LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas is off to its best start in four years, but coach Michael Young cautioned his team following a 38-20 win over Carrollton Newman Smith on Friday about reading too much into the early-season success.
“We’re happy with that [fast start], but like we told them, you can’t take them three with you,” Young said of wrapping up nondistrict play unbeaten. “It doesn’t mean anything against Denton. If we’re 3-0 and they are 0-3 and they beat us in two weeks [to start district play], then they are in first place and we’re tied for last. These next two weeks are going to be real important to work hard and get better.”
Young added, though, that it’s a lot easier to work on correcting mistakes following a win. The 3-0 start is the team’s first since it opened 2009 with six straight wins. Friday also was the team’s first decisive victory of 2013. The Falcons won their first two games by seven points apiece, including a wild 51-44 win against Frisco Centennial last week in double overtime.
The Falcons will have a bye week before opening District 5-4A play at Denton on Sept. 27.
Josh Jackson once again was unstoppable for Lake Dallas. The Iowa commit caught six balls for 133 yards and three touchdowns, scoring on plays of 43, 15 and 38 yards, respectively, in the first half. Jackson heads into the bye week with 20 receptions for 384 yards and eight touchdowns.
Sophomore quarterback Dagan Haehn completed 15 of 20 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns against the Trojans. Though he connected with Jackson for three scores, he spread the ball around to four receivers and added scoring passes to Brandon Simpson and Keegan Brewer.
Trailing 3-0 late in the first, Haehn guided the Falcons on two scoring drives in a 2:01 span to take a 14-3 lead. After the Trojans narrowed the Lake Dallas lead to four one drive later, Haehn found Jackson twice in the second quarter for scores. The second — a 38-yard grab — gave the Falcons a 28-13 lead.
“He played very well,” Young said of Haehn. “He’s been rock-solid, and the best thing about him is that no matter what comes at him he keeps his eyes downfield. That’s hard for a young quarterback, but that’s where big plays come from.”
Newman Smith (0-3) had success early. Trailing 14-3, James Hurd caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Sonnier. The score narrowed the Falcons’ lead to four with 20 seconds left in the first. But the Trojans scored 10 points the rest of the way despite rolling up 343 yards of offense. Their lone touchdown of the second half came with 3:05 left in the game.
Lake Dallas struggled to start the second half when it failed on a fourth-down play on the opening drive. The Falcons scored just three points in the quarter but regained momentum with a two-play, 68-yard scoring drive with 8:52 left in the game. On the drive, Haehn found Brewer for a 46-yard touchdown pass.
Lake Dallas 38, Carrollton Newman Smith 20
CS — Gilbert Jimenez 29 FG
LD — Josh Jackson 43 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
LD — Brandon Simpson 28 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
CS — James Hurd 77 pass from Marcus Sonnier (Gilbert Jimenez kick)
LD — Josh Jackson 15 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
CS — Gilbert Jimenez 28 FG
LD — Josh Jackson 38 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
LD — Nick Krygsman 30 FG
LD — Keegan Brewer 46 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
CS — Andre Roman 9 run (Gilbert Jimenez kick)
Rushing — CS: Davonte Galbert 19-170, Garrett Browne 19-16, Andre Roman 3-15, Marcus Sonnier 5-7, Keelan Stone 1-0, Darrell Claypool 1--1, LD: Courtenay Holder 13-92, Dagan Haehn 8-55, Brett Sasser 2-16, Brandon Simpson 5-11, James Dunne 4-5, Josh Jackson 1-0, Keegan Brewer 1--1, Mark Contreras 3--6.
Passing — CS: Marcus Sonnier 1-1-0-77, Cayde Williams 1-1-0-36, Garrett Browne 4-15-0-23, LD: Dagan Haehn 15-20-0-308.
Receiving — CS: James Hurd 1-77, Justin Hughes 2-39, Keelan Stone 2-21, Marcus Sonnier 1--1, LD: Josh Jackson 6-133, Keegan Brewer 3-88, Brandon Simpson 5-44, Garrett Shackelford 1-43.