3A No. 1 Carthage Bulldogs (4-0)

vs.

4A No. 3 Whitehouse Wildcats (4-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Wildcat Stadium, Whitehouse

 

Coaches
  • Carthage: Scott Surratt
  • Whitehouse: Adam Cook

 

Last week
  • Carthage: won 44-40 vs. Nacogdoches
  • Whitehouse: won 59-3 vs. Marshall

 

Next week
  • Carthage: vs. Rusk
  • Whitehouse: idle

 

Playmakers

Carthage

  • QB Blake Bogenschutz, Sr., 6-1, 180 (committed to UTSA; 67 of 116, 1,302 yards, 16 TDs, 1 INT; 19 carries, 56 yards, 1 TD)
  • WR/FS Terian "Tee" Goree, Sr., 6-2, 170 (29 catches, 622 yards, 12 TDs; 17 tackles, 2 INTs)
  • WR O'Keeron Rutherford, Sr., 6-5, 181 (15 catches, 263 yards, 1 TD)
  • RB Tevin Pipkin, Sr., 5-10, 165 (57 carries, 411 yards, 4 TDs; 5 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD)
  • OG/DT Mario McCain, Sr., 6-0, 220 (36 tackles, 8 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery, 11 QB pressures)
  • RB/SS Bryian Bolton, Jr., 5-10, 175 (28 carries, 247 yards, 4 TDs; 1 receiving TD; 14 tackles, 2 PBUs)
  • OLB D'vodney Brooks, Sr., 6-3, 205 (41 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 forced fumbles)
  • MLB James Marshall, Jr., 5-11, 195 (38 tackles, 1 for loss)
  • OLB Tra Leary, Sr., 5-9, 160 (33 tackles, 4 for loss, 1 INT, 1 recovery, 3 PBUs)
  • OT Adrian Goodacre, Sr., 6-4, 318 (committed to ULL)
  • C Cade Clinton, Sr., 6-3, 230
  • TE Marquise Guinn, Soph., 6-4, 220 (10 catches, 155 yards, 1 TD)
  • DE Jarrod McLin, Soph., 6-3, 220 (26 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 recovery, 16 QB pressures)
  • WR/CB Keldrean Strong, Sr., 5-10, 165 (3 catches, 65 yards; 11 tackles)
  • DT Javontay Brown, Sr., 5-11, 190 (26 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 recovery)

 

Whitehouse

  • QB Patrick Mahomes, Sr., 6-3, 203 (committed to Texas Tech; 101 of 161, 1,566 yards, 17 TDs, 0 INTs; 34 carries, 111 yards, 2 TDs)
  • WR Jake Parker, Sr., 6-0, 160 (26 catches, 472 yards, 5 TDs)
  • WR Jaylon Dews, Sr., 6-0, 160 (25 catches, 277 yards, 4 TDs)
  • WR Coleman Patterson, Sr., 6-0, 165 (21 catches, 382 yards, 5 TDs)
  • WR Ryan Cheatham, Sr., 6-2, 185 (16 catches, 243 yards, 2 TDs)
  • LB Reggie Long, Sr., 6-0, 220 (40 tackles, 8 for loss, 2 INTs, 1 forced fumble)
  • RB Vincent Dunning, Sr., 6-0, 200 (37 carries, 228 yards, 6 TDs; 6 catches, 79 yards)
  • DT Kostin Wallace, Sr., 5-11, 340
  • CB Nate Brooks, Jr., 5-11, 150 (20 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery)
  • CB Isaiah Burton, Sr., 5-8, 160 (20 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 INT)
  • LB/DB Chris Reese, Sr., 6-0, 155 (22 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 recoveries)
  • DB Savian Lacy, Sr. (26 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 INT)
  • RB/LB Dominique Hollie, Jr., 6-0, 210 (21 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs; 17 tackles)
  • LB Joseph Klein, Sr. (29 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 recovery)
  • RB Shemar Smith, Soph. (19 carries, 111 yards; 3 catches, 37 yards)

 

Just the facts
  • Carthage is 5-2 all-time against Whitehouse.
  • Whitehouse won 29-27 at Carthage in 2012. The Wildcats' other win was 14-6 in 2001.
  • Whitehouse senior QB Patrick Mahomes leads East Texas in passing yards (1,566) and touchdown throws (17).
  • Carthage senior QB Blake Bogenschutz is second in East Texas in passing yards (1,302) and is tied for second in touchdown passes (16).
  • Bogenschutz needs only 156 passing yards to tie Carthage's career record of 7,024 set by Anthony Morgan from 2008-10.
  • Bogenschutz needs six touchdown passes to tie Carthage's career record of 84 set by Morgan from 2008-10.
  • Mahomes is the only quarterback in the region with at least 100 pass attempts and no interceptions.
  • Whitehouse averages 582.5 total yards per game: 419.0 passing, 163.5 rushing.
  • Carthage averages 540.3 total yards per game: 329.0 passing, 211.3 rushing.
  • Whitehouse's defense has forced nine turnovers.
  • Carthage's defense has forced 10 turnovers.
  • Carthage and Whitehouse have played one common opponent: Chapel Hill.
  • Whitehouse built a 35-0 lead before beating Chapel Hill 42-34 at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Chapel Hill outscored Whitehouse 20-7 in the second half.
  • Carthage built a 28-0 lead before beating Chapel Hill 52-22 at Carthage's Bulldog Stadium. Chapel Hill cut the lead to 35-22 in the third quarter, but didn't get closer.
  • Friday's game will be broadcast on Hot 107.3 Jamz and can be found online at hot1073jamz.com.

 

Carthage RB Tevin Pipkin. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Key matchup: Line play. Sound simple? Well, it doesn't always have to be difficult. Just ask the coaches.

"It all starts up there with that line. I really think it's gonna come down to the line, both offensively and defensively," said Whitehouse head coach Adam Cook. "How our offensive line is able to give Patrick enough time to get the ball out. We're gonna throw the ball quick and that's gonna be the key for us."

Carthage must be able to control the point of attack to get its running game going, said head coach Scott Surratt. But he warned of the trouble the Bulldogs will face defensively if their front four struggles containing Mahomes, who may be East Texas' best play-extender.

Whitehouse QB Patrick Mahomes. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

"If we can control the line of scrimmage offensively, I think we'll be fine," Surratt said. "Defensively, we've gotta put smart pressure on Mahomes. He's so dangerous with his feet, not only as a runner, but he'll keep a play alive so long and he'll throw it 65 yards down the field right on the money. They're the best I've ever seen in their scramble drill. It is incredible when he scrambles how they find the grass. They'll be covered six or seven seconds and see Mahomes turn one way, and then they'll separate and he hits them. He's got a knack to see them come out of it. It's a great thing to watch."

Carthage QB Blake Bogenschutz. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Don't be surprised if: Two of East Texas' best quarterbacks -- and, in turn, their offenses -- put on a show that lives up to the hype that his game has received. Bogenschutz and Mahomes have combined for 2,868 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and only one interception in their first four games. Both teams possess veteran secondaries, but those defensive backs will have their hands full, to say the least.

Last year's game saw neither team eclipse 30 points. That's not out of the realm of possibility to happen again, but we wouldn't count on it. Whitehouse's uptempo spread offense and Carthage's varied multiple-formation offense have caused nightmares for opposing defenses. Now East Texas football fans get to see them on the same field.

Can Whitehouse dictate the pace and use Mahomes and his fleet of receivers to put Carthage's defense on its heels? Will Carthage's downhill rushing attack keep the ball away from Whitehouse and limit the Wildcats' scoring opportunities?

We all find out at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Whitehouse.

Carthage's O'Keeron Rutherford runs after a catch as Nacogdoches' Jason Johnson closes in during Friday's 44-40 Carthage win at Bulldog Stadium. (Bud Worley, ETSN.fm)