The Carthage Bulldogs and the Madisonville Mustangs are two football teams going in different directions.
Top-ranked Carthage has won six straight to open the season and now has won 22 games in a row and are 52-1 over the last four seasons.
The Mustangs are 3-5 and 1-2 on the season after going 2-8 and 0-6 last year.
The Bulldogs will try to keep both of those trends going when the two teams meet Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Carthage Head Coach Scott Surratt is more concerned with his team and how they are playing.
“I’m worried about us getting better and getting healthy,” he said. “We’re going to do a lot of teaching. We’re going to put some things in on offense and defense that we might use in the future if we like it.
“We’re relatively healthy right now and hope to stay that way. I love where this team is now.”
The Mustangs are averaging 149 yards rushing a game and just 95 passing.
Quarterback Armando Lee Juarez leads the team in both rushing 386 yards and nine touchdowns, and passing, 52-116-2 for 792 yards and five scores.
Patrick Brazzell has 223 rushing and two TDs and Xzavier Whaley has four rushing touchdowns.
Doug’kyrm Johnson is the leading receiver with 14 catches for 205 and a score, followed by Jermal Holland with 9-166 and a score and Devin Wheaton with 9-145 and two TDs.
The Mustangs are scoring an average of 21.9 points a game and giving up 26.5.
Jace Snook is the top tackler with 92 and has also recovered a pair of fumbles, while Jeramiah Burns has 52 tackles and two fumble recoveries, Brazzell has 39 stops and has recovered two fumbles, and Cody Borgfeld and Joshua Griffin both have 32 tackles.
Burns leads the team in interceptions with three. As a team, Madisonville has just one sack.
“Their schemes are very good,” Surratt said. They present you with some problems as they line up on defense. They have a pretty good defense.
“We’ve got some advantages. We just have to control the line of scrimmage, both on offense and defense. We need to play as well as we have been.”
Carthage is averaging 403.5 yards of offense a game with 177.3 on the ground and 226.2 through the air. The team is scoring an average of 41 points a game, while giving up just 13.5.
Running back Mason Courtney leads the ground game with 691 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Nick Stewart has rushed for 168 and three scores.
Quarterback Kai Horton is 83-118-2 (70.3 percent) for 1,295 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Craig McNew is the top receiver with 20-332 and a score, followed by Montrel Hatten with 18-275 for three TDs, Courtney 12 for 171 and two scores. Braeden Wade has 14 catches for 223 yards and two TDs, but is currently out with a broken ankle. The team is hooping to welcome him back in the later rounds of the playoffs.
Linebacker Kip Lewis leads the team in tackles with 65, followed by Camden Foster with 48. Freddy Lynch has 35, Austin Morgan has 33, Nate Marry and Brandon King both have 31 and defensive lineman Bobby Cooks and Kylon Lister have 26 and 25, respectively.
Foster and Giancarlos Riascos both have two sacks, while Zay Woods has six interceptions in six games. He is just two behind the team record of eight set by Brian Bolton in 2012.