Lake Dallas makes playoffs despite rough start

Despite a turbulent start to the season, Lake Dallas clinched a playoff spot with its 51-21 win over Wichita Falls, the Falcons' third straight win.

The catalyst for Lake Dallas’ turnaround has been improved play on offense. The Falcons (4-5, 3-2 District 4-4A) averaged 19.3 points per game in its first six games, going 1-5 in the process. In wins over The Colony, Denton and Wichita Falls, Lake Dallas has scored 45.7 points per game.

One reason for the improvement is lighter competition. Lake Dallas’ five losses were to Richardson Pearce, Red Oak, Sherman, Denton Ryan and Wichita Falls Rider -- all strong 4A teams.

Head coach Michael Young credits improved play along the offensive line for the turnaround.

“Them getting better has been the main thing,” Young said. “It’s helped us play better offensively. We played pretty decent all year on defense, but our offense is really starting to come around.”

The team doesn’t hurt for playmakers, so the line’s improvement has created space for them. Dual-threat quarterback Dalyn Williams accounted for five touchdowns against Wichita Falls. He ran for 127 yards and a score against Denton the week before.

Lake Dallas plays Little Elm (5-3, 2-2) on Friday in its last regular-season game of the year. The winner will get the top Division II seed from 4-4A, and Little Elm’s speedy defense will test Lake Dallas’ offensive line.