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2010 Carthage - 3-Peat


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Ten interesting facts:

1.  To win its third consecutive state championship, CHS had to right its ship after having a 31-game winning streak snapped in a big way by Chapel Hill 46-14 (Coach Scott Surratt said of his team afterward, "It was a total team effort" and losing again the next week to class 4A Nacogdoches 41-20.

2.  With the realignment earlier in the year creating the District of Doom, CHS's first big district test came against another defending state champion in Gilmer.  The Buckeyes scored first, but the Bulldogs scored the game's next 38 points on the way to a 38-21 win to snap Gilmer's 45-game district winning streak.

3.  Rival Henderson went down to CHS 43-33 the next week, as the Bulldogs overcame a 20-7 deficit to defeat the eventual Class 3A Division 1 state champions.  (The Lions won the state title despite a third-place finish in the District of Doom, as Gilmer beat them the next week 29-28.) 

4.  The second-round playoff win was over Canton 56-27.  The Eagles came into the game with a 10-1 record and averaging 42 points a game, but their 7-0 lead didn't hold up as the Bulldogs led 42-14 at the half.

5.  Dallas Madison was the third-round opponent.  They entered the contest with an 11-1 record, but CHS scored 2 defensive touchdowns on the way to a 42-13 win.

6.  The quarterfinal opponent was Argyle, which was undefeated.  They took a 3-0 lead, but the Bulldogs then scored on 7 consecutive possessions (6TDs & a FG) on the way to a 44-27 win.

7.  The semifinal game was perhaps the greatest game in CHS's football history, a 35-28 win over top-ranked Brownwood.  The Bulldogs' 35-28 victory wasn't assured until the Lions' pass into the end zone from the 5-yard line was deflected by three defenders on the game's final play.  The target of that pass, future Texas Longhorn Jaxon Shipley, later lamented that the three defenders covering him on his final high-school play were all future D1 players like himself - senior LB Kendall Thompson (UT), junior S Ed Pope (Texas A&M), & senior CB Jalen Claiborne (Wyoming).

8.  CHS used its running game to defeat Brownwood, as senior RB Hunter Holland 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."

9.  In its first state championship game at Cowboys Stadium (now called AT&T Stadium), the Bulldogs scored on an 85-yard pass on its first offensive play, a preview of things to come in a 47-22 win over Coldspring-Oakhurst.  Senior QB Anthony Morgan had 392 yards passing and 6 TDs.  The late Cortlyn Ware, then a senior WR/CB, had 5 catches for 176 yards and 3 TDs, and fellow senior WR Claiborne had 6 catches for 163 yards and 3 TDs.

10.  Coach Surratt was named the Co-Coach of the Year in Class 3A by the Texas Sportswriters Association, along with the late Dickey Meeks, coach of Henderson, the other state champions in class 3A.  Seven Bulldogs were named First Team All-State: QB Morgan (named the Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year; set many CHS single season and career passing records; played in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game the following summer); WR Claiborne (set many CHS single season and career records, including 103 receptions in a season); RB Holland (3rd consecutive CHS RB to be named First Team All-State); Senior OL Chad Kelly (a starter on two state-championship teams); senior DL Lovis Hall (played collegiately at Harding University in Arkansas); LB Thompson (named the Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year); and the late Cortlyn Ware (caught TD passes of 85, 39, and 32 yards in the state championship game).

 

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At the conclusion of the 2010 season, QB Anthony Morgan held all of CHS's single season passing records:

  • Most yards - 3,680
  • Most completions - 242
  • Most attempts - 381
  • Best passing percentage - 63.5
  • Most TDs in a game - 6 (2010 state championship game)
  • Most TDs thrown - 41 (set in 2009)
  • Most yards passing in a game - 423 vs. Gladewater

 

He also held all of CHS's career passing records:

  • Most yards - 6,729
  • Most completions - 435
  • Most attempts - 693
  • Best passing percentage - 62.8%
  • Most career TDs - 81

 

Of course, at least some of these records have fallen by the wayside in the past 10 years.

Anthony is the son of long-time CHS coach Mike Morgan.  His brother, Austin, was a safety on the state championship Bulldog teams of 2019 and 2020.

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