In week 2 of 2017, the Dallas Kimball Knights suffered a 60-7 loss against their arch rival, the Dallas CarterCowboys. But this year’s Oak Cliff Super Bowl ended with a different outcome. The Knights bounced back to defeat the Cowboys, 21-15, in front of an audience that featured senator Royce West and quite a few famous Kimball and Carter alumni.
The Knights were carried to victory on the legs of quarterback Jamel McWilliams, who rushed for 215 yards. McWilliams also added 2 touchdowns on the ground and Justise Wade-Harris gave the Knights their final score with 2 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter saw the Knights sit on their 21-15 lead by controlling the clock and playing some very good defense. “No matter what, we didn’t care what they did, we were going to run at them, pound the ball all day!”; McWilliams said after Saturday night’s win.
Defensively, defensive end Roderick Brown Jr. led the Knights with 4 sacks and a forced fumble. Brown also recovered the fumble that he forced on Carter sophomore QB Kace Williams. Brown’s other 3 sacks also came at crucial moments where the Cowboys were moving the ball in Kimball territory. “Our gameplan was to come in and come out hard. When we first came out, we had some mental mistakes. We weren’t communicating! But we corrected our mistakes!”, is what Brown said after the game. Knights cornerback Omari Ector added an interception at the end of the 1st half to stop another scoring threat by Carter.
Although they were defeated, the Cowboy offense still managed to flash it’s big play ability. QB Kace Williams hit Cedric Hayeson a back shoulder throw for a 32 yard score to give the Cowboys an early 8-0 lead. Williams also hit fellow sophomore Redd Walker for a 17 yard score, as well as a 21 yard gain on 3rd and 20 in the 4th quarter. However, the Knights’ defense proved to be too much for the Cowboy offense.
The 2-0 Knights will travel to Irving for their final non district game to take on the Irving Tigers, next Friday. The 1-1 Cowboys will get to take their frustrations out against the WT White Longhorns, also on next Friday.