BANGS— With their playoff chances nixed despite riding a two-game win streak, the Cisco Loboes further cemented the end of the Bangs Dragons season by handing them a 56-20 loss Friday.
The Dragons (3-7, 3-4) were no match for Cisco’s rushing game, which lifted the Loboes (9-0, 7-0) to an early 28-0 lead. Cisco did not let up while racking up 337 yards and four more touchdowns before the final whistle.
“I felt like we had nothing to lose,” said Bangs running back Ethan Sanchez, who rushed for two touchdowns and 89 yards. “We were going full force, but we did not play to our potential in the first half. We realized this was our last game of the season and had nothing to lose.”
Although blown out by a 36-point margin, the Dragons’ 2018 finale was not a complete loss. The Dragons finally started to heat up after quarterback Seth Anderson guided them down the field on a slew of receptions to receivers Justin Wilson and Colton Martin as well as a 30-yard carry on third-and-short. A sack and an incomplete pass led to a fourth-and-21, but Anderson managed Bangs’ first touchdown after pressure forced him to roll right and find Martin waiting in the back of the end zone.
“We knew how hard Cisco played and how they were going to come out against us,” said Anderson, who completed 6 of 10 passes for 60 yards and a TD to complement his 58 yards rushing. “We were kind of scrambling, even though we knew what they were going to do, and in the second quarter we really got our feet under us. We did a lot better in the second half, but the margin was too big.”
Cisco continued lighting up the scoreboard by ground and air, but as the game wore on Bangs remained competitive. Sanchez picked up steam early in the fourth quarter, capping off a lengthy drive with a 6-yard TD after putting his team in striking distance with a 27-yard carry. With 3:45 left in regulation, the Dragons began what would be their final drive of the season. Following a short burst from Sanchez, Anderson picked up a 27-yard carry then found Martin for a 16-yard reception to get Bangs into the red zone. Sanchez then carried multiple Cisco players as he pushed the ball across the goal line for a 16-yard TD with 5 seconds left on the clock.
“I feel pretty good about [next year]. We have a bunch of players coming back,” Sanchez said. “We have a lot of sophomores and juniors coming back. Cisco helped us because it showed us the caliber of teams that will be in the playoffs. It makes us tougher.”
The Dragons end the season 3-7 with a 3-4 district record, good for fifth place. As for Anderson, outside of completing in track and field this spring, he will next turn his attention to training for the military. Despite officially hanging up his cleats Friday night, Anderson feels his time with the Bangs football team was well spent. They snapped a two-year losing streak and had the program’s first win streak since 2014. Although satisfied to help move the program forward, Anderson said he took more pleasure in seeing what the wins meant to the community.
“We built a bit of a foundation. A 3-7 season doesn’t look like a lot from the outside looking in, but from the inside we gave them hope,” Anderson said. “It’s a great feeling to know we’ve done something we haven’t done in a long time … It feels long overdue. It’s a great feeling.”