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BevBrownJr

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  1. It would be hard for any game to top that 2010 state semifinal game, which pitted the record-breaking team from Central Texas that some were calling the best team ever in that classification against the two-time defending state champions from East Texas. Carthage won 35-28, but the outcome was in doubt until after the game’s final play, which was an unsuccessful pass from the 5-yard line into the end zone by Brownwood. The target of that pass, then future Texas Longhorn Jaxon Shipley, later lamented that the three defenders covering him on his final high-school play were, like himself, future D1 players - senior LB Kendall Thompson (Shipley’s teammate at UT), junior S Ed Pope (Johnny Football’s teammate at Texas A&M), and senior CB Jalen Claiborne (Wyoming). Carthage used its running game to defeat Brownwood, as senior RB Hunter Holland, who also played some DE that year, gained 307 yards. Coach Surratt commented later, “Our plan was to pound them, pound them, and pound them, with some play action, and I think our game plan worked great.” The Bulldogs could win that year with either the pass or the run. In the state championship game against Coldspring-Oakhurst the next week, senior QB Anthony Morgan threw for 392 yards and 6 TDs. The late Cortlyn Ware, who was a senior WR/CB, had 5 catches for 176 yards and 3 TDs, and fellow senior WR/CB Jalen Claiborne had 6 catches for 163 yards and 3 TDs.
  2. My recollection is that the first sub on the D-line last year was a freshman...and all of last year's starters on the D-line are now gone. Also, there was a very athletic-looking freshman who played some TE during the playoffs. My guess is he will likely be a starting DT this year. My memory about observations from several months ago isn't as good as your phone calls, but until you start making them...
  3. We both know that one of the many ingredients to Coach Surratt’s success is knowing the rules forward and backward…and playing by them.
  4. WR Montrel Hatten verbally committed to Oregon State last week. He also has offers from Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, and Texas Tech of the Big 12, Arkansas and Ole Miss of the SEC, and a dozen others - Boston College, Colorado, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Prairie View, SMU, Texas State, UTSA, and Western Kentucky.
  5. Kilgore will be a good test, but it’s hard to imagine CHS losing a home game. That hasn’t happened in about 6 years.
  6. I asked this on another thread (“Kilgore @ Carthage Week One”) over a month ago and never got a response. I’m going to try again now: I didn’t see Kilgore play last year, which was its first year under Coach Woods’s successor from Pleasant Grove. Does the Kilgore offense under him strongly resemble Pleasant Grove’s offense?
  7. I hope it’s not because of that blankety-blank virus!
  8. Hadn’t previously heard about him. Can he play defense? That’s where there is a need.
  9. In recent years, we Carthage fans have had to worry during the nondistrict part of the season about our team having 2 consecutive open dates or playing its second game of the season against a state-ranked team which already had 3 games under their belt. We won’t have such worries this year, with only a single open date on the final week of the regular season.
  10. Does Pitt now run - maybe “RUN” is more appropriate - the same offense as Pleasant Grove?
  11. Kilgore and Marshall will probably be the two toughest games in the regular season. I guess Marshall will be the very toughest. I’m also guessing that next in line as far as regular-season challenges will be Van. Would enjoy learning others’ opinions:
  12. I didn’t see Kilgore play last year, which was the first year under Coach Woods’s successor from Pleasant Grove. Does the Kilgore offense under him strongly resemble Pleasant Grove’s offense?
  13. Please tell me more about him.
  14. Did Carthage play 7 on 7 this year? If so, how did they look? And was Hatten out there?
  15. What do you know about Bellville to prompt that prediction?
  16. Game 1 of a best of 3 series: Carthage 8, Giddings 1 The only senior among CHS’s starters last night, Javarian Roquemore, got the win despite walking 7 during his 6 innings on the mound. Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 3 will be played Friday in Madisonville.
  17. Carthage is mighty young. In the 2-game series against Waco Robinson last week, they started 1 senior (LF) in the 1st game and 2 (LF & P) in the 2nd.
  18. Not directly on topic, but it has just been announced that Keaontay’s younger brother, Kelvontay Dixon, is transferring from UT to SMU. Seems like a good decision to me.
  19. Apparently not. He is on A&M’s spring roster. BTW, Carthage, Henderson and Marshall (as well as Silsbee and Stafford) each had 1 former player drafted. The entire Austin area had only 1 of its former high school players drafted, as only Lake Travis had a former player picked.
  20. Another player drafted who Keaontay played against in high school was DB Jalen Pitre of Stafford High School and Baylor University. He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last year and a second round pick by the Texans. In Pitre’s final high school game, he was ejected for targeting when he hit a defenseless Keaontay in the flat after an overthrown pass. Carthage came from behind to beat the talented Stafford team in that game on its way to a state championship.
  21. The new coach (whoever he is) will apparently have some talent to work with right off the bat. A 1,500-yard RB and a 246-pound lLB were both on Smoaky’s 2021 All-East Texas Team (Honorable Mention). Also named as a Second Team Kick/Punt Returner was Domar Roberson, who returned 2 kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns last season. Will Domar be back next season, or is he graduating this year?
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