CORSICANA —After last week's close call against Palestine, Carthage made a statement Friday night against Taylor. The Bulldogs amassed 407 yards on offense and held the Ducks to six first downs in a 56-21 win at Tiger Stadium in Corsicana.
The win for Carthage was its sixth straight at Tiger Stadium and advances the Bulldogs to the Class 3A Division I Region finals next week against Silsbee.
Blake Bogenschutz completed 15 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulldogs while Tevin Pipkin carried the ball 14 times for 123 yards and two scores.
Taylor finished the season with a 5-7 record. Jeremy Snyder threw for 57 yards on 10 completions. Ray Rodriguez led the Ducks with 20 yards on 11 carries.
Isaac Franco was the highlight of the night for the Ducks. He intercepted a pass, forced a fumble that he also recovered and ran for 18 yards on seven carries.
Carthage improved to 10-2 on the year and heads to Lufkin to face Silsbee, which defeated Stafford, for the Region III title. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Abe Martin Stadium.
Carthage 56, Taylor 21
At Tiger Stadium, Corsicana
Taylor 0 7 0 14 — 21
Carthage 14 21 21 0 — 56
CART—Okeeron Rutherford, five-yard pass from Blake Bogenschutz (Jimmy Gonzalez kick); 5:31
CART—Tevin Pipkin, 29-yard run (Gonzalez kick); 3:07
CART—Trent Jackson, three-yard run (Gonzalez kick); 11:57
TAY—Tim Bailey, four-yard pass from Jeremy Snyder (Miguel Morales kick); 7:19
CART—Tee Goree, 29-yard pass from Bogenschutz (Gonzalez kick); 6:31
CART—Kolby Blissett, 14-yard pass from Bogenschutz (Gonzalez kick); 0:13
CART—Bryian Bolton, 35-yard run (Gonzalez kick); 10:51
CART—Pipkin, 35-yard run (Gonzalez kick); 9:45
CART—James Marshall, 15-yard from William Rittenberry (Dakota Tutt kick); 5:29
TAY—Ray Rodriguez, two-yard run (Morales kick); 9:18
TAY—Dustin Johnson, eight-yard pass from Snyder (Morales kick); 2:55
First Downs 6 22
Rushes-Yards 25-48 32-189
Passing Yards 57 218
Comp-Att-Int 10-28-3 16-32-1
Punts-Avg 6-27.17 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 6-3
Penalties-Yards 4-40 3-24
RUSHING—Taylor, Ray Rodriguez 11-20, Armando Solis 6-19, Isaac Franco 7-18, Jeremy Snyder 1-(-9). Carthage, Tevin Pipkin 14-123, Derontay Brown 6-40, Bryian Bolton 2-25, Christian Allison 4-4, Trent Jackson 1-3, Team 2-(-7), Blake Bogenschutz 3-(-9).
PASSING—Taylor, Snyder 10-28-2-3—57. Carthage, Bogenschutz 15-30-3-1—203, William Rittenberry 1-2-1-0—15.
RECEIVING—Taylor, Tim Bailey 4-12, Reagan Fischer 2-19, Dustin Johnson 2-8 Franco 1-16, Juesse Reyes 1-2. Carthage, Tee Goree 5-80, Okeeron Rutherford 4-55, Major Harris 3-29, James Marshall 1-15, Kolby Blissett 1-14, Pipkin 1-13, Bolton 1-12.