Anson drops Bangs, 48-27, in league opener

Derrick Stuckly

BANGS — The Bangs Dragons allowed a pair of quick touchdowns and were forced to play catch up the remainder of the night as the Anson Tigers secured a 48-27 road victory Friday in the District 4-3A Division II opener for both teams.

“We had a turnover on the kick return after their first touchdown so they went up 14-0 and that dug us a hole we could never get out of,” said Bangs second-year head coach Kyle Maxfield. “Credit to our kids because it could have got ugly real fast but they fought back and made it a game. We closed the gap a few times but could never take the lead.”

Anson (2-2, 1-0) finished with 570 yards of total offense — 285 rushing and and 285 passing — as quarterback Drew Hagler completed 13 of 21 passes for 285 yards with three touchdowns while rushing for 140 yards and four more scores.

Issak Fernandez caught five passes for 127 yards and scored three times, while Daniel Davis also finished with five grabs totaling 127 yards. Jacob Garza chipped in 110 rushing yards for the Tigers.

“They're the most balanced offense we've faced by far,” Maxfield said. “The quarterback can operate that offense and they can stretch you vertically and horizontally. We had two weeks to prepare for them and sometimes you can outthink yourself. We didn't play very good run defense which was a combination of things.”

Bangs (2-2, 0-1) generated 351 yards — 276 rushing and 75 passing — and committed the game's lone turnover. Ethan Sanchez rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Brayton Wedeman added 99 yards and a score on the ground and Guy Powell finished with 56 yards rushing. Wedeman also completed 5 of 8 passes for 75 yards as Wesley Mitchell hauled in two receptions for 60 yards with a touchdown, and Powell grabbed two catches for 15 yards.

“Offensively we moved the ball well and we had shots to score even more,” Maxfield said. “We had a chance to get one in right before the half that would have made a huge difference in the game.”

The Dragons trailed 14-0 after one quarter, trimmed the deficit to 28-19 at halftime and faced a 41-27 deficit through three periods.

“They came out on their first drive of the third quarter and ran through us like water, and we were on our heels the rest of the game,” Maxfield said.

Next week, the Dragons will attempt to rebound at Grape Creek (1-3, 0-1), which is coming off a 49-8 loss to Coleman (2-2, 1-0) in its league opener.

“Grape Creek runs some option and veer stuff, which we've seen earlier in the year so that ought to help us prepare for them,” Maxfield said. “It's going to be our first road game in a while so we have to make sure we're focused. The big thing is getting back to the basics and getting better. Anson played more physical than us and that leaves a bad taste in our mouths that we want to get out. “