CORINTH — Trailing by a touchdown in the third quarter, Braswell thought it had struck gold. Quarterback Greyson Thompson connected with Cam Smith on a wide-open pass deep down field, Smith waltzed into the end zone untouched — but there was laundry on the field.
A holding call brought the play back. The Bengals (3-7, 3-4) had to settle for a field goal on the drive after thinking they had tied the game that held their playoff fates in its hands. The Lake Dallas Falcons added a touchdown in the fourth quarter as they took the game 21-16.
“It ended up being the difference in the game,” Braswell head coach Cody Moore said. “It was a costly penalty. Our kids played really, really good. They showed some fight that was really good for me to see. They fought their ass off.”
It was tough sledding for Lake Dallas (6-3, 4-3) all night as the Falcons gained just 251 yards, completing 12-of-21 passes and rushing for just 3.4 yards per attempt. Dual-threat quarterback Ryan Depperschmidt was picked off once, but still had 143 yards through the air and a touchdown while adding two TDs on the ground.
“We knew they were going to bring it,” Depperschmidt said. “We had been preparing for that all week. This is a big win. Our defense played so well. I give it all to them. We still have to take care of next week. A win is a win so we’re just going to get after it in practice next week.”
After a disastrous first drive that ended in a blocked punt, Braswell had to regather itself. Lake Dallas was able to put some points on the board in the meantime.
Depperschmidt fell into the end zone from a yard out to put Lake Dallas up 7-0 with 10:08 to play in the first quarter. Thompson swapped roles to get the Bengals on the board.
With 9:48 to play in the half he hit running back Jeremiah Richardson on a quick pass. Richardson stopped dead in his tracks and switched the point of attack with a throw back across to Thompson who had a wide-open lane to the end-zone to tie the game at seven.
Depperschmidt struck again on the ground from 15 yards out with 4:14 to play in the first half to put Lake Dallas up 14-7. As the second half rolled on, Arturo Ramirez drilled the 29-yard field goal that capped off Braswell’s drive that was stunted by the called back touchdown.
Then in his final home game as a Falcon, Braeden Caine caught a 23-yard pass with 6:13 to play to put Lake Dallas up 21-10. Cam Smith added a 4-yard touchdown for Braswell about three minutes later, but a failed two-point attempt gave Lake Dallas all the breathing room it needed.
The Falcons now have a date with Frisco Lebanon Trail on Friday and a trip to the playoffs on the line. Braswell will finish the season at Denison.
“We’ve still got one more game to play,” Moore said. “It didn’t go our way tonight. We were a little short, but you can’t say enough about our kids and the fight that they showed. I’m just very proud of them and our coaches.”
Lake Dallas 21, Denton Braswell 16
LD — Ryan Depperschmidt 1 run (Anthony Patti kick)
DB — Greyson Thompson 16 pass from Jeremiah Richardson (Arturo Ramirez kick)
LD — Ryan Depperschmidt 15 run (Anthony Patti kick)
DB — Arturo Ramirez 0 FG
LD — Braeden Caine 23 pass from Ryan Depperschmidt (Anthony Patti kick)
DB — Cam Smith 4 run
Rushing — DB: Jeremiah Richardson 27-116, Kaivon Kendrick 8-29, Jared Shaabani 2-17, Cam Smith 1-4, Greyson Thompson 5--18, LD: Ryan Depperschmidt 14-38, Ike Onyekwere 8-25, Darryl Minor 3-23, Ky’lee Smith 7-22.
Passing — DB: Greyson Thompson 17-29-1-92, Jeremiah Richardson 1-1-0-16, LD: Ryan Depperschmidt 12-20-1-143, Ky’lee Smith 0-1-0-0.
Receiving — DB: Elijah Norris 5-50, Jared Shaabani 2-19, Greyson Thompson 1-16, Cam Smith 5-14, Jaylon Banks 1-12, Sully Martinez 1-7, Jeremiah Richardson 3--10, LD: Braeden Caine 3-47, Ky’lee Smith 7-39, Ryan Hull 1-34, Ike Onyekwere 1-23.