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Carthage hosts Jasper in battle of top defenses in week 8 Game of the Week

Jasper vs Carthage Week 8
Jasper vs Carthage Week 8(KTRE Sports)
Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 12:29 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The No. 1 Carthage Bulldogs will have their hands full on Friday when they host the Jasper Bulldogs in the Red Zone Week 8 Game of the Week.

Carthage is 5-0 while Jasper is 2-3. On paper the game looks like it belongs to Carthage, but head coach Scott Surratt knows the Jasper record does not tell how tough the team is. In their five games so far, Jasper is giving up just 7.6 points per game. The most anyone scored on Jasper this season was 14 points by Port Neches Groves in week 1 action.

“It is going to be a measuring stick for us to see where we are,” Jasper head coach Darrell Barbay said. “They have always been there and will always be there. We had some issues with COVID and had to miss some games. Once we got playing we started getting better. I told the team I was not worried about the non-district results. It was about what we did in district play. They are a top team and hopefully that will prepare us for the playoffs.”

Carthage has been able to score this year with the team averaging 38.4 points a game. Their defense is also solid with the squad just allowing 13.8 points a game.

“When you give up as little points as they do you have to be physical,” Carthage coach Scott Surratt said. ““t is a battle of two of the best defensive teams in 4A DII. We just have to force some three and outs and then put the offense in a good position to score some points.”

Both teams opened up district with wins last week.

Kickoff from Carthage is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

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