CARTHAGE BULLDOGS AT WHITEHOUSE WILDCATS
Where: Wildcat Stadium, Whitehouse
When: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Carthage 2-0; Whitehouse 2-0
Last Week’s Results: Carthage 48, Liberty-Eylau 38; Whitehouse 28, Chapel Hill 14
Last Year’s Result: Carthage 23, Whitehouse 13
Quick Slant: The must-see matchup of Week 3 pits undefeated and state-ranked Carthage and against unbeaten Whitehouse. The Wildcats are 2-0 and have given up a grand total of 24 points combined in their two victories. Michael Raabe (16) and Darius Trimble (17) have combined for 33 tackles with Raabe also with two sacks. Whitehouse held Hallsville and Chapel Hill, who both like to run the football, in check in those victories. But Friday’s clash with Carthage will be an entirely different proposition thanks to Bulldogs tailback and Texas commit Keaontay Ingram. He piled up 137 yards and two touchdowns in Carthage’s season-opening win over Gladewater. He was held in check a little more last week against Liberty-Eylau, finishing with 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts. That should make Ingram want to make up for things Friday against Whitehouse. Carthage QB Gunner Capps is also one to watch. Last week he completed 17 of 32 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns. Whitehouse counters with its offensive weapons, led on the ground by Clayton Cook and through the air by Cameron Cantrell. Cook has 209 yards rushing and five touchdowns through two games with Cantrell leading the area with 16 catches, two of those have gone for touchdowns.
- Chris Parry
BULLARD PANTHERS AT BROWNSBORO BEARS
Where: Bear Stadium, Brownsboro
When: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Bullard 0-2; Brownsboro 1-1
Last Week’s Results: Groesbeck 24, Bullard 21; Spring Hill 49, Brownsboro 20
Last Year’s Result: Bullard 35, Brownsboro 21
Quick Slant: A matchup between two teams with new coaching staffs doing good things as they attempt to turn around struggling programs. Bullard is winless under new coach Scott Callaway, but those losses have come against state semifinalist Malakoff and on the road at Groesbeck. The Panthers led 21-11 entering the fourth quarter, but surrendered two late touchdowns. Bullard QB Cleet Bowman has been stellar through two weeks and enters with 662 yards passing and four touchdowns. Luke Bowman has turned in a consistent 70 yards rushing in both games Bullard has played to go with a combined three touchdowns. Ty Crayton is coming off a huge game against Groesbeck in which he caught 6 passes for 165 yards and a score. Brownsboro will put its Wing-T rushing attack on display at home and would love for it to produce the same results the Bears enjoyed in their home opener, a win over Canton. In that game Kevon Thompson rushed for 190 yards and 3 TDs.
- Chris Parry
VAN VANDALS AT LINDALE EAGLES
Where: Eagle Stadium, Lindale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Van 2-0; Lindale 1-1
Last Week’s Results: Van 48, Princeton 34; Lindale 30, Forney 17
Last Year’s Result: Van 56, Lindale 14
Quick Slant: Two schools separated by 15 miles meet in their annual clash. The teams have see-sawed the victor over the past couple years, but all Lindale coach Chris Cochran remembers is being an assistant last season in Van with the Vandals hanging 56 points on Lindale, the most points allowed by the Eagles since 2014. Lindale enters this game full of confidence following a stout defensive effort against Forney in which the Eagles forced three turnovers. Jordan Robinson rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns with quarterback Dillon Heinaman passing for 180 yards and a TD and rushing for 32 more. Then there is Van, which is producing video game numbers through two games. Vandals quarterback Garrett Moseley was named American State Bank Player of the Week after he led Van back from a 27-0 deficit in its win over Princeton, passing for 337 yards and 3 TDs and rushing for 180 yards and 2 TDs. The Van defense, which is not talked about much thanks to its high-powered offense, held defending state champion Mineola to 15 points in its opener and held Princeton to seven points in the second half in its comeback win.
- Chris Parry
CHAPEL HILL AT TATUM
Where: Eagle Stadium, Tatum
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Records: Chapel Hill (1-1); Tatum (1-1)
Last Week’s Results: Whitehouse 28, Chapel Hill 14; Henderson 21, Tatum 20
Last Year’s Results: Tatum 20, Chapel Hill 7
Quick Slant: Tatum’s win a year ago snapped a two-game streak Chapel Hill had with victories in 2014-’15. … Both teams won their respective season openers, but lost last week. While Chapel Hill opened the Jason Hooker Era as the head coach with a 48-37 victory over Wills Point, Tatum blanked Arp, 14-0. … This marks the 2017 home opener for the Eagles. … The passing combination of QB OB Jones to Jachais Jenkins has been productive for the Eagles, accounting for two touchdowns against Henderson. Jenkins also rushed for a TD in the opener against Arp. The Eagles leading rusher, though, has been RB Cedric White with 278 yards on 37 carries. No surprise there since White rushed for 1,345 yards and 16 touchdowns a year ago. OL Drake Centers (6-4, 295) is a verbal commit to Texas State. … Defensively, leaders for the Bulldogs have been LB Adrian Berry with 15 tackles in the opener, and Billy Maddox, who had a dozen stops vs. Whitehouse to go with 10 by LBs Gerardo Sandoval and Cooper Daniels. DL Latavian Hudson and OLB Rodney Horton are credited with sacks, and CB Montel Hood has an interception. … Chapel Hill RBs Hunter Branin (24-229, 3 TDs) and Khalan Griffin (31-238, 2) have combined for the bulk of the rushing (64-477, 5). Griffin and Jaxon Heckle have shared time at QB. Griffin is 7 of 22 for 63 yards and 2 TDs with 2 interceptions, while Heckle is 7 of 8 for 141 with 2 scores. WR Demarcus Attaway has been the primary receiver with 7 catches for 156 yards and 4 touchdowns. … Last week, MLB Joaquin Ibarra had 11 stops (3 TFL), OLB Landon Good followed with 12 tackles and DE Jimmie Jakubowski 10 tackles (2 TFL) and a forced fumble for Tatum against Henderson.
--- Joe Hale
PINE TREE PIRATES AT KILGORE BULLDOGS
Where: R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, Kilgore
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Records: Pine Tree (0-2); Kilgore (2-0)
Last Week’s Results: Pittsburg 27, Pine Tree 23; Kilgore 33, Gladewater 21
Last Year’s Result: Kilgore 46, Pine Tree 13
Quick Slant: Kilgore is off to its best start since 2013. … The Pirates, under second-year head coach Kerry Lane are seeking their first win of the season and their third since Lane became the head coach prior to the 2016 season. Last week, against Pittsburg, Pine Tree’s Wade Seidel, making his initial start of the season at QB, passed for 217 yards (14 of 28) and a touchdown. Gabe Adams and Adrian Taylor, who rushed for a team-leading 104 yards, each had four receptions. … Defensively, LB Sebastian Mumphrey of Kilgore continued to dominate with 17 tackles, giving him a team-leading 31 in two games. DE Octavian McKee added 10 stops and 2 TFL, bringing his number of tackles for the season to 13 to go with one sack. … PT’s Jose Garcia and LB Quentin Freeman anchored the Pirates’ defense against Pittsburg with 14 and 13 tackles, respectively. Through two games, Freeman, who had eight stops against Jacksonville, has 21. … Kilgore RB Javorie Hamilton’s 157 yards against Gladewater brings his team-leading rushing total to 308 yards on 35 carries with three touchdowns. QB Patrick ‘Buddy’ Jackson follows with 222 yards on 20 carries with five TDs. Jackson is 4 of 8 passing for 35 yards and a touchdown. His leading receiver is Oklahoma State verbal commit Jonathan Shepherd with two receptions for 23 yards and a score. … Kilgore leads the all-time series, 33-9-1, and has won the last 19 in a row, dating back to 1993’s 17-17 tie. The Pirates last win came in 1990, 46-17. … Next up: Pine Tree returns home to entertain Henderson, while Kilgore hosts Texas High.