TEXARKANA, Texas — Homecoming will not be as sweet for Pleasant Grove.
Carthage rolled to a 35-14 win over the Hawks (5-1) in a Class 4A marquee matchup on Friday at Hawk Stadium.
"They made big plays when they had to," Pleasant Grove head coach Josh Gibson said. "We were up 14-7 and had them at fourth down, and they made a big play to tie it. We had a couple of fourth downs that we did not convert."
Outside linebacker Landon Jackson made many spectacular plays, including three tipped passes, three sacks and multiple tackles.
"The first half, we played outstanding," Jackson said. "We came out a little sluggish in the second half. Part of that was due to players cramping up and injured. I learned not to doubt anybody. In 90 percent of the plays, we were full speed. Carthage has a great team, and I give credit to them."
Bruce Garrett started to the left, came back right, and weaved his way through traffic on a 34-yard touchdown run to put the Hawks up, 14-7, with 9:01 left in the third.
Garrett led the Hawks in rushing with 108 yards on 15 carries.
Carthage responded when quarterback Kai Horton threw a pass to Kelvontay Dixon, who threw back to Horton. Horton took the ball 12 yards to paydirt to knot it at 14-all.
Kel Williams grabbed a 42-yard pass from Horton for a TD to give the Bulldogs a 21-14 lead with 11:07 left in the game.
Rayvon Ingram ran the ball in from five yards out to give Carthage a 29-14 edge with 3:34 left in the game.
Carthage got the ball right back after Pleasant Grove fumbled the kickoff, and the Bulldogs recovered.
The Bulldogs' Jaden Thomas picked up 35 yards and plunged into the end zone from three yards out to make it 35-14 with 3:22 left.
Dylan Hopkins caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ben Harmon with 8:14 left in the second quarter to put Pleasant Grove up, 7-0.
Carthage responded when Kelvontay Dixon got free down the right sideline and caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Kai Horton to knot it up at 7-all with 1:27 left in the second.
Pleasant Grove attempted a 42-yard field goal with 18 seconds left until halftime, but the try fell short.
Garrett led the Hawks in rushing in the first half with 61 yards on 10 carries.
The Bullldogs' leading rusher was Dixon with 73 yards on just five totes.
The Hawks' Georgia Cobb was named homecoming queen before the game.