It’s easy to look at William Carter and assume he has always been this way.
As a senior, team leader, and a stellar student-athlete, Carter stands out on the Golden Falcons’ defensive line.
In reality, though, Carter spent years working in and out of the classroom to reach this point.
Carter never gave up on his dream of playing varsity football, and now he is one of the team’s leaders. He is a prime example of a player who took what he was given in stride and worked tirelessly to make himself better.
“I’ve loved football and playing football,” Carter said.
Carter’s journey as a football player started when he was a small child. Both of his brothers played high school football, and Carter always knew that he would follow in their footsteps.
Once Carter got to high school, his passion for the sport really grew, and he envisioned himself doing big things at C.B. Aycock.
That mindset reached a new level during his junior year when he helped lead the Golden Falcons to their first winning season since 2009.
C.B. Aycock finished with a 7-5 overall record and reached the playoffs for the second straight season.
“There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but we’re doing good with coach Brooks (C.B. Aycock head coach Steve Brooks),” Carter said. “He’s a really good coach.”
As a senior, Carter is hoping the Golden Falcons make it to the playoffs again this season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this season has been different in many ways, but Carter’s leadership helps the Golden Falcons overcome any turbulence.
Carter, who also wrestles, is also known for communicating effectively along the defensive line. He is about as steady of a role model as there is in high school athletics, and he consistently inspires those around him.
“This year was a little rough because we didn’t know if we were going to have a season,” Carter said. “But we are all really happy that we even get to play a game in the first place.”