CARTHAGE, Mo. - Monday was the opening day of practice for Missouri high school football teams.
The Carthage Tigers got on the field for their first practice around 6 o'clock Monday evening at David Haffner Stadium.
The Tigers have been one of the best programs in the area lately, making the state semifinals in three of the last four years.
They appear to be on their way to another deep playoff run, with plenty of experience back on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, quarterback Patrick Carlton returns for his junior season in 2019. As a sophomore last year, Carlton threw for 1,100+ yards and ran for 1,300+ yards while scoring 35 total touchdowns.
The Tigers have four starters back on their front seven on defense, including All-State defensive lineman Oscar Campa.
"This year we've got a lot of guys coming back with a lot of experience, big-game experience," sayss Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, "Even though we have that experience coming back, it's a new group. It's a new team for these guys, so it's exciting just to see how these guys are going to grow each day and each week and come together as a team."
"I expect great things out of this group," Carlton says, "Last year we came up short. But I could just feel it in that game that we're going to be coming up this year, and we're going to be ready."
Carthage will kick off the regular season on August 30th, on the road against the Nixa Eagles.
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