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Football: Defense, dramatics lead Lake Dallas to crucial win over Cougars

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Adam Boedeker, Contributing Writer

THE COLONY — After the first play from scrimmage in Friday night’s game against The Colony, it seemed as if Lake Dallas was in for the offensive shootout many expected between teams used to putting points in bunches.

The Colony opened the game with a 65-yard touchdown pass, but from that point, Lake Dallas’ defense was the star of the night along with a game-clinching, late drive capped off by a brilliant touchdown pass from Ryan Depperschmidt to give the Falcons a 24-14 win in a pivotal District 14-5A showdown.

After stopping The Colony on fourth-and-15 at its 35-yard line, Lake Dallas went on a 14-play drive that ended with Brandon Engel’s second touchdown grab of the night a fourth-and-15 of its own to give the Falcons a 10-point lead with two minutes to play.

“We didn’t like the option for the field goal,” Young said of what would’ve been a 42-yard attempt. “It was too far, and the wind was blowing in on us. I thought the O-line did a great job protecting, and Depp made a great throw and Brandon made a great catch.”

The clutch play ended an atypical drive for the Falcons, who are used to fast-paced drives.

Boxscore: Lake Dallas at The Colony

Lake Dallas (4-3, 3-1 District 14-5A) had struggled running the ball all night but converted on two third downs and a fourth down on that final drive behind the running of Depperschmidt, Idsael Nava and Ky’lee Smith.

“We’ve really struggled running the ball when we needed to,” Young said. “They weren’t gonna let us, and we were able to get three or four first downs and run the clock. I was really proud of them for that.”

Neither team reached the 300-yard mark offensively, and Young said he was proud of the way his defense played after allowing a 65-yard touchdown pass from Mikey Harrington to Andrew Nelson on the game’s first snap.

“After that first play of the game, they scored seven points,” Young said. “I thought our defense played great the entire time.”

The win puts Lake Dallas in great position moving forward while possibly putting The Colony (4-3, 2-2) on the outside looking in in the playoff chase in 14-5A, which is essentially five teams — Lake Dallas, The Colony, Prosper, McKinney North and Little Elm — playing for four spots.

The Falcons face an overmatched Carrollton Creekview team next week before closing with games against Little Elm and Prosper, making Friday’s win against The Colony crucial.

“We knew this was big,” Young said. “We knew we weren’t mathematically out of it if we didn’t win, but we knew it’d be very difficult. Now we’re back in the race and we just need to take care of business.”

Lake Dallas 24, The Colony 14

Lake Dallas 7 0 10 7 -- 24
The Colony 7 7 0 0 -- 14

TC -- Andrew Nelson 65 pass from Mikey Harrington (Nick Dill kick)

LD -- Christian Covington 8 pass from Ryan Depperschmidt (Marcial Apaez kick)

TC -- Andrew Nelson 16 pass from Mikey Harrington (Nick Dill kick)

LD -- Marcial Apaez 38 FG

LD -- Brandon Engel 17 pass from Ryan Depperschmidt (Marcial Apaez kick)

LD -- Brandon Engel 25 pass from Ryan Depperschmidt (Marcial Apaez kick)

Team Stats LD TC
First Downs 17 13
Rushing Yards 41-93 22-89
Passing Yards 163 195
Passing 12-18-1 16-26-1
Punts-Avg 4-37.50 5-30.80
Penalties 5-35 8-58
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing -- LD: Ky'lee Smith 8-31, Ryan Depperschmidt 20-28, Idsael Nava 8-23, RJ Eanes 3-13, Charles Williams 2--2, TC: Myles Price 7-46, Jadan Abdallah 7-25, Mikey Harrington 4-8, Isaiah Johnson 3-7, Andrew Nelson 1-3.

Passing -- LD: Ryan Depperschmidt 12-17-1-163, Charles Williams 0-1-0-0, TC: Mikey Harrington 16-26-1-195.

Receiving -- LD: Ky'lee Smith 5-72, Brandon Engel 4-63, Christian Covington 2-15, Charles Williams 1-13, TC: Andrew Nelson 5-96, Antonio Delacruz 5-42, Keith Miller 4-26, Myles Price 1-18, Keegan Sueltz 1-13.