LUFKIN â€” Despite turning the ball over three times in the red zone, Carthage rushed for 312 yards to defeat Silsbee 50-21 Friday at Abe Martin Stadium in the Class 3A Division I quarterfinals.
The Bulldogs (11-2) led 29-7 at halftime thanks to 224 yards rushing and 17 first downs, and held the Tigers to 71 yards of offense and four first downs.
Tevin Pipkin paced Carthage with 193 yards on 27 carries. Trent Jackson, the Bulldogsâ€™ starting middle linebacker, ran for 47 yards on four carries. Junior quarterback Blake Bogenschutz completed 11 passes for 181 yards.
The Bulldogs finished the contest with 23 first downs and held the Tigers to 113 rushing yards and 138 yards through the air. Reed, who had rushed for more than 1,000 yards and passed for more than 2,000 yards on the season, completed 11 of 23 passes for 123 yards and ran for 60 yards on 12 carries for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs move on to the Class 3A, Division I semifinal round where they will face El Campo, which defeated Ingleside on Friday night.
Kickoff next Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium on the campus of Lamar University in Beaumont.
Class 2A Division I Regional
Franklin 49, Tatum 30
ATHENS â€” Darius Floyd and Hayden Luhn combined to rush for more than 350 yards and five touchdowns, and Franklin advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs with a Class 2A Division I win over the Tatum Eagles on Friday at Bruce Field.
Franklin (10-2) moves on to face Newton in the next round of the postseason tournament. Tatum ends the year with a 9-3 record.
Floyd carried 29 times for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and he opened the game with a 63-yard kickoff return to give Franklin good field position.
A 15-yard penalty on top of Floydâ€™s return gave Franklin the ball at the Tatum 14 to start the contest, and Luhn later did the scoring honors on a 1-yard run. Luhn finished with 20 carries for 108 yards and two scores.
Franklin took a 14-0 lead on a 46-yard touchdown pass by Dylan Smitherman.
to Zach short, but the Eagles got on the board late in the third with a 34-yard field goal by Alexis Garza.
Floyd romped 53 yards for touchdown early in the second quarter, but the Eagles countered with a 1-yard run by Shaq Johnson that was set up by a 49-yard pass from Darian Brooks to Devonta Roberson.
Franklin took a 28-9 lead in at the half after Luhn scored on a 2-yard run with just 30 seconds remaining.
Jaylon Shans gave Tatum a spark on the opening play of the second half when he race 59 yards for a touchdown, but Franklin answered with a 75-yard drive that was capped by Floydâ€™s 5-yard run with 8:14 left in the third.
A Brooks 25-yard run again got Tatum close, but Smithermanâ€™s 7-yard TD pass to Luke Lowery and a 1-yard touchdown run by Floyd to cap a 74-yard drive put Franklin on top 49-23.
Brooks connected with Shans on a 19-yard touchdown pass to close out the scoring.
Class 2A Division II Regional
Hughes Springs 28, Centerville 27 (OT)
WHITEHOUSE â€” All Centerville kicker Ryan Payne had to do was get his PAT one inch higher.
Instead, the opposing kicker provided the game-winning play.
Hughes Springsâ€™ Chad McKinney made an outstanding block to deny Payne and that was the difference as the Mustangs held off the Centerville Tigers, 28-27, in overtime Friday in a Class 2A Division II regional playoff at Wildcat Stadium.
In a battle of unbeatens, it is Hughes Springs (12-0) who marches on to meet either Arp or Elysian Fields next week in the state quarterfinals. Centerville completes its season at 11-1.
Centerville started sluggishly, generating only three first downs in the opening two quarters, but still only trailed Hughes Springs 14-7 at the intermission.
Hughes Springs extended its lead to 21-7 in the third quarter thanks to a methodical 10-play, 64-yard drive that ended on a 34-yard scoring run by Dustin Garamillo. McKinneyâ€™s PAT with 9:34 left in the third gave the Mustangs a 14-point cushion.
With time running out in the fourth quarter, Centerville fought back.
The Tigers put together their best drive of the night. It covered 63 yards in 14 plays, and with the ball at the Hughes Springs 5, Jamal High scored on a run up the middle and Payne added the PAT to cut the deficit to 21-14 with 3:45 left to play.
Then the Tigers defense provided a big fourth-down stop to give Centervilleâ€™s offense the ball back at its own 35.
Quarterback Garrett Chase piloted the Tigers with five huge pass plays. A pass interference penalty set Centerville up deep in Hughes Springs territory, and with seven seconds left, Chase found Cort Harris with a 6-yard scoring pass. Payneâ€™s extra point sent the contest to overtime.
In the OT, the Mustangs overcame a third-and-8 when Trent Shelton connected with Garamillo for a touchdown, followed by McKinneyâ€™s extra point to make it 28-21.
Centerville answered with Chase doing the honors again, this time on the ground with a 1-yard scoring blast. But the blocked extra point gave Hughes Springs a one-point win.
Class 1A Division I Regional
Alto 35, Bosqueville 14
BUFFALO â€” In Altoâ€™s first two playoff games, the YellowJackets put up 35 points and a pair of victories in the Class 1A playoff race.
Ditto for the third straight week as Altoâ€™s playoff hopes continued after a slow start Friday night as Alto beat Bosqueville 35-14 in the Class 1A, Division I regional semi-final at Bison Stadium.
Altoâ€™s Jacolby Whitaker ran for three touchdowns and intercepted another for a score to lead the YellowJackets to the win. But it did not start out well for Alto after one quarter, as the â€˜Jackets could not get in sync and trailed 14-0.
However, the YellowJackets rode the running attack again of Whitaker and quarterback Zac Sturns to 35 unanswered points in the final three quarters to earn a spot in the regional finals against Mart next week.
After turning back the â€˜Jackets on downs, it took just a three-play drive to light up the scoreboard for the Bulldogs.
Running back Greyson Gonzalez took a handoff around the right side and raced down the sideline on a 48-yard scoring sprint. Drew Hayes was true on his first of two PATs in the contest as the Bulldogs began to roll.
The next Bulldog possession ended in more points after a punt fumble by Alto and a recovery by J.T Antis at the Alto 16-yard line set up the next points.
It took one play for quarterback C.J. Collins to shuck-and-jive for a 16-yard scoring run.
Another PAT from Brown gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 cushion after one period.
The â€˜Jackets finally got the offense rolling behind a 23-yard run from Whitaker and a 16-yarder to get Alto in the red zone for the first time.
Whitaker moved to the Wildcat formation, taking the direct snap for three plays and scoring from a yard out. Nicholas Leon booted the PAT to narrow the lead to 14-7 for the Bulldogs.
The YellowJackets evened up the game just before the half on a 13-play drive that again was capped off with Whitaker bulling in from four yards for a 14-14 tie at halftime.
Alto held a 185-104 advantage in total yards at the half, with neither team committing a penalty.
Joe Cruz made an interception for the third straight game for the Jackets and they turned into dividends with the second score.
The Alto defense got the first lead of the night on the second Bosqueville drive when Whitaker stepped in front of Collins pass, made the interception and raced 31 yards to paydirt for a 21-14 lead after the Leon boot was good.
Both teams exchanged punts before Whitaker scored his final tally on an 11-yard run with 25 seconds left in the third quarter.
The â€˜Jackets then put the game away with a 13-play, 64-yard drive capped off by quarterback Sturns scoring from a yard out. The PAT made it a 35-14 final.
Bulldogs running back Greyson Gonzalez led his team with 119 yards on 13 carries and one score. Collins, the Bulldog signal-caller, was sacked four times by Javieâ€™Ontae Mumphrey and was intercepted twice.
The win stakes the YellowJackets to a matchup next weekend with Mart in Athens at Bruce Field.
The date and time for kickoff is to be determined.
Bosqueville ends a district championship season with an 11-2 mark.
Class 1A Division I Regional Semi-Final Football Playoff
At Bison Stadium, Buffalo, TX
Bosqueville 35, Alto 14
Alto 0 14 14 7 - 35
Bosqueville 14 0 0 0 - 14
B: Greyson Gonzalez 48 run, (Drew Hayes kick good), 8:20
B: C.J. Collins 16 run, (Hayes kick good), 3:52.
A: Jacolby Whitaker 1 run, (Nicholas Leon lick good), 7:31
A; Whitaker 4 run, (Leon kick good) 1:41
A; Whitaker 31 interception return, (Leon kick), 7:45
A: Whitaker 11 run, (Leon kick), :25
A: Zac Sturns 1 run, (Leon kick good), 6:53
First Downs 19 15
Rushes/Yds. 56-324 26-144
Passing Yds. 46 62
Total Yds. 370 206
Comp-Att-Int 4-15-1 10-21-2
Punts/Avg. 3-34.0 3/36
Penalties/Yds. 1-2.5 1-15
Fumbles/Lost 2/0 3/1
RUSHING â€“ A: Jacolby Whitaker 28-189; Zac Sturns 22-116; Jyran Shaw 4-14; Anfernee Black 1-4; Joe Cruz 1-1 B: C.J. Collins, 11-11; Greyson Gonzalez, 13-119; R.J. Bell, 1-9; J.T Antis 1-5.
PASSING â€“ A: Zac Sturns 4-15-46-0-1. B: Collins 10-21-62-0-2.
RECIEVING â€“ A: Anfernee Black, 1-6; Whitaker 2-32; Cruz 1-4. B: J.T. Antis, 1-8; Ben Perez 1-4; Greyson Gonzalez 2-3; Fulton Murray 1-13.