CARTHAGE, Texas - The Carthage football team made their first appearance in the state title game in 1991...and the Bulldogs lost that game to A&M Consolidated. It would be another 17 years before Carthage returned to the championship game.
But since they made it back to the title game in 2008, the Bulldogs have been one of the most dominant teams in the state.
Carthage took home the state title in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013. That's 4 titles in a 6 year span and they'll be trying to improve on that this week as they go for championship number 5.
The road to this state final hasn't been quite as smooth for the Bulldogs. They started the year 3-2, before winning 9 straight games to make it to the championship game. And their playoff wins have not been easy. Of Carthage's 5 playoff wins this year, 4 were by 6 points or less, capped off by a triple overtime win in the state semifinals.
Kason Davis, Carthage senior quarterback, says, "A lot of people have said we're the underdogs in these games and I think you can put us in that category this week, but if we play and execute and win the turnover battle, then we'll be good enough and we'll come out with the W".
This team knows what another state title would mean to the school and to the community.
Head coach Scott Surratt says, "That C on their helmet...varsity is the only one that wears it. You got to earn the right to put that C on your helmet...what the 'C' stands for now is championships. And we do whatever we can daily...just playing hard for the 'C' and the community."
Carthage will play Abilene Wylie in the 4A Division 1 state championship game on Friday at 4:00 PM.