Class 3A Division I Region III
Semifinal

Carthage Bulldogs (11-1)

vs.

Silsbee Tigers (9-2)

4 p.m. Friday

Lamar University's Provost Umphrey Stadium, Beaumont

 

Coaches
  • Carthage: Scott Surratt
  • Silsbee: Bobby McGallion

 

Last week

 

Next week
  • Winner faces Jasper (8-3) or West Orange-Stark (10-1) in the 3A D-I Region III championship.

 

Playmakers

Carthage

  • QB Blake Bogenschutz, Sr., 6-1, 180 (committed to UTSA; 186 of 313, 3,187 yards, 45 TDs, 3 INTs; 62 carries, 279 yards, 7 TDs)
  • RB Tevin Pipkin, Sr., 5-10, 165 (166 carries, 1,452 yards, 14 TDs; 14 catches, 184 yards, 1 TD)
  • WR/S Terian "Tee" Goree, Sr., 6-2, 170 (committed to ; 70 catches, 1,435 yards, 23 TDs)
  • WR O'Keeron Rutherford, Sr., 6-5, 181 (48 catches, 749 yards, 12 TDs)
  • OT/DT Mario McCain, Sr., 6-0, 220 (92 tackles, 17 for loss, 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 19 QB pressures)
  • OG Adrian Goodacre, Sr., 6-4, 318 (committed to ULL)
  • OG Griffin Bankhead, Sr., 6-3, 301
  • C Cade Clinton, Sr., 6-3, 230
  • OT Dillon Husar, Sr., 6-0, 230
  • WR/CB Keldrean Strong, Sr., 6-0, 155 (16 catches, 269 yards, 2 TDs; 33 tackles, 2 INTs, 9 pass breakups)
  • TE/DE Jarrod McLin, Soph., 6-3, 220 (55 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries, 20 QB pressures)
  • LB James Marshall, Sr., 6-0, 190 (102 tackles, 8 for loss, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery)
  • RB/S Bryian Bolton, Jr., 5-10, 170 (39 carries, 378 yards, 6 TDs; 2 receiving TDs; 52 tackles, 1 INT)
  • RB Tredarion Jackson, Jr., 5-10, 180 (86 carries, 519 yards, 1 TD)
  • DT Javontay Brown, Sr., 5-9, 190 (64 tackles, 11 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 12 QB pressures)

 

Silsbee

  • QB Patrick Reed, Sr., 6-2, 190 (committed to Texas State; 110 of 185, 1,760 yards, 21 TDs, 4 INTs; 159 carries, 1,243 yards, 15 TDs)
  • RB Sedrick Spearman, Sr. (94 carries, 777 yards, 9 TDs; 8 catches, 137 yards, 2 TDs)
  • WR/DB Chris Elam, Sr. (37 catches, 595 yards, 9 TDs; 6 INTs)
  • OL Kanon Mackey, Sr., 6-4, 265 (committed to Texas State)
  • OL Patrick Hudson, Soph., 6-5, 325
  • DT Seth Adams, Sr. 6-0, 285
  • OL Ty Ligon, Sr., 6-4, 245
  • LB Floyd Spearman, Sr., 5-10, 185
  • LB Colby LeBlanc, Sr.
  • WR Zayon Jackson, Sr. (did not play vs. Stafford because of injury; status unknown for Friday's game)

 

Just the facts
  • Carthage and Silsbee are 1-1 against each other.
  • Carthage beat Silsbee 50-21 in last year's 3A D-I Region III final, which was the third round in the D-I bracket until this season.
  • Silsbee beat Carthage 43-21 in a 1998 Class 4A Division II Region III area playoff that ended the career of Bulldog career rushing leader Kris Briggs.
  • Carthage senior tailback Tevin Pipkin has 4,904 career rushing yards, only 226 shy of Briggs' school record (5,130).
  • Carthage averages 46.6 points per game and allows 19.8.
  • Silsbee averages 37.9 points per game and allows 23.9.
  • Carthage has won seven consecutive games by a cumulative score of 337-68.
  • Silsbee has won its last two games after a 27-0 loss in the regular-season finale at West Orange-Stark.
  • Silsbee has won nine of its last 10 contests after a 45-21 season-opening loss at Port Neches-Groves.
  • Carthage has scored 49 or more points five times in 12 games.
  • Silsbee has scored 49 or more points five times in 11 games.
  • Carthage has not scored fewer than 39 points in a game this season.
  • Silsbee has has scored fewer than 39 points seven times this year, including the aforementioned shutout at West Orange-Stark on Nov. 8.
  • Carthage senior quarterback Blake Bogenschutz is 673 yards shy of Anthony Morgan's single-season school record (3,860) set in 2010.
  • Bogenschutz already owns school records for career yards, career touchdown passes, and single-season touchdown passes.
  • Carthage senior receiver Terian "Tee" Goree is 83 yards shy of Jalen Claiborne's single-season school record (1,518) set in 2010.
  • Goree already owns the school single-season touchdown receptions record.

 

Did you know? Carthage had possession of the ball for more than two-thirds of the game during last week's 44-14 blowout of defending 3A D-II champion Navasota. ... Carthage had four players rush for at least 37 yards vs. Navasota: Tevin Pipkin (170), Blake Bogenschutz (67), Bryian Bolton (55), and Tredarion Jackson (37). ... Navasota had not scored fewer than 24 points before last week's 14-point output against Carthage, which led 44-7 with fewer than two minutes left. ... Massive Silsbee sophomore offensive lineman Patrick  Hudson has already gained recruiting interest from multiple major college programs, including Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M. ... Friday's game will feature five seniors committed to Division I FBS programs. ... Silsbee's first 11 opponents are 54-49. Carthage's first 12 opponents are 59-73. ... Carthage head coach Scott Surratt is 26-3 in the playoffs since taking over in 2007. ... Carthage outgained Silsbee 493-243 in last year's third-round meeting. However, Silsbee forced four turnovers, including two in the red zone.

Carthage's Tevin Pipkin runs with the ball during the Bulldogs' 44-14 second-round playoff victory vs. Navasota on Friday at Corsicana's Tiger Stadium. (Bud Worley, ETSN.fm)