2009 Season

Class 4A Division II Region I Bi-District Champions 2009

2009 Lake Dallas Falcons Class 4A Division II Region I Bi-District Champions

Making History One game at a Time! Way to Go Falcons!

Picture courtesy of Your Action Art/Brendon Smith.

2009 LD FALCONS AWARDS … Congratulations!

  • James Franklin – Offensive MVP

  • Tyler Waller – Running Back of the Year

  • Tyler McGee – Receiver of the year

  • Daryl Williams – Offensive Lineman of the year

  • Drew Hamilton – Defensive MVP

  • Josh Tauaefa – Defensive Lineman of the year

  • Josh Waller – Linebacker of the year

  • Caleb Cade – Defensive back of the year

  • Kevin Domingue – Marc Helms Falcon Award



MOST VALUABLE2James FranklinQB12Lake Dallas
OFFENSIVE10Scotty YoungQB12Ryan
DEFENSIVE45Taylor BibleDT12Guyer
SPECIAL TEAMS3Devontay Chaffin****KR11Wichita Falls
NEWCOMER10Dalyn WilliamsWR10Lake Dallas


QB4JW Walsh*****11Guyer
RB21Tyler Waller11Lake Dallas
RB7Jamaine Wilhite12 Guyer
RB1Kaylon Alexander11Ryan
WR3Devontay Chaffin11Wichita Falls
WR3Tyler McGee12Lake Dallas
WR21Bud Sasser****12Ryan
WR27Antonio Anderson12Ryan
WR19Luke Russell12Guyer
TE1Jake Baine12Lake Dallas
OL78Garrett Gramling*****12Ryan
OL55Cole Underwood****12Guyer
OL78Daryl Williams*****12Lake Dallas
OL54Drew Johnson12Guyer
OL78Quasi Magana12Little Elm
OL53Eric Olson12Rider
K86Matt Utt12Little Elm
K39Christihan Guiffaro12Ryan
QB11Hunter Dozier12Denton
QB4Dylan Sheffield10Wichita Falls
RB29Eddie Aboussie12Wichita Falls
RB12Darnell Adams12Little Elm
WR2Michael Cudd11Ryan
WR5Quintavia Gardner11Guyer
WR10Josh McClure11Denton
WR6Beau LaFave10The Colony
TE81Austin Otto12Guyer
TE1Connor Bishop12Wichita Falls
OL67Henry Davis10Denton
OL70Alec Willis11Guyer
OL61Jason Litt12Lake Dallas
OL70Lance Estrada12Ryan
OL75Josh Burkham12The Colony


DL48Gerald Pleasant12Lake Dallas
DL48Tyler Jolliff12Guyer
DL56Josh Morrison12The Colony
DE9Ty Hook11Ryan
DE47Robert Satterfield12Guyer
DE88Clifton Murphy12Little Elm
DE56Josh Tauaefa12Lake Dallas
LB54Drew Hamilton*****12Lake Dallas
LB44Chris Greene12Little Elm
LB33Alex De La Torre10Ryan
LB52Blake Terry11Guyer
CB20Caleb Cade12Lake Dallas
CB3Josh Stewart11Guyer
CB19Sedrick Purnell12Ryan
S9Ravion Ingram12Guyer
S9Jarod Ross12Lake Dallas
S11Jordan Downey12The Colony
S39Sean Breard11Little Elm
P86Matt Utt12Little Elm
P83Rustin Morgan12Rider
DL43Taylor Lanzer12Ryan
DL41Mark Strange12Rider
DL51Justin Taylor10Little Elm
DE8Jimmy Bean11Guyer
DE83Chris Washington12The Colony
DE67Daniel Cooley12Lake Dallas
DE44Ismael Pitts12Ryan
LB3Rodney Gilliam12Rider
LB11Josh Waller12Lake Dallas
LB11Jonny Paramore11Ryan
LB6Jake Smith11Guyer
CB1Da Kari Bracy12Little Elm
CB28Chukwumeziri Orabuchi12Guyer
CB12Ricky Nino12Wichita Falls
S29Barry Hearvey12Ryan
S17Marquis Smith12Guyer
S19Chris Lear12Little Elm
P8T.J. Anderson12Wichita Falls
P1Billy McCarty12Denton


WR23Dontonio JordanSoLake Dallas
OL75Austyn BurnerSrLake Dallas
OL76Bradley ChapmanSrLake Dallas
LB5Logan WallerJrLake Dallas
DB27Ferrando JosephSoLake Dallas
DL62Patrick AlonzoJrLake Dallas

FINAL 2009 Football Area Standings


School NameDistrictSeason
Denton Ryan6-19-1
Denton Guyer6-19-1
Lake Dallas6-19-1
Little Elm4-34-6
Wichita Falls2-42-7
Wichita Falls Rider2-42-7
The Colony1-62-8

Falcons ranked # 5 in the Dallas Morning News Area Poll

On the rise: No. 1 Waxahachie moved into the top spot following its 34-21 victory over Waco Midway. Waxahachie outscored its opponents by an average of 20.2 points in the regular season.
Rk. TeamW-LPtsPvs.
1. Waxahachie (4)10-0992
2. Denton Ryan (1)9-1945
3. Highland Park9-1904
4. Denton Guyer9-1851
5. Lake Dallas9-1823
6. Carr. N. Smith8-2757
7. Birdville9-1696
8. Lincoln9-1639
9. Everman8-26010
10. Rockwall-Heath7-3548
11. FW Arl. Heights8-24713
12. Carter8-24514
13. Rich. Pearce6-44011
14. West Mesquite7-33416
15. S. Oak Cliff8-22617
16. Forney6-42419
17. Red Oak7-32112
18. Terrell8-21818
19. FW Dunbar7-31415
20. W. Wilson6-4720
Dropped out: None

Lake Dallas Falcons

2009 Varsity Schedule

 14 – 14 (pre-season)
7:30 PM
 43 – 27 W
7:30 PM
Red Oak
 34 – 32 W
7:30 PM
 56 – 42 W
7:00 PM
Little Elm
Little Elm
 45 – 21 W
7:00 PM
Wichita Falls (Homecoming)
 34 – 20 W
10/08 (Thursday)
7:00 PM
C.H.Collins 35 – 31 W
7:00 PM
 21 – 28 L
7:00 PM
Wichita Falls Rider
Wichita Falls
 21 – 7 W
7:00 PM
Denton High (Senior Night)
HOME 48 – 3 W
7:00 PM
The Colony
The Colony
 28 – 9 W
11/137:30 PMBirdvilleSaginaw 35 – 27 W
11/207:30 PMEvermanPennington Field 16 – 21 L


SportsDay offensive football “Player of the Week” – Honorable Mention

James Franklin Lake Dallas Sr. QB – 308 Yards, 5 TD’s (4 Rush)

James Franklin 2009 Lake Dallas Falcons Senior Quarterback

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2009 Senior Cheerleaders Heather Jones, Kristi Deveny, Nicole Anderson, and Colin Graves (Mascot)2009 Lake Dallas Falcons football team2009 Senior High Steppers


Heather Jones, Kristi Deveny, Nicole Anderson, and Colin Graves (Mascot)


Jake Baine – James Franklin – Tyler McGee – Michael Mobayed – Dylan Haehn – Raymond Thelemaque – Brandon Deaton – Jarred Ross – Josh Waller – Kevin Domingue – Alex Osborne – Seth Proctor – Tyler Angove – Caleb Cade – Miles Taylor – Joey Maggio – Olamide Ijiyera -  Adam Goodnight – John Howse – Troy Privett – Gerald Pleasant – Drew Hamilton – Josh Tauaefa – Jordan Orr – Ryan Haddox – Jason Litt – Daniel Cooley – Michael Anderson – Austyn Burner – Bradley Chapman – Daryl Williams – Casey Young.


Bottom row:  President Jennifer Wilson, Brittany Green
Center row:  Vice President Kelcee Summarsell, Teran Francomano
Top row:  Lt. Dana Barnett, Capt. Jessica Johnston, 1st Lt. Cassidhe Walker

We’ve Got Spirit – Yes We Do!!!

2009 Lake Dallas Falcons cheerleaders
2009 Lake Dallas Falcons Cheerleaders


2009 Highsteppers

2009 Lake Dallas Falcons High Steppers

The Lake Dallas Quarterback Club sold game day shirts at our last home game on October 30th against the Denton High Broncos. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Quarterback Club dedicated the game day t-shirts to the Susan G. Komen foundation fight for the Cure. The LD Quarterback Club donated a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

donation to Susan G. Komen foundation

Board Members (from Left to Right): Dana Waller, Becky Brazzel, Lynda Dillie, Tracey Cade, Bruce Waller, Mirchelle Louis (Susan G. Komen Rep), Ronny Perry, Ann Hodges (LDISD), Pam Franklin, Louise Hamilton, Bill Navarro, and David Laubacher. Not pictured Tom Jones.


Thank you for supporting the Fight for the Cure and the Lake Dallas Falcons!

Lake Dallas Falcons supports Susan G. Komen foundation

Fighting for the cure… nothing else matters!

Football: Waller trio powering Lake Dallas

08:42 AM CST on Friday, November 20, 2009

By Matthew Muench / Staff Writer

CORINTH — Many times while watching a Lake Dallas football game this season, the public address announcer says the last name Waller.

Usually, it’s no big deal for a fan to hear a name over the loudspeakers.

The Waller trio, linebacker Josh (11), running back Tyler (21) and Logan (5), shown earlier this wek at Falcon Field in Lake Dallas, have helped power the Falcons, who will face Everman in theClass 4A playoffs tonight.

When Falcon fans hear ‘Franklin’ they know its star quarterback James Franklin.

When they hear McGee, they know it is wide receiver threat Tyler McGee.

But Waller?

Fans have to think a little harder, but they have three choices – senior linebacker Josh Waller, juniorrunning back Tyler Waller or junior linebacker Logan Waller.

“Sometimes I get a tackle and someone will tell Josh nice play,” Logan said. “But it is nice to hear the name Waller a lot. That means we are making plays.”

Tyler and Josh are brothers and Logan is their cousin.

“It has been awesome playing with my cousin and brother,” Tyler said. “You learn a lot. I have learned to be more aggressive because of it. I also have learned how to avoid tackles better because I have had to avoid them a lot of times growing up.”

While it sometimes may be difficult to tell the Waller trio apart, it is easy to see all three have been key contributors for Lake Dallas (10-1) as the Falcons head into their Class 4A area round matchup with Everman at 7:30 p.m. today in Bedford.

“They are all very instinctive football players,” said Lake Dallas coach Michael Young. “All Wallers play like that. Some guys you have to really coach to do everything, but these guys really know football. They all have a nose for what is going to happen.”

Tyler Waller has quietly racked up almost 1,000 yards rushing this season while playing in Franklin’s shadow. He also is averaging almost nine yards per carry in 113 attempts.

“He is a great instinctive running back,” Young said. “What is amazing is how great of a blocker he is. He probably is our strongest kid pound for pound.”

Last week he rushed for 155 yards in the Falcons’ playoff win against Birdville. But he will not play for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL he suffered last week.

“I shouldn’t have made that cut back on that long run,” he said. “But I’m still part of the team. I’ll do my part from the sidelines.”

Josh and Logan play side-by-side as two of Lake Dallas’ run stopping linebackers. They rank second and third on the team in total tackles behind standout defensive stopper Drew Hamilton (103 tackles, 69 solo).

Logan has totaled 79 tackles (44 solo), while Josh has piled up 57 (35 solo).

“Josh and Logan may not be the biggest or the fastest,” Young said. “But they are as physical as any other linebacker out there.”

Both linebackers also have made big plays this season when it comes to turnovers.

Last week Logan made a key interception to set up Lake Dallas’ first touchdown of the game.

“Waller’s know how to make big plays,” Young said.

Josh’s interception may have been the biggest play of the season for the Falcons. It happened in the closing minutes of Lake Dallas’ game against Ryan when he intercepted Raiders quarterback Scotty Young’s pass to seal the win for the Falcons.

“I think we make big plays because we have had to make them our whole lives,” Josh said. “We know how to cope with the big situations. Growing up we were always the best players on teams. So we know how to handle the big situations.”

All three players have been playing in the Lake Dallas pipeline since they were younger and watched Logan’s brother Adam play football as a Falcon while growing up.

They have been competitive since they were kids whether it was baseball, football or board games.

“We have been playing our whole lives together,” Logan said. “And it has been fun the entire time.”

Josh said it was nonstop sports growing up.

“We have always been playing something,” he said. “We have always been together. We have made championship runs together in every sport and it really has been pretty awesome.”

Josh said the rivalry has been a friendly one throughout the years.

“Me and my brother would always go up against Logan in sports,” Josh said with a laugh. “We always won because, you know, we are better.”

So,who is the best out of the three?

“I can’t answer that,” Logan said. “We all are pretty good.”

How did they get so good?

“It’s from growing up with parents that cared about sports,” Tyler said. “We learned so much from them and after a few years it just kind of turned into natural instinct. I blame our parents for all these skills.”

When the trio suits up tonight against a 9-2 Everman team, Josh said he hopes it is not the last time.

“It has been an honor to play with them,” Josh said. “It has been special. This is the last year we are going to play together and it is kind of sad to think about and say bye to this. I want to go to the championship with these guys. We have to keep winning. None of us are ready for this to end.”

MATTHEW MUENCH can be reached at 940-566-6869. His e-mail address is [email protected] .

Lake Dallas News

Football: Falcons escape with playoff win over Birdville

01:11 AM CST on Saturday, November 14, 2009

By Matthew Muench / Staff Writer

SAGINAW — Thanks to a little bit of luck and some big offensive plays in the fourth quarter, Lake Dallas rallied past Birdville, 35-27, on Friday night in a wild playoff game at Rough Rider Stadium.

Birdville missed a game-tying extra point with a little more than two minutes left in the game, and Lake Dallas tagged on a late touchdown to pull out the Class 4A Division II Region II bi-district win.

The Falcons will face Everman in the area round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pennington Field in Euless.

“We played well enough to win, but if anybody deserved to have a play like that, it was us,” Lake Dallas coach Michael Young said. “It was hard luck for [Birdville] because they played well tonight also.”

The missed extra point wasn’t like most one-point tries. Birdville had to kick it from 30 yards out after a holding penalty negated a successful kick that would have tied the game.

“I was thinking it was going to get blocked on the first try, and then the holding penalty gave us another chance,” Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin said. “Then he missed it. I was thankful for that, and we feel a little lucky.”

The wacky finish capped a wild second half, after both offenses were slowed to a 7-7 tie at halftime.

The Falcons took their first lead of the game with 4:13 left when Franklin rushed in from 6 yards out. It was his third rushing touchdown of the game. He finished with four rushing touchdowns and one through the air.

On the go-ahead drive, Lake Dallas rushed the ball on 10 consecutive plays to eat up the clock. Running back Tyler Waller picked up key gains. He finished with 155 yards rushing.

“We challenged our offensive linemen there and told them to go win the ballgame,” Young said. “We wanted to go score and not leave a lot of time left. We just didn’t want to make a mistake.”

But then Birdville had an answer with starting quarterback Josh Dorman — a quick answer.

In less than two minutes, the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s leading passer marched the Hawks down the field by making big connections to get Birdville inside the Lake Dallas 10-yard line.

After three consecutive stops, Birdville faced fourth and goal from the 9. Dorman, who threw for 409 yards, hit Clarke Renfro to set up the potential tying extra point.

“We knew coming in Birdville was going to be tough,” Young said. “They had an off night last week, but I still think they are one of the best offenses in the area.”

After the missed extra point, Birdville failed on an onside kick, and a penalty put Lake Dallas in Birdville territory at the 31. Franklin scored from 31 yards out on a weird play; Birdville let him score with 2:24 left so the Hawks could get the ball back with an eight-point deficit.

But Birdville couldn’t find any late magic.

Dorman was sacked on second down and threw two consecutive incompletions to end the game.

“I bet it was a fun game to watch,” Young said. “It wasn’t as fun on the sidelines. Wow, what a game.”

The first half was not nearly as exciting, as both teams struggled to find the end zone despite putting up a combined 396 yards of total offense.

Lake Dallas had more chances, though. On their first possession, the Falcons fell two yards short of converting a fourth and long to turn the ball over on downs inside the Birdville 20-yard line.

On Lake Dallas’ next possession, Franklin threw an interception in the end zone, three minutes after Birdville scored on its opening possession on a Dorman-to-Jonathan Dents 5-yard touchdown connection.

The interception came two plays after Franklin’s 2-yard touchdown run was negated by a holding penalty.

Lake Dallas finally found the end zone midway through the second quarter when Franklin rushed in from 3 yards out. During the drive, he rushed for 42 yards. He finished with 179 yard rushing on the night.

The drive was set up by an interception by Lake Dallas linebacker Logan Waller.

Lake Dallas will now turn its attention to Everman, which beat Fort Worth Dunbar on Friday night.

“The last time we played them in the playoffs, I think, it was about seven or eight years ago,” Young said. “They beat us 77-3. So we have to be ready.”

MATTHEW MUENCH can be reached at 940-566-6869. His e-mail address is [email protected].

Lake Dallas 35, Birdville 27

Birdville               7              0              14           6              —           27

Lake Dallas         0              7              7              21           —           35

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

B—Jonathan Dents 5 pass from Josh Dorman (Anthony Bardon kick), 3:01

Second Quarter

LD — James Franklin 3 run (Adam Goodnight kick), 6:17

Third Quarter

B—John Alvarez 11 pass from Dorman (Bardon kick), 7:23

LD—Franklin 2 run (Goodnight kick) 4:26

B—Clarke Renfro 75 pass from Dorman (Bardon kick), 4:07

Fourth Quarter

LD – Tyler McGee 34 pass from Franklin (Goodnight kick), 11:23

LD – Franklin 6 run (Goodnight kick), 4:13

B—Renfro nine pass from Dorman (kick failed), 2:31

LD – Franklin 31 run (Goodnight kick), 2:24

Team Statistics

B             LD

First downs        15           22

Rushing yards    16-41     46-353

Passing yards     409         137

Total yards          450         490

Comp-att-int     29-39-409            13-16-1

Fumbles-lost     0-0          1-0

Punts-avg            1-28       2-79

Penalties             2-25       6-50

Individual Statistics

Rushing — B: John Alvarez 14-55, Josh Dorman 2-(minus 14). LD: James Franklin 27-171, Tyler Waller 13-155, Raymond Thelemaque 6-27.

Passing — B: Josh Dorman 29-39-1-409. LD: James Franklin 13-16-1-137

Receiving — B: Cory Hines 11-119, Jonathan Dents 4-41, Clarke Renfro 5-120, Nate Perkins 5-82, John Alvarez 4-47. LD: Tyler McGee 4-45, Dalyn Williams 6-79, Dontonio Jordan 1-(minus 1), Jake Baine 2-14.

Lake Dallas Falcons

Football Area Statistics



Player, SchoolGms.Att.Yds.Avg.TD
Jaimaine Wilhite, Denton Guyer1013611358.316
J.W. Walsh, Denton Guyer1097103010.618
James Franklin, Lake Dallas1017610125.815
Kaylon Alexander, Denton Ryan101298646.711
Tyler Waller, Lake Dallas101007897.96
Eddie Aboussie, Wichita Falls81336144.68
Bryant Johnson, Little Elm10944614.96
Darnell Adams, Little Elm10964544.72
Denzel King, Denton5764125.43
Chima Akolam, The Colony7913463.84
Treavon Walton, Denton Guyer5373399.20
Will Clark, Denton Ryan10563175.75
Brandon Dudley, Little Elm8612894.71
Deron Royster, Wichita Falls Rider5612854.71
James Taylor, Denton9812232.81
T.J. Anderson, Wichita Falls4542144.00
Josh Allen, Denton Guyer10442114.81
Michael Jackson, The Colony2422095.03
Luke Russell, Denton Guyer71020820.82
Xavier Williams, Little Elm9482024.24
Gerald Thomas, The Colony9531843.50
Sebastian Williams, Denton Guyer31116915.41
Raymond Thelemaque, Lake Dallas6421664.01
Matt Marrs, Little Elm6381594.21
Nic Thompson, Little Elm8571422.50



Player, SchoolGms.C-A-IYds.Avg.TD
Scotty Young, Denton Ryan10195-309-7318910.344
James Franklin, Lake Dallas10162-258-520167.820
Hunter Dozier, Denton10171-299-1018656.29
J.W. Walsh, Denton Guyer10126-194-317629.121
Garrett Simpson, The Colony9100-222-1213366.07
Malcolm Carter, Wichita Falls Rider752-88-36547.46
Dylan Sheffield, Wichita Falls555-99-86456.54
T.J. Anderson, Wichita Falls455-110-26035.59
Nash Knight, Denton Ryan216-23-02239.72
Brandon Dudley, Little Elm818-48-21974.10
Darius Anderson, Wichita Falls119-38-11754.60
Dalyn Williams, Lake Dallas512-13-01168.90
Nic Thompson, Little Elm12-5-16513.00
Daniel Martin, Denton Ryan28-13-0634.81
Gary Broussard, Wichita Falls Rider59-17-4513.01
Jake Baine, Lake Dallas23-5-05010.01
Tony Booth, Little Elm11-1-03232.00
Jordan Downey, The Colony11-2-1199.50
Luke Russell, Denton Guyer33-7-1172.40
Devontay Chaffin, Wichita Falls23-3-0113.70
Dentton Hudspeth, Denton21-4-041.00
Knitht Nash, Denton Ryan10-1-000.00
Daryl Williams, Lake Dallas10-2-000.00
Danny Story, Little Elm10-1-000.00
AAron McCarthy, The Colony10-1-000.00



Player, SchoolGms.No.Yds.Avg.TD
Antonio Anderson, Denton Ryan1059103417.512
Bud Sasser, Denton Ryan105185216.717
Tyler McGee, Lake Dallas104769614.89
Michael Cudd, Denton Ryan103564218.39
Luke Russell, Denton Guyer104459513.56
Josh McClure, Denton95959310.11
Billy McCarty, Denton93454816.14
Devontay Chaffin, Wichita Falls83251015.96
Connor Bishop, Wichita Falls94147711.63
Quentin Gardener, Denton Guyer93145114.54
Beau LaFave, The Colony83344013.33
Dalyn Williams, Lake Dallas62438316.05
Dontonio Jordan, Lake Dallas9393789.70
Nate Ponton, The Colony61233027.53
Trey Mohair, Denton Ryan102431213.00
Reid Barnett, Wichita Falls Rider61927714.61
Daniel Castro, Denton82026313.22
Sean Houston, The Colony82125112.00
Jake Baine, Lake Dallas9262459.43
Kaylon Alexander, Denton Ryan51523515.71
Connor Crane, Denton Guyer81023323.35
Ben Telaneus, Denton Ryan41118516.81
Brendan Wright, Denton Guyer61216413.71
Tyler Waller, Lake Dallas8201648.23
Kevin Harris, Denton41414410.30



Player, SchoolGms.TDFGPAT2XPPoints
J.W. Walsh, Denton Guyer1018001110
Bud Sasser, Denton Ryan1017001104
Jaimaine Wilhite, Denton Guyer101600198
Antonio Anderson, Denton Ryan101600096
James Franklin, Lake Dallas101500090
Tyler McGee, Lake Dallas101300078
Christihan Guifarro, Denton Ryan100559074
Kaylon Alexander, Denton Ryan101200174
Nick Leavitt, Denton Guyer90547062
Devontay Chaffin, Wichita Falls8900054
Eddie Aboussie, Wichita Falls8900054
Michael Cudd, Denton Ryan10900054
Tyler Waller, Lake Dallas10900054
Adam Goodnight, Lake Dallas100148051
Luke Russell, Denton Guyer10800048
Will Clark, Denton Ryan10700042
Bryant Johnson, Little Elm10600138
Dalyn Williams, Lake Dallas7600036
Connor Crane, Denton Guyer8500030
Connor Bishop, Wichita Falls9400126
Matt Utt, Little Elm80510025
Billy McCarty, Denton9400024
Chima Akolam, The Colony9400024
Daulton Davidson, Wichita Falls8400024
Denzel King, Denton5400024


Team Offense

Denton Guyer17783338511.6
Denton Ryan34751441491.6
Lake Dallas21772206438.4
Wichita Falls14391138286.4
The Colony13451172251.6
Little Elm2941979227.2
Wichita Falls Rider705881226.6


Team Defense

Denton Guyer1533860239.2
Lake Dallas13071600290.8
Denton Ryan18911460335.2
Wichita Falls Rider9491458343.8
The Colony19201566348.6
Little Elm15841948353.2
Wichita Falls16021690411.6
Lake Dallas Falcons 

AP state high school football poll (11/10)

1. Lake Travis (25)10-02501
2. Longview9-12183
3. Waxahachie10-01944
4. Highland Park9-11556
5. Port Neches-Groves10-01278
6. Aledo9-11209
7. Denton Ryan9-188—
8. Denton Guyer9-1672
9. Denison9-149—
10. Angleton9-1265
Others receiving votes: Abilene Cooper 17, Hewitt Midway 14,Lake Dallas 10, Stephenville 10, Corpus Christi Calallen 7, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 6, Brenham 6, Hereford 4, North Richland Hills 3, Big Spring 2, Schertz Steele 2.

Football: Franklin finds humility in family, football

Lake Dallas quarterback on his way to Missouri

07:24 AM CDT on Friday, October 30, 2009

By Matthew Muench/Staff Writer

CORINTH — When James Franklin was in seventh grade, he told Lake Dallas coaches he wanted to play quarterback.

“They said no,” Franklin said. “I was too big. And I was kind of upset because I always, always wanted to play quarterback.”

In eighth grade he got shot down again.

Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin has passed for 1,722 yards and rushed for 917 yards this season. He also has accounted for 29 touchdowns.

“So in ninth grade,” Franklin said, “I just stopped asking if I could play quarterback.”

Turns out, fate would do the talking and convincing for him.

While playing wide receiver and defense, Franklin’s freshman team lost its first four games of the season.

At the time, current Lake Dallas tight end Jake Baine was playing quarterback but the losing streak prompted coaches to finally let Franklin play the triggerman role.

“We ended up winning district and now here I am,” Franklin said. “But I did feel bad because I took Jake’s spot.”

The two still joke about it three years later.

“Jake is always like, ‘If it wasn’t for me and my non-quarterbacking skills, you wouldn’t be playing right now,’” he said. “We laugh about it a lot.”

They also smile because of the success Franklin has had.

Now in his second season as the starting quarterback for Lake Dallas, Franklin and the Falcons are headed to the playoffs and sit in second place in District 5-4A entering tonight’s game against Denton.

“When we made the move to put him at quarterback,” said Lake Dallas coach Michael Young said, “we quickly realized that it was a great move. Obviously it has turned out to me a good move for us.”

Franklin is touted as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and will be headed to Missouri after his high school career is over.

“He is playing at the next level because he is a big-time competitor,” Young said. “When he gets to that level, coaches will love him because he does not get rattled or scared.”

Last season, he threw for 2,464 yards, rushed for 1,151 yards and accounted for 29 touchdowns.

This season the 6-2, 218-pounder hasn’t slowed down.

He has passed for 1,722 yards, rushed for 917 yards and has matched his touchdown total of last year at 29 with two regular season games left and the playoffs looming.

In the last two seasons, he has also led Lake Dallas to two wins over Ryan and one over Guyer.

“One thing about James is he plays really well in the big games,” Young said. “He shows up. Hopefully when we get in the playoffs he can continue to play big and put together a nice string of games.”

But Franklin is as humble as any high school athlete fans may come across.

He doesn’t count his stats. He has no idea how many touchdowns he has and he does not study the Saturday morning box scores.

“I really do think this game we play is about the team,” he said. “People like to talk about James this or James that. I definitely like helping the team out and I wish the team got more credit than what they do. People just like to look at me. But really it is the team that makes me.”

A solid family life has also shaped Franklin’s outlook, he said. He said his three sisters, Natalie, 26, Janelle, 22, and Rachelle, 19, are the reason he is so active.

His mom is the reason he is healthy, well-rested and well-mannered. And his dad is the reason he is respectful and confident.

“My family is very important to me,” he said. “They make me happy. They are why I am who I am.”

Growing up, Franklin traveled with his family to do missionary work all over the country.

Some of the places he has visited include California, Mem-phis, Chicago and Papua New Guinea.

Those trips are where Frank-lin learned to be a leader and where he built traits he uses every day in the classroom and on the football field.

“It was fun traveling with my dad,” Franklin said. “He would always make me lead in the singing. I wasn’t the best at singing, but he did it to help me confidence-wise. “

Franklin’s dad also played college football at Oklahoma as a wide receiver and backup quarterback.

“My dad and I growing up would always play catch and I would always want to show him off in front of my friends,” Franklin said. “So I would go 70 or 80 yards down the field and he would chunk it to me. Then I would throw it back to him and that is how I developed my arm. My dad taught me football.”

His dad has also taught Franklin how to me mentally focused and not distracted. He is not the typical high school quarterback.

“I’m not really active with the high school social scene,” he said. “I work out and do stuff with my youth group. I don’t go to parties or do anything like that. I just kind of keep to myself.”

Franklin plans to move to Columbia, Mo., in January after he graduates high school early next month.

Classes will also be just as important as his football life when he walks the college campus. In high school he used to carry a 4.0 grade-point average, but now he sports a 3.8.

“Chemistry was a little tough,” he said. “I struggled a little bit.”

He plans on majoring in mechanical or electrical engineering but also has thoughts of going into the communications field. He also has set a goal of reaching the NFL.

“That is a long way away, but my plans are to work hard and make it to the NFL,” he said. “But we will see how it goes. Maybe something I learn in college will be better for me.”

MATTHEW MUENCH can be reached at 940-566-6869. His e-mail address is [email protected].

Updated: October 13, 2009, 1:49 PM ET

ESPN RISE Regional Players of the Week

ESPN Southwest Region Player of the Week
James Franklin (Lake Dallas, Corinth, Texas)
A 6-foot-3, 225-pound Missouri recruit, Franklin led Lake Dallas to a 35-31 win over Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas) last week. The senior won a head-to-head battle with Ryan’s record-threatening senior quarterback, Scotty Young. Franklin completed 25-of-42 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with a little more than a minute left. But Franklin was perhaps even more effective running the ball with 33 carries for 202 yards and two scores. He either carried or passed the ball 75 times. For the season, Franklin has passed for 1,469 yards and 14 scores and rushed for 624 yards and 11 touchdowns.


Lake Dallas News

SportsDay offensive football player of the week: James Franklin

10:07 PM CDT on Sunday, October 11, 2009

By DAMON L. SAYLES / The Dallas Morning News

School: Lake Dallas

What he did: Franklin accounted for 521 yards and five TDs in Lake Dallas’ 35-31 win over Denton Ryan, which was ranked No. 6 in the state. He threw the game-winning TD to Tyler McGee with 1:10 left.

Who is he? A 6-2, 225-pound senior quarterback

The stats: Franklin threw for 317 yards and three TDs and rushed 33 times for 204 yards and two scores. Franklin has 1,469 passing yards, 622 rushing yards and 25 TDs for Lake Dallas (6-0, 3-0).

He said it: “It didn’t feel like I had that good of a game because we had three turnovers that were my fault.”

Coach said it: “The conditions were a little tough; it was kind of windy that night, so it wasn’t easy. He knew the things he could do, and he did everything he could to get it done.” – Michael Young

Did you know? Franklin listens to “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus multiple times before a game. … Franklin orally committed to Missouri in March, but he has received interest from other universities including Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. “A lot of the other schools wanted to recruit me as an athlete, but Missouri wanted me as a quarterback,” Franklin said.

Lake Dallas News

Football: Falcons satisfied with spring football finale

07:20 AM CDT on Friday, May 15, 2009

By Matthew Muench / Staff Writer

CORINTH — Lake Dallas head football coach Michael Young wanted to make sure his team came into Thurs-day’s spring game with the mentality that it was not just the final practice of the spring.

He wanted them to have the attitude that it was the first game of the 2009 football season.

Jahanzaib Bhat breaks away from Vinnie Depiazza, center, while Miles Taylor gives chase during the Lake Dallas spring game Thursday at Falcon Stadium.

“I want them to go full speed,” he said before the game at Falcon Stadium. “I want them to play like it is a real game.”

Young’s thoughts after the game?

“It went really well,” he said. “It was entertaining and they played exactly like we wanted them to do.”

The format of the game pitted the first, second, third and fourth-team offenses and defenses against each other by rotating in and out of every series.

Points were earned many different ways. In the end, the offense beat the defense, 81-74. But the score didn’t really matter to Young. He and his coaching staff just wanted to begin putting the pieces of his team’s puzzle together.

He didn’t have to worry about quarterback James Franklin.

The dual-threat Missouri commit was impressive during the game. He threw for a touchdown and rushed for a long score during his first two drives and completed 10 of his 14 pass attempts.

“He played really well.” Young said. “He made great decisions and he ran the ball really well. He showed how elusive he is. He is so hard to tackl, and when he threw the ball he threw it real sharp. He zinged it.”

Coming into the spring, one of Young’s main goals was to fill in the holes at wide receiver left by three graduating seniors, including standout Joey Knight.

He thinks he found them with incoming sophomore Dalyn Williams, returning starter Tyler McGee and tight end Jake Baine.

“We are faster offensively than we were last year,” he said. “Hopefully it will lead to a lot of big plays for us.”

Franklin agrees.

“We lost some good players from last year’s team,” he said. “We have more threats at every position than we did last year. We will be able to throw to a lot more options.”

The Falcons’ defense also showed signs of success this spring and on Thursday.

Franklin and the first-team offense were slowed down the entire second half by failing to score on its final four possessions.

By the end of the game, all four defensive units combined to stop the offense on 12 of the final 13 possessions.

“The defense played really well in the second half,” Young said. “They were a little slow getting going but they made some big plays in the second half.”

The defense forced a total of five turnovers on Thursday. Young was most impressed with his run defense this spring.

“We had a great spring defensively against the run,” he said. “We haven’t been so great against the pass, but overall up front we have been really good against the run. That is what we have been most proud of this spring.”

Before the first spring practice, Young wanted to make sure he could do three things with his team.

“We had to find some offensive linemen, receivers and defensive backs,” he said. “And I think we got it pretty much down. We got a good start on what we think we can do this fall.”

MATTHEW MUENCH can be reached at 940-566-6869. His e-mail address is [email protected] .

May 15, 2009

Matt Diggs

In what is sure to be a tradition that Lake Dallas fans and opponents will see all season, the offense defeated the defense today 50-30 in the first fourty minutes of a controlled offensive vs. defensive game where a running clock was utilized. The game had unique scoring opportunities for both teams which rewarded the offense for big plays and long drives and that rewarded the defense for sacks, tackles for losses and three and outs.

Kudos to Lake Dallas for putting their best players out for the spring game. The talk around the water cooler all week was if James Franklin would be playing – and he did not disappoint. He threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown in the simulated half.

Coach Michael Young told me before the game that wide receiver Tyler McGee was having a great spring, and he continued his great spring by snagging the first touchdown over several defenders. McGee ran crisp routes and will be someone to watch when 7 on 7. Listed at only 5’9 – he plays much bigger and has very good speed.

Franklin, listed at 6’3, 225, looks more like a linebacker than a quarterback, was a handful to bring down. His breakaway speed in the open field led to a 61 yard touchdown on a 4th and one play.

Also on the offensive side of the ball – two standout offensive lineman – kids we won’t get to see develop at 7 on 7 – Daryl Williams (6’5, 275) and Bradley Chapman (6’3, 280) made the right side of the offensive line the strong side – and Lake Dallas ran several “trips right” plays toward that strong side. Opponents will have to keep from overloading to keep Franklin from running to the weak side, as he did in his 61 yard jaunt.

Defensively, the Falcons are going to struggle this year. A lot of positions will be open and the competition will be fierce. 7 on 7 will be crucial to the development of that back 7.

Coach Young also spoke highly of middle linebacker Drew Hamilton before the game – noting that the 6’0, 215 pound senior to be has flown under the radar and will be a big contributor to the team.

Another player that stood out to me more because of his size was 6’3, 245 pound defensive lineman Gerald Pleasant. He is the type of player that if he can develop on the defensive line could help out some sorely needed defensive deficiencies. A big reason why he did stand out was because of his size – the defense was built more on speed than size this season.

Analysis: Lake Dallas is going to be the type of team that may have to outscore its opponents this season. Offensively, they ran a lot of bubble screens and sideline to sideline type of plays – which teams with speed (Denton Ryan, for instance) will be able to shut down.

I did like that they would go down the field – but the middle yardage stuff (10-20 yards) was either not shown or not completed. The running game looked to be anemic – but a running back may emerge as a pure starter as 7 on 7 and two-a-days continue. The defense will have a trouble stopping big teams. I don’t see them stopping a team like Denton Guyer – a Wing-T team that will simply pound the ball down their throat – with the size and speed that I saw.

Fresh Face: Dalyn Williams caught my eye. A 6’0, 180 pound sophomore-to-be probably hasn’t been seen by many yet. He has good size – and he was running the second team offense and playing on first team as wide receiver. If he develops during 7 on 7 – he may have scouts and analysts saying “Who is that kid?”. From the pairing as second team quarterback, he may be slated as the heir apparent for the next two seasons (2010, 2011) after James Franklin graduates.

Building anew: Under construction was the Lake Dallas stadium. The stadium is having two extra wings added to the home side as well as the press box being rebuilt. The double deck press box should be operational by the 2009 season and could make Lake Dallas a place for 2A/3A/private school playoff games over the next couple of seasons. Teams like Argyle Liberty Christian might turn to Lake Dallas for home-neutral games.

This was my first trip to Lake Dallas’s Falcon Stadium – and it has a very homey-y feel with the stadium being nestled against the school and the road. Along the north side of the stadium, fans were sitting in cars watching the spring game. It had a small town feel with a big town stadium being built.

LD Falcons 2009 Action Photos by Brendon Smith at Your Action Art.