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The Carthage Bulldogs met the Silsbee Tigers Friday night in Lufkin's Abe Martin Stadium in the R

By by Rick McPherson
Jan. 10, 2018 at 9:35 a.m.


The Carthage Bulldogs met the Silsbee Tigers Friday night in Lufkin's Abe Martin Stadium in the Regional round of the state playoffs. The final score was Carthage 64, Silsbee 36.

Coming into the game, the Carthage school record for most touchdown passes in a single game stood at six. Jarrod Blisset and Blake Bogenschutz each did it twice. Anthony Morgan did it once. Friday night, Gunner Capps eclipsed all of them by throwing seven touchdown passes – all in the first half.

Keaontay Ingram had seven carries for 135 yards. He also had two receptions for another 85 yards, and he scored 3 touchdowns – all in the first half.

Dee Bowen caught three touchdown passes; Dewaylon Ingram caught two; and, Mekhi Colbert added another. And every bit of it happened in the first half of football.

Carthage took the opening kickoff and three plays later, scored on a 30-yard TD pass from Capps to Dee Bowen. Alberto Sigala, who was perfect on extra-point kicks, made the score 7-0. The whole thing took less than a minute.

Silsbee came right back with a perfect 65-yard touchdown pass from Collins to Barnes. The extra-point kick tied the score.

In less than three minutes, Carthage scored three more times. With 8:35 left in the quarter, Carthage scored with a second Capps to Bowen touchdown strike. Ahmad Brown took the ball in for the two-point conversion.

With 6:08 left, Keaontay Ingram electrified the crowd with an 83-yard touchdown run. On the following kickoff, Silsbee fumbled and Carthage recovered. With 6:01 left on the clock, Capps hit Dewaylon Ingram with a 33-yard touchdown pass. At that point, not quite half-way through the first quarter, the score was 29-7.

Silsbee finally scored again on another long touchdown pass to Kalon Barnes. Carthage came right back with another touchdown pass to Dewaylon Ingram, this time it was a 34 yard reception.

The Dawgs drove to the two-yard line and from there Keaontay Ingram took it over. The extra-point made the score 43-14.

Carthage scored again with a 72-yard touchdown pass to Dee Bowen. Silsbee matched that touchdown with another touchdown pass from Collins to Barnes. At that point, the score was 50-21.

After the kickoff following the Silsbee touchdown, it took only one play for the Bulldogs to score. This time is was pass to Keaontay Ingram, who made the catch and took it 59 yard for the touchdown.

The final Carthage score of the half and, as it turned out, the game came on a 57-yard TD pass from Capps to Mekhi Colbert with seven seconds left in the half. But it still wasn't over.

The Defensive Player of the Game was safety, Cole Whitlock. Whitlock had 10 tackles in the game with 3 of them for losses.

Kicker Alberto Sigala shared Special-Teams Player of the Game honors with Rayvon Ingram. Ingram was cited for his outstanding kickoff coverage which included two tackles.

Carthage had a total of 596 yards of offense in the game. The Bulldogs gained 397 in the passing game, and 199 yards rushing. They had 22 first downs. Bulldog quarterbacks threw the ball 17 times, completing 14. They were not intercepted.

Silsbee had 281 yards in the air and 99 on the ground for a total of 380 yards of offense. The Tigers picked up 18 first downs. In the air, they completed 12 of 15 passes with 5 touchdown passes and 1 interception.

Silsbee ends its year with a record of 7-5. Carthage will face Henderson Friday night in Bryce Stadium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.

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