Carthage prepares to host Republic in season opener

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage Tigers kick off the football season Friday night, hosting the Republic Tigers.

Carthage is looking forward to playing in their home stadium to open their schedule – a place in which they haven’t lost a game since 2019.

“It’s fantastic, not having to worry about the traveling and the logistics and those things,” says Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, “Carthage is a great place to be on Friday night, as you’ll see.”

“The people are insane. They’re so supportive of all of us,” says senior TE/DE Tyler Willis on playing at home Friday, “To be here for our opener, fans are going to be loud and the crowd is going to be amazing. It’s going to be a good night.”

“I think they’re ready,” Guidie adds, “We’ve had a good summer. It’s been a long summer. The jamboree last week kind of helped us out a little bit. To get to game week finally, these guys are excited and ready to play.”


One area to watch for Carthage on Friday night is the offensive line.

Carthage adds three new guys up front – to a position group that is always a strength for Carthage football.

“We have three new faces up there. We have two quality returners with Drew Musche and Malachi Housh, but three new faces, and we have no idea what to expect from those guys,” Guidie says, “Tyler Willis is back at tight end. We consider him a lineman, too. That’s the biggest group right there that is going to make or break us.”

“The first Monday practice, we were very timid. We didn’t want to try, I would say. We didn’t want to get physical,” Willis says on the growth of the offensive line, “Right now, we’re almost as physical as we need to be on Friday nights, but we will be there Friday night.”

“They need to be physical. They need to communicate,” Guidie says, “They need to get off the football. They need to have great pad level, and they need to finish blocks.”

Check out highlights from Carthage vs. Republic on KOAM News at 10 Friday night.

Carl Junction hosts jamboree with Carthage, Nevada and Monett

WATCH: Carl Junction hosts a jamboree with Carthage, Nevada and Monett to prepare for next week’s season opener.

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Carthage hits the field for first practice

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage Tigers hit the field Monday evening for their first practice of the season.

With the graduation of QB Caden Kabance, senior Cooper Jadwin is expected to start the season under center for the Tigers.

“Honestly, I feel pretty prepared,” Jadwin says, “I backed up Patrick Carlton my sophomore year and then Caden last year. I think it was really good for me honestly to be able to back up those guys and just kind of build on that and learn from the stuff they did right and learn from the stuff they did wrong. I’ve grown up with these guys, I’ve played with these guys my whole life. I have confidence in them and I think they have confidence in me. I think it will make for great year and a great team.”

The Tigers return some big time players like RB/LB Luke Gall and OL/DT Micah Lindsey – but will be relying on three new faces on the offensive line in front of Jadwin and Gall.

“I think those young guys understand what it is and what’s at stake,” says wide receiver Hudson Moore.

“I’m really confident in these guys that we have. I played with a few of them on JV last year… great kids, good work ethic. Malachi Housh is probably one of the strongest kids in the state. Then also with Micah, he plays defensive tackle for us but he’s been taking a lot of the center reps this year. He’ll tear you up on the defensive side of the ball, but I also know he’s out there protecting me and Luke in the pass game.”

Check out more from Carthage in our annual Pigskin Preview, which will be released later this week.


Carthage School District Plans After Performing Arts Bond Fails

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage School District is still looking for ways to fund a new performing arts center.  Even after the bond’s failure in the Missouri primary.

The bond proposal, a part of the August 2022 Missouri primary, for a new performing arts center did not pass.  The Superintendent Mark Baker said the remodel would include classrooms for the performing arts classes, and availability for the community.

The proposal was first introduced in May 2022. The bond asked for $18 million by extending the districts debt levy for two years in 2040.  However, it failed after 52.5% voted yes and 47.5% voted no.  The bond needed a four-sevenths vote, or 57% yes, to win.

Inflation is currently a concern for many Americans and Baker suspects it to be one of the main reasons for the bond’s failure.  “This was not a rebuke saying we do not wanna help the kids.” said Jasper County Clerk Charles Davis.  “At this present moment with the uncertainty there is, we don’t know what’s going to happen with the finances of the country.”

Superintendent Mark Baker has kept positive and understands the communities financial concerns.  Baker said, “We will continue to look at options regarding the performing arts center, and maybe some ways that we can get more support.”  Mark Baker feels the center is still needed but does not have set plans for the issue yet.

The next available time for the bond to be on a ballot is in April 2023.

Carthage football standout Luke Gall commits to Air Force Academy

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carthage football standout Luke Gall announced his commitment to Air Force Academy this weekend.

“They use the fullback position a lot,” Gall says. “I think it suits me well and my body type is perfect for that. I think that’s what they really wanted in me and I wanted in them. It was just a good match. I like their offense and I like the school and the location. There’s mountains right there. It’s beautiful. There’s a bunch of people and the town is nice in Colorado Springs too.”

Last season, Gall was named the Missouri Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year. He also earned COC Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year recognition as a running back and linebacker. The list of accomplishments goes on and on. He rushed for 1,900 yards in 2021 and finished the season with 29 touchdowns.

“Everybody that plays at the next level puts in extra work,” Gall says. “I get a lot of extra work in with our quarterback and some of our wide receivers and lineman either at the gym or the field. We all put in extra work, and I think that’s what has prepared me the most for the next level.”

He continues to set high expectations for himself.

“Brad Roberts, who is their running back at Air Force now, was all-conference,” Gall says. “That would be great if I could be all-conference or become an all-American. They’ve had great running backs and great rushing teams, so if I could just follow in their footsteps that would be great.”

Gall received seven college offers including six from Division I programs.

“Playing at the college level will definitely be different,” Gall says, “I like playing on the big stage and I like to watch myself on TV. It’s all the things a little kid dreams about.”

But first, Gall has one season left with the Carthage Tigers.

“There’s a lot of stress that goes into recruiting. There’s a lot of hard work that went into it and I’m just glad it paid off,” Gall says. “It’s a weight of my shoulders and now I can focus on my senior season. I committed early to get that weight off my shoulders. So right now, the next step is winning our first game, winning our second game, trying to make it deep into the playoffs and trying to win a state championship. We have big goals. I really want to focus on my last year of high school football. I want to go all in.”