BANGS — The Bangs Dragons collected a 42-27 homecoming victory over the Winters Blizzards Friday night at Memorial Stadium, wrapping up their pre-district schedule with a winning record as they turn their attention toward the District 4-3A Division II opener against Anson on Sept. 27.
“This was a win that we had to earn where we had to make plays down the stretch and that's something that's really promising to see for us going into district,” said Bangs second-year head coach Kyle Maxfield. “Winters is a very solid team and with the offense they run they make you play very disciplined defense.”
The Dragons (2-1) amassed 305 yards of total offense, including 262 rushing, in handing Winters (2-1) its first loss of the season Friday.
Ethan Sanchez rushed for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Brayton Wedeman chipped in 100 yards on the ground and two scores of his own. Wedeman also completed 3 of 5 passes for 43 yards — an 18-yarder to Riley Taylor and two receptions for 25 yards by Guy Powell, who reached the end zone once on offense and contributed 12 yards to the rushing tally as well.
“We had a couple of third-and-longs and Ethan just rumbled for first downs,” Maxfield said. “He's one of those running backs that the more you give him the ball going into the fourth quart. He also made a couple with his arm, but we relied more on his feet last.”
Powell also returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in the third period, which allowed Bangs to open a two-score advantage.
“That punt return put us up two touchdowns and I think we let down our guard a little bit because Winters went straight down the field and hit a big pass for a touchdown,” Maxfield said. “It was a ball game going into the fourth quarter.”
The Dragons defense forced four turnovers during the game, including a pair of interceptions from Wesley Mitchell.
“Those interceptions were critical and one was really impressive because we went up in the air and got the ball,” Maxfield said.
Bangs, which is seeking its first playoff berth since 2014, has a bye next week before entering league play.
“You love going into the open week with a win, but it doesn't get any easier for us starting off district with Anson,” Maxfield said. “Going into district Cisco and Ballinger are playing well and Anson had a big win over Stamford. We're right there in the middle of things and hopefully we can do some good work during the open week, go back to some basics and try and get better.”