FRISCO — Historically, Lake Dallas has had problems allowing huge leads early on, only to dramatically and emphatically come back from those deficits and come away with a win.
Last week against Richardson Pearce, Lake Dallas erased a gap of less than two touchdowns and picked up its first win of the season.
But on Thursday night, the Falcons played Frisco Centennial. Against a fast and talented Centennial squad, Lake Dallas couldn’t pardon itself from its early sins.
Centennial cruised in a 42-14 victory over the Falcons in Lake Dallas’ second game of the season.
The Falcons were behind 24-0 before they registered a point on the scoreboard. Those points came on a bit of trickery, a halfback pass with 3:34 left in the first half.
“I don’t know,” Falcons quarterback Marshall Dominy said as he walked off the field at Memorial Stadium. “I don’t know. I don’t know what to say. We came out slow on both sides of the ball.”
In his second game as a starter, Dominy struggled. He went 17-of-27 for 147 yards, one fumble and one interception.
Dominy’s interception helped the Titans burst out to its lead early in the second quarter. Within a span of six seconds, the Titans scored 14 points.
Centennial (2-0) started the second quarter with a trick play of its own. Wide receiver Kelly Cordova threw the ball to a wide open Jacob Atchley for a 60-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter.
On the ensuing play from scrimmage, Blair Swanner took Dominy’s pass from the sidelines for a 25-yard interception returned for a touchdown.
While Lake Dallas threatened to make the game close in the second half, the Falcons (1-1) never got closer than 20 points.
“They’re better than us right now,” Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young said. “I don’t think it’s 28 points better. I think they’re two touchdowns better than us. Obviously, if we had played a good game and didn’t do some things, I think they’re two touchdowns better.”
Both teams predominantly relied on their rushing attacks, but the Titans’ attack was more effective than Lake Dallas’ attack.
Lake Dallas only gained 89 yards rushing, with Tony Green going for 15 carries and only 33 yards. Centennial’s Chris Johnson steadied his team’s offense, carrying the ball 22 times for 103 yards and the game’s first and final touchdowns.
The Titans had defensive back Ranthony Texada and defensive end Kevin Smith. Texada has orally committed to TCU, while Smith has orally committed to Baylor. Texada wasn’t tested often, and Smith helped the Titans control the line of scrimmage.
“They’re fast, but they’re really good at what they do,” Young said of Centennial. “They’re a little bit further along offensively than we are. They have a good defensive team, too. They’re for real. I think they’re a top 10, 15 team in the state.”
While the backups were in for Lake Dallas’ final possession of the game, Dominy kept his helmet on while on the sidelines. He kept it on, chin strap intact, until he and the rest of the Falcons walked into the visiting locker room to be addressed by their head coach.
After playing wide receiver last season, the transition to quarterback wasn’t kind to Dominy against Centennial’s strong defense.
“It’s different behind the line,” Dominy said. “I’ll get the hang of it.”
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Frisco Centennial 42, Lake Dallas 14
C – Chris Johnson 18 run (Austin Shoemake kick), 1:54
C – Jacob Atchley 60 pass from Kelly Cordova (Shoemake kick), 11:50
C – Blair Swanner 25 interception return (Shoemake kick), 11:44
C – Shoemake 32 kick, 6:51
LD – Roman Mitchell 36 pass from Josh Jackson (Logan Stewart kick), 3:34
C – Atchely 19 pass from Lamar Jordan (Shoemake kick), 2:28
LD – Marshall Dominy 11 run (Stewart kick), 7:43
C – Shoemake 22 kick, 4:17
C – Johnson 1 run (Stoney Hawkins pass from Jordan), 9:43
Rushing: LD – Marshall Dominy 14-56, Tony Green, 15-33 Josh Jackson 1 –(-1), Brandon Simpson 2-6, Ronnie Coleman 1-5, Mark Contreras, 1-1, Team 1-(-11) C – Lamar Jordan 6-14, Chris Johnson 22-103, Kelly Cordova 3-44, Brandon Anderson 5-36, Cody Bagwell 1-1, Brody Frazier 0-0, Roman Rose 1-(-2), Team 2-(-34).
Passing: LD – Marshall Dominy 17-27-1-147, Josh Jackson1-1-0-136, Brandon Simpson 1-2-1-0. C – Lamar Jordan 9-14-0-121, Kelly Cordova 1-1-0-60, Brody Frazier 1-2-0-5..
Receiving: LD – C.J. Harris 4-30, Josh Jackson1-8, Brandon Simpson 4-35, Tyler Hull1-13, Roman Mitchell 10-36, Bryce Williams5-35, Ronnie Coleman 1-20, Joseph Tauaefa 1-15, Dante Basher 1-1. C – Cameron Peters 2-34, Kelly Cordova 3-21, Stoney Hawkins 2-12, Jacob Atchley 2-79, Cody Bagwell 2-40.