Winner of Diboll-Huntington finale will head to playoffs

Huntington Red Devils (1-7, 0-3) at
Diboll Lumberjacks (0-9, 0-3)
Last week:
Jasper 48, H’ton 8;

Carthage 49, Diboll 6.

Next week:

Winner opens playoffs. Losing team’s season comes to end.
Despite losing records, the Huntington Red Devils and Diboll Lumberjacks still have a chance for a playoff spot due to four teams making the postseason in Class 3A for the first time ever. Huntington comes into Lumberjack Stadium with a 1-7 record and a seven-game losing streak, while Diboll has gone through the first two and a half months of the season without a win. Both teams are still seeking their first district victory. But the winner of Friday’s game will still make the postseason.
On Friday night, the Lumberjacks lost their ninth straight game, 49-6 to Carthage. In that game, Carthage raced out to a 49-0 halftime lead. Then with the clock running for much of the second half, Carthage let off the gas while Diboll got a late touchdown on a Ceilance Bailey three-yard touchdown run in the final minutes. Diboll was held to a total of 97 yards on the night with 77 of those coming on the ground and 20 through the air. Deverick Thompson ran for 50 yards on 20 carries to lead Diboll’s offense. Kevin Hurley completed 6-of-11 passes for 20 yards for Diboll.
Huntington didn’t fare much better as it dropped a 48-8 decision to Jasper on Senior Night. Jamichael Brown led Huntingon’s ground game with 97 yards and Josh Foraker added 83 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Jasper built a 48-0 lead, including a 33-0 lead at the half, before Huntington finally got on the board in the final minutes. The Red Devils scored with 2:30 left in the game on a Foraker 18-yard bootleg.
The Red Devils will look to make their first-ever trip to the postseason, while Diboll will look to get back into the playoffs.

Center Roughriders (2-7, 2-1) at Jasper Bulldogs (5-3, 2-1)
Last week: Jasper 48, Huntington 8; Center, bye.
Next week: Each team will open playoffs with opponents to be determined.
With Carthage clinching the district championship and Huntington and Diboll playing for the final playoff spot, Center and Jasper will face off with third place in the district on the line. Center only has two wins on the season, but both have come in district play against Diboll and Huntington. Jasper has been more consistent throughout the season and also has wins over Huntington and Diboll.
Last week, Jasper got one final breather before the playoffs, rolling to a 48-8 win over Huntington. Steven Walker threw for 118 yards anda  touchdown and ran for another score in the Jasper win. The Bulldogs took over the game from Huntington from the start as Walker scored on a one-yard run early in the game. Randy Spikes then hit Shawn Jones on a 33-yard scoring strike to make the score 12-0. Spikes added a 21-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion to make it 20-0 at the half. Walker then hit Chris Spikes for the big play from 70 yards, upping the margin to 27-0. Terrance Cuney scored on a 42-yard run to make it 33-0 at the half. Jasper got one touchdown in the third quarter as Deroddrick Hadnot returned a fumble 30 yards to make it 41-0. The Jasper scoring was rounded out on a Randy Spikes one-yard run, making it 48-0 before a late touchdown made the final a 40-point margin.
Center is coming off its bye after a 28-6 win over Huntington, just its second victory of the year. The Roughriders’ first win was a 34-7 decision over Diboll in the district opener.

Carthage (8-1, 4-0), bye
Last week: Carthage 49, Diboll 6.
Next week: Carthage will open Class 3A playoffs.
Carthage wrapped up another district title in convincing fashion, rolling to a 49-6 win over Diboll. Blake Bogenschutz threw 258 yards with five touchdowns on 14-of-24 passing, and Tee Goree caught four passes for 120 yards. Carthage overwhelmed Diboll before the half, scoring 49 unanswered points before letting up after the break. Carthage got its first touchdown just 20 seconds into the game. O’keeron Rutherford caught Bogenschutz’s second touchdown of the night, this one from six yards, to extend the lead to 14-0.Carthage added two more touchdowns in the first quarter with Goree catching one score and Dodney Brooks returning a fumble for a touchdown. That score made it 28-0 with 5:29 still left in the first quarter. Bogenschutz hit Keldrean Strong with a one-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-0. Kevin Pipken then scored on a two-yard touchdown run that made it 42-0. Bogenschutz hit Goree for another score, this one from 19 yards out, to make it 49-0 at  the break. Carthage will open up the playoffs next week.
— Cody Havard