By JOE BLOUNT Long before the birth of Christ the buckeye was known to have medicinal value. The nutlike seed, found abundantly on shrubs here in East Texas, first got its notoriety as a curative agent from the Greco-Roman culture. Their god of medicine was Aesculapian. Even today botanical scientists place the buckeye within the genus Aesculus, recognize it as a member of the horse-chestnut family and are still highly puzzled by its many and varied phytochemicals. “Phyto,” as you may recall from biology, simply means “from plants.” There are a great number of antioxidants and maintenance chemicals found in the buckeye’s pulp. There are also many toxic compounds and several of the substances are downright poisonous. Early Greek docs would skin the buckeye and boil the endosperm, producing a brew that was taken internally. Most often, just as the case may still be today, the cure inevitably turned out to be worse than the disease. So now, we see that the buckeye is poisonous. We also begin t…
By JOE DODD Just moments after winning his first game ever at Daingerfield, Gilmer Buckeyes’ head coach Jeff Traylor didn’t feel like celebrating. “We did just enough to win; that’s all we did,” lamented Traylor following Gilmer’s 62-42 victory over the winless Tigers. “That’s just where our program has gotten to; where you win by 20, and the coaches aren’t excited, the players aren’t excited and the fans aren’t excited. That’s where we’ve come in the last seven seasons,” continued Traylor, who improved his record to 64-13 as the Buckeyes’ boss. “That’s what makes us better though; we get somebody’s best effort every week, which makes us so much better because we have to play their best every week.” Daingerfield certainly played their best football of the season. After averaging only 17.5 points and 229.5 yards total offense in their first two games; the Tigers scorched the Buckeyes’ defense for 42 points and 546 total yards in the losing effort. “We’ve got to address some things on defe…
For more than half a century, that’s been the unifying creed of Gilmerites everywhere. Over the decades, it has bound our community together on autumn Friday nights, and followed us into our daily lives. It is the common fabric we use to weave an orange and black fabric around us, cloaking our differences in ethnicity, creed and socio-economic standing. It is something we can agree upon, as we express our encouragement and support for our sons and daughters. It is something that unites us in celebration and creates an unstoppable optimism when they are successful in their endeavors. And when we gather together on their behalf, it strengthens us as individuals, defines our community, and sends an undeniable message to anyone and everyone to see; we are ONE. That lesson has not been lost on our children. As Gilmer Buckeyes, they are taught that the needs of the ONE outweigh their own selfish desires. They are taught that the weakest individual is the individual that needs the most help a…
This is Google satellite imagery of Buckeye Stadium found on the site Wikimapia.
This image was captured sometime during the summer of 2005 as contractors were installing the FieldTurf® and improving the track. The orange seats at left are the most coveted ones in the stadium. Those are where season ticket holders sit and there is a waiting list about a mile long to obtain one.
He is mentioned toward the end of this article about Austin College's win over Kalamazoo College. Jared was a great defensive player for the Buckeyes in 2000, 2001 and 2002. I'll never forget No. 55 bearing down on opposing QBs and usually sacking them. He is also a very intelligent young man. You have to be to gain admission to Austin College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the U.S. and certainly in Texas.
Here's a photo of Jared, who made a number of all-state teams, sacking Pleasant Grove QB Ross Leonoudakis in September 2002:
Curtis Brown, a verbal commitment to the Texas Longhorns, is the fourth-best high school player in the Class of 2007 in Texas and the 26th best in the nation, according to the scouting reports at Rivals.com. The other night against Daingerfield, he put on an absolutely phenomenal performance with seven receptions for 175 yards. He also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a TD, one of four he scored on the night.
This photo was one taken during the state championship game on Dec. 18, 2004, against Jasper in Nacogdoches when Curtis was only a sophomore. I know he's hoping to leave GHS with two rings in December. (He's planning to move to Austin in January, I hear, so he can participate in spring practice.)
I know UT needs help in the secondary, but Mack Brown needs to give Curtis a shot on offense. He won't regret it, I don't think.
I took this photo of Oklahoma Sooner and former Gilmer Buckeye Manuel Johnson in late 2002 during MJ's sophomore season. He was playing wide receiver just as he does now for OU.
He continued to catch the ball until the 2004 season when, for the good of the team, he switched to quarterback and led Gilmer to its first (and only so far, although that may change soon) state championship in history.
Manuel Johnson had more than 5,000 yards total offense over the 16 games of the 2004 season. He was Class 3A Player of the Year in Texas.
Here he is seen throwing another strike against Tatum in the Region II title game of 2004, which Gilmer won, 60-35.
Here's an article representative of what was being written about that year's team, this written by Chase Colston of the Tyler Morning Telegraph on the eve of the state title game. There were not enough superlatives to describe that team, especially on offense. GILMER PUTTING UP SPECTACULAR NUMBERS
Jeff Traylor is now in his seventh season as the Buckeyes mentor. His teams have gone 6-4, 8-3, 8-3, 13-1, 16-0, 10-2 and, so far in 2006, 3-0.
The following was published in The Gilmer Mirror on the eve of the 2006 season: Coach Traylor tells Rotarians there's "not a better place in the world" than Gilmer
Buckeye Coach Jeff Traylor spoke to Gilmer Rotary Club Tuesday about the new season, his pride in his players and his appreciation for the community’s support. He distributed Buckeye cards to each of the club members, saying these were an emblem of the team’s dedicating the season to Josh Nelson, Buckeye linebacker now being treated for leukemia at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Each player has one of the cards. On one side is a photo of the team’s goal, the trophy that will be awarded to the state champions in Conference 3A, Division I at the end of the 2006 season. On the other side is the word Nelson with a cross between the two syllables. Traylor said the team want…
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers when you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2) The first time I read this verse I thought that the author had to be insane. No one wants to hurt. To see someone you love helpless in pain or agony isn’t a pleasant thing. It is human nature not to enjoy suffering. Why then would the author of this verse make a statement like that? This verse used to be an enigma to me, but in recent trials I fully grasp the meaning of it.
I can recall 2 1/2 years back, on my first day of high school, when my assigned seating in Geography class landed me beside Josh Nelson. Josh and I had known who each other was since third grade, yet we didn’t know anything about each others true self. Who could have foreseen that that mild acquaintanceship would evolve into an unbreakable brotherhood. Throughout the course of our freshman year Josh and I got to know each other on a more personal level. We seemed to somewhat be at the same place in our walks with God. The closer we g…
The Gilmer Buckeyes comprise one of the most successful Class 3A high school football programs in the state of Texas. Since 2000, the Buckeyes have compiled a record of 64-13 with five straight district titles (2001-2005) and one state championship (2004).
Here are game accounts from The Gilmer Mirror of the first two games of the 2006 season, both victories.
Gilmer wins over Tatum, 45-21, before huge crowd here
By JOE DODD Turnovers and depth proved to be the difference between the Gilmer Buckeyes and Tatum Eagles Friday night, as the host Buckeyes took advantage of six Eagles’ turnovers and shut Tatum out of the end zone the final 28 minutes, on their way to a convincing 45-21 victory before a standing room only crowd estimated at over 7,500 people at Buckeye Stadium. Hundreds of fans stood in line at both entrances to Buckeye Stadium several hours before the scheduled 7:30 p.m. kickoff, to witness what some people were calling “The East Texas Super Bowl.” They were not disappointed, as…