The Carthage Bulldogs will be looking for their fourth state title in three years when they take on Kilgore for the Class 3A Division I Championship Friday at noon in Dallas.
The Bulldogs (14-1) can make the West Orange-Stark Mustangs feel really good if they could walk away with a state crown.
The Bulldogs got all they could handle from a young WO-S (11-2) team in the Region III Finals before they prevailed 28-14 in a much closer game than the final score indicated.
Carthage defeated LaGrange 51-22 in the state semifinals last week while Kilgore blasted defending state champion Stephenville 44-6.
Carthage won three state titles from 2008 to 2010 defeating Celina 49-37, Graham 13-12 and Coldspring 47-22 respectively.
The game will be shown live on Fox SportsNet Friday at noon.
All of the state championship games will be played in Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
The Class 1A and 2A state title tilts will all be played on Thursday.
Stamford (13-1) will battle Shiner (11-3) at 10 a.m. in the Class 1A Division I Championship while Wellington (13-0) will meet Falls City (14-0) at 1 p.m.
The Class 2A Division I title match will feature Wall (15-0) vs. Cameron Yoe (14-1) at 5 p.m. while the Division II title will be up for grabs at 8 p.m. when Cisco (15-0) takes on Refugio (14-1).
The 3A title games and the 4A Division I title games will be played on Friday.
The 3A Division II battle will pit Argyle (15-0) against Fairfield at 4 p.m.
The Class 4A Division I game will have Denton Guyer (13-2) tangling with San Antonio Northside Brennan (15-0) at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Aledo (15-0) will meet Brenham (14-1) at noon in the Class 4A DIvision II Championship.
The 5A Division I title will be up for grabs at 4 p.m. when Allen (15-0) takes on Pearland (14-1) and the 5A Division II game will be at 8 p.m. as Katy (15-0) meets up with Cedar Hill.
The Six-Man titles have already been settled.
Crowell won the Division I crown by taking down May 78-52 while Grandfall-Royalty took down Milford 78-23 to take Division II.