C-Dawgs have their eyes on the District 2-3A prize

Carroll Bulldogs Head Football Coach Jackie Hamilton makes “no bones” about it when he and his C-Dawgs set the goals for a successful 2017 season.  Carroll is back and ready to take the next step.

“We are looking at a shot at winning District,” Hamilton said.  “Do that, advance in the playoffs and hopefully get to the dome.”

Carroll will look to sophomore quarterback Cedric Woods (5’10”, 160 pounds) will be counted on to lead the Bulldog offense.

Joining Woods in the backfield will be senior running back Fantoryian Pendleton (5’8”, 165 pounds).

The Bulldogs’ receiving core will feature senior wide receiver Dakorrion Jackson, junior tight end Xylon Kirkpatrick (6’1”, 175 pounds), senior wide receiver SirTimothy Hollins (5’7”, 155 pounds) and sophomore wide receiver LaDarrius Goldsberry.

Coach Hamilton sees the “Battle in the Trenches” as a key component to Carroll’s success.

“We need to win both sides (Offensive line and Defensive Line) of the ball,” Hamilton said.

Carroll has a one of the top offensive linemen in the state in senior left guard Isaac Ellis (6’3”, 320 pounds), who returns for his fourth season as a starter on the Bulldogs’ offensive line.

Ellis will be counted on to lead an offensive line that will consist of junior left tackle Russell Brown, sophomore center Isaiah Taylor, right guard Xavier Guy (6’4”,weight n/a) and right tackle Kevin Hamilton (5’10”, 235 pounds).

The Bulldogs’ defense looks to have a 3-3-5 alignment that will hopefully keep the action in front of them and defend against the big pass.

The Carroll defensive line will have senior defensive tackle Jermiah Coleman (5’3”, 150 pounds), senior defensive end Michael Cameron (6’1”, 193 pounds) and senior defensive end JaMarcus Coleman (6’1”, 200 pounds).

The Bulldogs’ linebacker core features senior Derrick Logwood (5’11”, 200 pounds), Marcus Keys and sophomore CharTavion Arrington (6’0”, 185 pounds).

The Carroll secondary will be manned by sophomore strong safety Pakoyrie Goins, junior free safety Xylon Kirkpatrick (6’1”, 175 pounds), sophomore defensive back Cedric Woods (5’10”, 160 pounds), defensive back Zion Parker and senior defensive back Fantoryian Pendleton (5’8”, 165 pounds).

Senior SirTimothy Hollins (5’7”, 155 pounds) will handle the field goal and extra point kicking duties at Carroll while senior Derrick Logwood has been slated to be the Bulldogs’ punter.  Sophmore Cedric Woods will be the holder on field goals and extra points while sophomore CharTavion Arrington will be the long snapper on punts, field goals and extra points.

Carroll has never been one to shy away from playing tough competition and the 2017 varsity football schedule is no different.

“Pre-District will be a great test for this team,” Hamilton said.  “By the time we reach District 2-3A, we will know if we are pretending or contending.”

Carroll opens the 2017 season at home when the Woodlawn-Shreveport Knights come to James L. Thomas – Dorth E. Blade Memorial Stadium on Friday, September 1.

The Bulldogs will go on a three game road trip in weeks two through four.  On Friday, September 8, Carroll travels to play the Mansfield Wolverines.

The Bulldogs will travel to Grambling to face the Lincoln Prep Panthers on Friday, September 15 and across town to Neville’s Bill Ruple Stadium on Friday, September 22.

The Many Tigers will come to Carroll on Friday, September 29.  The Bulldogs will start their District 2-3A schedule on Friday, October 6 at the defending 2016 Louisinaa High School Athletic Association’s Class 2A State Champions – the Sterlington Panthers.

On Friday, October 13, Richwood comes to Carroll while the Union Parish Fighting Farmers are slated to play at Carroll on Friday, October 20 in two key District 2-3A contests.

The Baby Bayou Classic will see the Carroll Bulldogs traveling to Wossman’s Grady Jones Stadium on Friday, October 27 to face the Wossman Wildcats in a game that has had impact on District 2-3A title chase in years’ past.

Carroll will close out its regular and District 2-3A schedules when the Bulldogs host the Madison Parish Jaguars on Friday, November 3.

CARROLL BULLDOGS SIDE BAR

Carroll Head Coach: Jackie Hamilton

Carroll Assistant Coaches: Osaro Kyles, Mike Collins, Dezmond Spivey, Cedric Goins, David Williams and Keithen Harris.

Carroll High School’s Home Football Stadium: James L. Thomas / Dorth E. Blade Memorial Stadium (Artificial Turf)

Carroll Bulldogs’ Past Five Seasons:

2016 Overall Record: 9-3 District Record: 4-1 (District 2-3A Co-Champions, Regional Playoff Qualifier)

2015Overall Record: 8-4 District Record: 5-1 (District 2-3A Tri-Champions, Regional Playoff Qualifier)

2014 Overall Record: 0-10 District Record: 0-4 (District 2-3A Fifth Place, Did Not Qualify for Playoffs)

2013 Overall Record: 2-9 District Record: 1-3 (District 2-3A Fourth Place, Bi-District Playoff Qualifier)

2012 Overall Record: 3-7 District Record: 1-3 (District 2-3A Fourth Place, Did Not Qualify for Playoffs)

State Championship Season(s): 4 –1953, 1961, 1962, 1968

State Runner-Up Season(s): 11 –

State Semifinalist Season(s): 2 – 1987, 1992

State Quarterfinalist Season(s): 8 – 1973, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2003, 2010

State Playoff Seasons: (23 playoff appearances / 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016)