Carthage handed first loss

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Courtesy photo by Gary Stallard
Andrew Hernandez leads the Diboll boys at the Central Runmaster Invitational.

Diboll (0-5)

Last week: Madisonville 41, Diboll 12.

This week: at Tatum (4-0)

This week, Diboll will be tested by a Tatum team that has allowed a total of 13 points through four games this season.

The Eagles are coming off their second shutout of the year, a 17-0 victory over Diboll’s district rival Center.


Huntington (1-3)

Last week: Troup 41, Huntington 14

This week: at Madisonville (3-2)

The Huntington Red Devils had a rough night as Troup’s Blake Lynch ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 106 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 41-14 victory.

Troup took control of the game early, building a 35-0 lead. That was more than enough to hold off another strong night from Huntington’s Jermichael Brown, who ran for 110 yards on 16 carries and also caught a 72-yard touchdown pass.

Troup took control of the game by scoring 28 points in the second quarter. Brandon Herron hauled in a 20-yard touchdown reception from Lynch to make it 7-0. Lynch did the damage on his own for the next two scores, running in from 13 and 25 yards out to make it 21-0.

Lynch then threw for the next two scores, hitting Brant Palmer from five yards and Hitachi Lydia from 51 yards to up the margin to 35-0.

Huntington finally got on the board on Brown’s 72-yard reception from Jeremiah Robertson. Then after another Troup touchdown, Huntington scored on a Robertson two-yard touchdown pass to Clay Boston to make the final 41-14.

This week, Huntington will go for its second win in non-district play as it faces a Madisonville team coming off a 41-12 win over Diboll.


Center (0-5)

Last week: Tatum 17, Center 0

This week: at Corrigan-Camden (4-0)

The Center Roughriders are surprisingly still one of the winless teams in District 20-3A after Friday night’s 17-0 loss to a defensive-minded Tatum team.

Tatum’s Klifton Willis intercepted three passes on his own for Tatum, which has allowed only 13 points in four games, including a season high of seven.

The game was a tight one throughout as Tatum scored on a J.D. Taylor one-yard run in the first quarter and didn’t score again until a 22-yard field goal by Dusty Richardson late in the third quarter.

The Eagles tacked on one final touchdown with just 12 seconds left on a Jaylon Shans nine-yard touchdown run that made the final 17-0.

Center will have another tough game on Friday night against a Corrigan-Camden team that is undefeated and coming off a lopsided 54-17 win over the Crockett Bulldogs.

On Friday night, Corrigan-Camden got 207 yards rushing and an interception return for a score by Keegan Mitchell and Addison Kirkland ran for four scores.

Corrigan-Camden has won its games this season by an average margin of 41-18.


Carthage (4-1)

Last week: W’house 63, Carthage 39

This week: vs. Rusk (2-3)

This week: Carthage seemed to be on its way to another big-time win against a highly regarded opponent as it led Whitehouse, a Top 5 4A team 39-20 in the third quarter. But it was all downhill from there as Whitehouse reeled off the final 43 points to take a 63-39 win.

In the loss, Blake Bogenschutz threw for 379 yards and four touchdowns in becoming the school’s all-time leader in passing yards. His top target was Tee Goree, who had 150 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions.

Okeeron Rutherford led the ground game with 174 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries. Tevin Pipkin ran for 119 yards on 23 carries.

However, the defense was unable to shut down the Whitehouse offense as QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 396 yards for the third-ranked team in the state.

Carthage appeared to be in control of the game as it picked off a pass to start the third quarter and Bogenschutz hit Rutherford for a four-yard score, upping Carthage’s surprising lead to 19 points.

But that proved to be the final highlight of the night for the Bulldogs as Whitehouse ran off the next 43 points over the next 15 minutes to escape with the win.

The road should be much easier for Carthage this week as it hosts a Rusk team that has a 2-3 record after a 47-34 win over Brownsboro. Rusk had dropped a 49-0 decision to Athens the previous week.


Jasper (1-2)

Last week: Bye

This week: at Bridge City (1-3)

After a rainout and a bye week, the Jasper Bulldogs are ready to finally get back on the field this week. Two weeks ago, Jasper’s scheduled game against West Orange-Stark was canceled due to weather conditions. That was followed by last week’s scheduled bye.

“It kind of stinks to be honest with you,” Jasper head coach Darrell Barbay said to The Beaumont Enterprise about having two consecutive weeks off. “We need to play. Having two weeks in a row without playing is not very good.”

Jasper will look to get back in the win column for the first time since the season opener on Friday when it plays at Bridge City. The Cardinals have had rough sledding over the first month of the season with their three losses coming by a combined 74 points.

Following a 31-7 win over Kelly Catholic, Bridge City fell to Buna last week, 36-7.

— Cody Havard