CARTHAGE, Texas (KLTV) - The Carthage Bulldogs have a shiny new reminder of their victorious 2020 season.
On Monday night, the team received their 2020 state football championship rings. It was the Bulldogs’ eighth state championship. Four of those eight were in the past five seasons: 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020.
“It is a blessing to get to have this experience,” Brandon King said. “My brother came out with four rings and my other brother came out with two. I am glad to be in the talk with them.”
Carthage went 14-0, beating another East Texas team, the Gilmer Buckeyes, to win the state title game. It was a season full of constant change with the team having to find replacement games for three opponents that changed due to the UIL shifting the start of 5A competition and TAPPS switching the start of their season. One of those replacement games was eventually canceled as well with Little Cypress sustaining damage from Hurricane Laura the week before the game.
“It was challenging for sure with everything going on,” quarterback Kai Horton said. “We had to overlook all those challenges and come together as a team. I am just glad that we practiced hard every day, came in ready to go get better for the week and just stayed together as a team for the whole season.”
In 11 man football only Katy (9) and Aledo (10) have more state championships. Coach Scott Surratt does not have the most rings but can say he has been one of the most successful coaches with 8 rings all coming at Carthage in the span of 14 seasons. In that time he has just 6 playoff losses and four of those were by less than six points each.
“I hope to get to 10 [rings],” Surratt said. “Hopefully but who knows but we are not worried about anything other than celebrating tonight and after tonight we will try to get another one next year but there is a long way to go for sure.”
Carthage will open up the 2021 season on Thursday August 26 against Crosby High School in New Caney.