BANGS— The Bangs Dragons picked up their second District 4-3A Division II victory with their second shutout, 47-0 over Coleman, taking advantage of the Bluecats’ many miscues.
Bangs head coach Kyle Maxfield’s previous words to earlier in the week now seem prophetic after he said the team with the fewest mistakes would win. That is exactly how it played out Friday night with the Dragons (2-6, 2-3) keeping their offense simple and running roughshod over the hapless Bluecats (2-6, 1-4).
“Our kids are still wanting to improve and at this point in the season, when your playoffs chances are over, it’s a credit to these kids and the staff that they want to improve, even though the postseason is not there for us,” Maxfield said. “Seth (Anderson) playing quarterback and being confident is big. Our team rallied behind him and our defense has gotten better every week so it’s all coming together.”
The Dragons got on the scoreboard first after a botched onside kick gave Bangs the ball at Coleman’s 44, then Anderson and running back Ethan Sanchez picked up all the yards Bangs needed on the ground with Sanchez capping off the opening drive with a 13-yard touchdown. An error filled Coleman opening series gave the Dragons the ball back, but this time Anderson drove it all the way to the end zone on handful of carries with a 13-yard touchdown for the drive’s finale.
“We did really good at stopping the rushing game and stopping their big defensive line,” said Bangs lineman Hunter Lawrence, who shined on offense and defense with a pair of crucial sacks. “We did really good at stopping everything they sent at us. Our coaches taught us well. We just swam and got to the quarterback. We did our jobs. The ends stayed outside and the linebackers filled their gaps. That’s what it boiled down to – everyone doing their jobs.”
A few mistakes at the snap on the Dragons’ next series briefly slowed their momentum, but Sanchez picked up the slack on the next series with a 40-yard run for a first-and-goal at the 9-yard line, then running back Colton Martin capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown. Following a sack by Lawrence and lineman Cael John to set up a Coleman fourth down, Martin capped off another Dragon drive with another short-yardage touchdown.
“[The offensive line] was way more aggressive off the line than Coleman,” Martin said. “They were coming off fast and they practiced that all week. We knew Coleman came off slow and we have some fast guys on the line. Some are a little smaller, but they’re fast and it worked well against Coleman.”
After going into halftime ahead 27-0, on the heels of an Eli Carbal sack, the Dragons did not let up in the third quarter. While the defense continued neutralizing the Bluecats’ offense, the Dragons’ offense kept their frantic pace in the no-huddle. Following a Riley Taylor fumble recovery, the Dragons again marched the ball to near the goal line with Anderson capping off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown. Another sack by Lawrence, this time in combination with Hayden King, eventually lead to another Anderson touchdown from 24 yards out and Anderson gave the Bluecats one to grow on with a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown to take the score to 47-0 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Dragons face Texas Leadership Charter Academy in San Angelo next Friday and wrap up the season Nov. 9 at home against Cisco.
“We’ve come a long way and that’s a credit to the kids,” Maxfield said. “The community and the school district know how to win. At the first of the season, we were just trying to get back to those winning ways. They have a lot of tradition and, hopefully, we can build on this and keep getting better.”