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Carthage, Kilgore evenly matched in scrimmage

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
Aug. 16, 2013 at 11 p.m.


CARTHAGE - Two of the top Class 3A teams in the state were pretty evenly matched in their first scrimmage of the year Friday.

Quarterback Blake Bogenschutz's touchdown pass to Tee Goree lifted No. 2 Carthage to a 7-0 win in a one-quarter live scrimmage against No. 6 Kilgore. Kilgore's first-team offense scored two touchdowns to Carthage's one in the controlled scrimmage portion of the evening before the live scrimmage.

"We knew we've got some places that we've got a lot of work to do," Carthage coach Scott Surratt said. "I thought we moved the ball OK. But this is a pretty good matchup this early in the year because they've got a good team."

Carthage looked sharp on offense while scoring in the live scrimmage, getting into the end zone on a 12-play, 83-yard drive punctuated by Bogenschutz's 7-yard scoring toss to Goree. The University of Texas-San Antonio commit and Goree were responsible for every pass play on the drive as Bogenschutz hit 7 of 8 passes for 69 yards en route to the score.

Bogenschutz also hit Goree for a 16-yard score in the controlled portion of the scrimmage.

"The focus is never great in the scrimmage for the coaches or the players," Surratt said. "Not like game focus. But I thought we got in a decent rhythm … I think we've got to be more physical, especially up front and defensively. We ran the ball OK. We can run it better. I know the backs missed some cuts. And then we didn't click as good as we hope we will in the passing game."

The scrimmage offered the Bulldogs opportunity to work running backs Tevin Pipkin and Bryian Bolton, both players who are competing for carries and will also play in the secondary this season.

"They've got a lot of competition there and they want the football," Surratt said. "So that's a good thing. Tevin had some big plays and Bryian had some pretty good runs. So we're going to let them fight it out and see who's the man."

The Carthage defense was strong in the live scrimmage, holding Kilgore to negative-21 yards and no first downs in two possessions.

Kilgore looked better on offense in the controlled scrimmage, particularly senior quarterback Benny Colbert. Colbert scrambled out of the pocket and hit receiver Aaron Foy for a 70-yard touchdown pass, then threw a 17-yard touchdown to cap off the next drive.

"Benny's just got to learn to take what the defense gives you," Kilgore coach Mike Wood said. "He wants to be a playmaker and make big plays. He's just got to be patient. He's got to learn and take what the defense gives you. It was the first scrimmage and he was excited about trying to come out here and make plays. And he did make some. He made some mistakes.

"But Benny's a competitor. He's going to give you everything he's got on Friday."

Kilgore's defense had to play without several key playmakers in the front seven, including defensive lineman L.D. Anthony.

"They were missing some guys too," Wood said. "It's great to scrimmage Carthage. They're going to be big and physical. They're going to be well coached. And hopefully we're that football team. We always have great scrimmages. It really shows us where we are."

Carthage's second scrimmage will be Friday at Gladewater. Kilgore will host Hallsville on Friday for its second scrimmage.

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