Carthage won the coin toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff. Gilmer went for an onside kick but it was recovered by Carthage at the 50-yard line.
Carthage gained 8 yards but turned the ball over on downs to Gilmer at the Buckeye 42.
Gilmer scored on the third play of the drive on 52-yard pass from Brandon Tennison to Rohan Fluellen.
Gilmer went for a recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and then marched 48 yards in 6 plays capped by another Tennison to Fluellen 18-yard touchdown pass.
At that point Gilmer lead 14-0 and had outgained Carthage 110 yards to 8 yards.
Over the course of the remainder of the game Carthage outscored Gilmer 70-0 and outgained Gilmer 613 yards to 77 yards.
Kai Horton threw touchdown passes to Crag McNew (18 yards) and Braeden Wade (29 yards) bracketing a 37-yard touchdown run by Mason Courtney to give the Bulldogs the lead as 21-14 with 7:21 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
Then on consecutive plays from scrimmage taking only 35 seconds off the game clock, Brandon King intercepted tipped Gilmer passes and returned them for touchdowns spotting Carthage to a 35-14 lead with 6:46 left in the first half.
Horton added a 61-yard touchdown pass to Kavonte Brown-Hoskin with 3:40 remaining in the half and Carthage lead 42-12 at the half.
In the second half, Mason Courtney added touchdown runs of 69 and 23 yards, Horton completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Montrell Smith and Javarian Roquemore added a 4-yard touchdown run to make the final Carthage 70, Gilmer 14.
Mason Courtney was named the game’s Offensive MVP with 243 rushing yards, 3 TDs, and 46 receiving yards.
Brandon King was the named the game’s Defensive MVP with 4 interceptions, two returned for touchdowns.
While field level access was limited, Antony Blalock did manage to capture these pictures from the stands.