Lindale Eagles (1-0)
vs.
No. 9 Carthage Bulldogs (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday
Bulldog Stadium, Carthage

Coaches
Lindale: Mike Meador
Carthage: Scott Surratt

Last week
Lindale: def. Chapel Hill, 31-14
Carthage: lost to Jacksonville, 34-30

Next week
Lindale: vs. Van
Carthage: at Chapel Hill

Playmakers
Lindale

  • QB Josiah Johnson, Sr., 5-10, 175
  • RB Trey Acy, Sr., 5-8, 180
  • RB Demarcus Lynch, Sr., 5-8, 165
  • OT Justin Young, Jr., 6-3, 275
  • OT D.J. Williams, Jr., 6-3, 265
  • K Luc Swimberghe, Jr., 5-11, 190
  • DT Michael Stiles, Sr., 5-10, 250
  • LB Lane Kane, Sr., 5-10, 175
  • LB Lane Walters, Sr., 6-1, 200

Carthage

  • RB Tevin Pipkin, Jr., 5-10, 170 (23 carries, 170 yards, 2 TDs)
  • DT Isaiah Golden, Sr., 6-2, 315 (7 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble; committed to Texas A&M)
  • WR/S Tee Goree, Jr., 6-2, 170 (7 catches, 138 yards, 1 TD; 2 PBUs)
  • QB Blake Bogenschutz, Jr., 6-0, 182 (13 of 30, 242 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs)
  • MLB Trent Jackson, Sr., 6-0, 215 (11 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 fumble recoveries)
  • DT K'Aelin Ware, Sr., 6-0, 230 (5 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 safety)
  • LT/DE Mario McCain, Jr., 6-0, 240
  • DE/LB Gregg Graves, Sr., 6-1, 205 (4 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 3 QB pressures)
  • RG Adrian Goodacre, Jr., 6-4, 325

Just the facts

  • Lindale forced five turnovers in last week's win vs. Chapel Hill
  • Carthage committed six turnovers in last week's loss to Jacksonville
  • Lindale beat Carthage 31-21 in 2011 to avenge a 47-42 loss to the Bulldogs in 2010
  • Carthage collected 19 tackles for loss against Jacksonville and held the Indians to 18 rushing yards
  • Four of Lindale's next five games, including the matchup with Carthage, are on the road
  • Carthage yielded 344 passing yards to Jacksonville sophomore Carter McCown

Key matchup: Lindale's offensive line vs. Carthage's defensive line. Lindale quarterback Josiah Johnson averaged more than 10 yards per carry last week as he rushed for more than 150 yards in the Eagles' 17-point win against defending 3A Division I state champion Chapel Hill. Lindale achieved that with their no-huddle spread running game and a strong offensive front led by tackles D.J. Williams and Justin Young. Those two players will have their hands full Friday night, along with the rest of the Lindale offensive front. Carthage gave a lot of passing yards, but completely shut down Jacksonville's running game, holding the Indians to less than a yard per rushing attempt. Carthage's quartet of starting defensive linemen had 14 tackles for loss and four sacks, led by Texas A&M-bound Isaiah Golden's four for loss and two sacks. Can Lindale's tempo affect the Bulldogs' strength at the point of attack? That will be a major key to who wins this game.

Don't be surprised if: Carthage bounces back from last week's sobering 34-30 home loss to Jacksonville. That marked the second time Carthage has lost in Bulldog Stadium since it opened in 2008. Coach Scott Surratt was very displeased in his team's performance, which included six turnovers and a couple of empty red-zone possessions. Lindale beat Carthage a year ago, so the Eagles have proven they can beat the Bulldogs. Nevertheless, it's hard to think that a Carthage team with such high expectations could drop consecutive games to start the season, so expect a different version of the Bulldogs to show up Friday night.