Defending state champion Carthage began this season with losses in five of its first six games, but the Bulldogs have now won two in a row and seem poised for a strong finish.

Carthage (3-5) re-entered the ETSN.fm East Texas Class 4A poll at No. 8 after its 55-14 rout of Brownsboro last Friday night.

Athens (5-3), which earned a 44-23 defeat of Kaufman last week, also made a return appearance in the rankings.

The top seven spots from last week remained the same.

ETSN.fm East Texas Class 4A Poll

 

No. 1 Gilmer (8-0) -- def. Bullard, 49-7

  • Last week's rank: Same
  • This week: vs. Nevada Community

 

No. 2 Gladewater (7-1) -- def. Pleasant Grove, 41-21

  • Last week's rank: Same
  • This week: vs. Spring Hill

 

No. 3 Van (8-0) -- def. Mabank, 51-7

  • Last week's rank: Same
  • This week: at Wills Point

 

No. 4 Atlanta (7-1) -- def. Center, 56-13

  • Last week's rank: Same
  • This week: vs. Tatum

 

No. 5 Henderson (7-1) -- def. Palestine, 51-10

  • Last week's rank: Same
  • This week: vs. Chapel Hill

 

No. 6 Chapel Hill (5-3) -- def. Kilgore, 38-21

  • Last week's rank: Same
  • This week: at Henderson

 

No. 7 Jasper (5-3) -- def. Little Cypress-Mauriceville, 29-13

  • Last week's rank: Same
  • This week: at Huffman-Hargrave

 

No. 8 Carthage (3-5) -- def. Brownsboro, 55-14

  • Last week's rank: Unranked
  • This week: vs. Palestine

 

No. 9 Tatum (4-4) -- def. Spring Hill, 45-28

  • Last week's rank: Same
  • This week: at Atlanta

 

No. 10 Athens (5-3) -- def. Kaufman, 44-23

  • Last week's rank: Unranked
  • This week: at Crandall

 

Newcomers: No. 8 Carthage, No. 10 Athens
Dropped out: Kilgore (No. 8), Pleasant Grove (No. 10)