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Bulldogs ready to start season

By Nathan Hague
Aug. 11, 2017 at 2:51 p.m.


Opening week of football practice is in the books for the Carthage Bulldogs who have aspirations of winning back-to-back state championships. Although it's too early for any major surprises, head coach Scott Surratt is pleased with what he has seen from his team so far.

"It's going good. Knock on wood, no injuries, that's the main thing," Surratt said. "I think we've come back in pretty good shape conditioning wise.

"We're really strong with the running back position, the wide receiver position and the linebacker position and one corner with Mekhi Colbert," Surratt continued. "We feel really good about those guys."

Friday was the first day Texas teams were allowed to wear pads, and Surratt added that will help to tell a lot about his Bulldogs.

"We're going to see who can hit," he said. "We have an idea of majority of what players on our team are physical but we're going to find out who some of the young guys are who are physical and who's ready for Friday nights."

Carthage is slated to play its first scrimmage at Pittsburg Friday as the freshmen and JV will likely kick off an hour before the varsity.

"The varsity will probably get a few snaps for ones and quite a few for the twos and threes and hopefully we'll scrimmage a half," he said.

Then on Aug. 25, Carthage will host the Marshall Mavericks in the final scrimmage before opening up the regular season Friday, Sept. 1.

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