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ETVarsity.com Game of the Week: Class 3A's top-ranked Bulldogs challenge powerful 4A Wildcats

Sept. 26, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.


Carthage vs. Whitehouse

<h3>Carthage (4-0) vs. Whitehouse (4-0)</h3>

7:30 p.m. Friday, Wildcat Stadium, Whitehouse

<h3>Coaches</h3>

<strong>Carthage:</strong> Scott Surratt

<strong>Whitehouse:</strong> Adam Cook

<h3>Notable</h3>

<strong>Last Week:</strong> Carthage 44, Nacogodches 40; Whitehouse 59, Marshall 3

<strong>Up Next:</strong> Rusk at Carthage; Whitehouse has a bye

<strong>Did You Know:</strong> Both teams are ranked in their respective classifications - Whitehouse, No. 3 in 4A, and Carthage, No. 1 in 3A ... Whitehouse took a 29-27 in last season's meeting between the two teams. The 29 points was the lowest total for Whitehouse all season. The 27 points were Carthage's fewest until a 29-25 loss to El Campo in the playoffs ... Carthage is averaging 47.5 points per contest, while Whitehouse is scoring 55 points per game ... Carthage's Bogenschutz and Goodacre have committed to Texas-San Antonio and Louisiana-Lafayette, respectively ... Mahomes, the son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes, has committed to Texas Tech for football and baseball.

<h3>When Carthage has the ball</h3>

<em>Players To Watch</em>

<strong>Carthage:</strong> QB Blake Bogenschutz (67 of 116, 1,302 yards, 16 TDs, 1 INT) ... WR Tee Goree (29 catches, 622 yards, 12 TDs) ... OL Adrian Goodacre ... RB Tevin Pipkin (57 carries, 411 yards, 4 TDs) ... WR O'Keerion Rutherford (15 catches, 263 yards, 1 TD); Whitehouse: LB Reggie Long (26 tackles, 3 TFL) ... DB Isaiah Burton ... DL Kostin Wallace.

<strong>Keys:</strong> Both teams are going to put up points, so it is important for Carthage to limit turnovers. The Wildcats have forced nine turnovers in four games. Bogenschutz has thrown 16 touchdowns and only one interception. If he continues to be effective in the passing game, Carthage will remain a factor in this game until the final buzzer. Whitehouse has to know where Goree is at all times. Aside from his outstanding receiving numbers, he also is 2 of 2 passing for 14 yards and has two carries. The Bulldogs want the ball in his hands, and Whitehouse has to limit his touches as much as possible.

<h3>When Whitehouse has the ball</h3>

<em>Players To Watch</em>

<strong>Whitehouse:</strong> QB Pat Mahomes (101 of 161, 1,566 yards, 17 TDs, 0 INTs) ... WR Jake Parker (26 catches, 472 yards, 5 TDs) ... WR Coleman Patterson (21 catches, 382 yards, 5 TDs) ... WR Jaylon Dews (25 catches, 277 yards, 4 TDs) ... RB Trey Walker (3 TDs on only 10 carries); Carthage: LB Davodney Brooks (41 tackles) ... Chris Howard (13 TFL) ... DB Goree (2 INTs) ... James Marshall (38 tackles) ... Mario McCain (11 QB pressures and 2 sacks).

<strong>Keys:</strong> Like Bogenschutz, Mahomes has done a good job of throwing to his guys. He has yet to throw an interception this season. If guys like McCain and Jaron McLin can apply pressure to him and force him into mistakes, that could bode well for Carthage. Whitehouse has lost four fumbles this season, and Carthage has recovered seven loose balls. The Bulldogs need to try to be aggressive when they can and capitalize on the few mistakes the Wildcats make. Carthage knows Mahomes is going to spread the ball around to his trio of Parker, Patterson and Dews, but they have to be aware of when Walker enters the game. He has scored a TD on 30 percent of his carries.

<strong>Special Teams:</strong> Carthage's Jimmy Gonzalez made six PATs last week. The Bulldogs also stopped Nacogdoches on a two-point conversion ... Whitehouse has two kickers who have each had 18 kickoffs this season. The duo is a combined 4 of 7 on field goals ... Mahomes and Patterson handle the punting duties.

<h3>By The Numbers</h3>

<strong>75:</strong> The percentage of touchdown catches made by Goree for Carthage. The Bulldogs have 16 touchdown receptions as a team, 12 by Goree.

<strong>4,491:</strong> The total amount of yards on offense Carthage and Whitehouse have produced this season.

<em>- Brandon Ogden</em>

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