Braswell wide receiver JK Carter

Braswell wide receiver JK Carter (2) catches a pass and scores a touchdown against the Lake Dallas defense on Friday night at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Lake Dallas entered Friday night’s game with Braswell as a heavy underdog. The Falcons have struggled throughout the course of the 2019 season and have racked up just two wins.

But that didn’t prevent Lake Dallas from playing with a chip on its shoulder during the first half on Friday night against the Bengals. The Falcons’ defense held the explosive Braswell offense to a touchdown in the first half and gave Lake Dallas a 10-7 lead going into the break.

After halftime, Braswell came alive and scored on every possession in the final 24 minutes to hold off Lake Dallas 39-31 on Friday night at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

“We missed a few shots early, which would’ve made a difference in how our first half went,” Braswell coach Cody Moore said. “We moved the ball well, but we didn’t convert our opportunities early on. We just weren’t executing real crisp, but we rectified that in the second half.”

During the first half, Lake Dallas ran the ball effectively and controlled the tempo of the game, which kept the Braswell offense — which entered the night averaging over 45 points per game — on the sideline. When the Bengal offense did step on the field, they struggled to gain any sort of rhythm due to a few dropped passes and missed scoring chances.

“We tried to slow the game down and limit the number of possessions for their offense,” Lake Dallas coach Michael Young said. “We also got a lot of three-and-outs, and we’re just now starting to kind of figure out how you do that as a team when offense and defense work together.”