Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Football: Falcons come alive to beat The Colony
CORINTH - Lake Dallas couldn't wait much longer to make a move in the District 4-4A playoff race.
So the Falcons spent all of Friday's 48-14 win over The Colony making a statement: that they're not finished yet.
"The kids knew the stakes were high, and they really responded tonight," Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young said. "When you're 1-5, it's hard to get up emotionally sometimes. I'll give these kids and coaches credit. They had a great attitude all week, and that attitude and preparation really showed up on the field tonight."
The Falcons have struggled for most of the season in finding an offensive rhythm. There was no such problem against the Cougars, as the Falcons had a 31-0 lead at halftime and seemed, at times, to have little resistance as they drove the football.
The victory was vital if the Falcons (2-5, 1-2) are going to contend for one of the district's four playoff spots. Having already lost two district games, the Falcons couldn't afford to lose a third, especially to the Cougars (5-2, 1-2), who could have grabbed an all-important tiebreaker with a victory.
Instead, if the Falcons and Cougars end up tied for a playoff berth, the Falcons get the leg up.
"We played really well tonight on offense, on defense and on special teams," Young said. "Turnovers really gave us a lift. We needed a game like this to help give us some momentum going forward. We still think we're a playoff team."
The Falcons next face the surprising Denton Broncos, who handed Little Elm a loss on Friday. Next week's game now has meaning because the Falcons put it all together against the Cougars.
The Lake Dallas offense applied pressure from the start and never let up, beginning with a score on its opening drive - a 9-yard touchdown run by Tre Dickerson in the first quarter. By halftime the Falcons were up 31-0, with quarterback Dalyn Williams driving the engine.
Williams finished the game with 173 yards passing and a scoring strike, along with 43 yards rushing and a touchdown. It was one of Williams' best all-around performances of the year.
In the second half, running back Dontonio Jordan took over, scoring two touchdowns and finishing the game with 127 yards rushing.
The Falcon defense held The Colony to just 232 total yards, much of it coming in the second half. The Falcons knocked out Cougar quarterback Garrett Simpson in the second quarter, as he suffered an apparent knee injury. Backup Troy Chandler took over, but he and the Cougar offense could do little until the Falcons put their subs on the field in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons forced three turnovers, with special teams contributing twice.
Lake Dallas was already up 10-0 when Brandon Womack set up for a pooch kick with 52 seconds left in the first quarter. The kick sailed toward the Cougar 20 as a Colony returner watched a ball he thought was going out of bounds. Instead, it stopped dead and inbounds for the Falcons' Tim Drozd to recover at the Cougar 22. The turnover led to a missed field goal by Womack.
In the third quarter, after the Falcons scored a touchdown to go up 38-0, the Cougars fumbled away a pitch during the runback and the Falcons recovered. That turnover turned into a Womack field goal, his second of the night.
The defense corralled the third turnover. On the first play after the missed field goal, Simpson threw toward wide receiver Caleb Appiah-osei on a slant route. But the pass bounced off his shoulder pad and Lake Dallas' Daltyn Marchuk picked off the ball for an interception. That led to Tyler Waller's 13-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
That score made it 17-0 Lake Dallas, and there was no stopping the Falcons after that.
Lake Dallas 48, The Colony 14
The Colony 0 0 0 14 - 14
Lake Dallas 10 21 10 7 - 48
LD: Tre Dickerson 9 run (Brandon Womack kick), 7:06
LD: Womack 27 field goal, 0:52
LD: Tyler Waller 13 run (Womack kick), 11:12
LD: Dalyn Williams 5 run (Womack kick), 5:55
LD: Dickerson 32 pass from Williams (Womack kick), :31
LD: Dontonio Jordan 25 run (Womack kick), 8:25
LD: Womack 23 field goal, 3:19
TC: Gerald Thomas 56 pass from Troy Chandler (Luis Juarez kick), 10:17
LD: Jordan 45 run (Womack kick), 9:15
TC: Thomas 1 run (Nate Fox kick), 5:37
First downs 11 20
Rushing yards 125 298
Passing yards 107 173
Passing 7-17-1 8-11-0
Punts-avg. 3-35.0 3-30.0
Penalties-yards 3-25 5-40
Fumbles-lost 4-2 0-0
RUSHING - THE COLONY: Garrett Simpson 1-3, Gage Sharp 1-(-1), Gerald Thomas 2-8, Nathan Alvarez 3-4, Troy Chandler 9-51, Mark Ashmead 10-60. LAKE DALLAS: Dalyn Williams 13-43, Tre Dickerson 10-41, Brian Fonville 1-1, Dontonio Jordan 11-127, Tyler Waller 13-76, Marshall Dominy 4-10, D'Andre Kelly 2-3, Jarrett Cheadle 1-(-3).
PASSING - THE COLONY: Simpson 3-6-1-23, Chandler 5-12-0-84. LAKE DALLAS: Williams 8-11-0-173, Dominy 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING - THE COLONY: Gerald Thomas 5-65, Caleb Appiah-osei 2-43, Sharp 1-(-1). LAKE DALLAS: Tyler Vance 2-74, Michael Jurcak 2-59, Jordan 2-(-5), Dickerson 2-45.