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Slugfest in Palestine, Cats 35, Dogs 31  

By Jonathan McCauley, Staff Writer  

PALESTINE, Texas - The Carthage Bulldogs traveled  to Palestine Friday night to take on the Palestine Wildcats which wound up being a slugfest. A 28-28 tie at halftime ended will the Wildcats throwing the last punch, late in the fourth quarter to take a 35-31 lead over the Bulldogs and the victory.  

First quarter action started with the first play in the game,  Carthage's,  "Boo" Beechum cuts to seam on the left side of the field and races for 77 yards and the touchdown.  

With 8:51 left in the first quarter,  Palestine's Cameron Jones punches it in from 13 yards out tying the game at seven all.   Beechum scores again on the third play of the next series with a 60 yard run. Score 14-7.

 With 2:55 left in the first quarter Jones again evens the game again with a 22 yard run.  

 Midway through the second quarter, Palestine's, Leon Mickens makes a one handed grab  in the end zone giving Palestine a 21-14 lead.  

Following the ensuing kickoff, Beecham takes the first play from scrimmage for a 70 yard touchdown  Game tied again.  

After the Dogs hold the Wildcats on the next series, Carthage quarterback, Derrick Holson connects  with wide receiver Blaine Brewster for a 51 yard gain to the nine yard line.  Beecham punches it in for the score.  

With 36 seconds left on the clock, Wildcat Trevlyn Reed, ties the game it in from three yards out. The score is deadlocked 28-28 going in at halftime.

In a penalty ridden third quarter, both teams traded possessions several times. Late in the third, Carthage drove the ball down to the eight yard line but the Cat defense held and the Dogs had to settle for 3 pts.  

Midway through the fourth, Palestine drove the length of the field, scoring from the two yard line and sealing the game for the Wildcats with a 35-31 win.  

Beechum  ended the night with 5 carries for 215 yards and four touchdowns  

Carthage (0-2) takes on Diboll at home next Friday while Palestine (2-0) travels to Henderson. 

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