Longview — Kilgore versus Carthage was the Class 3A, Division I championship game that East Texas had hoped for.
And at noon Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, that matchup will happen — just a year later than anticipated.
Both Kilgore and Carthage advanced to the state semifinals last season, but both fell one game short of reaching the title contest.
Kilgore took a 42-32 loss to eventual state champion Stephenville, while Carthage was handed a 29-25 defeat by El Campo.
This time around, neither team left any doubt about which two teams would be playing for the state title. Both Bulldogs were dominant in their state semifinal tests.
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