Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin may need to duplicate his dominating performance against Denton Ryan for his team to stay undefeated, as the Falcons host another state-ranked district rival in Denton Guyer this week.
Franklin, who has orally committed to Missouri, threw for 317 yards, ran for 204 and was responsible for five touchdowns, including a 26-yard touchdown pass in the closing minutes, to lead Lake Dallas (6-0 overall, 3-0 in District 5-4A) to a 35-31 upset win over Ryan (5-1 overall, 2-1 in District 5-4A) last week.
But Franklin and the Falcons will face a much tougher defense against Guyer (6-0 overall, 3-0 in District 5-4A), which has a strong front seven led by defensive tackle Taylor Bible, a Texas commit.
Last year, Lake Dallas pounded Guyer, 41-15. The Wildcats were without quarterback J.W. Walsh in that game. Guyer got the last laugh, however, after Lake Dallas was bounced in the first round of the playoffs by Aledo, and the Wildcats made it to the Class 4A Division I semifinals.
This time around, Walsh is healthy, Franklin is on fire, and the 5-4A title is on the line in a rivalry thats quickly become one of the most heated in the area between two schools that are less than a mile apart.
"It's just the proximity of the schools," Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young said of the rivalry. "The kids grew up together. A lot of them played little league football together. People think the schools hate each other, but when you play against your friends, it's different. There's no worse fight than two brothers."
Lake Dallas hosts Guyer at 7 p.m. Friday at Falcon Stadium. Ryan faces Little Elm at 7 p.m. Friday at Little Elm Athletic Complex.