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Dalyn Williams the latest to contribute to Lake Dallas' underrated QB tradition
CORINTH — Tucked between Denton powers Guyer and Ryan, and west of the rabid football traditions of Colin County, Lake Dallas High School offers little name recognition and football pedigree. But as an oft-overlooked Class 4A school, it offers similar or better quarterback talent.
Two of Lake Dallas’ last three starters have taken snaps at Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The third plays quarterback at NAIA Bethany College. Its current starter, Dalyn Williams, has offers from Air Force, Rice and interest from schools in BCS conferences.
“We’re kind of a mini-Southlake,” coach Michael Young said.
The claim was in jest. Lake Dallas, for instance, has not won a state championship, let alone made the third round of the playoffs since 2006. When discussing quarterbacks, though, Lake Dallas belongs in a similar class.
James Franklin, a 2010 graduate, starts for Missouri. Chase Baine played in three games for North Texas last year. Zach Waggoner has played in three games for Bethany. Allen (Casey Dick, Nathan Dick, Matt Brown and now Alec Morris), Southlake Carroll (Chase Daniel, Greg McElroy, Riley Dodge, Kyle Padron and David Piland), Colleyville Heritage (Christian Ponder, Casey Russell, Steven Hill and Jeff Calvert) and Highland Park (Matthew Stafford, William Webb, Winston Gamso and Luke Woodley) are the few schools besides Lake Dallas that can boast a similar track record for producing consecutive college quarterbacks.
Williams doesn’t stray far from his predecessors. He played wide receiver as a sophomore, finishing second on the team in catches. Also a top baseball player, he is athletic, the kind of guy who thrives in Lake Dallas’ dual-threat spread offense.
Williams, though, has a better arm than any of the three. That’s what Young and quarterbacks coach Jeremy Males say. The arm is why Williams started playing quarterback in middle school against the original thoughts of the coaching staff.
In middle school, Williams was a self-described chubby kid.
“It was just a stage,” he said.
Williams, who had the build of a linebacker or defensive end, jumped in line with the quarterbacks at one of his first practices. He threw the ball 45 yards on his first attempt.
“He did have a hose,” Males said. “He could just fling it.”
Williams has thrown for 3,356 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for 680 yards and 10 touchdowns for 8-3 Lake Dallas. Against Red Oak, he led the team back from a 28-0 deficit, finishing with 424 total yards and four touchdowns.
Williams has a 4.15 GPA in core subjects. Last year, said his dad, Charles Williams, he took AP chemistry, AP physics and AP calculus. Williams finishes school at noon every other day because he’s accumulated so many credits.
“He’s a hard worker, very passionate,” Charles Williams said. “Sometimes a little too passionate.”
On Friday, he’ll lead his team as it tries to advance to the third round of the playoffs, the latest to carry on Lake Dallas’ underrated quarterback tradition.