Ballinger and Winters win; Miles falls to Rocksprings.

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register
The flags usher in the 2nd half of play as Ballinger hosted the Bangs Dragos.

It was a Friday of district showdowns, with Ballinger hosting Bangs while Winters and Miles traveled to road games.

Ballinger extinguishes Bangs Dragons 25-13

Ballinger (9-1, 4-0) hosted the Bangs Dragons (7-1, 3-1) in what may turn out to be the district championship game. Both teams are vying for the district championship as they came into this game with perfect district records. Ballinger has a single loss on the season, in a non-district game against Llano. The Bearcats dropped that game 34-0. That game was on September 25, and since then, Ballinger has done nothing but win. The Bearcats won by way of a (3-5, 1-2) Brady forfeit on October 9th. Instead of taking the week off, Ballinger traveled to Lubbock to take on Sunray (5-5, 1-1), who they defeated 46-12. Next, the Bearcats hosted the Grape Creek Eagles (1-7, 0-3) and downed them, 41-0. On October 23, Ballinger traveled to Moore to take on the Ingram Moore Warriors (5-3, 0-3). The Bearcats made easy work of a team that started off the season with a 5-0 record, bringing home a 47-6 win.

Ballinger's Garrett Dixon (25) pounds the ball into the end zone against the Bangs Dragons. Dixon's legs never stopped churning up turf until he was across the goal line.

The Bangs Dragons were perfect on the season with their 7-0 record. There wasn't a team this season that gave the Dragons cause for concern. They started off the season defeating Early, 28-0. They followed that with a 55-0 trouncing of Florence. Next on the list were the Winters Blizzards, who managed to score the most points against Bangs all season. In the end though, Bangs took home a 42-19 win. After Winters, the Dragons hosted Hawley and sent the Bearcats packing with a 39-15 loss. The following week Bangs traveled to Grape Creek, pouncing on the Eagles for a 62-0 win. On October 16, the Dragons hosted Ingram Moore, downing them by the score of 47-15. Last week, the Dragons took down Sonora, 28-14.

Ballinger's Carter Arrott (12), passes the ball to Weston Rollwitz (6), during the Bearcats 25-13 defeat of the Bangs Dragons.

While the Dragons put up a blow-for-blow first half, Ballinger ended up raking in a 25-13 win in front of a lively and enthusiastic home crowd.

Ballinger's Carter Arrott (12) puts his head down and takes on a Bangs Dragons defender during the Bearcats 25-13 defeat of the Dragons.

The 13 points the Bangs scored was all in the first half. The Dragons received the opening kickoff and subsequently fumbled the ball, giving Ballinger an opening edge. The Bearcats scored a touchdown and hit the PAT for a 7-0 lead. Bangs answered on their next drive and tied the score 7-7. Ballinger would march down the field again and put another touchdown on the board, although they missed their extra point, to take a 13-7 lead.

Garrett Dixon is brought down by 2 Bangs defenders.

On the Dragons' next possession, the Bearcats had them pinned at their own 4-yard line when Bangs broke out a 96-yard touchdown run. The Dragons would miss the extra point and tie the score at 13-13 heading into halftime.

The Bearcats came out hot in the 3rd quarter. After moving the ball steadily downfield, Garret Dixon refused to be denied a touchdown and punched the ball in for a touchdown. But, once again Ballinger missed the PAT with the score at 19-13. Bangs would get their next drive going, only to have Ballinger stop them cold. Bangs would take the kickoff but once again, the Bearcats defense stood firm and got the ball back.

A Bangs defender attempts to bring down Ballinger's Garrett Dixon.

The Ballinger running game kept going strong as the Bearcats scored another touchdown. They opted for the 2-point conversion attempt but the pass from Carter Arrott fell incomplete.

The win puts Ballinger 4-0 in the district as they finish the season at Sonora next week.

As for the rest of the district, Ingram lost to Brady, 53-34. The win gives the Brady Bulldogs a 2-2 district record, dropping Moore to 0-4. Sonora (2-2) defeated Grape Creek 44-14.

3A-2, Region 1, District 2 standings.

Ballinger, 4-0

Bangs, 3-1

Sonora, 2-2

Brady, 2-2

Ingram, 0-4

Grape Creek, 0-4

Winters trounces De Leon Bearcats, 41-21

The Winters Blizzards (3-6, 2-2) have had a tough season with some bright spots scattered here and there. The Blizzards traveled to take on a De Leon Tigers (1-7, 0-3) team that has also had a rough season. The Blizzards came into the game with a 2-6 overall record and a 1-3 district record. Winters lost district games to Cisco and San Saba. Last week the Blizzards traveled to Goldthwaite and defeated the Eagles, 28-13.

The game had some serious implications, as the win gave the Blizzards a 2-2 record as district unbeaten San Saba (4-0, 7-1) defeated the Coleman Bluecats (2-2, 6-3) by the score of 43-10.  Cisco (4-0, 6-3), also unbeaten in district, took on Goldthwaite (2-7, 0-4) this week. The Loboes defeated the Goldthwaite Eagles, 48-7.

2A-1, Region 1, District 4 standings

San Saba, 4-0

Cisco, 4-0

Coleman, 2-2

Winters, 2-2

De Leon, 0-4

Miles fleeced by the Rocksprings Angoras 62-18

The Miles Bulldogs sat in fourth place in the district with a 1-2 district record and 3-5 overall. Tied with them were the Rocksprings Angoras, also at 1-2 in district, 5-2 overall.

In the three district games leading up to the showdown with Miles, the Angoras had scored an average of 33 points. Against the Bulldogs, they would surpass that average, and then some, as they defeated the Bulldogs 62-18. The 62 points scored Rocksprings is their highest score this season.

Also on Friday, the Christoval Cougars (4-0, 8-1) defeated the Junction Eagles (2-2, 5-4) by the score of 55-6. The Eldorado Eagles, (3-1, 4-5) defeated the Menard Yellowjackets (0-4, 0-9) by the score of 68-7.

2A-2, Region IV District 14 standings

Christoval, 4-0

Junction, 2-2

Eldorado, 3-1

Rocksprings, 2-2

Miles, 1-3

Menard, 0-4.