Former Haughton star Dak Prescott helped the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Washington Redskins 27-23 Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
The rookie completed 22 of 30 passes for 292 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also scored on a six-yard run, his only carry of the game. Prescott, who led Haughton to a 12-1 record in 2010, had an impressive quarterback rating of 103.8.
“I’ve got great coaching, an unbelievable coaching staff, great teammates who pick me up every day I come in,” Prescott said in his postgame press conference. “I focus on the moment. I focus on the day. Just try to live in the moment. I’ve got great people around me.”
Prescott, however, isn’t putting too much stock in his first NFL victory.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “But I guess I can enjoy it tonight and move on tomorrow. Got to get ready for next week.”
The Cowboys took the lead on an 80-yard touchdown drive that started early in the fourth quarter. That came afterBarry Church intercepted a Kirk Cousins pass in the end zone with the Redskins facing a third-and-goal at the 6 and leading 23-20.
The Cowboys’ 11-play drive started with 10:35 left. Prescott completed passes to Dez Bryant (21 yards) and Cole Beasley (14 yards). On third-and-11 from the Washington 24, Prescott hit Beasley for a 12-yard gain. He then passed to Jason Witten for eight yards to the four. Alfred Morris scored on the next play with 4:45 left.
“Proud of our offense in that moment, just coming back and responding with a big drive,” Prescott told reporters.
Prescott completed passes to eight different receivers. Bryant, who had only one catch in the season-opening loss to the New York Giants, caught seven for 102. Beasley caught five for 75 and Witten three for 51.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones continues to be impressed by Prescott.
“His ability to take everything in the meetings, in the practices – his ability to take it all to a highly competitive situation,” Jones told reporters. “You see him do the right thing and good things when he’s under pressure.
“He’s like a sponge. And not in the sense that he’s not talented, but he has the overachiever attitude about soaking it up. And he uses every bit of it in these practices and games. He’s impressive in that way.”
Ezekiel Elliott, another rookie, led the Cowboys on the ground with 83 yards on 21 carries. He scored one touchdown.
Dan Bailey kicked field goals of 22 and 31 yards in the first half.
— Staff Reports