Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Football: Falcons roll past Coyotes
CORINTH - Their record doesn't show it, but the Lake Dallas Falcons appear to be peaking at the right time.
The proof may have come in the Falcons' 51-21 victory over Wichita Falls on Friday night, a victory that most likely propelled the Falcons to their ninth straight playoff berth.
Lake Dallas (4-5, 3-2) head coach Michael Young would not come out and say for sure that his Falcons were playoff-bound. But, based on the fact that the Falcons own tiebreakers over the three teams they're looking down at in the district standings - Wichita Falls, Denton and The Colony - there's a great chance the Falcons will be playing football after their bye week on Nov. 5.
"We honestly didn't put a lot of thought into it, because we have some football left to play," Young said. "We have a big game next week against Little Elm, and we're more focused on that."
That game with the Lobos could be for a No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Division II playoffs.
The win was the Falcons' third straight, as the team appears to be gathering steam as the regular season comes to a close.
"We're playing real well on offense right now," Young said. "Things have really been coming together on that side of the football. We're scoring a lot of points and moving the football well."
The Falcons started the season 1-5, searching for some equilibrium after losing several key players from last year's district co-championship team, including quarterback James Franklin, who is now at Missouri. The Falcons' last two losses came in their first two district games - against Ryan and Wichita Falls Rider, the two teams the Falcons are chasing in the standings.
The Falcons put up plenty of solid offensive numbers, starting with quarterback Dalyn Williams, who was 5-of-8 for 125 yards passing and three touchdowns, along with 30 yards rushing on six carries, two of which went for scores. Williams ended up sitting for most of the second half after the Falcons built a 48-15 lead.
Dontonio Jordan rushed for 83 yards and two scores, while Tyler Waller gained 123 yards and scored once.
The Falcons' defense, meanwhile, gave up yardage but never broke down enough for the Coyotes to cut into their lead. The Falcons forced two turnovers and stopped two drives on downs.
"I know we gave up a lot of yardage tonight defensively, but I thought the unit as a whole played well," Young said. "We only let them in the end zone three times."
The Coyotes (2-6, 1-3) racked up yardage as quarterback Dylan Sheffield threw for 299 yards and wide receiver Diondre Singleton caught a game-high 15 passes for 197 yards.
Wichita Falls' problems came down to two things. First, the Coyotes, while able to move the football up and down the field, were unable to score consistently.
Two of their first three drives were cut short by Sheffield interceptions. Lake Dallas safety Daveon Parrish stole one in the end zone on the Coyotes' opening drive, and Ferrando Joseph wrestled the ball away in midair from a Coyote receiver on their third drive. Those turnovers were sandwiched around Sheffield's 4-yard touchdown pass to Singleton.
The Coyotes had two other drives end on downs, while another ended with a punt. Only a late drive, which ended with D'Ahshujuan Dickerson's 1-yard score, kept the Coyotes from ending the first half in single digits.
The other problem was on defense. The Falcons scored on the Coyotes at will on their first four drives of the game. The Falcons executed well, but the Coyotes helped them out with bad tackling and overpursuit of ball carriers. Falcons quarterback Dalyn Williams took advantage of that on several runs, cutting back against tacklers. Those moves helped him score two first-half touchdowns.
Williams connected with Dontonio Jordan for a 48-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game, and the Falcons never looked back. They built a 20-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, and a 41-15 lead at halftime. The only thing that went wrong was Brandon Womack's missed extra point on the opening score. But his five PATs made up for it.
The Falcons' signature score of the first half was Jordan's 49-yard touchdown run with 6:11 to play in the second quarter. Jordan took the snap out of the wildcat formation, found an opening between his left guard and left tackle and squeezed up the seam, accelerating past several would-be tacklers before finding daylight at the Coyote 25. From there, no one was going to catch Jordan, as he scored for the second time.
Lake Dallas 51, Wichita Falls 21
Wichita Falls 7 8 0 6 - 21
Lake Dallas 20 21 7 3 - 51
LD - Dontonio Jordan 48 pass from Dalyn Williams (kick failed), 11:05
LD - Williams 4 run (Brandon Womack kick), 8:22
WF - Diondre Singleton 4 pass from Dylan Sheffield (Jared Martinez kick), 6:28
LD - Tyler Vance 13 pass from Williams (Womack kick), 4:45
LD - Tyler Waller 20 run (Womack kick), 11:11
LD - Jordan 49 run (Womack kick), 6:11
LD - Williams 5 run (Womack kick), 1:47
WF - D'Ahshujuan Hickerson 1 run (Diondre Singleton run), 0:07
LD - Michal Jurcak 13 pass from Williams (Womack kick), 8:04
WF - Hickerson 1 run (run failed), 10:30
LD - Womack 29 field goal, 3:57
First downs 22 22
Rushing 22-55 44-339
Passing yards 352 125
Passing 33-56-2 5-8-0
Punts-avg. 4-35.0 2-23.5
Penalties-yards 4-35 4-35
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
RUSHING - WICHITA FALLS: D'Ahshujuan Hickerson 15-46, Dylan Sheffield 6-9, Chance Garey 1-0. LAKE DALLAS: Dontonio Jordan 12-83, Tyler Waller 12-133, Tre Dickerson 10-56, Dalyn Williams 6-30, Brian Finville 1-6, Marshall Dominy 4-31.
PASSING - WICHITA FALLS: Sheffield 28-46-2-299, Jerod Frank 6-10-0-53. LAKE DALLAS: Williams 5-8-0-125, Marshall Dominy 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING - WICHITA FALLS: Diondre Singleton 15-197, Austin Murphy 3-19, Garey 2-16, Kedric Mathis 8-93, Hickerson 5-25, Daulton Davidson 1-2. LAKE DALLAS: Jordan 1-48, Ferrando Joseph 1-40, Tyler Vance 1-13, Jarrett Cheadle 1-11, Michal Jurcak 1-13.