Listed at 5-1, sophomore Demarjae “Milkshake” Lynch capped the North Dallas Orange and White spring game with the biggest play of game — a 103-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
With time running out, the White offense was at the Orange 2-yard line and trying to score. But a fumbled snap saw the ball bounce into the end zone to Lynch, who was playing middle linebacker. Lynch scooped up the ball and ran around left end out of the end zone.
Since the time had run out, he stopped around the 20, but the coaches yelled that the play wasn’t over and he took off for the long touchdown run. He returned to the bench to a celebration chorus of “Milkshake!, Milkshake!, Milkshake!” from his teammates.
The Orange defense had the upper hand Thursday night at Franklin Field, but North Dallas head coach Fred Johnson was very pleased with the outcome.
“First of all, the kids competed,” Johnson said. “That’s what we wanted. We had a couple of bad snaps, we had some good plays, and some bad plays, we’re going to go over film to see who can help us. But this is the first year for a spring game in a long time, and we needed it. We needed it,”
“I think everybody got better over spring. So we have good things to come.”
Johnson said of the some highlights included the play of sophomore Cinqué Lampkin at quarterback; the offensive line, with three freshmen starting, and the defense made tackles, interceptions and fumble recoveries.
“The kids competed. They got to the ball. Tackled well. We came out and had fun — injury free. And the defense played well,” Johnson said. “The touchdown at the end was the way to end spring practice. ‘Milkshake’ gives us 110 percent every day and you can’t ask anything else from the kids.”
Lynch said this was the biggest play that he’s ever had. He said he got tired about the 50-yard line.
“I was tired by the time I got to the 50-yard line,” Lynch said. “It was a fumble recovery and I didn’t know what to do, so I picked it up. I thought the play was dead but the coaches said to run it all the way back. I was surprised by myself because I never did anything like that.”
Besides Lynch’s touchdown, the Orange defense also had an interception by Matthew Cisneros and forced the White offense to punt several times.
“We’re doing good, but we have to work on a couple of stunts,” said Rusty Huerta, who had two sacks and three tackles in the first half. We’re making simple mistakes that we shouldn’t.”
Huerta, a 6-1, 205-pound defensive end, said it was fun playing against teammates.
“It’s more fun because you know you can get in a little harder lick on them. It’s all fun and games out there,” he said.
Francisco Garcia, who called the signals for the defense, said he liked the attitude on the field.
“We did really good today,” Garcia said. “We still have a couple of mistakes we need to fix. Our adjustments, we need to fix. Other than that, we’re all good.”
The White offense was hurt by bad snaps but receiver Christian Armstrong caught two passes, including one for a 40-yard touchdown from quarterback KaVonn Price.
“It felt good, catching the ball and being back on the field,” Armstrong said of his touchdown catch. “Nobody touched me.”
From what he saw, Coach Johnson said he’s excited about the fall.
“I’m excited about next year. I really am. As long as the kids come out and do everything they are supposed to, I think we’ll be ready,” he said. “We made history tonight.”