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Veteran Skill-Position Playmakers Carry Carthage to 3A Division I State Title vs. Kilgore

From left to right, Carthage's O'Keeron Rutherford, Blake Bogenschutz, Tevin Pipkin, and Terian "Tee" Goree give coach Scott Surratt his most dynamic offensive quartet in his seven-year tenure. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
From left to right, Carthage's O'Keeron Rutherford, Blake Bogenschutz, Tevin Pipkin, and Terian "Tee" Goree give coach Scott Surratt his most dynamic offensive quartet in his seven-year tenure. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

CARTHAGE -- Considering the shattered school records and overwhelming success over the course of their careers, reaching the state championship in Arlington only seems fitting for Carthage's core of senior offensive stars.

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Carthage Senior Lineman Mario McCain Concludes Iron Man Career in State Championship vs. Kilgore

Carthage senior Mario McCain is a three-year two-way starter and fourth-year varsity starter playing his 59th career game in Friday's Class 3A Division I state championship against Kilgore at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Carthage senior Mario McCain is a three-year two-way starter and fourth-year varsity starter playing his 59th career game in Friday's Class 3A Division I state championship against Kilgore at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

CARTHAGE -- Fifty-eight games. That's a lot of high school football.

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Q & A With Chapel Hill Coach Thomas Sitton on Kilgore-Carthage State Championship

Chapel Hill head football coach Thomas Sitton. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Chapel Hill head football coach Thomas Sitton. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Friday's Class 3A Division I state championship game participants Kilgore and Carthage share only one common opponent -- another set of Bulldogs.

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By the Numbers: A Closer Look at State Championship Week

(From left) Carthage's Tee Goree, Kilgore's Aaron Foy, Carthage's Griffin Bankhead and Kilgore's DQ Scott. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
(From left) Carthage's Tee Goree, Kilgore's Aaron Foy, Carthage's Griffin Bankhead and Kilgore's DQ Scott. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

There may not be a region in Texas more proud of its local high school football teams than East Texas.

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Kilgore’s Powerful Rushing Attack Made Possible By Dominant Offensive Line

Kilgore offensive linemen (from left) Austin Clark, Darrion Sammons, Gabriel Gough, Nolan Grush, Clay Wiley and Blake Guthrie, along with tight ends Jarod and Caleb Wood, make up one of the best front lines in all of East Texas. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore offensive linemen (from left) Austin Clark, Darrion Sammons, Gabriel Gough, Nolan Grush, Clay Wiley and Blake Guthrie, along with tight ends Jarod and Caleb Wood, make up one of the best front lines in all of East Texas. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

KILGORE -- They are the biggest men on the field. Yet to the average observer, the most invisible.

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A Family Affair: Kilgore Head Coach Mike Wood Relishing Opportunity to Share State Title Experience With Sons

Kilgore head coach Mike Wood (center) will coach his sons -- junior tight end Jared Wood (left) and senior defensive end Caleb Wood -- in Friday's Class 3A Division I state championship game against Carthage. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore head coach Mike Wood (center) will coach his sons -- junior tight end Jared Wood (left) and senior defensive end Caleb Wood -- in Friday's Class 3A Division I state championship game against Carthage. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

KILGORE -- Friday afternoon's Class 3A Division I state championship game will be extra special for Kilgore head coach Mike Wood.

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ETSN.fm State Championship Podcast: Breaking Down 3A D-I Title Game Between Kilgore + Carthage

Kilgore offensive lineman Blake Guthrie signals a Bulldogs touchdown during their 34-29 home win over Gilmer on Nov. 8. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore offensive lineman Blake Guthrie signals a Bulldogs touchdown during their 34-29 home win over Gilmer on Nov. 8. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

State championship week is finally here and East Texas football will be treated to a good when one when area powers Carthage and Kilgore square off Friday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the Class 3A Division I state title.

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Carthage Trio + Athens’ Travon Fuller Earn First-Team Honors on Associated Press Class 3A All-State Football Team

Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenschutz throws while being pressured by Whitehouse's Savian Lacy during their game Sept. 27 in Whitehouse. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenschutz throws while being pressured by Whitehouse's Savian Lacy during their game Sept. 27 in Whitehouse. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

The Carthage Bulldogs placed three players on the first team of the Associated Press Sports Editors Class 3A all-state football team, which was released Tuesday.

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Kilgore Football Season Review Entering Friday’s Class 3A D-I State Title Vs. Carthage

Kilgore's Benny Colbert and Blake Gutherie (73) celebrate a touchdown in the Bulldogs; 56-21 regional-semifinal playoff win Nov. 29 in Forney. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore's Benny Colbert and Blake Gutherie (73) celebrate a touchdown in the Bulldogs; 56-21 regional-semifinal playoff win Nov. 29 in Forney. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

The 2013 football season has been one of redemption for the Kilgore Bulldogs, who have avenged their only two losses from 2012 and are one win from their second-ever state championship.

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Carthage Football Season Review Entering Friday’s Class 3A D-I State Title vs. Kilgore

Carthage's Blake Bogenschutz fires a pass during the Bulldogs' 44-14 second-round rout of Navasota in Corsicana. (Bud Worley, ETSN.fm)
Carthage's Blake Bogenschutz fires a pass during the Bulldogs' 44-14 second-round rout of Navasota in Corsicana. (Bud Worley, ETSN.fm)

The 2013 football season has been a record-setting campaign for the Carthage Bulldogs, who have enjoyed the senior campaigns of some of the most prolific offensive players in school history.

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