Falcons Football Season Was One For The Ages

by Steve Gamel

It’s been a few months since Lake Dallas football coach Michael Young watched his team take its last snap, but the memories of that historic season continue to play out in his head.

Like the unbeaten run through district play, playing the first half of the season with a backup quarterback, and the postseason play that almost was – a long pass that was intercepted to end a triple overtime thriller against Frisco Lone Star. The Falcons were on the wrong end of that one, but there are no regrets.

“It was such a great experience for the kids and there are so many things to look back on, like playing at AT&T Stadium for the first time and beating Everman in the playoffs,” Young said. “Even our game in Midland was fun, despite the most miserable weather possible. That’s what
it’s all about.”

Lake Dallas made its deepest playoff run ever – the loss to Lone Star saw them come up one game short of a trip to the state championship – in a season that could have easily been derailed from the start.

Dagan Haehn tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the team’s spring game last May. Haehn was one of the team’s more dynamic players – and their starting quarterback. He ended up missing the first half of the regular season.

In stepped junior backup Spencer Frederickson, and with help from an experienced offense and stingy defense, helped the team gain steam as it carried that momentum into the playoffs.

Once the Falcons were in the playoffs, they knocked off Fort Worth Brewer, Burleson and El Paso Eastlake with relative ease before rallying to beat Everman in the third round, 41-38. The Falcons were down 28-0 to Lone Star before forcing overtime … then another overtime,
and yet another.

They lost that game, 55-49.

Despite missing the first half of the year, Haehn finished his senior season having thrown for 2,318 yards and 29 touchdowns while completing more than 60 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 904 yards and six scores. Do-it-all wide receiver Keegan Brewer finished with 1,627 receiving yards, 508 more on the ground, and 30 total touchdowns.

Young said the senior leadership from 2015 will carry over to next season with younger players like Frederickson. The young signal caller is the projected starter for next season. As a backup, he threw for 1,101 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for another score while completing 67 percent of his passes.

“Playing five playoff games meant five extra weeks of practice time, which is going to help our younger guys even more heading into next season,” Young said. “Those older guys really worked well with the younger guys. We have holes to fill, but these are good players. We will be competitive, that’s for sure.”

*Steve Gamel is a sports writer for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He contributes monthly to Lake Cities Living.

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