Brandon Engel

Lake Dallas wide receiver Brandon Engel (3) lunges for the end zone and scores a touchdown against the R.L. Turner defense at Standridge Stadium, Thursday, October 5, 2017, in Carrollton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

When Lake Dallas opens District 7-5A (Division II) play Friday night, the Falcons will do so in one of the most high-profile district openers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In a rematch of last year’s bi-district playoff thriller, Lake Dallas will host Frisco Reedy in a game that likely would serve as a makeshift district championship game if it were played later in the season.

The Falcons knocked off the Lions 37-34 in the playoffs last year before falling to North Forney in the area round. Now, Lake Dallas will look to repeat that result to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 while also getting a head start in the race for the district title.

“It’s strange to play a game like this so early,” Lake Dallas coach Michael Young said. “No matter what happens here, either one of us could be a whole lot different five weeks from now. But we’re both playing good football now, so it should be a good game.

“This would be a big one to get because they’re going to win a lot of games. The real key is getting the No. 1 seed for the payoffs, so there is a lot on the line so early in the year.”

Lake Dallas and Reedy are the only 2-0 teams in the nine-team district through two weeks, while Lucas Lovejoy is 1-0 after being forced to cancel its game against Sulphur Springs due to bad weather.

The Falcons continued their offensive dominance last week in a 40-34 win against Frisco Centennial and enter the district opener averaging 459.5 yards and 43 points per game. Quarterback Ryan Depperschmidt has thrown for 485 yards and rushed for 133 with eight total touchdowns, while Brandon Engel has 11 catches for 219 yards and Ky’lee Smith has 217 total yards and two touchdowns.

Reedy dominated Plano West 46-14 in Week 1 before knocking off The Colony 33-24 last week. Josh Foskey has thrown for 442 yards and three touchdowns, while Michael Ferrara leads the way with 160 yards and three scores on the ground.

Matthew Hoots blocked two punts for the Lions last week and is one of six players with at least two sacks for Reedy.

“If we protect the quarterback fairly well, that’s going to be a big key,” Young said. “They’re pretty good up front. If we’re able to protect Ryan, we have some matchups with our receivers that favor us against their secondary. If we’re able to do that, I think we have a chance to win the game.”

Aubrey at Pilot Point

Where: Massey Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Pilot Point (2-0), Aubrey (1-1)

What’s on the line: The Battle of 377 returns to Massey Stadium as Pilot Point and Aubrey square off for the latest edition of their rivalry. The Chaparrals have won the past two games between the schools, with the Bearcats’ last win coming in 2015 under former coach Rob Best. Danny David, who is off to a 2-0 start in his second year at Pilot Point, will be looking for his first win over the Chaparrals while Aubrey coach Keith Ivy looks to improve to 3-2 against the Bearcats since 2014.

Argyle at Tyler Chapel Hill

Where: Bulldog Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Argyle (2-0), Tyler Chapel Hill (0-2)

What’s on the line: After posting one of the best two-game resumes in the state with a pair of top-five wins against Stephenville and Waco La Vega, Argyle will take a step down in competition level as it travels to take on Tyler Chapel Hill. Argyle is averaging 408 yards of offense and 38 points through two games, while Chapel Hill has been outscored 77-26. With a win, the Eagles would move to 3-0 for the sixth straight year.

Krum at Benbrook

Where: Scarborough-Handley Field

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Krum (0-2), Benbrook (2-0)

What’s on the line: Krum is 1-12 in its past 13 games and remain in search of its first victory of 2018, though it won’t come easily against a Benbrook team that has wins against Ferris and Nevada Community. The Bobcats got off to a solid start against Pilot Point last week but collapsed after taking a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter. Krum will have to find a way to contain Quintan Jackson, who has already rushed for 556 yards and eight touchdowns for the Bobcats.

Brock at Liberty Christian

Where: Warrior Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Liberty Christian (0-1), Brock (2-0)

What’s on the line: Liberty Christian missed out on a chance to get to .500 last week when bad weather forced a cancellation of the team’s game against Celina. Liberty will face another public-school powerhouse this week in Brock, which advanced to the Class 3A Division I championship game last season. Andre Washington, who accounted for 214 yards and four touchdowns in the opener, will be key for the Warriors against a Brock defense allowing just 8.5 points per game.

Bridgeport at Sanger

Where: Indian Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Sanger (0-2), Bridgeport (1-1)

What’s on the line: Things haven’t gone Sanger’s way early this season, as the Indians are 0-2 and have been outscored 100-7 in losses to Ardmore (Okla.) Plainview and Springtown. Bridgeport should serve as a more winnable game, but the Bulls are much better this year than last year, when Sanger had to hold off a furious rally to claim a 37-35 victory. Jaden Maddux (262 total yards, three TDs) and Christian Hand (120 rushing yards, two TDs) led Bridgeport to a bounce-back 38-35 win over Bowie a week ago. Sanger will look to get the ball in the hands of Hank Lemons, who leads the team with six catches for 92 yards.

Nocona at Ponder

Where: Ponder Field

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Ponder (0-2), Nocona (1-1)

What’s on the line: Ponder’s defense has been able to keep the team in games so far, but the offense has struggled to find a rhythm in losses to Howe and Wichita Falls City View. The Lions are giving up 21 points per game, have scored a total of 21 points in the two losses and will look to get things rolling against Nocona, which is coming off a 62-0 win over Venus.

Calvary at Watauga Harvest Christian

Where: Callahan Field

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Calvary (2-0), Watauga Harvest Christian (1-1)

What’s on the line: The Denver Bowden era is off to a good start at Calvary, as the Lions have turned in wins over Lewisville Lakeland Christian and Savoy. The team has relied heavily on Jacob Helzer, and that’s not likely to change against Watauga Harvest Christian. The Saints beat Rockwall Heritage Christian 50-0 to open the season before falling to Coolidge 59-20.

BRADY KEANE can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter @BradyKeane. 

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