LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young entered the spring hoping to find a new quarterback.
By the end of the Green team’s 14-7 win over the White on Saturday in the Falcons’ spring game, Young felt like he found something even better — two players who complement each other at the position.
Josh Jackson came into the spring as the odds-on favorite to win the job and certainly didn’t do anything to hurt his cause after making the move from cornerback. The pleasant surprise for Lake Dallas was the play of Daegan Haehn, who will be a sophomore in the fall.
“There are a lot of people who would like to have either one of those guys play quarterback for them,” Young said. “We will use both of them next year. That is where we are right now until one really moves ahead of the other.”
Both played well enough in the spring to head into the fall in position to see time at quarterback and had their moments in the Falcons’ spring game.
Jackson scored on a 2-yard run for the White after the Green had taken an early 7-0 lead on a 3-yard run form Courtenay Holder.
Brett Sasser scored the game-winning touchdown for the Green on an 11-yard run.
While Haehn’s team ended up with the win, both quarterbacks moved their teams effectively during the final workout in what was a feeling-out process for Lake Dallas in the spring after the graduation of Marshall Dominy, last year’s starting quarterback.
What Lake Dallas’ coaches and players found out is that they have two quarterbacks with differing strengths.
Jackson is a good athlete who can run and throw the ball. Haehn, who played on the freshman team last season, is also a threat in the running game, but is more of a traditional pocket passer.
“It will make us more dangerous because we bring different weapons to the field,” Haehn said. “He can run and is faster. He also has the command of the team and has their respect. When I come in, I can bring some arm strength. It’s a good combination.”
That is especially true because if Haehn shows in the fall that he can handle the move to the varsity level, it will allow Lake Dallas to take advantage of Jackson’s athletic ability at wide receiver and on defense.
Jackson was a second-team All-District 5-4A selection at cornerback last season.
Jackson said that Young came to him after last season and told him that he would move to quarterback — at least on a part-time basis.
The move — and the possibility that he could also play some at receiver with Haehn at quarterback — is something Jackson feels good about.
“He’s a good quarterback,” Jackson said of Haehn. “If I go to receiver, he can throw the ball. Having two quarterbacks will make us more dangerous.”
The emergence of Haehn and the successful transition Jackson made to quarterback were among the aspects of spring practice Young was pleased about. He was also happy with the development of his offensive line and the progress made by a young defensive front that must continue to improve if Lake Dallas is to be successful.
And while the Falcons are not entirely settled at quarterback, they are a lot more comfortable with what appears to be an emerging rotation that will give them two different looks and a way to take advantage of two players’ talents.
“Spring went really well,” Young said. “We are a lot better than we were at this time last year offensively.”
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