For the third year in a row, a Carthage Bulldog will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Isaiah Golden represents Carthage in this year's game, which is Saturday at noon in San Antonio's Alamodome and will be televised nationally on NBC.

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive tackle finished a strong senior season with 76 tackles, including 32 for loss, which was second in East Texas. He also had four sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 18 quarterback pressures, in addition to the three rushing touchdowns he accumulated as a short-yardage fullback in Carthage's jumbo package.

Carthage finished 11-3 and reached the Class 3A Division I state semifinals.

Golden, who is committed to Texas A&M, follows previous Carthage U.S. Army All-Americans Edward Pope (2012) and Kendall Thompson (2011). Pope redshirted this season at Texas A&M, where he was named scout team co-Offensive MVP as a 6-foot-4, 176-pound receiver. Thompson (6-3, 239) played extensively for Texas, helping the Longhorns to a 9-4 finish with 58 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and three sacks from his linebacker spot. He played in all but one of the Longhorns' 13 games.

East Texas has had at least one player in every U.S. Army All-American Bowl except the 2005 game. The event dates to 2001. Since then, East Texas has had 20 players in the game.

Golden is No. 1 on the recently updated ETSN 25, which ranks the top East Texas recruits in the class of 2013.

East Texans in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

(school signed with in parentheses)


Isaiah Golden, DT, Carthage (committed to Texas A&M)


Edward Pope, WR, Carthage (Texas A&M)


Steve Edmond, LB, Daingerfield (Texas)

Trey Metoyer, WR, Whitehouse (Oklahoma)

Kendall Thompson, LB, Carthage (Texas)


Traylon Shead, RB, Cayuga (Texas)


Jamarkus McFarland, DT, Lufkin (Oklahoma)

Tyrik Rollison, QB, Sulphur Springs (Auburn)


Justin Johnson, RB, Gilmer (Oklahoma)

David Snow, OL, Gilmer (Texas)


Curtis Brown, DB, Gilmer (Texas)

Michael Huey, OL, Kilgore (Texas)

Ryan Mallett, QB, Texas High (Michigan)


Dustin Earnest, LB, Texas High (Texas)

Eddie Jones, DE, Kilgore (Texas)


No East Texans


Adrian Peterson, RB, Palestine (Oklahoma)


Jorrie Adams, OL, Jasper (Texas A&M)


Marvin Byrdsong, LB, Longview (Mississippi State)

Reggie McNeal, QB, Lufkin (Texas A&M)


Ben Wilkerson, OL, Hemphill (LSU)