The Bangs Dragons scored 60 points against the San Saba Armadillos last Friday night at Rogan Field. It was the most points allowed by San Saba since a 61-24 defeat by Hico in 2002 at Rogan Field. Bangs scored 7 touchdowns on offense amassing 340 yards rushing and 102 yards through the air. They scored one score on an interception and one on a kick return. San Saba had 328 yards total offense in the game.
Bangs won the coin toss but elected to defer to the second half. San Saba began the game with a three play and out drive, punting to the Dragon 40. A 38-yard pass from Justin Greenhaw to Adrian Brown, set up a 6-yard run by Greenhaw for Bangs first score of the game. Jayton Roberts was good on the PAT and the Dragons led 7-0.
San Saba answered with a 78-yard drive. John Henry was 3-3 passing for 49 yards on the drive and scored the touchdown on a 6-yard run. Bobby Pairett kicked the PAT and the scored was tied at 7-7.
On the ensuing kick, Joey Brown hit the pile and appeared to be stopped. However he shifted to his left then found a gap and raced for the end zone on the 80-yard return. The PAT by Roberts was true and Bangs had the lead for good at 14-7.
The Dillos next drive stalled on a 4th down play where John Henry appeared to have the first down yardage but the officials spotted the ball a yard short of the marker. Bangs used 5 plays to score. The touchdown came on a 10-yard run by Joey Lewis. The PAT sailed wide right and the lead stood at 20-7.
San Saba was unable to move the ball and the punt by Devin Moreno was returned to the Dillo 44. An 8-yard pass from Justin Greenhaw to Jeremiah Johnson capped the 5-play drive. The 2-point conversion attempt failed The Armadillos were driving towards a score when a John Henry pass was intercepted by Jonathon Carson. A penalty on the return put the ball at the Dragon 5. Adrian Brown finished the 6-play drive on a 25-yard pass from Justin Greenhaw. Derek Sears leaped for the interception but mistimed it and Brown caught the ball behind Sears for the score. The conversion failed and Bangs had the 32-7 halftime lead.
The Dragons began the second half where they ended the first half. A 10-play, 66-yard drive resulted in the sixth Dragon score of the game. Most of the damage was done by the legs of LaShawn Johnson. Johnson ran for 40 yards on the drive and scored on a 1-yard plunge. Jayton Roberts was good on the PAT and the score showed Bangs 39, San Saba 7.
A great 50-yard pass from John Henry to Daniel Cisneroz set up the next Armadillo score. Henry scored on a 2-yard run and the PAT by Pairett cut the lead to 39-14. The Dillo defense stopped the Dragons on their next possession and forced a short punt, giving the ball back to San Saba at the Dillo 31.
As the 4th quarter stated, San Saba was on the move again. The Dillos were on the Bangs 35. A “pump-and-go” pattern to Derek Sears resulted in a San Saba touchdown on the first play of the quarter. Bobby Pairett kicked the PAT and San Saba trailed 39-21.
Bangs responded with a 2-play drive. A 17-yard run by LaShawn Johnson was followed by a 45-yard run by Jeremiah Johnson for the touchdown. Jayton Roberts added the PAT and the lead was 46-21.
Both teams were unable to gain a first down on their next possessions. San Saba started at the Dillo 7 after the Dragon punt. An “out pattern” to Sears was intercepted by Grant Lawrence who returned 18 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good and Bangs led 53-21 with 7:04 left in the game.
The Armadillos were stopped in the next drive when a Henry pass was intercepted for a third time in the game. Bangs had the ball at the Dillo 35. LaShawn Johnson scored on the next play. Johnson ended the game with 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Roberts was accurate on the PAT and the scoreboard showed Bangs 60, San Saba 21.
San Saba ran out the final 3:57 of the game behind the rushing of Dustin Morgan.
John Henry led the offense with his 67 yards rushing and two scores on 23 carries and completed 14 of 22 passes for 205 yards. Morgan added 37 yards on the ground and Daniel Cisneroz had 17 yards.
Derek Sears and Justin Barker had 5 catches each. Sears had 90 yards and a touchdown while Barker added 34 yards. Joseph Henry had 2 catches, Ryan Plumley and Daniel Cisneroz had one catch each.
Defensively, the Armadillos were led by the line of Joseph Henry, Travis Hawkins, Robert Pulatie and Bobby Pairett. Key plays were also made by Sears, Plumley, Barker, Dustin Morgan, Cisneroz, Anthony Salinas, Robert Ramirez and Aaron Johnson.
The 22 pass attempts by John Henry give him 598 attempts in his San Saba career, breaking the record of Kris Higginbotham, who had 594 attempts from 1995-1997. Henry could break five more records before the end of the season for attempts, completions and yards for both season and career.
In other district action, Early upset #5 Coleman 20-18, Ballinger got past Wall 24-20 and Jim Ned beat Grape Creek 34-14. This week shows Ballinger traveling to Coleman in a big game for Ballinger’s playoff chances, Bangs goes to Grape Creek, Jim Ned drives to Wall and San Saba travels to Early. Kickoff is set for 7:30.