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Gilmer 49, Atlanta 12

From the Longview News-Journal

ATLANTA — Quarterback G.J. Kinne threw four touchdown passes — two to Lamar Harris — and he scored once on the ground as Gilmer rolled past Atlanta 49-12 on Friday night at Rabbit Stadium.

Kinne tossed an 8-yard scoring toss to Brown and then ran in from two yards out as the Buckeyes (5-0) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Roosevelt Falls put the Rabbits on the scoreboard in the second frame following a 58-yard run.

Gilmer tallied three times in the second quarter as the Buckeyes built a 35-6 halftime margin. Kinne connected with Harris on a 32-yard scoring toss, which was followed a Justin Johnson run of 9 yards and 56-yard Kinne-to-Jamell Kennedy touchdown pass.

Falls scored Atlanta's second touchdown, before Kinne and Harris connected again for 44 yards — all in the third quarter.

The Buckeyes wrapped up the scoring as Josh Thompson scored on a 15-yard carry in the fourth stanza. Matt Burgin converted all seven extra point attempts for Gilmer.

From the Texarkana Gazette

ATLANTA, Texas — Gilmer quarterback G. J. Kinne threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns as the second-ranked Buckeyes handed Atlanta its sixth straight loss.

Kinne completed 19 of 23 passes with touchdown throws of 32 and 44 yards to Lamar Harris, 8 yards to Curtis Brown and 56 yards to Jamell Kennedy.

The Buckeyes (5-0), who led 35-6 at halftime, also got touchdown runs of 9 yards by Justin Johnson and 15 yards by Josh Thompson, the latter coming with 8:42 left in the game.

Fullback Roosevelt Falls led an Atlanta ground attack that churned out 211 yards on 33 carries. Falls also scored both Rabbit touchdowns, thundering 58 yards in the second quarter and blasting over from the 1 with 7:51 left in the third period.

Atlanta failed to complete any of its seven pass attempts. Gilmer had 181 yards rushing.


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