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Wrong Choices Derail a Legacy

‘Carter High’ tells tragic story from glory to disaster

11/10/2015, 3:07 p.m.
It is one of the most storied, yet tragic tales of Texas high school football history, perhaps all of high ...
Wrong choices take a team from glory to disaster in the new film “Carter High” which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, Nov. 13. Kim Alexander Photographic Arts

It is one of the most storied, yet tragic tales of Texas high school football history, perhaps all of high school football.

In 1988, the David W. Carter High School football team in Dallas seemed a story of success and boundless promise, the stuff of legend. It was the Texas 5A state champion, rated one of the best teams in the nation and possibly the best ever in Texas history. It was chocked with talent, including one player who would eventually become a five-time pro bowler in the NFL.

Bad youthful decisions, however, derailed the team’s legacy, brought shame to the school and its players’ community and landed five of the team members behind bars for armed robbery, including its star player.

It is that part of the story that writer and producer Arthur Muhammad said he is trying to drive home in his new movie, “Carter High,” which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, Nov. 13.