DALLAS -- The struggling Carter Cowboys (2-5, 2-2 in District 11-4A) did not struggle at all Saturday, taking home the James Jones Trophy for beating the Kimball Knights (5-2, 3-1), 14-0, at Kincaide Stadium.
The Cowboys defense swarmed, sacking the Kimball quarterbacks 15 times in the game, eight in the first half. Kimball was held to only 53 yards of total offense, mostly due to the --63 yards rushing of quarterback Treveon Thibodeaux.
“We’ve been talking to them all year about playing up-tempo defensively and we haven’t got that done,” Carter head coach Allen Wilson said. “For some reason, the light came on today and they went back there and made some plays.”
The game remained scoreless until just before halftime when Carter running back D’Cardio Cottonham ran the ball 1 yard into the end zone to cap a 53-yard drive. Cottonham was one of three runners for the Cowboys to lead the team in rushing yards with 32.
“It felt good to do it for my team and our fans because everyone was doubting us so we had to pull it together and win this game,” Cottonham said.
The scoring play was set up by a great one-handed catch from Courtney Arnick on fourth down and 4.
The other touchdown came in the third quarter off a 3-yard run by Louis Cummings through the middle of the Knights defense.