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Carthage 2023 Game Info & Notes

By Joe Dodd

December 1- Carthage @ Tyler Rose Stadium 

Mascot: Bulldogs  Colors: Red & White  

District: 8-4A DII  

Enrollment: 788 

Head Coach: Scott Surratt (17th season, 219-29, 219-29 overall) 

Formation: Multiple Pro Style 

Defensive Formation: 4-3  

Carthage Bulldogs 2023 Season Results 

Date Opponent Result  08/25/22 @ Kilgore (12-1) won: 30-27 09/01/22 Pittsburg (2-7) won: 42-7  09/08/22 San Antonio Cornerstone (4-6) won: 34-0  09/15/22 Marshall (6-6) won: 38-13 09/22/22 @ Bullard* (6-4) won: 45-14 09/29/22 Brownsboro* (5-5) won: 45-0  10/06/22 @ Canton* (3-7) won: 50-0  10/13/22 Rusk* (6-5) won: 49-21 10/20/22 @ Center* (7-4) won: 72-27  10/27/22 Van* (8-4) won: 35-7  11/03/22 OPEN  

11/09/22 Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (3-7) (at Longview’s Pirate) won: 42-0  11/17/22 Van Alstyne (7-4) (at Mount Pleasant) won: 49-7  11/24/22 Texarkana Pleasant Grove (12-1) (at Longview’s Pirate) won: 34-31 Overall Record: 13-0 

2023 CARTHAGE STATISTICS 

TEAM OFFENSE 

Passing: 253 of 375 (67%) 3,641 yards 280.1 ypg 43 TD’s 8 INT’s Rushing: 342 carries 2,500 yards 192.3 ypg 32 TD’s 10 Fumbles Total 6,141 yards 472.4 ypg 75 TD’s 18 Turnovers OPPONENTS OFFENSE 

Passing: 136 of 282 (52%) 1,471 yards 113.2 ypg 9 TD’s 15 INT’s Rushing: 369 carries 1,093 yards 84.1 ypg 11 TD’s 9 Fumbles Total 2,564 yards 197.2 ypg 20 TD’s 24 Turnovers Points For: 565 (43.5 PPG) Points Against: 154 (11.8 PPG) 

Carthage Individual Statistical Leaders 

PASSING 

Jett Surratt 248 of 360 3,601 yards 43 TD’s 8 INT’s 

RUSHING  

Kelwin Edwards 149 carries 1,501 yards 22 TD’s Benny Smith 71 carries 553 yards 8 TD’s 

RECEIVING 

Brandan Manning 68 catches 1,094 yards 16 TD’s Mikel Fields 56 catches 1,037 yards 13 TD’s 

GILMER 

Mascot: Buckeyes  

Colors: Black & Orange  

District: 7-4A DII  

Enrollment: 848  

Head Coach: Alan Metzel (4th season, 49-8 at Gilmer; 49-8 overall)  Offensive Formation: Spread 

Defensive Formation: Odd 

 

Gilmer Buckeyes 2023 Season Results 

Date Opponent Result  08/25/23 Chapel Hill (11-2) lost: 53-71  09/01/23 @ Kilgore (12-1) lost: 23-24  09/08/23 @ Paris (4-7) won: 43-40 09/15/23 Lindale (7-5) won: 59-56 09/22/23 Prosper Walnut Grove (3-7) won: 82-62 09/29/23 Open 

10/06/23 Texarkana Pleasant Grove* (12-1) lost: 28-63 10/13/23 @ Texarkana Liberty-Eylau* (3-7) won: 56-12  10/20/23 Paris North Lamar* (5-5) won: 49-12 10/27/23 @ Longview Spring Hill* (4-7) won: 59-13 11/03/23 Pittsburg* (2-7) won: 64-6  11/10/23 Center (7-4) (at Hallsville Bobcat) won: 69-42 11/16/23 Sunnyvale (9-3) (at Tyler Rose) won: 41-38 11/24/23 Aubrey (8-4) (at Commerce Memorial) won: 34-21 Overall Record: 10-3  

Points For: 660 (50.8 PPG) Points Against: 460 (35.4 PPG) 

Gilmer Individual Statistical Leaders 

PASSING 

Cadon Tennison 137 of 146 2,137 yards 20 TD’s 3 INT’s Jadon Edmond 32 of 51 618 yards 8 TD’s 2 INT’s 

RUSHING  

Will Henderson 228 carries 2,166 yards 29 TD’s Dhrvay Smith 60 carries 681 yards 9 TD’s Cadon Tennison 62 carries 420 yards 4 TD’s 

RECEIVING 

Ta’Erik Tate 52 catches 1,022 yards 11 TD’s Brendan Webb 44 catches 681 yards 9 TD’s Geramiah Noble 30 catches 498 yards 4 TD’s

Carthage Historical Stats, Records, and Program Information  (Source: www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com) 

YEAR W-L-T COACH 

2007 (9-3) Scott Surratt  2008 (14-2) Scott Surratt (Won Class 3-A, Division I State Championship)  2009 (16-0) Scott Surratt (Won Class 3-A, Division II State Championship)  2010 (14-2) Scott Surratt (Won Class 3-A, Division II State Championship)  2011 (9-4) Scott Surratt  2012 (11-3) Scott Surratt  2013 (15-1) Scott Surratt (Won Class 3-A, Division I State Championship)  2014 (6-6) Scott Surratt  

2015 (11-4) Scott Surratt  2016 (13-2) Scott Surratt (Won Class 4-A, Division I State Championship)  2017 (16-0) Scott Surratt (Won Class 4-A, Division I State Championship) 2018 (14-1) Scott Surratt 

2019 (16-0) Scott Surratt (Won Class 4-A, Division I State Championship)  2020 (14-0) Scott Surratt (Won Class 4-A, Division I State Championship)  2021 (11-1) Scott Surratt 

2022 (16-0) Scott Surratt (Won Class 4-A, Division II State Championship)  2023 (13-0) Scott Surratt 

BY DECADES W- L- T  

1924-29 18-23-5  

1930-39 41-42-14  

1940-49 56-37-5  

1950-59 73-27-3  

1960-69 49-49-3  

1970-79 49-51-3  

1980-89 71-34-6  

1990-99 76-36-2 

2000-09 76-44-0  

2010-19 126-22-0  2020-21 54-1-0 

TOTAL: 689-366-41 

Undefeated Seasons: 9 (1954, 1958, 1978, 1991, 2009, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022)  Winless Seasons: 0  

State Championship Game Appearances: 10 (1991, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016,  2017, 2019, 2020, 2022)  

State Championships: 9 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022) District Championships: 33  Last District Championship: 2023  Playoff Appearances: 41 

Last Playoff Appearance: 2022 

Playoff Record: 94-29-1

SERIES HISTORY 

First meeting: 1954, Carthage won 21-0  

Last meeting: 2022, Carthage won 28-7  

Series Record: Carthage leads: 13-6-0  

All-Time Scores 

1954: Carthage 21 Gilmer 0  

1955: Carthage 39 Gilmer 7  

1996: Gilmer 10 Carthage 0  

1997: Gilmer 35 Carthage 28  

1998: Carthage 35 Gilmer 7  

1999: Gilmer 21 Carthage 0  

2008: Carthage 31 Gilmer 28**  

2010: Carthage 38 Gilmer 21  

2011: Gilmer 39 Carthage 36  

2014: Gilmer 58 Carthage 21  

2015: Gilmer 18 Carthage 15  

2016: Carthage 55 Gilmer 37  

2017: Carthage 48 Gilmer 28  

2018: Carthage 66 Gilmer 14  

2019: Carthage 24 Gilmer 15  

2020: Carthage 42 Gilmer 14  

2020: Carthage 70 Gilmer 14**  

2021: Carthage 28 Gilmer 7  

2022: Carthage 28 Gilmer 7**  

**Playoff Game 

STREAKS  

Carthage has a 29 game winning streak (last loss: 17-27 to China Spring,  11/26/2021) 

Carthage has an 8 game winning streak in fourth round playoff games (last loss:  29-25 to El Campo, 2012)  

Carthage has an 8 game winning streak over Gilmer (last loss: 2015) Carthage has a 3 game winning streak over Gilmer in playoff games 

Gilmer has a 7 game winning streak (last loss: 63-28 to Texarkana Pleasant Grove,  10/6/2023)  

Gilmer has an 18 game winning streak at TMF Rose Stadium (last loss: 61-58 to  Canton, 2005)

Gilmer has a 2 game winning streak in fourth round playoff games (last loss: 55-21  to Texarkana Pleasant Grove, 2019) 

Carthage has a 251 consecutive games scoring streak (last shutout: 43-0 to  Crockett, 2006) 

Gilmer has a 74 consecutive games scoring streak (last shutout was 14-0 to  Pleasant Grove in 2018) 

GAME NOTES  

Carthage is ranked 1st in the Associated Press Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Class  4A-II poll and ranked 3rd in the Class 4A-II Pigskinprep.com power rankings 

Gilmer is ranked 10th in the Associated Press Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Class  4A-II poll and ranked 11th in the Class 4A-II Pigskinprep.com power rankings 

Carthage is a 14 points favorite over Gilmer according to PigskinPrep.com which  predicts a 28-14 victory for the Bulldogs 

GILMER PLAYOFF NOTES  

This is Gilmer’s 44th appearance in the playoffs 

This is Gilmer’s 23rd consecutive year in the playoffs 

This will be Gilmer’s 7th appearance in the Regional Final in 10 years This will be Gilmer’s 12th appearance in the Regional Final in 17 years This will be Gilmer’s 14th appearance in the Regional Final in 21 years This will be Gilmer’s 134th playoff game in school history  

Gilmer is 99-33-1 in playoff games all time (74%) 

Gilmer is 61-19 in playoff games since 2001 (76%)  

Gilmer is 10-7 in Regional Final (Quarterfinals) games all time (59%)  Gilmer is 9-4 in Regional Final games since 2003 (69%)  

Gilmer is 13-2 since 2000 in playoff games played at TMF Rose Stadium (87%) 

Gilmer’s 99 playoff wins are the 13th most in Texas high school football history  (Source: www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com)  

Gilmer has either won the state championship or lost in the playoffs to the eventual  state champion in 13 of the past 20 years, including losing to the eventual state  champion the past 4 years in a row: 

2003-lost to 3A DII State Champion Atlanta in round 4  

2004-won 3A DI State Championship 

2006-lost to 3A DI State Champion Texarkana Liberty-Eylau in round 1  2007-lost to state champion Liberty Hill in 3A DI State Championship  2008-lost to 3A DII State Champion Carthage in round 4  

2009-won 3A DII State Championship  

2012-lost to state champion Navasota 3A DII State Championship  2013-lost to 3A DII State Champion Argyle in round 3  

2014-won 4A DII State Championship  

2019-lost to 4A DII State Champion Texarkana Pleasant Grove in round 4  2020-lost to state champion Carthage in 4A DII State Championship  2021-lost to state champion China Springs in 4A DII State Championship  2022-lost to state champion Carthage in in round 3 

CARTHAGE PLAYOFF NOTES  

This is Carthage’s 41st appearance in the playoffs  

This is Carthage’s 17th consecutive year in the playoffs  

This will be Carthage’s 125th playoff game in school history 

Carthage is 94-29-1 in playoff games all time (76%)  

Carthage is 71-7 in playoff games since 2007 (91%)  

Carthage is 12-2 in fourth round playoff games all time (86%)  

Carthage is 11-1 in fourth round playoff games under Surratt (92%)  

Carthage ‘s 94 playoff wins are tied for the 14th most in Texas high school football  history (Source: www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com) 

Carthage’s 9 state championships are tied for 2nd most in Texas high school football  history (Source: www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com) 

GILMER SEASON NOTES 

Gilmer’s schedule is the 6th toughest (based on opponents’ power rating) in Class  4A-II according to PigskinPrep.com 

Gilmer’s three losses were to Chapel Hill, Kilgore and Texarkana Pleasant Grove. Two of those three teams are still in the playoffs with a combined record of 35-4  

Gilmer’s 660 points scored is the 4th most in 4A-II 

Gilmer’s offense has recorded 3 of the school’s top 9 total yards in a single game performances this season.  

Gilmer’s offense is averaging 512.2 total yards per game

Gilmer’s 760 offensive plays consist of 294 passing attempts (39%) and 466 rushing attempts (61%)  

Gilmer averages 214.2 yards per game passing (42%) and 297.9 yards per game  rushing (58%)  

Gilmer’s 297.9 rushing yards per game this season is 2nd most in school history  behind the 1985 team’s 348 yards per game 

Gilmer’s offense is averaging 8.8 yards per play 

Gilmer has receiving touchdowns by 5 different players 

Gilmer has rushing touchdowns by 8 different players 

Gilmer has passing touchdowns by 2 different players 

Gilmer’s offense has turned the ball over 12 times (5 interceptions and 7 fumbles) in 13 games 

Gilmer’s defense has forced 26 turnovers (11 interceptions and 15 fumbles) Gilmer has a +14 turnover ratio for the season 

Gilmer’s defense has 44 sacks (3.4 per game average) 

CARTHAGE SEASON NOTES 

Carthage’s schedule is the 11th toughest (based on opponents’ power rating) in  Class 4A-II according to PigskinPrep.com 

Carthage’s offense is averaging 472.4 total yards per game 

Carthage ‘s 717 offensive plays consist of 375 passing attempts (52%) and 342 rushing attempts (48%)  

Carthage averages 280.1 yards per game passing (59%) and 192.3 yards per game  rushing (41%)  

Carthage’s offense is averaging 8.6 yards per play 

Carthage has rushing touchdowns by 3 different players 

Carthage has receiving touchdowns by 8 different players 

Carthage ‘s 43.5 points per game is the 11th best in 4A-II 

Carthage ‘s 11.8 points allowed per game is the 3rd best in 4A-II

Carthage ‘s 31.6 margin of victory per game is the 6th best in 4A-II Carthage’s offense has 18 turnovers (8 interceptions, 10 fumbles)  Carthage’s defense has forced 23 turnovers 

Carthage has a +5 turnover ratio for the season 

Carthage’s defense allows an average of 197.2 yards total offense per game Carthage’s defense allows an average of 84.1 yards rushing per game Carthage’s defense allows an average of 113.2 yards passing per game Carthage’s defense has 15 sacks (1.2 per game average) 

GILMER HISTORICAL NOTES  

This is Gilmer’s 110th season to play football  

Gilmer has never had a winless season  

Gilmer’s 744 wins are the 12th most in Texas high school football history (Source:  www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com)  

Gilmer’s 28 seasons with 10 wins or more is tied for the 10th most in Texas high  school football history (Source:www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com)  

Gilmer’s 39 district championships are tied for the 9th most in Texas high school  football history (Source: www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com)  

Gilmer has recorded 16 undefeated regular seasons, tied for 7th most in Texas high  school football history (Source:www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com)  

Gilmer is 276-51 since 2000 (84%) 

Gilmer Senior RB Will Henderson needs 6 rushing yards to pass Justin Johnson for  the most rushing yards in a season in school history 

2,171 2007 Justin Johnson (14 games) 

2,166 2023 Will Henderson (12 games) 

Gilmer senior RB Will Henderson’s 29 rushing touchdowns are the most in a season  in Gilmer history 

Gilmer senior RB Will Henderson’s 31 offensive touchdowns are the 2nd most in a  season in Gilmer history 

35 2014 Blake Lynch (16 games) 

31 2023 Will Henderson (12 games) 

31 2014 Kris Boyd (16 games)

This season, Gilmer Senior WR Ta’Erik Tate became just the 11th player in Gilmer  history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season 

1,420 2021 Rohan Fluellen (16 games) 

1,368 2016 LaMarcus Morton (15 games) 

1,305 2011 Darrion Pollard (13 games) 

1,168 2003 Manuel Johnson (14 games) 

1,141 2020 Dylan Fluellen (14 games) 

1,120 2004 Tay Bowser (16 games) 

1,105 2017 Morgan Lusty (13 games) 

1,043 2014 Blake Lynch (16 games) 

1,022 2023 Ta’Erik Tate (11 games) 

1,018 2007 Houston Tuminello (15 games) 

1,003 2016 Red Jones II (15 games) 

Gilmer junior K Brayden Pate’s 74 successful extra-point kicks are 4th most in a  season in Gilmer history 

90 2013 Pablin Olivares (13 games) 

86 2014 Juan Esquivel (15 games) 

82 2016 Adan Ibarra (15 games) 

78 2023 Brayden Pate (13 games) 

This season, Gilmer Senior RB Will Henderson and junior QB Cadon Tenison became  just the 21st and 22nd players in Gilmer history to reach 3,000 total offensive yards  in a career 

This season, Gilmer Senior RB Will Henderson became just the 5th player in Gilmer  history to reach 3,000 rushing yards in a career 

4,060 2004-2007 Justin Johnson 

3,541 2011-2014 Kris Boyd 

3,351 2021-2023 Will Henderson 

3,300 1982-1984 Tommy Palmer 

3,033 1989-1991 Red Jones 

Gilmer Senior RB Will Henderson’ 45 career rushing touchdowns is tied for the 4th most in school history. 

60 2012-2014 Kris Boyd 

55 2006-2009 Darian Godfrey 

48 2020-2022 Ashton Haynes  45 2021-2023 Will Henderson  45 2004-2007 Justin Johnson

Gilmer Senior RB Will Henderson’ 47 career offensive touchdowns is the 6th most in  school history. 

  

75 2012-2014 Kris Boyd  

55 2006-2009 Darian Godfrey  

54 2004-2007 Justin Johnson  

54 2020-2022 Ashton Haynes  

48 2008-2011 Luke Turner  

47 2021-2023 Will Henderson 

Gilmer Senior RB Will Henderson needs 191 rushing yards to pass Kris Boyd for 2nd  most career rushing yards in school history 

4,060 2004-2007 Justin Johnson 

3,541 2011-2014 Kris Boyd 

3,351 2021-2023 Will Henderson 

Gilmer Senior WR Ta’Erik Tate’s 1,464 career receiving yards are the 9th most in  school history.  

  

2,855 2020-2022 Rohan Fluellen 

2,363 2018-2020 Dylan Fluellen 

2,183 2004-2006 Curtis Brown 

2,108 2014-2016 LaMarcus Morton 

2,072 2011-2014 Chase Tate 

1,877 2015-2017 Red Jones II 

1,719 2005-2007 Lamar Harris 

1,602 2010-2011 Darrion Pollard 

1,464 2021-2023 Ta’Erik Tate 

  

Gilmer Senior WR Ta’Erik Tate’s 17 career touchdown receptions are the 7th most in  school history. 

  

27 2018-2020 Dylan Fluellen 

25 2004-2006 Curtis Brown 

23 2014-2016 LaMarcus Morton 

23 2020-2022 Rohan Fluellen 

22 2005-2007 Lamar Harris 

18 2004-2005 Willie Darden 

17 2021-2023 Ta’Erik Tate 

CARTHAGE HISTORICAL NOTES  

This is Carthage’s 100th season to play football  

Carthage has never had a winless season  

Carthage ‘s 689 wins are tied for the 24th most in Texas high school football history  (Source: www.TexasHighSchoolFootballHistory.com)

Carthage is 200-28 since 2007 (88%) 

Did you know?  

Gilmer is one playoff win away from becoming just the 13th school in Texas high  school football history to win 100 playoff games 

Gilmer head coach Alan Metzel only has 8 losses in his 4 years as Buckeyes’ head  coach. 4 of those 8 losses were to Carthage 

Carthage is 3-0 against Gilmer in playoff games 

Gilmer High School to Rose Stadium is 39 miles 

Carthage High School to Rose Stadium is 61 miles 

Carthage and Gilmer have combined for 18 state championship game appearances  and 12 state championships in football 

Since 2000, Gilmer is 238-13 (95%) when scoring 30 or more points in a game.  When scoring less than 30 points in a game; Gilmer is 39-37 (51%)  

Since 1980, the Buckeyes have lost only 16 games when scoring at least 30 points  

Carthage has held Gilmer below 30 points in 10 games since 2008, including 7  consecutive games. Gilmer is 1-9 in those 10 games 

Carthage head coach Scott Surratt’s 88% winning percentage is the 7th best among  all active coaches in Texas 

Gilmer head coach Alan Metzel’s 86% winning percentage is the 10th best among all  active coaches in Texas 

Carthage and Gilmer have five common opponents this season: 

Carthage defeated Center 72-27; Gilmer defeated Center 69-42 Carthage defeated Pittsburg 42-7; Gilmer defeated Pittsburg 64-6  Carthage defeated Kilgore 30-27; Gilmer lost to Kilgore 24-23 

Carthage defeated Liberty-Eylau 42-0; Gilmer defeated Liberty-Eylau 56-12 

Carthage defeated Pleasant Grove 34-31; Gilmer lost to Pleasant Grove 63- 28

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