It was in week three of the high school football season that the 8-2 Dallas Carter Cowboys went on a 8-0 win streak to finish unbeaten in district play and with the top seed in Class 4A's Division I for the first time since 2009, a season that ended in the second round of the playoffs.
Coach Patrick Williams, former Carter state champion running back, is confident this year's group could dive deeper with the help of his protege, (uncommitted) senior running back Corey Avery, who has run for 1550 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 11 yards per carry, while also proving to be a threat out wide taking 12 catches for 225 yards and four more scores. Avery is heavily eyeing Baylor, Texas Tech and Ohio State.
Atop the receiving corp is SMU commitment Jordan Ingram and his 4.3 40-yard dash speed. Averaging 22 yards per catch, Ingram has accounted for 782 total yards and 14 touchdowns. Junior quarterback Kenneth Spencer comes with experience, having started for the Cowboys since his freshman year. He's done it all this season with both the arm and the legs, tossing for more than 1,220 yards and 21 touchdowns with only three interceptions, running in an additional eight scores.
Leading the Carter defense is 6-foot-2, 205-pound rangy Texas linebacker pledge Cameron Hampton, looking to stifle fellow Longhorn commit and Dallas Lincoln's top target Emanuel Porter. Porter is also a basketball star and a big possession receiver who has averaged 16 yards per catch for 575 yards and seven touchdowns on the year.
Lincoln finished 7-3 overall and 6-1 in district play to secure a playoff berth, winning the last five games- the last four by large margins- so expect the Tigers to come in with plenty of momentum.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dallas' Forester Stadium.