Last-minute TD gives Carter win in dramatic fashion over Wilmer-Hutchins in showdown of Dallas ISD unbeatens

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Kace Williams fought off a groin injury that forced him to the sideline for two fourth-quarter series and led his team on a clutch last-minute touchdown drive, sending Carter to a 34-30 victory over Wilmer-Hutchins in a showdown of Dallas ISD unbeatens Friday night at Wilmer-Hutchins Eagle Stadium.

“I had to pull it out for my team,” said Williams, who capped a 61-yard, seven-play drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Keondre Choice on fourth down with 39 seconds remaining. The senior completed 5 of 6 passes on the drive.

Choice made a gutsy catch in traffic.

“I trust my teammates,” said Williams who threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns.

“These are the kind of games you play for.”

Carter (4-0, 3-0 in District 8-4A Division I), No. 5 in SportsDay’s Class 4A-Others area ranking, is off to its best start since 2008.

Wilmer-Hutchins (2-1, 1-1), No. 7 in the area, lost to Carter for only the second time in the last seven seasons.

Williams was injured on the final play of the third quarter. Subsequent Carter drives ended on a fumble and an interception before his return.

Williams finished off Carter scoring drives on the first two possessions of the second half with touchdown passes to put the Cowboys in front 28-23.

The go-ahead points came on Williams’ 74-yard hookup with Redd Mu’min-Walker.

Andre Henderson had an answer. The Wilmer-Hutchins senior capped a 47-yard scoring drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Corey Ivey for a 30-28 lead that stood up until the final minute. Henderson threw for 220 yards and two scores.

Wilmer-Hutchins dominated total yardage in the first half, building a 23-14 halftime lead.

Neither team was able to establish a running attack. But special teams and defense picked up the scoring slack.

Carter used a couple of alert special teams plays to score twice in the first half. A recovery of a fumbled punt snap led to a 26-yard scoring drive capped by Williams’ 18-yard scoring run. Williams passed to Mu’min-Walker for the conversion and an 8-0 lead in the game’s fourth minute.

Later in the quarter after a Carter punt, Samaj Maston plucked off a Wilmer-Hutchins fumble in midair and returned it 50 yards.

Wilmer-Hutchins struck for a gift touchdown of its own when a Carter shotgun snap sailed into the end zone and Kendall Washington recovered for the score.

Ennis receiver Laylon Spencer (7) celebrates after pulling in a second quarter receiving touchdown during their game against Mansfield Summit. The two teams played their non-district football game at  Lions Stadium on the campus of Ennis High School in Ennis on October 22, 2020.

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