Diboll (0-8, 0-2), bye
Last week: Jasper 55, Diboll 7
Next week: at Carthage
Despite an 0-8 record and a trip to Top 10 Carthage coming up after a bye, the Diboll Lumberjacks are still very much alive in the District 20-3A playoff race.
The fourth and final spot in that playoff race will likely come down to the season finale when the Lumberjacks take on the Huntington Red Devils in a matchup of two teams still seeking their first district wins.
On Friday night, the ’Jacks had another rough night as they were dominated from the opening kickoff in a 55-7 loss to the Jasper Bulldogs.
Jasper jumped out to a 48-0 lead, then when the clock rolling after halftime, coasted to a 55-7 victory.
Diboll, playing without standout freshman running back Dez Shelby, had a hard time getting anything going on the offensive side as its only score came with 9:30 remaining when it already trailed by 55 points.
Diboll only gained a total of 72 yards on the night with 56 of those coming through the air and 16 coming on the ground. Diboll’s only scoring drive covered 69 yards and was finished on a 31-yard pass from Kevin Hurley to Ja’Marcus Polk.
Hurley finished the night with 70 yards on 5-of-20 passing.
The ’Jacks have this week off before facing a monumental test against powerhouse Cartahge. The Bulldogs’ only loss this season was to Whitehouse, a Top 10 4A squad.
Carthage (7-1, 2-0) at
Jasper (4-2, 1-0)
Last week: Jasper 55, Diboll 7. Carthage 55, Center 3.
Next week: Diboll vs. Carthage. Jasper at Huntington
Before the season started, Carthage was a hands-down favorite in 20-3A. Through the first two games, Carthage has done nothing to show that won’t be the case.
On Friday night, Carthage made easy work of a Center team that was coming off its first win of the season, a 34-7 decision over Diboll.
In that game, Carthage continued to add to its school record book as Tee Goree caught his 18th and 19th touchdown passes of the season to set a new mark.
He finished the night with nine receptions for 117 yards and also went over the 1,000-yard and 50-catch marks for the season.
Blake Bogenschuts had another big night with 238 yards and four touchdowns on 17-of-23 passing.
Carthage had much more than an aerial attack though as Tevin Pipkin went for 154 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. Tredarion Jackson finihsed the night with 94 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
As is usually the case for Carthage, the game was almost in the books by halftime when it built a 41-3 lead.
If Carthage is to be tested in district play, it will likely be this week when it travels to Jasper for a matchup of the top two teams in 20-3A.
Jasper opened district in impressive fashion with an easy win over Diboll. Terrance Cuney led the way for Jasper with 125 yards and two touchdowns and needed only six carries to do that damage.
Jasper racked up 415 total yards on the night, with 321 of those coming on the ground. Steven Walker finished the night with 94 yards and a 36-yard rushing touchdown.
Jasper raced out to a 48-0 lead at halftime before coasting to the win.
After Walker’s early touchdown run, he hit Markeith Cauley for a 40-yard score and Randy Spikes broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run. Ray Hennington made it 28-0 after a quarter on a four-yard run.
Jasper added three more touchdowns in the second quarter on the way to the easy win. Randy Spikes scored the first score from three yards out, Chris Spikes caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Randy Spikes and Cuney ran in for a 40-yard score for the 48-0 lead.
Williamson scored from three yards out for Jasper’s final touchdown.
Huntington (1-5, 0-1) at Center (1-7, 1-1)
Last week: Carthage 55, Center 3. Huntington, bye.
Next week: Jasper at Huntington. Center, bye.
The Roughriders ended a six-game losing streak with a win over Diboll, but they could never find their footing against a talented Carthage team.
Center was overwhelmed from the start of the game as its only score came on a Luis Garcia 30-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Decorey McGee led the Roughriders’ ground game with 56 yards on 14 carries. Caiden Rainbolt threw for 84 yards and an interception on 10-of-26 passing as Center took a step back after a pair of strong offensive games.
The Roughriders were held to a total of 147 yards in the game.
Center can officially lock up a playoff spot on Friday night against the Red Devils.
After opening the season with a win over Tarkington and an overtime loss to Westwood, the Red Devils have struggled over the last four games.
Huntington has been outscored by an average of 48-13 in its last four contests. That includes a 55-6 setback to Carthage to open district play.
– Cody Havard