FORT WORTH — Lake Dallas coach Michael Young challenged his players all week to play with energy and find a way to make their own luck despite having already been eliminated from playoffs.
By all accounts, the Falcons did just that.
Lake Dallas (5-4, 2-4 District 5-4A) forced five turnovers, including four interceptions, and got five touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Dagan Haehn in a 41-14 district win at Fort Worth Brewer on Friday night. The win snapped a four-game Falcons’ skid.
“What I wanted to see, after last week and all the disappointments, is that they play with energy, and I thought we flew around and made a lot of great plays,” Young said. “The effort was great, and I think we did enough to hopefully carry over to next week.”
Lake Dallas will close out the season Friday at home against Azle.
Neither team had much to play for except pride; Brewer (3-6, 0-6 in district) has also been eliminated from playoffs. It’s a strange position for Lake Dallas to be in this time of year — a 21-7 loss to Wichita Falls last week snapped an 11-year playoff streak. The team had also been outscored 156-38 during its four-game losing streak.
But on Friday, the Falcons looked like a different team.
By halftime, Brewer quarterback Christian Gibson had been intercepted three times. Late in the third quarter, with his team leading 20-0, Courtenay Holder forced another interception off Gibson; Holder’s second of the night. That set up a quick 6-yard touchdown pass from Haehn to Brett Sasser 26 seconds later to give Lake Dallas a 27-0 lead with 4:50 left in the quarter.
The Bears turned the ball over again — this time off a fumble — less than 30 seconds later. Haehn capitalized with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Simpson.
The stinginess of the defense was huge considering the Falcons’ offense sputtered early in the first half with two fumbles deep in Bears territory. They still mustered a 14-0 lead by the break.
Haehn finished 14-of-25 passing for 253 yards and also ran for 36 yards and a score. His favorite target was sophomore Keegan Brewer, who caught three passes for 171 yards and scored on receptions of 64, 73 and 34 yards, respectively.
Keegan Brewer’s first score came with 11:40 left in the first half as Haehn found him wide open in the middle of the field. The score gave Lake Dallas a 7-0 lead. Haehn again found Brewer on a third-and-16 play with 10:42 left in the third quarter for a 73-yard score and 20-0 advantage.
Young said it was a nice turnaround for his offense, which finished the game with 375 total yards.
“It’s funny when it happens like that because we went the longest time where we couldn’t force the turnovers,” Young added. “We were definitely due to have some turnovers so we’ll take him. The defense played real good to cause some of that.”
Lake Dallas 41, Fort Worth Brewer 14
Fort Worth Brewer
LD — Keegan Brewer 64 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
LD — Dagan Haehn 4 run (Nick Krygsman kick)
LD — Keegan Brewer 73 pass from Dagan Haehn (kick failed)
LD — Brett Sasser 6 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
LD — Brandon Simpson 2 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
FB — Alex Ramirez 5 pass from Brian Kueck (Jose Godinez kick)
LD — Keegan Brewer 34 pass from Dagan Haehn (Nick Krygsman kick)
FB — Cole Wallis 6 pass from Brian Kueck (Jose Godinez kick)
Rushing — FB: Christian Gibson 10-69, Cameron Lattin 2-16, Jameson Carson 7-15, Tre Johnson 7-4, Keric Burleson 7--6, LD: Dagan Haehn 8-36, Aaron Bearry 5-33, Thomas Parsons 6-27, Brandon Simpson 8-19, James Dunne 2-13, Mark Contreras 2-0, AJ Sanchez 1-0, C.J. Harris 1--2, Keegan Brewer 2--4.
Passing — FB: Brian Kueck 14-15-0-165, Christian Gibson 6-16-4-8, LD: Dagan Haehn 14-25-0-253.
Receiving — FB: Cole Wallis 7-65, Jonah Guardiola 1-39, Tre Johnson 2-24, Cameron Lattin 1-19, Alex Ramirez 2-18, Jameson Carson 4-12, Keric Burleson 3--4, LD: Keegan Brewer 3-171, Brett Sasser 3-30, C.J. Harris 4-29, Garrett Shackelford 3-21, Brandon Simpson 1-2.