Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Fourth-quarter miscues shift momentum in Denton Ryan's win over Lake Dallas
DENTON — In a back-and-forth game marked by multiple momentum shifts, a fourth-quarter fumble by Lake Dallas finally turned the game in favor of Denton Ryan, which went on to win 42-28.
With the score tied at 28, quarterback Dalyn Williams lost the ball under pressure from the Ryan defense. Senior linebacker Alex De La Torre recovered the fumble at the Lake Dallas 39, giving Ryan good field position for what would be the game’s go-ahead drive.
The Ryan defense, which gave up more yards — 362 — than it has in any game this year, came into its own in the second half.
After Ryan failed to score on the first possession of the game, the teams went on four consecutive scoring drives.
With the game tied at 14 and 8:00 left in the first half, Ryan delivered two consecutive sacks to Williams, the first by Desmond Oliver and the second by Mario Edwards, which stopped Lake Dallas and ended the string of touchdown drives.
Ryan took the lead again in the second quarter on a Jordan Richmond touchdown, but Lake Dallas answered in the third quarter on an 18-yard option pass from Tre Dickerson to Tyler Vance.
Each team scored again in the third quarter, and the game entered the final quarter tied at 28.
Once Ryan took the lead after Williams’s fourth-quarter fumble, it scored again on a rush by Richmond.
Perhaps the most important Ryan end zone reception came in its own, when cornerback Cedric Harris intercepted a Williams pass with 2:54 remaining, ending Lake Dallas’s drive and its hopes of getting back in the game.