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Carthage football team recognized on MaxPreps Tour of Champions

Feb. 10, 2018 at 11:03 a.m.

The Carthage High School football team has been recognized nationally for its 2017 season by MaxPreps, a site. The Bulldogs finished No. 66 nationally.

"Each fall, over sixteen thousand varsity football teams take the field with the dream of winning a state title," Andy Beal, president and founder of MaxPreps, said. "Nationwide, the best-of-the-best qualify for recognition on The MaxPreps Tour of Champions. Together, with the Army National Guard, MaxPreps honors the most outstanding teams in the nation for their state championship performance and elite national level ranking.

"Congratulations to the Carthage Bulldogs players, coaches and fans for an amazing year and for earning the Army National Guard's national ranking trophy."

Carthage (16-0) defeated Kennedale, 49-21, on Dec. 22, 2017 to capture its second straight Texas 4A Division 1 state championships and the school's sixth overall. The win completed perfect season for the Bulldogs, their first since going 16-0 in 2009. Carthage is one of 50 schools being honored on the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. The 2013 football was also selected to the Tour of Champions when the Bulldogs were No. 57 in the nation.

MaxPreps Computer Rankings are used to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.

"To be ranked No. 66 nationally is really a good rank," Carthage head football coach Scott Surratt said. "Being sixty-six in Texas would be good, so being sixty-six nationally is incredible. This is probably the best team I've had — Great character is probably No. 1. They presented the least problems we've ever had. They are just a special group of kids."

Texas Army National Guard Sergeant Caleb Ingram presented Coach Surratt and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy Thursday afternoon during a lunch assembly at the school.

The team also received a banner for their accomplishment.

"The Army National Guard represents teamwork and a commitment to community and country," Master Sergeant Mark Wojciechowski said.

"Just as your team joins together to defeat adversity and win, the Army National Guard stands vigilant as a team to protect the community and country in which we live. On behalf of the Army National Guard,

"I am privileged to recognize this nationally ranked championship team for their dedication, leadership and teamwork."



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