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Michael Clements for the Denton Record-Chronicle

Football capsules: Falcons eye district title

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After missing the playoffs last year and having highly touted sophomore quarterback Drew Sanders transfer to Colleyville Heritage just before this season, Lake Dallas has put itself in position to claim a district championship.

The Falcons, who only returned eight starters from last season, are 6-3 overall and 5-1 in District 14-5A. They enter Friday night's game with Prosper tied with the Eagles atop the district, and the winner will be crowned district champion.

Last week, Lake Dallas recorded its third straight win with a 41-34 home victory over Little Elm and clinched a playoff berth. The Falcons' only loss during the district season came to McKinney North, which Prosper defeated 43-17.

Lake Dallas junior quarterback Ryan Depperschmidt has done the majority of the heavy lifting for the offense, accounting for 2,127 total yards and 30 touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Engel has been a star on the perimeter, hauling in 45 passes for 724 yards and seven touchdowns.

Prosper (7-2, 5-1 district) has thrived behind a dominant run game led by senior running back Kaleb Adams (1,056 yards, 20 TDs). 

The Lake Dallas defense, led by senior Zach Graham (94 tackles, six for loss), Darryl Minor Jr. (77 tackles) and Jared Fenley (75 tackles), will have to slow Adams to give the Falcons a chance at pulling off the upset.

The Falcons defeated Prosper 28-24 in the finale last year. 

Lake Dallas at Prosper

Where: B.W. Durham Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Lake Dallas (6-3, 5-1 district), Prosper (7-2, 5-1)

What's on the line: After a one-year absence, Lake Dallas secured a spot in the Class 5A playoffs with its win over Little Elm last week. Now that the Falcons are back to the postseason, they can focus on winning the District 14-5A championship with a win over Prosper in the regular-season finale.

Argyle at Burkburnett

Where: Bulldog Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Argyle (9-0, 4-0), Burkburnett (1-8, 0-4)

What's on the line:  The No. 3 Argyle Eagles passed their toughest test of the season last week by holding off Wichita Falls Hirschi without starting quarterback Jon Copeland, claiming the District 4-4A championship in the process. Argyle doesn't have much to play for in this one with the title locked up and Burkburnett looking for its first district win. The Bulldogs have lost seven straight since a 21-20 win over Bridgeport.

Celina at Aubrey

Where: Chaparral Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Aubrey (7-2, 3-1), Celina (6-3, 3-1)

What's on the line:  Aubrey missed out on a chance at the district title after falling to Melissa last week, but the Chaparrals have had this game circled on the calendar for quite some time. The Aubrey senior class is determined to leave with a victory over the Celina Bobcats, who have struggled with a young roster this season. Celina, like the Chaparrals, fell to Melissa this season. Friday's winner will finish second in District 5-4A.

Ponder at Bowie

Where: Jackrabbit Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Ponder (3-6, 1-3), Bowie (3-6, 2-2)

What's on the line:  Ponder and Paradise are tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 4-3A. Because Paradise holds a tiebreaker over the Lions, Ponder needs a win over Bowie to get into the playoffs for the second straight year. The Lions have lost two straight in district play since knocking off Boyd 26-20 and will need a strong effort from Kaden McEwen and Mason Durrett in the backfield to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Pilot Point at Van Alstyne

Where: Panther Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Pilot Point (3-6, 2-2), Van Alstyne (7-2, 3-1)

What's on the line: Pilot Point has clinched a spot in the playoffs out of District 5-3A but can improve its seeding with a win over Van Alstyne. The Bearcats, under former Bearcat player and new coach Danny David, hold the fourth seed but would jump past the Panthers with a victory. Pilot Point will look to its defense for another strong effort while relying on sophomore quarterback Jacob Pitts and senior Quincy Kemp to make plays offensively.

Decatur at Sanger

Where: Indian Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Sanger (4-5, 2-2), Decatur (5-4, 2-2)

What's on the line: Sanger and Decatur have clinched playoff spots, but the teams enter Friday night's showdown tied for third in District 4-4A. The winner will enter the playoffs as the No. 3 seed while the loser stumbles in at No. 4. The Indians are coming of a 56-44 win over Gainesville and will look to put up a similar offensive performance against the Eagles.

Fort Worth Nolan Catholic at Liberty Christian

Where: Warrior Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Liberty Christian (6-3, 4-2), Fort Worth Nolan Catholic (4-5, 3-3)

What's on the line: The Liberty Christian Warriors got revenge on the team that booted them out of the opening round of the playoffs last season with a 33-26 win over Dallas Bishop Dunne, and this week they get a shot at one of the school's oldest rivals, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic. Liberty eked out a 33-31 win over the Vikings last season.

Krum at Vernon

Where: Lion Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Krum (1-8, 0-3), Vernon (3-6, 0-3)

What's on the line: Playoffs. It's as simple as that. Whichever team comes out victorious will advance to the playoffs. The Krum Bobcats have struggled, winning only one game, but considering the low number of teams in District 3-4A, they have a chance to extend their season against Vernon, also winless in district play.

Amarillo San Jacinto Christian at Calvary

Where: Ryan High School

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Calvary (4-5, 0-1), Amarillo San Jacinto Christian (4-5, 1-1)

What's on the line: Calvary has had a rough go of things since scraping by Ovilla Christian 58-57 on Oct. 13. The Lions fell to Greenville Christian 40-38 and Watauga Harvest Christian 46-0 and enter this week's game against Amarillo San Jacinto Christian simply looking to regain their footing. The Patriots lost to Harvest 85-46 last week but knocked off Abilene Christian 102-97 on Oct. 28.