Jacksonville no match for Carthage, 'Dogs win 48-0

Jacksonville's Chris Carpenter (3) is tackled by Rayvon Ingram (6) after a short gain during the first half of Friday's game at the Historic Tomato Bowl. Carthage stunned the Indians, 48-0.

Carthage ran rough shod over Jacksonville offensively and defensively on Friday night when the Bulldogs shutout the Indians 48-0 in the first game played in the newly renovated Tomato Bowl.

The game was delayed 40 minutes at the start due to lightning in the area.

The No.2-ranked Bulldogs led 28-0 at halftime, then proceeded to win the third frame 20-0, with second and third stringers getting a lot of work the rest of the night.

Offensively the Bulldog defense held the Tribe to 65 total yards on the night — 18 by ground, 47 through the skies.

The high points for the Tribe defense came when Tyress Gipson intercepted Carthage quarterback Kai Horton on the Bulldogs' opening possession and when Gipson recovered a fumble around the Indian 2-yard line and returned it 32 yards. That play prevented what would have been another Carthage score.

The Bulldogs had 354 total yards at halftime, hammering the Indians with a balanced attack that saw the visitors gain 197 yards rushing and 157 passing.

In three quarters of duty Horton went 15-of-29 through the air for 227 yards and tossed three scoring strikes while giving up the lone interception for Carthage.

Mason Courtney led the Bulldogs in rushing 10 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Malikhi Williams was the top ground gainer for Jacksonville (4-11), all of which came against the Carthage reserves in the final frame.

Jaylor Freeney caught five passes for 23 yards to lead Jacksonville in the receiving category.

Colorado-commit Chris Carpenter had a frustrating night working against a daunting Bulldog double team led by De'Aundrey Bowman.

Carpenter, had five grabs for 19 yards.

Jacksonville will hit the reset button before heading over to Palestine on Friday to play the Wildcats. Palestine will also be looking to crack the win column after losing its opener to Waco Connally, 46-27.






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