The Dublin Lions hosted Bangs Friday night in their season finale and on senior night, the winless Lions would not be denied.
Dublin started off the game with a little trickery. The opening kickoff was booted about 20 yards before the Dublin pounced on it to take their opening possession. The Lions then capitalized on the early mistake from Bangs as Lion quarterback Brady Moore scored on a 15-yard run to put the Dublin up early.
On Bangs' ensuing possession, the Dragons wasted no time driving down the field. In the red zone, the Dublin defense forced a 4th down situation and eventually held as they intercepted a pass in the the end zone to maintain their slim advantage.
After the interception, Dublin couldn't get anything going and were forced to a three-and-out. After a punt, Bangs drove right back down the field, but this time, running back Brian Sterling took the ball into the end zone for the Dragon touchdown.
On the kick off after the Bangs touchdown, the Dragons got a bit of revenge recovering an onside kick of their own before driving back down the field and taking a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was where Dublin did most of their damage.
Even after an early Dublin fumble within the 30-yard line was recovered by the Dragons, Dublin's Gabriel Garcia mad a big play intercepting another Bangs pass and taking it all the way for a touchdown.
On the first play of Bangs' following drive, they would give it away once again, this time it was Dublin's Jose Villalobos who recovered the Dragon fumble to give his offense offense the ball. Dublin capitalized quickly as Brady Moore walked into the end zone on a five-yard quarterback keeper to put the lions up for the first time in the second quarter.
Dublin kept the pressure on as they forced a turnover on downs giving them the ball back with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
The Lions wouldn't need but two-thirds of the remaining clock to punch it into the Bangs end zone to essentially put the game out of reach with a 27-14 lead at the half.
After Dublin took control late in the first half they never looked back.
Bangs struggled to get anything consistent going on offense in the second half, while Brady Moore continued to lead a threatening offensive unit for Dublin on the way to clinching the Lions first win of the 2016 season.
“I’m real proud of our team tonight, we went through a gauntlet of a schedule, it was really tough. All season long we’ve battled, we’ve had some good points and tough nights. We’ve been so good in some areas, I’m just so proud of the kids to get over the hump and end the season on a positive note," said Dublin head coach Bob Cervetto after the game.
Friday's game was the last contest for 16 Dublin seniors who played a pivotal role in the the programs first ever back-to-back playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015.