Top 25 Games of 2015: No. 12, Chapel Hill at Carthage
Chapel Hill and Carthage have not only won state championships during the current decade; the two have also developed an interesting recent series history. They're Nov. 6 clash to close out the regular season checks in at No. 12 on ETSN.fm's list of the top 25 games of 2015.
After an eight-year break from playing one another, Chapel Hill and Carthage resumed the series in 2010, and have met every year since.
Carthage has won the last three meetings, and holds a 25-8 all-time series edge, but Chapel Hill has snapped a couple of Carthage streaks in the last few seasons.
In 2010, Chapel Hill earned a 46-14 win to snap two-time defending state champion Carthage's 30-game winning streak. A year later, Chapel Hill became the first school to defeat Carthage in Bulldog Stadium, which opened in 2008 -- a streak of 22 consecutive games.
As the calendar flips to 2015, both Chapel Hill and Carthage appear to be favorites in the ultra-competitive and tradition-rich District 9-4A Division I. Each team returns the bulk of their impact performers from last year's area finalists.
Chapel Hill returns 2,000-yard passer Konnor Hitchcock, 1,000-yard rusher Ja'Braylon Franklin, and a deep and talented receiving corps that features Reggie King, Deundre Phillips, and Zack Walters.
Carthage, meanwhile, is bringing back quarterback Jarod Blissett, a stable of experienced running backs, a playmaking receiver in Jakeldric Jackson, and Division I tight end prospect Marquise Guinn.
And if all that weren't enough, the game takes place on the final night of the regular season, meaning both teams could theoretically be unbeaten in district.
ETSN.fm's Top 25 Games of 2015
- No. 12: Chapel Hill at Carthage
- No. 13: Waskom at Elysian Fields
- No. 14: John Tyler at Lufkin
- No. 15: Newton at West Orange-Stark
- No. 16: Longview at John Tyler
- No. 17: Chapel Hill vs. Whitehouse
- No. 18: Newton at Crockett
- No. 19: Tyler Lee at Sachse
- No. 20: Gilmer vs. Carthage
- No. 21: Atlanta at Liberty-Eylau
- No. 22: Tatum at Gilmer
- No. 23: Atlanta at Gladewater
- No. 24: Lufkin at Tyler Lee
- No. 25: Tatum at Newton