Early state championship start not a concern for Carthage

Early state championship start not a concern for Carthage

CARTHAGE, Texas (KLTV) - When the Carthage Bulldogs kickoff Friday against Waco Le Vega in the 4A Division I championship, it will be the earliest they have started a game this year.

Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. from AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The good thing for coach Scott Suratt is that the last time the Bulldogs won state in 2017, they kicked off at 11 a.m. so he already has a good itinerary put together.

“We are 15-0 and playing in the championship,” Head Coach Scott Surratt said. “We are playing in the championship. We have to get it done somehow, someway. There is pressure to coach here and to play here. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The game will still be tough. The Bulldogs and Pirates have been responsible for the past four state titles in 4A DI. Le Vega won it last year and in 2015 while Carthage won back to back titles in 2016 and 2017.

“This is going to be one of the best games I played in,” senior wide receiver Kelvontay Dixon said. “If you ask me I believe it is going to be a heavyweight fight up to the end.”

Carthage is know for getting it done on offense but defense could be the key in the game. Surratt could not downplay the importance of two interceptions returned for touchdowns against Lampasas as key plays that got the Bulldogs to state. He is hoping for more big defensive plays.

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