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Nine Football Players, One Volleyball Player Sign at Carthage’s National Signing Day Ceremony

CARTHAGE — One of the most established senior football groups and arguably the best volleyball player in school history signed national letters of intent Wednesday at Carthage’s National Signing Day ceremony.

Carthage had four Division I FBS signees in quarterback Blake Bogenschutz (UTSA), offensive lineman Adrian Goodacre (ULL), receiver Terian “Tee” Goree (North Texas), and receiver O’Keeron Rutherford (North Texas). Volleyball standout Iesha Bryant signed with Tennessee.

Offensive lineman Griffin Bankhead signed with Trinity Valley Community College, while running back Tevin Pipkin inked with Tyler Junior College. Defensive lineman Mario McCain signed with Kilgore College. Center Cade Clinton signed with Mary Hardin-Baylor and defensive back Keldrean Strong inked with Texas Lutheran.

The nine senior football players helped Carthage win the 2013 Class 3A Division I state championship with a 15-1 record. The title was Carthage’s fourth in six years. Bryant earned ETSN.fm East Texas Player of the Year honors after leading the Lady Dawgs to the District 20-3A crown and a second-round playoff appearance.

Listed below is each athlete and his or her accolades while at Carthage.

Carthage’s 2014 National Signing Day Class

 

Iesha Bryant

Volleyball — Signed with Tennessee
Carthage’s Iesha Bryant (center seated) signs her volleyball letter of intent. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • TGCA first-team all-state
  • Texas Sports Writers Association second-team all-state
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Player of the Year
  • District 20-3A MVP

 

Griffin Bankhead

Football — signed with Trinity Valley Community College
Carthage offensive lineman Griffin Bankhead signs with Trinity Valley Community College. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • Offensive lineman, 6-3, 301
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team second team
  • Padilla Poll first-team all-state
  • District 20-3A first team

 

Blake Bogenschutz

Football — signed with UTSA
Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenschutz signs with UTSA. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • Quarterback, 6-1, 180
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team Co-Offensive Player of the Year
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team first team
  • AP first-team all-state
  • Padilla Poll first-team all-state
  • District 20-3A MVP
  • 9,577 passing yards — school record, 11th in state history
  • 4,003 passing yards in 2013 — school record
  • 119 touchdown passes — school record, 5th in state history
  • 57 touchdown passes in 2013 — school record, 5th in state history
  • 6 touchdown passes in one game (twice) — ties single-game school record

 

Cade Clinton

Football — signed with Mary Hardin-Baylor
Carthage center Cade Clinton signs with Mary Hardin-Baylor. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • Center, 6-3, 230
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team first team
  • Padilla Poll second-team all-state
  • District 20-3A first team

 

Adrian Goodacre

Football — signed with ULL
Carthage offensive lineman Adrian Goodacre signs with ULL. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • Offensive lineman, 6-4, 318
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team third team
  • AP first-team all-state
  • District 20-3A first team
  • Chose ULL over Houston

 

Terian “Tee” Goree

Football — signed with North Texas
Carthage receiver Terian “Tee” Goree signs with North Texas. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • Receiver, 6-2, 170
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team first team
  • AP first-team all-state
  • Padilla Poll first-team all-state
  • District 20-3A first team as WR, DB, and PR
  • 3,074 career receiving yards — school record
  • 1,740 receiving yards in 2013 — school record
  • 45 career touchdown catches — school record
  • 28 touchdown in 2013 — school record
  • Chose North Texas over Colorado, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, San Diego State, ULL, ULM, and UTSA

 

Mario McCain

Football — signed with Kilgore College
Carthage defensive lineman Mario McCain signs with Kilgore College. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • Defensive lineman, 6-0, 225
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team first team
  • Padilla Poll first-team all-state
  • AP honorable mention all-state
  • District 20-3A Defensive MVP
  • 59 consecutive starts — school record

 

Tevin Pipkin

Football — signed with Tyler Junior College

Carthage running back Tevin Pipkin signs with Tyler Junior College. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team second team
  • Padilla Poll first-team all-state
  • AP honorable mention all-state
  • District 20-3A first team
  • 5,471 career rushing yards — school record
  • Chose TJC over Kilgore College

 

O’Keeron Rutherford

Football — signed with North Texas
Carthage receiver O’Keeron Rutherford signs with North Texas. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team second team
  • Padilla Poll second-team all-state
  • District 20-3A first team
  • Chose North Texas over ULM

 

Keldrean Strong

Football — signed with Texas Lutheran
Carthage defensive back Keldrean Strong signs with Texas Lutheran. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)
  • ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team honorable mention
  • District 20-3A first team as WR and DB

 

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