The Carthage Bulldogs are one of the premier high school football programs in the state. After winning three state championships from 2009 to 2011, it hasn't been easy getting back.
"The last two years we haven't gotten it done," said Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenschutz. "Before we won three straight state championships but we're not living in the past. We are going to focus on this year. We are glad to be there. We just got one more week of work and we're going to get a ring."
The Bulldogs believe now is their time.
"That's kind of been our motto," said head coach Scott Surratt. "It's our time and each week we're gone it's our time. Each we make sure we practice well, make sure we are focused to make sure it's our time."
The Bulldogs have one of the best quarterback receiver combinations in the state.
All state Quarterback Blake Bogenschutz has thrown 40 touchdown passes in 2013. More than half have gone to all state receiver Tee Goree. Bogenschutz doesn't care about gaudy numbers. He just wants his own championship ring.
"The last two years have absolutely not been my moment," said the Bulldogs quarterback. "But we are going to try to go out there and execute our plays and listen to our coaches and play as hard as we can."
His coach wouldn't want anyone else leading the huddle.
"Blake's going to, whether he plays his best or not, he's going to lead the team," said Surratt. "We really believe that. He's playing great football right now and he's played great all year."
After tying a school record with 6 touchdown passes in the state semifinal, Bogenschutz knows the Kilgore defense poses a much tougher challenge.
"They (Kilgore) are talking about respect the 'K', we respect their team," said Bogenschutz. "They have a great team and great coaches that work hard everyday just like we do. We're just going to try and get the win."