IRVING, Texas - After arguably the best game of his high school career, four-star wide receiver William Cole could only talk about how good the play of his teammates was and what's next.
Cole, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete, ran up and down the field against Garland in a tight battle. Cole's Cedar Hill team edged out Garland 31-24 and earned a spot in the state championship game this Saturday against Cy-Falls. After scoring from 77 yards out to take the lead, his mind wasn't on how good of a play it was.
He wanted his defense to finish the show.
"Garland has a great defense and one of the best offenses we've seen," Cole said. "They're defense was bringing it to us all game long. But, once we scored 31 points, I had a feeling our defense was going to stop them."
That they did. The Cedar Hill defense had a fourth-down goal-line stand to win the game for Cedar Hill. That wasn't all of the heroics. Cole had to take over from his own one-yard line and get out of the end zone to avoid a safety.
Again, he came up big.
Cole raced out of the end-zone dodging tacklers and ended up closer to the 50-yard line than his own goal line.
Nonetheless, he still talked about the play of his teammates, like the block that Quinton Haynes threw which sprang Cole free for a 77-yard go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also talked about what's next.
That includes the state title game and of course, finishing the recruiting process.
"Well, Jan. 13 I'm going to Kansas with Dezmon Briscoe, then Jan. 20 I go to Arkansas, and then on Jan. 27 Briscoe and I will go to Missouri," Cole said. "After that, we'll see what happens."
Cole will also play wide receiver in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he'll look to put on another show.