BRADY — A 19-point fourth quarter performance by the Brady Bulldogs sent the Bangs Dragons home with a 26-12 season ending loss Friday night.
The Dragons headed into the contest already eliminated from playoff contention and were looking to prevent Brady from having its first undefeated season since 1977.
The Bulldogs held a 7-6 lead until the fourth quarter, in a game that had become a defensive battle between District 8-2A rivals.
The final quarter saw the Bulldogs with possession after a Tyler Fuqua pass was picked off by Brady’s Seth Bozeman. The Bulldogs’ running game, which had been almost nonexistent most of the night, began finding holes in the Dragon defense. Brady scored its first touchdown less than 90 seconds into the fourth quarter. Bangs blocked the extra point, the first of two on the night.
The Dragon offense responded with an 11-yard catch-and-run from Fuqua to Isaac Brown, to bring Bangs within one point, 13-12. Head coach Chuck Lipsey called for a two-point conversion attempt, but Fuqua overthrew Jacob Hughes in the corner of the end zone.
The Bulldogs used the clock to their advantage in the fourth quarter, chewing up more than three minutes before taking a 20-12 lead. The Dragons struggled offensively in the game’s final minutes, eventually turning the ball over on downs with less than two minutes to play. Brady quarterback Mackenzie Hirt found the end zone with less than a minute to play for the final score of the game.
Fuqua, who played his last game as a Dragon, was 11 of 21 for 126 yards with one TD and one interception.
The Dragons finished the season 5-4 and 3-3 in district, while Brady goes into the playoffs with a 10-0 record.
Brady 26, Bangs 12
Bangs 0 6 0 6 - 12
Brady 7 0 0 19 - 26
Brady: Seth Bozeman 16 run, :08, 1st
Bangs: Tyler Fuqua 1 run, extra point failed, 7:18, 2nd
Brady: Bozeman 12 run, 10:37, 4th, extra point failed
Bangs: Issac Brown 31 pass from Fuqua, 7:16, 4th, two-point conversion failed
Brady: Jake Long 13 run, 4:36, 4th
Brady: Mackenzie Hirt 1 run, :49, 4th, extra point failed
First downs 16 15
Total Yards 249 271
Rush-Yards 31-103 41-211
Passing yards 146 60
C-A-I 11-21-1 4-5-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-1
Punts-Avg. 3-31 4-41
Penalties-Yards 4-25 4-40
Rushing — Bangs: Tyler Fuqua (20-73), Corey Sanchez (3-14) Brady: Jake Long (14-100) Seth Bozeman (7-70)
Passing — Bangs: Tyler Fuqua (11-21-146) Brady: Mackenzie Hirt (4-5-60)
Receiving — Bangs: Issac Brown (2-32) Grant Bear (2-30) Marcus Smith (2-30) Brady: Zach Jones (2-31) Kyle Andrews (1-20)