BANGS — The Bangs Dragons football season ended Friday night with a loss to the Dublin Lions, 73-40.
The Dragons (0-10, 0-5)finished without securing a victory for the second time in three seasons, as Friday’s loss was the 16th in a row.
Despite the loss, Friday’s game was certainly an exciting one featuring a Bangs offense that produced over 500 total yards.
Quarterback Colton Brewer notched 311 passing yards on 35 attempts. The running game was also successful against Dublin. Both Brewer and junior Seth Anderson wound up with big games and 200 yards between the two.
The Lions began the game with the ball after a failed onside kick by Bangs. The Dragons’ defense struggled Friday night but began the game with vigor. Senior cornerback Chad Taylor was a standout alongside Brewer who played his first game at safety since his injury.
Dublin drew first blood after a heavily contested possession with eight minutes left in the first quarter. The Dragons’ offense stalled in their first possession which led to a punt that gave the Lions the ball on their own 40 yard line. As the Lions inched their way to the end zone, the Dragons jumped on a fumble that gave them the ball on their own 5 yard line.
The engine of the Dragons offense roared to life on a 90 yard touchdown pass to Seth Anderson. On a simple stop route, Anderson managed to elude the cornerback after the catch and outrun the rest of the Dublin defense up the sideline for the Dragons’ first touchdown.
The Dragons’ receiving corps once again played better than the final score would let on. Anderson ended the year with another great game both in the air and on the ground. Anderson finished with 148 receiving yards and nearly 100 yards rushing.
Zach Zink, another standout receiver for Bangs, racked up 50 reception yards on four tight seam routes that appeared flawless all night. Junior Justin Wilson also finished the season with arguably his best game with 100 reception yards.
After the Anderson touchdown, both teams traded touchdowns for most of the first half. The Lions’ quarterback/wide out tandem of Josh Hanes and Jacob Stanley was a formidable opponent; both accounted for six of the Lions first seven touchdowns.
With less than four minutes left in the half Bangs held its first lead since the Coahoma game but a bizarre series of plays, including a kickoff that gave Dublin the ball in the red zone with 90 seconds on the clock, put the Dragons in a hole they couldn’t claw out of with a halftime score of 44-26.
The Dragons shook off the first half and began the third quarter with a bang scoring a touchdown on their first possession on a quarterback dive by Brewer.
The Bangs offense continued to trade hits with the Lions but unfortunately their defense was unable to provide enough stops.
Indicative of the Dragons’ season, their second half defensive play struggled against a Lions offense that continued to find the end zone. When the final whistle blew, the Lions scored 10 touchdowns and left Memorial Stadium with the victory.