Carthage vs Gilmer: Battle of top ranked teams in Red Zone Game of the Week

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 11:36 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2021 at 10:38 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The Week 5 Red Zone Game of the Week will be a rematch from the 2020 4A DII State Championship game, when the No.2 Gilmer Buckeyes travel to the No.1 Carthage Bulldogs Friday night.

Last year the teams met twice with Carthage outscoring Gilmer a combined 112-28. In the regular season Carthage won 42-14 and then in the state title game 70-14.

”This is the motivational thing for us,” Gilmer head coach Alan Metzel said. “If we want to be the team to beat we have to take it up a notch.”

Carthage is just 2-0. The Bulldogs won week 1 over 5A ranked Crosby and then week 2 over Cornerstone Christian.

”We have done a lot of one-on-one drills, a couple of controlled scrimmages and last week it was not too controlled,” Surratt said. “We got after it. “

Gilmer is 4-0 this season with a 49-35 win last week over Lindale.

“They have been able to be off and game plan but at the same time we had time to work out mistakes in games,” Metzel said. “One of the best ways to learn is to get out an play. I would say any advantage they have there I would say is also a disadvantage.“

Carthage has won six straight over Gilmer. The last time the Buckeyes won in this rivalry was an 18-15 win in 2015

Kickoff from Carthage Friday is set for 7:30 p.m.

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