CODY L. HAVARD
Special to The Free Press
This week Diboll will head to Bullard with its sights set on its first win.
Bullard (1-1) suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night as White Oak used a big-play offense to power its way to a 35-14 victory.
Riley Larkin led White Oak with 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Bullard QB Connor Mebane led the team with 144 yards anda touchdown and Austin Skelton scored on a 61-yard run.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Carthage Bulldogs (2-0)
This week: vs. Chapel Hill (1-1)
Last week: Carthage 45, Lindale 17
In the early going, the Carthage Bulldogs look like a state title contender. On Friday night, the Bulldogs ran away from a tough Lindale team by scoring the last 21 points in a 45-17 win.
Blake Bogenschutz led the Carthage offensive attack with 352 yards and four touchdowns on 17-of-27 passing. His top target was Tee Goree, who hauled in eight passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns.
Tevin Pipkin led Carthage’s ground game with 119 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
Lindale was able to keep within striking distance for much of the night despite getting only one offensive touchdown.
After Carthage got on the board with a Pipkin 4-yard touchdown run, Lindale’s Deandre Williams returned the following kickoff 94 yards for a score.
Carthage answered with a pair of Bogenschutz-to-Goree touchdowns passes and took a 24-10 lead into the half.
Lindale cut the deficit to 7 on a Delenis Garrett touchdown run before Bogenschutz added two more touchdown passes to put the game away.
This week, Carthage will get another big test as it hosts Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill is coming off a 42-34 loss to a tough Whitehouse team. In that game, Whitehouse led 35-0 before a furious Chapel Hill rally.
Andrew Black threw for 174 yards for Chapel Hill and also added 62 yards on 15 carries.
Wesley Thompson had 82 yards on 12 carries.
Center Roughriders (0-2)
This week: at Atlanta
Last week: Pine Tree 64, Center 49
Offense was not a problem, but the defense couldn’t keep up for the Center Roughriders as they fell to 0-2 on the season with a 64-49 loss to the Pine Tree Pirates in Center on Friday night.
Center allowed Pine Tree QB Dalvin Manns to account for 521 yards and seven touchdowns.
Doug Martin had 12 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown.
While they were allowing some big-time yardage, Center also put up plenty of its own. The Roughriders finished the night with 686 yards, but their efforts were negated by a six-turnover night.
Center was able to keep pace for much of the game, leading 26-21 just after a 30-minute lightning delay. But the Pirates led 36-26 at the half and rolled to the win.
This week, Center will go after its first win when it travels to Atlanta.
The Rabbits opened the season in rough fashion as they dropped a 57-7 decision to state powerhouse Gilmer. But Atlanta bounced back with a 48-35 win over Daingerfield last week.
Jasper Bulldogs (1-1)
This week: at Kirbyville
Last week: Orangefield 30, Jasper 22
Orangefield’s Carl Wiley ran for 225 yards and the Bobcats accounted for 362 yards on the ground in taking down the Jasper Bulldogs 30-22 on Friday night.
Steven Walker had a strong game for the Bulldogs at quarterback, throwing for 165 yards on 17-of-25 passing. His top target was Chris Spies, who caught 11 passes for 109 yards.
Jasper appeared to be on its way to a win as it led 22-15 late in the third quarter after a Randy Spikes 31-yard touchdown.
But, Orangefield scored the final 15 points of the game to rally for the win.
Jasper will have another big-time test this week as it travels to face Kirbyville.
Kirbyville bounced back from a season-opening 36-30 loss to Cleveland by edging Buna, 18-13.
Huntington Red Devils (1-1)
This week: vs. Splendora
Last week: Palestine Westwood 54, Huntington 48, OT
The Huntington Red Devils finished just short of a 2-0 start as they dropped a 54-48 overtime decision to the Palestine Westwood Panthers on Friday night.
Huntington tied the game on a touchdown with 4:31 remaining but couldn’t convert the extra point.
Huntington then got the ball first in the overtime but failed to score. Westwood then scored on its possession to take the win.
Huntington finished the night by outgaining Palestine 488-402, but came just one play of pulling off the upset.
The Red Devils will look to go back over .500 tonight when they host Splendora for homecoming this week.
Splendora is 0-2 on the season with losses to Hamshire-Fannett (32-14) and Hardin-Jefferson (25-14).