CORINTH — While Lake Dallas coach Michael Young didn’t get the crisp, mistake-free game he'd hoped for against an overmatched opponent Friday night, he watched as his team rolled to an easy win in a tuneup of sorts heading into the final two games of the season with massive playoff and district championship implications on the line.
Lake Dallas overcame a sluggish start but was able to quickly turn its struggles into dominance with the help of its defense en route to a 48-14 win over winless Carrollton Creekview.
“They came out with some different stuff they’d never done defensively that gave us some trouble on that first series,” Young said. “They popped a couple of plays on us, and that was frustrating because I didn’t think our defense would do that early on. We got off to a bad start, but we made some plays and came out healthy and did some good things. The main thing is we played sharp for about three quarters and came out of it healthy.”
Lake Dallas (5-3, 4-1 District 14-5A) went three-and-out on its first possession and also muffed an early Creekview punt but quickly turned things around with the help of a dominant defensive effort.
Boxscore: Carrollton Creekview at Lake Dallas
Creekview (0-8, 0-5) managed 252 total yards but just more than 100 in the first three quarters against the Lake Dallas starters. The Mustangs were on the brink of pulling to within 14-7 early before Lake Dallas defensive back Nick Cagnetto returned one of Creekview’s three lost fumbles 99 yards for a touchdown.
“They hit us with the big pass. They don’t throw it much, but we hustled down and made a tackle at the 1,” Young said. “You never know what can happen, and the next thing you know we score a touchdown, so that was huge for us.”
Lake Dallas quarterback Ryan Depperschmidt completed 10 of 14 pass attempt for 145 yards and a touchdown and added two on the ground, while running back Ky’lee Smith also had two rushing touchdowns.
Now the Falcons prepare to end their season with arguably their two toughest district matchups, against Little Elm at home Friday and a trip to Prosper to close the regular season Nov. 10.
Prosper (6-2, 4-1) suffered its first district loss Friday when it fell 14-7 to The Colony, which Lake Dallas defeated last week. A Prosper win over The Colony would have clinched a playoff spot for Lake Dallas.
That leaves a logjam atop 14-5A with two weeks left, and the Falcons control their own destiny in terms of winning the district title.
“This is what it’s all about,” Young said. “We feel good about it. Health is a lucky thing. You can’t control that, but we’re blessed to be in good health right now and we’re well rested. I think we have things working in the right direction on offense and defense, and these are the money games now. We have eight quarters to play really good football, and if we do that it’ll take care of itself.”