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Carthage holds off Kilgore for 3A-I state championship


For the Carthage Bulldogs it's four state championships in the past six years. A dynasty in East Texas.

"It is special," said Carthage head coach Scott Surratt.  "They asked me that out there and it's started to hit a little bit right now. Out there I just said 'Wow.'"

The Bulldogs 34 to 23 win ended a long journey for record setting quarterback Blake Bogenschutz. The 3A offensive player of the year finally earned a championship ring , winning offensive player if the game, on the biggest stage.

"We came in at halftime and we said 'We weren't coming out second,'" said Bogenschutz.  "We've been battling for three years and came up short two years in a row. Kilgore's a great team, you have to give it to them. But it's all about battling in the second half.

It was a disappointing end to a dominating season in Kilgore. Despite a 28-10 deficit in the 4th quarter, the Bulldogs fought to the final seconds.

"We still trusted each other," said Kilgore linebacker Jake Brantley.  "We just knew that defensively we'd have to come up with a big play and we did when Aaron Foy intercepted it and we almost had it at the end."

Finishing with a 14 and 1 record, Kilgore coach Mike Wood knew his team would never quit.

"This bunch has been like that all year," said Wood.  "They've been tough all year and believe in each other. Go out there and get some breaks and momentum shift. We would have liked to have gone down and scored and won the game but it didn't happen."

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