Carthage’s Blake Bogenschutz + Whitehouse’s Patrick Mahomes Talk Friday’s State-Ranked Showdown [VIDEO]
East Texas' highest-ranked Class 4A and Class 3A teams collide Friday when 3A No. 1 Carthage visits 4A No. 3 Whitehouse at Wildcat Stadium.
These state-ranked programs bring two powerful offenses into Friday's game. Each is led by a Division I-bound senior quarterback: Whitehouse's Patrick Mahomes (committed to Texas Tech) and Carthage's Blake Bogenschutz (committed to UTSA). Mahomes leads East Texas in passing yards (1,566) and touchdown passes (17), while Bogenschutz is second in each category (1,302; 16).
We visited with the standout signal callers and their head coaches Wednesday afternoon, asking the coaches -- both offense-minded and former offensive coordinators -- what they saw in the quarterbacks they will face Friday night.
Whitehouse coach Adam Cook had high praise for Bogenschutz.
"I think it's the understanding of their offense and what it is that coach Surratt is wanting to do on each and every play. Being able to get them in a good play. And I think just his will to win," Cook said. "He's gonna go play at San Antonio, and he's this guy people have looked at and said, 'He's too short,' and he feels like he's got something to prove. I've been able to see him work at these camps with these other guys and he's got the arm strength and he's got everything there. And he's got a good head on his shoulders."
"As a coach you want your kids to take on your personality, and knowing coach Surratt, this kid's got his personality. Very confident in what he's doing, confident in making those calls, confident late in the game to say, 'We're gonna go down there and we're gonna score. Not settle for a field goal.'"
Surratt, who coached New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett during his time as Texas High's offensive coordinator, had similar compliments for Mahomes, a multi-sport standout who directs East Texas' No. 1 passing offense.
"First of all he's a great competitor, in any sport he plays. He's a great leader. As he goes, the team goes. That's the way leaders are," Surratt said. "As far as his ability, he has a quick release. He can get it out so quick. He's got quick release, accuracy, and arm strength."
For more perspective on Friday night's game and the battle of two of East Texas' top quarterbacks, check out this video assembled by ETSN.fm staff photographer Christopher Vinn.