DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — In preparation for the annual ‘Friday Night Lights’, high school football practices are already underway on dozens of North Texas campuses — including for the Cowboys at Dallas’ Carter High.

“It feels good,” that’s how Carter High wide receiver Datarian Borns described the summer practices. “This year is different. It’s a lot different, it’s more intense, we got more on the line…we’ve got to go get it.”

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What makes things different for the Cowboys football team is that Carter is returning 17 starters from last year. Carter finished 3-4 last fall but lost to Melissa in the first round of the playoffs.

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This year, Carter is hoping for much more than making a run for the District 8-4A Division 1 title. The Carter coaching staff is motivating the team to compete for a Class 4A State Championship.

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“We’ve been planting that seed since we lost to Melissa last year,” Carter head coach Spencer Gilbert told CBS 11 Sports. “That’s the goal every year, is try to win a championship.”

CBSDFW.com Staff