Back-to-back-to-back state championships
One state championship makes a community proud, but three? Back-to-back-to-back state championships by the 2008, 2009, 2010 Bulldog Football teams have infused Carthage with an unparalleled sense of pride. The thanks for these accomplishments go to Athletic Director and Head Coach Scott Surratt and his staff who have coached these young men, building a state-championship caliber team each year for the past three years.
The three-peat accomplishment is extraordinary--only 12 schools (one percent) have three state championships in a row since the first championship was awarded in 1920. Of the 184 Class 3A schools in Texas that play football, only two schools have won three consecutive championships--Carthage and Silsbee.
As Larry Allen, master of ceremonies, said during the Community-Wide Celebration on January 20, "Bulldogs, when you do something that only one percent of the schools have accomplished, that is special!"
Winning in 2010 was especially gratifying because the previous year's UIL realignment had created what everyone in Texas dubbed "The District of Doom." Beating district rival Henderson was the highlight of the 2010 district season, and gave Carthage the rightful claim to the best 3A team in the state for 2010 when Henderson won the 3A Division I state championship.
What a ride it's been for these boys from Carthage! The 2008 team won the state championship in Texas Stadium, just before that historic structure closed its doors forever. The 2010 team won state in "Jerry Word," the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium--the $1.2 billion stadium built in 2009. Coach Surratt talked about the awe experienced by the players and coaches as they walked onto the turf of the NFL's largest indoor stadium for the first time and looked up 292 feet to the top of the retractable roof. It was the experience of a lifetime for the boys from Carthage, Texas.
The Carthage Bulldogs have accomplished much in the four years that Coach Surratt has been at the helm, making the playoffs the first year, only to lose to eventual state champion Liberty Hill in a hard-fought contest. Since Surratt arrived on the scene in 2007, the Bulldogs are 39-1 in playoff and district games, and 33-0 for the past three years.
It's not easy winning district. It's not easy winning playoff games. And it's sure not easy to win the state championship in Texas, but the Carthage Bulldogs have pulled off that amazing feat for three years in a row. It's been a Three-Peat to remember, and Coach Surratt and his coaching staff plan to "Repeat" that accomplishment next year--one game at a time. Go Dawgs!