"It was great to have the season we did last year," he said. "But that was the past. We have bigger plans this year. The only goal we can set is to go all the way to the state championship."
Carter, who threw for nearly 2,400 yards and tacked on another 800 yards on the ground, was only saddling up for his first season as a starting quarterback.
His freshman year saw him start off at wide receiver, with a move to the quarterback position coming midway through the Apollos’ season.
Entering his junior campaign, Carter used the summer to turn himself into the quarterback Sharpstown needs to make the run deep into the playoffs.
"My speed is something I really tried to work on," he said. "My footwork has gotten a lot better, so I should look to throw the ball a good bit more as well."
The junior, who looks to put his name among the top talents on the Lonestar State’s board after this season, still has not put much thought into the college road.
Growing up in a football atmosphere that bleeds maroon or burnt orange, Carter insists that he has no early favorites.
"I have not really opened things up yet," he said. "That time will come. Right now, I just need to keep working hard everyday to get there."
One school that Carter expressed early interest in was LSU and he has some strong ties to the Bayou State that continue to run deep.
“I’m from Louisiana but we left when I was in the eighth grade because of Hurricane Katrina,” he said. “All my family still lives there so I know a lot about LSU. They wanted me to come to their camp this summer but I couldn’t make it. I watched them a lot growing up and always remember how they never lost. But right now, I just want to focus on my season and then worry about all the college stuff later.”