Written by Corbett Smith
Fourth-quarter fumble return carries Carter to late comeback win over South Oak Cliff
Joshua Dennis kept looking behind him, checking to see if officials stopped the play. It was as if he couldn’t believe his — and Carter’s — good fortune.
Dennis’ 52-yard fumble strip and return with 2:14 remaining in the game helped overcome a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit as Carter rallied past South Oak Cliff, 25-20, at Kincaide Stadium.
Carter (7-0, 4-0) scored twice in the final 3:19 for the win, taking a one-game lead over South Oak Cliff and Seagoville for the District 11-4A lead.
South Oak Cliff (6-1, 3-1) took a 20-11 lead in the third quarter, with SOC junior running back Jordan Stevenson scoring on a 57-yard run immediately after its defense forced an interception.
But Carter didn’t deflate. Instead, it forced three-and-outs on back-to-back SOC possessions. Kenneth Spencer completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Allen Micah Scott to bring Carter within a single score, 20-18.
Carter attempted an onside kick, but failed, giving SOC the ball at midfield with just over three minutes left and no Carter timeouts. However, SOC was called for two holding penalties and ran out of bounds on the plays prior to Dennis’ touchdown return.
Carter took an unlikely 4-0 lead early in the first quarter, on safeties on back-to-back possessions. Carter’s star middle linebacker, Cameron Hampton, a Texas pledge, was ejected for targeting in the second quarter after colliding with the place holder on a South Oak Cliff extra point.