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Interclass Showdown Between State-Ranked Carthage and Whitehouse the + Dairy Queen Game of the Week

Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks for room to run during the Wildcats’ 42-34 win over Chapel Hill on Sept. 5 in Tyler. (© Christopher R. Vinn,

A pair of undefeated, state-ranked teams square off Friday night in what to this point is the game of the year in East Texas.

The Carthage Bulldogs (4-0), ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press in Class 3A, travel to Wildcat Stadium to take on 4A’s third-ranked team Whitehouse (4-0) in the Queen Game of the Week.

Both teams have shined, especially on the offensive side of the ball, through the season’s first four weeks.

Carthage is averaging 45.8 points per game is coming off a thrilling 44-40 win over previously-unbeaten Nacogdoches last Friday night, in which the Bulldogs scored with the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining.

Carthage QB Blake Bogenschutz. (© Christopher R. Vinn,

Whitehouse and its uptempo, spread attack on offense is putting up 55 points per game. The Wildcats enter Friday’s action on the heels of their most dominant performance of the season — a 59-3 rout of Marshall.

Each team features two of the top quarterbacks in the area.

Carthage’s Blake Bogenschutz, a three-year starter and UTSA commit, is nearing several school records and has passed for 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one interception on the season. Senior receiver Terian “Tee” Goree is on pace for a monster season with 29 catches for 622 yards and an area-best 12 touchdowns through four games.

Whitehouse counters with senior Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, who’s committed to Texas Tech. Mahomes has thrown for 1,566 yards and 17 touchdowns without an interception. Senior receiver Jake Parker leads a deep receiving corps with 26 catches for 472 yards and five touchdowns. Three other wideouts — Coleman Patterson, Jaylon Dews and Ryan Cheatham — have at least 16 receptions.

Carthage and Whitehouse share one common opponent — Chapel Hill. Carthage took a 52-22 home win over Chapel Hill one week after Whitehouse held off the Bulldogs, 42-34, at Tyler’s Rose Stadium.

Whitehouse defeated Carthage in 2012’s matchup, 29-27.

We’ll be live from the game with KLTV to bring you the preview at 6 p.m.

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