Lake Dallas Xavier Rodriguez

Lake Dallas sophomore Xavier Rodriguez runs with the ball during Friday’s 41-31 win for the Falcons against Frisco Centennial.

Lake Dallas senior quarterback Brendan Sorsby was 3 yards deep in the Falcons’ end zone when he received the snap.

The Falcons were clinging to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter and were forced to start a drive at their own 3-yard line after a kickoff was mishandled.

But as soon as Sorsby surveyed his options, he had one goal in mind: Get a first down. He got that and more, scampering 94 yards all the way to the Centennial 4-yard line. Two plays later, senior running back Drew McKinney barreled in from the 1-yard line with 2:21 remaining in the ballgame to ice a 41-31 victory for Lake Dallas on Friday at Falcon Stadium.

“Once I saw the open field, I took off and didn’t look back," Sorsby said. "Anything that I can do to get a first down for us was my goal. I just wanted to get us off the goal line. I gave it everything that I had.”

Sorsby accounted for five total touchdowns and 368 yards of total offense. He carried 10 times for 137 yards with his 94-yard run being the difference in the game. Sorsby completed 8-of-17 passes for 231 yards and four scores.

McKinney carried 14 times for 74 yards.

Sorsby’s performance overshadowed a big night on the ground for Centennial sophomore Harry Stewart III, who rushed 23 times for 230 yards and also had six pass receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Stewart had eclipsed the 200-yard mark with 5:27 left in the first half.

Centennial senior quarterback Tyler Rich got better as the game went along, finishing with 258 yards passing on 26-of-43 with most of his attempts coming during the second half as the Titans trailed 27-17 at halftime.

Friday’s game marked the first time that first-year Lake Dallas head coach Jason Young was on the sideline. He was held out of the Falcons’ 34-28 Week 1 triumph over Denton due to COVID protocols. Young said that Friday was the first time in 13 days that he was with his Falcons in person.

“Last week was really frustrating," he said. "I couldn’t be there. But it wasn’t smart to sneak in. It is what is. But as soon as I felt better, I was going to be here. No matter how much energy I had, I was going to be here. It was too important to these kids.”

Lake Dallas (2-0) never trailed in the game but some missed opportunities on offense during the second half allowed Centennial to hang around. The home team went three-and-out on one possession in the fourth quarter after having starting field position at the Titan 39.

Lake Dallas built a 34-24 lead after Sorsby threaded a 10-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the field to senior Javaan Evans with 3:35 left in the third quarter.

It remained a 10-point game until just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Rich hit a wide-open Stewart on a 9-yard touchdown pass to the right. Young signaled for a timeout for several seconds until the ball was snapped, but the side judge never awarded him a stoppage in play.

Stewart’s reception cut Lake Dallas’ lead to 34-31.

But just like the Falcons, the Titans (0-2) couldn't capitalize on a couple of opportunities of their own. 

Centennial's initial drive of the night stalled out at the Lake Dallas 19 after an incomplete pass on fourth down. 

With a little more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Centennial attempted a fake punt while having the ball at its own 43. But Lake Dallas junior Xinjin Gomez was one of many Falcon defenders within the proximity of the play and proceeded to bat down the ball.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Centennial receiver Cannon Green was running inside Lake Dallas territory. But he had the ball jarred out of his hands by a Falcon defender. Junior Eli Koch was there to scoop up the loose ball.

“Tonight was a little more wild than I would have liked,” Young said. “We’ve got some things to fix up, things on both sides of the ball. But we had plenty of opportunities where we should have stepped on their neck. We kept them right in the game.”

Lake Dallas improves to 2-0, which is one more win than it had all of last year when the team finished with a 1-8 record. The Falcons open District 7-5A Division II play Sept. 10 at Frisco.

“Our motto is 1-0 every week,” Sorsby said. “Two wins is better than what we had last year. We’re trying to build on each game and get better. We’re ready to build on that against Frisco.”

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