Season Preview: Falcons Ready to Soar Off Into Playoffs

Season Preview: Falcons Ready to Soar Off Into Playoffs

by Steve Gamel

Lake Dallas is coming off a rough season that saw the Falcons again face injuries at quarterback while never really gaining momentum in a tough District 14-5A race. But head coach Michael Young said his team wasn’t too far out of the mix, and the expectation is that they could be competing for a district title.

There’s a lot to be optimistic about in Young’s eyes, namely experience. Unlike last year, Lake Dallas returns more starters (eight) and a considerable amount of younger players who saw significant playing time. All of them, Young said, are bigger and stronger. This includes beefed up offensive and defensive lines, which should make the Falcons a more difficult team to push around.

“I think we are definitely better on both sides of the ball – at almost every position on the field,” Young said. “What we have coming back at wide receiver and on the offensive line is special. I have no doubt that we will not only make playoffs, but we will be competing for a district title.”

The potential for a bounce-back season starts at quarterback.

Ryan Depperschmidt is the starter heading into his junior year. Last year as a sophomore, Depperschmidt was in the mix to be the starter but ultimately lost out to Spencer Frederickson. When Frederickson got hurt, Depperschmidt and Drew Sanders both saw playing time at the position. Frederickson has since graduated, and Sanders transferred to Colleyville Heritage.

Depperschmidt threw for 698 yards and eight touchdowns. He fits the mold of a prototypical Lake Dallas quarterback given that he can use both his arm and legs to frustrate opponents.

With an entrenched starter at quarterback seemingly in place, Young is excited to focus on giving him plenty to work with. Three offensive linemen return, as do wide receivers Charles Williams and Christian Covington. Both receivers combined for 604 yards last year and should play a bigger role in 2017.

Brandon Engel will also play receiver, as will Ky’lee Smith. Smith is also the team’s primary running back.

Defensively, Zalen Long moves from left guard to defensive tackle to bolster a front line that includes guys like Jakob Machuca, D.L. Robinson and Telanio Evans.

Lake Dallas opens its season Sept. 1 against Denton.

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