Carthage holds off Bears, 16-6


GLADEWATER — Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenschutz completed a 5-yard scoring pass to Edward Pope with just over 8 minutes to play in the game to put a little distance —10 points — between the Bulldogs and any upset aspirations Gladewater might have had going into Friday’s District 16-3A contest.

Carthage took advantage of some Gladewater turnovers — two interceptions and two fumble recoveries — to come away with a 16-6 victory over the Bears before a Senior Night crowd at Jack V. Murphy-Bear Stadium.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 against the district (6-3 overall) and will close the regular season entertaining Spring Hill next week. The loss drops Gladewater to 1-3 in district play (5-4 for the season) with a road trip to Henderson next week.

Tevin Pipkin, coming off a career performance a week ago against Henderson (232 yards on 33 carries) led the Bulldogs with 154 yards rushing on 21 carries, and Bogenschutz (10 of 21 with one interception) passed for 101 yards and a touchdown to his standout receiver Pope against Gladewater. The Bears outgained Carthage in total yardage 286-257. Charles Gordon led the Gladewater rushing attack (45-278) with 107 yards on 21 carries. 

Quarterback Nick Johnson added 96 yards rushing to go with Gordon’s 107 and 75 by Darion Gregory. Johnson was 2 of 7 passing for 8 yards with two interceptions, one of those returned for a touchdown. The other, by Pope, led to Gonzalez’s 30-yard field goal, which gave the Bulldogs a 9-6 lead with 4:48 remaining in the second quarter.

Pope, a TCU commit, finished with 5 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown.

A 45-yard interception return by linebacker Justin Williams got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard after Gladewater had taken a 6-0 on a 4-yard Gregory run late in the first quarter. 

Gladewater opened the scoring, driving the football 80 yards in 12 plays on its first possession of the contest. Gregory put the exclamation mark on the drive with his 4-yard run. The Bears, though, missed the extra point, but led 6-0 with 4:21 remaining in the opening period.

As impressive as their scoring drive was, the Bears suffered a turnover, which proved costly on their second possession. Carthage linebacker Williams made the difference, intercepting a Johnson pass and returning it 45 for the tying touchdown. The Carthage PAT failed, leaving the score knotted at 6-all with 1:32 left in the first quarter. Gonzalez, the Carthage kicker, missed a 24-yard field goal after a 73-yard Bulldogs drive stalled at the 7-yard line. The big play on the march was a 43-yard Pipkin run. The Bears took over after the missed field goal, but Johnson suffered his second interception of the night, this one to Pope at the Carthage 46 yard line. The Bulldogs then put together a 42-yard march into the red zone all the way to the Gladewater 12 yard line. 

This time, Gonzalez booted a 30-yard field goal, giving the Bulldogs a 9-6 lead at the half.