CORINTH - After two weeks of close calls and furious rallies, the Lake Dallas Falcons were able to put things on cruise control for a change.
The Falcons scored one minute into the contest after Arlington Sam Houston attempted a surprise onside kick to start the game. From there, the Falcons easily handled the Texans, 52-7, in the home opener at Falcon Stadium.
The Falcons returned home after losing a double-digit lead and losing to Richardson Pearce in the opener and after beating Red Oak, 50-42, in an incredible offensive affair that saw Lake Dallas fall behind 28-0, score 42 unanswered points and then hang on to the victory.
Friday's win was relatively painless. There were no major injuries and the Falcons fired on all cylinders for most of the night.
"I've been telling the kids, 'We need to focus on what we're doing because we have a real tough stretch coming up,'" Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young said.
Next week the Falcons (2-1) host Sherman. After that, they open district play against Ryan and follow that with a game against Wichita Falls Rider.
The onside kick was a surprise, and the Falcons took full advantage, recovering it at midfield. Quarterback Dalyn Williams connected with Tre Dickerson for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 10:59 left in the first quarter to put Lake Dallas up 6-0.
The Falcons then scored on their next three drives while the defense did a number on the Texans (0-3), who were shut out last week by Sachse. The Texans had less than 100 total yards at halftime.
But Sam Houston found some leverage to start the third quarter, taking the opening drive for a touchdown. Quarterback Kendall Jackson scored on an 11-yard run on fourth down to cut the lead to 31-7, and after the Texans stopped the Falcons on downs on the ensuing drive, they appeared to have some life.
On the following play, Jackson hit a wide open Lekeith Smith on a 42-yard touchdown pass. Or at least it appeared so. A holding penalty brought the touchdown back. And on the next play, Jackson threw an interception to Lake Dallas' Daveon Parrish.
"We talked at halftime about how when you're up 31 points you don't stop flying to the ball, and that's what we did," Young said. "We caught a break and before the interception we talked about watching for the play action on the right side. That's what they did and Daveon played it perfectly."
That ended any hope Sam Houston might have had of making Lake Dallas' night more difficult.
The Falcons turned the interception into points, as Williams connected with Ferrando Joseph for a 48-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds left in the third quarter, making it 38-7 Falcons. It was the second scoring hook-up of the night for the pair, as Williams finished with 317 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, and Joseph had 6 catches for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Dontonio Jordan added some insurance with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown with 9:43 left in the fourth quarter.
His electrifying return saw him go to the right side of the field, get cornered by two Sam Houston defenders, wiggle out of the potential tackles and then reverse field. By the time he got to the outside at midfield, three different Lake Dallas blockers had created more than enough space for an easy score.
Jordan also had a receiving touchdown, a rushing touchdown and 86 rushing yards. Michael Jurcak moved the chains with 4 receptions for 123 yards.
Lake Dallas 52, Arlington Sam Houston 7
Arlington Sam Houston 0 0 7 0 - 7
Lake Dallas 17 14 7 14 - 52
LD - Tre Dickerson 17 pass from Dalyn Williams (kick failed)
LD - Ferrando Joseph Jr. 49 pass from Dalyn Williams (Dalyn Williams run)
LD - Brandon Womack 41 FG
LD - Dontonio Jordan 12 run (Brandon Womack kick)
LD - Dontonio Jordan 19 pass from Dalyn Williams (Brandon Womack kick)
ASH - Kendall Jackson 11 run (Miquel Alvarez kick)
LD - Ferrando Joseph Jr. 48 pass from Dalyn Williams (Brandon Womack kick)
LD - Dontonio Jordan 75 punt return (Brandon Womack kick)
LD - Marshall Dominy 1 run (Brandon Womack kick)
First downs 14 21
Rushing yards 46-196 25-161
Passing yards 33 319
Passing 3-14-1 16-21-0
Punts-avg 5-41.60 2-36.00
Penalties 8-70 8-70
Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-0
Rushing - ASH: Jeremy Hall 17-89, Kendall Jackson 22-85, Terrell Varnes 3-17, Dylan Perry 4-5, LD: Dontonio Jordan 7-86, Marshall Dominy 6-47, Tre Dickerson 6-15, Ferrando Joseph Jr. 2-15, D'Andre Kelley 2-3, Dalyn Williams 2-5.
Passing - ASH: Kendall Jackson 3-14-1-33, LD: Dalyn Williams 15-20-0-317, Marshall Dominy 1-1-0-2.
Receiving - ASH: Terrell Varnes 1-13, Jeremy Hall 1-11, Lekeith Smith 1-9, LD: Michael Jurcak 4-123, Ferrando Joseph Jr. 6-116, Tyler Vance 2-39, Tre Dickerson 2-20, Dontonio Jordan 1-19, Cameron Oakes 1-2.
For the Denton Record-Chronicle/Mike Mezeul II
Lake Dallas wide receiver Dontonio Jordan runs for a touchdown against Arlington Sam Houston on Friday in Corinth.