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  1. Won’t know until later tonight (or early in the morning)
  2. Believe it or not, there was a time when the Carthage Bulldogs didn’t score a single point in their first 4 games…but scored on a 90+ yard hook & ladder play in the last minute of their 5th game to upset the defending state champion Palestine Wildcats In Palestine. The year was 1965. Carthage had previously scored for the first time all year a few minutes earlier. The final score was 14-13 (or something close to that). The winning TD was scored by sophomore RB Pat Browning, who later was an Assistant Principal at CHS for many years.
  3. One of the last years they played - maybe the very last year - the two teams met twice. The Lions scored a total of 1 TD in the two games…and that was on a kickoff return.
  4. When these two teams stopped being in the same district, Henderson elected to decline Carthage’s offer to play a nondistrict game.
  5. Carthage @ Kilgore The host team, which perennially makes the playoffs, won 3 playoff games last year in 4ADI and will be looking for revenge for last year’s season-opening embarrassment. Carthage, the defending 4ADII state champion, is having to replace a lot of talent at the skill positions.
  6. Regarding promising Carthage High School golfers, the only one who qualified for the state golf tournament this spring was Coach Darren Preston’s son, who was a sophomore at the time. He will be a wide receiver this fall.
  7. Carthage went 0 for 4 in the 7-on-7 state tournament today and yesterday. The “rest of the state” can rejoice…for the next couple of months, anyway.
  8. Although the 2012 & 2018 teams come to mind first as the answer to the question posed in the thread title, two other teams deserve consideration even though they didn’t get to the state semifinals. The 2011 team was going for a 4-peat and fell to eventual state runner-up Argyle by a single point in 2 overtimes in the regional semifinals. This was the first of the three years in which Blake Bogenschutz was the starting CHS QB. He is the only sophomore to start at QB under Coach Surratt…but that statement probably won’t be true much longer. Coach Surratt’s first CHS team in 2007 had a lot of talent. Although they lost by 27 to eventual state champion Liberty Hill in the second round, that was arguably the toughest playoff game LH had in successfully defending their 2006 state championship. (LH won the 2007 state championship game against Gilmer by 25.) If this group had played under Coach Surratt for more than one season, it would have been very interesting to see what they would have done.
  9. On the final play, Brownwood threw into the end zone to their best player, Jaxon Shipley. No one was surprised, including the Carthage defense, which had 3 future D1 players covering him - Ed Pope (A&M), Jalon Claiborne (Wyoming), and Kendall Thompson (later a teammate of Shipley’s at UT).
  10. I don’t know about the linemen, but it appears the upcoming sophomore class will have major contributors in 2023 at QB, RB, WR, TE, & LB.
  11. An unusually large number of the Carthage players were freshmen (who will be sophomores in the fall).
  12. The WR corps is almost completely new, but I thought they looked good. The big kid from EF (or LA) who played a great deal last year is apparently no longer in the program.
  13. Was a starter on the O-line as a freshman for the 2010 state championship team…now that’s impressive!
  14. If not limited to Offensive Coordinators, this would be easy. Scott Surratt is an offensive genius.
  15. Interesting description of the Honorable Mention Offensive Lineman from Bullard: "...among some district coaches thought to be the second-best OL other than an OL from Carthage." Carthage's O-Line had an Offensive Tackle and Tight End named to the 1st team, an Offensive Guard named to the 2nd team, and the other 3 starters named Honorable Mention. Three of these 6 are underclassmen (a junior and 2 sophomores).
  16. My understanding is that Montrel Hatten will enroll at Oregon State later this month, which indicates he has already signed with them. I’m not certain about Keystone Allison’s enrollment date, but he was one of the players included in the list Louisiana Tech released of those who signed with them last month.
  17. WR Montrell Hatten is going to Oregon State. LT Keystone Allison, who had about 15 offers, signed with Louisiana Tech.
  18. The Bulldogs are so loaded at RB right now that I look for 1 or 2 of them to change positions next year. Perhaps one to WR & another to OLB.
  19. The 2 leading rushers from 2021 both moved to defense for their senior seasons. OLB V. Cabada, a 2nd-team Academic All-Stater, and S Z. Williams joined fellow seniors Roquemore, Harper, MLB Marry, and DEs KD Bell and A. Lewis to lead the way on the defensive side of the ball. Marry and Lewis had given evidence of what they were capable in 2021 with stellar play on special teams and solid play as reserves. Bell, the starting TE in 2021, was the only 2-way starter for the Bulldogs for most of this championship season. And the contributions of the underclassmen were spectacular. CB Pipkins, D-linemen Morrow, Allison and Hodges and OLB Ingram had unbelievable first years on the varsity. (Actually, Morrow was the 1st reserve at DL on the varsity for a good portion of his freshman season.) Add it all up, and the Bulldogs never missed a beat defensively in 2022 despite losing 9 starters from the outstanding 2021 defense.
  20. Thinking back about 4 months before the season began, many -and maybe most - were predicting that Carthage would win their 9th state championship yesterday. What hardly anyone - and maybe no one - was predicting was that the defense would be as dominant as it was (at least for 15 of the 16 games). Only 2 defensive starters returned from the great defense of 2021. Roquemore and Harper were expected to play like the veterans they were, and they didn’t disappoint. But the other 9 starters stepped in and played like champions from the very start. To be continued…
  21. I can think of at least three assistants who not only tried to come back after leaving, but did come back. One of those is still on the staff.
  22. Also lose Davion Wallace, a 2-year starter at center. Does the kicker graduate?
  23. CHS had now won 97 of its last 100 games. Or, if you prefer, 101 of its last 105.
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