Carthage needed a win to get back on track, and with red-hot Brownsboro coming to town last Friday night, the Bulldogs needed a few players to step up and help make that happen.

Enter senior quarterback Jarod Blissett, who passed for a season-high five touchdowns in Carthage's 42-14 win, which stopped Brownsboro's three-game winning streak and handed the Bears their first District 9-4A Division I defeat.

Blissett completed 19 of 29 attempts for 329 yards with four of his touchdown passes coming in the first half, which ended with Carthage leading 28-0. For his efforts, Blissett is the + Dairy Queen Offensive Pllayer of the Week, following last week's winner, Jeremiah Robertson of Huntington.

The Carthage (5-3, 2-1) win kept the Bulldogs' hopes alive for at least a piece of the district title with games against Palestine (1-7, 0-3) and Chapel Hill (2-6, 0-3) remaining.

If Kilgore (6-2, 3-0), which handed Carthage its only league loss, were to stumble in either of its final two games against Brownsboro (4-4, 2-1) or Henderson (6-2, 1-2), Carthage would be very much alive for the district's No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Blissett fired a pair of touchdown passes to senior receiver Marquise Guinn in the first quarter, covering 53 and 11 yards, respectively. He added scoring tosses of 79 yards to Jakeldric Jackson and 7 yards to Roderic Calloway in the second quarter, before putting an exclamation point on his performance with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Townsend in the third.

For the season, Blissett is 154 of 260 (59 percent) for 2,137 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. + Dairy Queen Offensive Players of the Week