard field goal from Nunez with three seconds left in the half.
In the third quarter, Ballinger scored on a 63-yard scamper by Nunez and a 1-yard plunge by Wilborn to stretch the lead to 38-0 by the end of the stanza.
Following Sanchez’s touchdown for Bangs, Bean scored again from 5 yards out to cap the scoring for Ballinger with 8:59 remaining.
Next week, Bangs will attempt to rebound at Merkel (1-5, 1-), which suffered a 49-21 loss to Anson Friday night.