ARLINGTON, Texas (KLTV) - The Carthage Bulldogs completed their perfect season with a 70-14 win over Gilmer.
With the win, Carthage won a state championship for the second-straight year and their eighth state title in the past 13 years.
The Gilmer Buckeyes came out looking to hit Carthage early and hold the momentum. They got two quick scores from Rohan Fullelen to go up 14-0.
Carthage answered back with Kai Horton doing a backwards pass to Mason Courtney who proceeded to pass it back to Horton who did the rest and got the first Carthage touchdown. Carthage never looked back and would win 70-14. This was the Bulldogs eighth state title in 13 seasons with head coach Scott Surratt. He has the most of any coach at the 11-man level with one school.
“It is incredible,” Surratt said. “I will look back when I am done coaching and it will be more special but we are always working for the next ring and we start now looking at personnel for next year.”
Mason Courtney finished the day with three touchdowns rushing, getting him the offensive MVP.
“This [MVP award] right here; this isn’t even mine,” Courtney said. “This is ours. [Kai] played better than most people will give him credit for. I am just happy I get to experience this with my best friend.”
After the game Courtney and Horton both announced they were signing their National Letters of Intent to go to the University of Tulane.
“This was an amazing feeling,” Horton said. We used to go to Beckville together. We were quarterback and running back together. We moved our seventh grade summer to Carthage. Same thing. We have grown up together. That bond has kept us strong. It has pushed us to compete and we are going to do it again.”
Brandon King led the Carthage defense with three first half interceptions and two of them returned for touchdowns in the first half. He added one in the second half and would be awarded the games defensive MVP honor.