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Gilmer 62, Mineola 12

From the Longview News-Journal:

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

By PHILLIP WILLIAMS
The initials in Gilmer Buckeyes quarterback G.J. Kinne's name must stand for great job.
Kinne exterminated the Mineola Yellowjackets Friday night, flinging three TD throws and hoofing for another score as Gilmer triumphed, 62-12.
Kinne completed 12 of 22 passes for 237 yards in the District 15-3A mismatch. Meantime, Gilmer running back Justin Johnson trodded for 156 yards and three TDs on only nine deliveries.
Gilmer's Devane Clark snagged there passes for 113 yards and a TD, all before halftime.
Ironically, two Mineola runners churned out more than 100 yards each in a 50-point loss.Ray Martin, who scored on late TD runs of 33 and 59 yards, gathered 132 yards on 16 carries.

Gilmer 62, Mineola 12
Gilmer 14 21 14 13 - 62
Mineola 0 0 0 12 - 12
First Quarter
GIL-G.J. Kinne 1 run (Matt Burgin kick)
GIL-Justin Johnson 25 run (Burgin kick)
Second Quarter
GIL-Devane Clark 54 pass from Kinne (Burgin kick)
GIL-Johnson…

Buckeyes prepare for start of 'real season' with game against Mineola

By JOE DODD
On the surface, Friday’s game between the Gilmer Buckeyes (7-0, 2-0) and the Mineola Yellow Jackets (2-5, 1-1) wouldn’t seem to be more important than any other district game. You certainly wouldn’t think that the Buckeyes, with the state’s top-scoring offense, would be especially motivated to play a Yellow Jackets’ team that hasn’t beaten the Buckeyes since 1962. If you thought that way, you would be wrong.
“For real football programs, the football season doesn’t even begin until week eight,” said Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor. “You can do whatever you want to the first seven weeks; you win your last three ballgames, you had a good year. We’ve had a good seven, but it really doesn’t matter; we have talked about these three weeks all season. We have focused on the last three games of the year. This is the beginning of the season right now. This is really when football begins.”
Traylor, who sports an impressive 68-13 record as the Buckeyes’ head coach explained his theory. “M…

Gilmer celebrates Yamboree with 63-7 win over White Oak

By JOE DODD
The Gilmer Buckeyes continued their perfect season with a 63-7 victory over the White Oak Roughnecks Friday night before a Yamboree crowd at Buckeye Stadium. The win was Gilmer’s 26th consecutive over a district opponent, and the 19th straight at home. The Buckeyes improved their season record to 7-0, while the Roughnecks fell to 1-6.
Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor was pleased with the Buckeyes’ performance. “Our kids got after it, and had a good intensity to play the game; but I knew they would, it being the Yamboree and it being White Oak,” Traylor said. “Our team feeds off of our community, and our community pumped in their ear all week how much they didn’t like White Oak, so my kids came out there with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder.”
Gilmer quarterback G.J. Kinne threw five touchdown passes to lead the Buckeyes to their third 60-plus point game of the season. Receivers Jamell Kennedy and Lamar Harris continued their impressive performance in place of the injure…

Congratulations to Curtis Brown, first Buckeye ever selected to play in Army All-American Bowl

Gilmer's Brown picked for Army All-American Bowl


By JOE DODD
Gilmer Buckeyes’ senior Curtis Brown has been selected to play in the 2007 Army All-American Bowl scheduled for Jan. 6, 2007, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game will be broadcast live by NBC.
Brown received his West Team jersey from Army representatives at a presentation before the Buckeyes’ game against White Oak.
Brown is one of only 78 players from across the nation selected to play in the game. Brown, along with teammates G.J. Kinne and Dominique Buchanan were among 400 players nominated to participate in the event.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder has verbally committed to the University of Texas to play football for the Longhorns next season. Brown started at cornerback on the Buckeyes’ 2004 state championship team, totaling 42 tackles, five interceptions and nine passes broken up, before moving to receiver his junior year. Last season, Brown was named District 13-3A Offensive MVP after racking up 1,724 yards and 18 t…

Gilmer 63, White Oak 7

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph

By PHILLIP WILLIAMS
GILMER - As the East Texas Yamboree carnival rides swirled just blocks away, the White Oak Roughnecks got taken for a rib-rattling ride by Gilmer Buckeyes quarterback G.J. Kinne Friday night.

Kinne continued his weekly slinging sprees with five TD tosses, including three to Jamell Kennedy, as the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes drilled the Roughnecks, 63-7, in a District 15-3A confrontation.

Kennedy notched another TD on an end-around, while teammate Lamar Harris snagged two TD tosses and swiped an interception for another score.

The Gilmer defense also bludgeoned the Roughnecks by claiming seven turnovers, six of them after halftime.

The Buckeyes (7-0) have topped the 60-point mark thrice this year, and remain unvanquished at home since 2002. Although they didn't score on their opening possession, they still led 28-0 at first quarter's end and 35-7 at twirling time.

Kinne finished the night 11-of-21 for 218 yards before yielding to backup D…

Gilmer renews rivalry with White Oak during Yamboree

By JOE DODD
The White Oak Roughnecks were a familiar foe when Gilmer Buckeyes’ head coach Jeff Traylor donned an orange and black uniform for his alma matter back in the mid-1980s. But when the Buckeyes host the Roughnecks at Buckeye Stadium Friday night, it will be the first time a Traylor coached team has played White Oak since he came to Gilmer in 2000.
Traylor has been looking forward to this game since Gilmer and White Oak were placed in the same district this past February. “White Oak is an old district rival that’s knocked Gilmer out of the playoffs for many years; so I think our fans have been dying to play White Oak for a while,” said Traylor.
Gilmer owns an 11-8-1 advantage over White Oak since the teams first met in 1943, but the Roughnecks bettered the Buckeyes in their last two meetings in 1998 and 1999. Gilmer’s last win over White Oak was a convincing 55-6 victory in 1991.
Traylor has brought the Buckeyes the kind of success that the Roughnecks enjoyed in the 1940s when W…

Buckeyes go to 6-0 with 49-7 win over Sabine

By JOE DODD
Legend has it that Friday the 13th is an unlucky date, full of strange happenings. Both held true Friday night at Buckeye Stadium, as the Gilmer Buckeyes jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead, then coasted to a 49-7 win over the Sabine Cardinals to open District 15-3A play. The victory was Gilmer’s 25th straight win against district foes, and the 18th straight win at Buckeye Stadium.
Despite the 42-point win, Buckeyes’ head coach Jeff Traylor and his players fielded postgame questions with answers normally reserved for the losing team. “We didn’t play near as bad as it seems like we did,” said Traylor; who continued by saying, “It’s kind of like being on an airplane where you have a rough landing; but you got down, and you walked off the airplane. Well as long as you walk away; it’s good. And that’s kind of how this game was. It was a rough landing, but we walked away.” Offensive tackle David Snow echoed his coach’s thoughts, “We just wanted to be physical, and we just fad…

Gilmer 49, Sabine 7

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph

By PHILLIP WILLIAMS
GILMER - Friday the 13th turned into a night of Cardinal sins for the winless Sabine Cardinals at the unvanquished Gilmer Buckeyes' happy homecoming Friday night.
Gilmer quarterback G.J. Kinne flicked four touchdown tosses onto the Cardinals as No. 2 Gilmer beat Sabine, 49-7, in the teams' District 15-3A opener.
No. 2 Gilmer (6-0, 1-0), which hasn't lost at home since 2002, tucked this one in the treasure chest early, streaking to leads of 28-0 at first quarter's end, and 35-7 at halftime.
Kinne continued his series of weekly rampages with three TD tosses in the first quarter alone, two of them to Lamar Harris. The field general, a transfer from Canton, finished the evening 9-of-17 for 158 yards.
Gilmer running back Justin Johnson, meanwhile, hoofed for two TDs, gathering 89 yards on only nine carries.
The Buckeyes scored on their first possession, having to journey only 29 yards in four plays after a 21-yard Sabine punt. K…

Buckeyes prepare for district play; face Sabine for Homecoming

By JOE DODD
Gilmer Buckeyes’ head coach Jeff Traylor has said the same thing all season, “The truth is, that when we play Sabine, we’re going to be 0-0; and that is all that really matters,” said Traylor, who emphasized that the District 15-3A schedule is the start of the real season.
Traylor’s Buckeyes begin district play against the Cardinals Friday night during homecoming festivities at Buckeye Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Gilmer will attempt to add to a home winning streak of 17 straight games, dating back to 2002; as well as a 24-game district winning streak that dates back to 2000. The Buckeyes have claimed five straight, undefeated district championships since their last district loss.
“We have three of our next five games at home,” stated Traylor. “That’s exciting.” The Buckeyes will also host White Oak next Friday, Oct. 20, at Buckeye Stadium during the Yamboree, before traveling to Mineola on Oct. 27. Spring Hill visits Buckeye Stadium Nov. 3, before Gilmer finishes…

Buckeyes pay heavy price for 49-12 win at Atlanta

By JOE DODD
The Gilmer Buckeyes lost senior receivers Curtis Brown and Jake Ashley to early injuries before dominating the Atlanta Rabbits 49-12 Friday night in Atlanta.
“I couldn’t have drawn it up any better; other than Curtis and Jake getting hurt,” said Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, when asked to summarize the game. “It was our most complete game. Our kids were really ready to play.”
The Buckeyes (5-0) took the opening kickoff to the 15-yard line and proceeded on their longest possession of the season; a 14-play drive that consumed 6:01 on the clock. The opening drive included two fourth down conversions, before G.J. Kinne connected with Curtis Brown from 8-yards out for the game’s first touchdown. Matt Burgin kicked the first of his seven straight extra-point attempts, giving Gilmer a 7-0 lead.
Gilmer’s Black Flag defense responded to Traylor’s pregame challenge for 3-and-out series, on the Rabbits’ (0-6) first play when Wes Wynne sacked Atlanta quarterback Donta McNeely for a 9-ya…

Manuel Johnson shines for OU in losing effort against Longhorns

From The Gilmer Mirror

The Oklahoma Sooners needed more players from Gilmer last Saturday in Dallas when they played the Texas Longhorns in the annual Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl.
Former Gilmer Buckeyes phenom Manuel Johnson, who quarterbacked Gilmer to its only state championship in 2004 and is now a sophomore wide receiver at OU, caught four passes for 55 yards, all of which went for first downs in 3rd-and-long situations, and also carried nine yards on a reverse.
Texas won the game, though, 28-10.

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Jamell Kennedy gives verbal commitment to SMU

Jamell Kennedy of the Gilmer Buckeyes, a senior at Gilmer High School, has verbally committed to play football for the SMU Mustangs. The SMU (Southern Methodist University) campus is located within Dallas in the city of University Park.
He becomes the fourth NCAA Division I commit on the 2006 Buckeyes, joining Curtis Brown (UT), G.J. Kinne and Dominique Buchanan (both Baylor).
Kennedy, who quarterbacked the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record last season as a junior, chose SMU over UTEP, Rice, Tulsa, Wyoming and Arkansas State, among others.
He received honorable mention on several all-state teams at QB.
He switched to wide receiver before the start of the 2006 season.
Kennedy is 5’10”, weighs 165 lbs. and runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.
Gilmer Coach Jeff Traylor praised Kennedy, citing his unselfishness, versatility and intelligence.
“He'll do great at SMU. He's a great kid and a great student,” said Traylor.
The Mustangs compete in Conference USA.

Gilmer's Kennedy commits to SMU

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…

Buckeyes prepare to face Rabbits

By JOE DODD
Turn back the clock to December, 2003. The undefeated Gilmer Buckeyes, and their high-scoring offense, took the field against the Atlanta Rabbits; a team with four losses, and a plodding, ball-control offense. All Buckeyes’ fans know what happened. The Rabbits dominated the Buckeyes 34-14, on their way to capturing the Class 3A state championship two games later.
In the 3 seasons since that meeting, the two teams have gone in opposite directions. Gilmer is 30-2, and won the Class 3A state championship the following year. Atlanta is 6-19, and hasn’t made the playoffs since.
Back to the present. The 4-0 Gilmer Buckeyes are the state’s highest scoring team, at 57 points per game. The Atlanta Rabbits are 0-5, losing each game by an average of 25 points. Looks like Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor should be writing his post-game victory speech, right?
“There’s not a better team in the state, that hasn’t won a game, than the Atlanta Rabbits,” said Traylor, who pointed out that all of …

Buckeyes roll over Center, 64-6

By JOE DODD
Sometimes a mismatch on paper does translate into a mismatch on the field. Such was the case Friday night at Buckeye Stadium as the Gilmer Buckeyes dominated the Center Roughriders 64-6, behind a team record-tying seven touchdown passes by Buckeyes’ quarterback G.J. Kinne.
The Roughriders entered the game on a 3-game, scoreless losing streak, while the Buckeyes brought an undefeated record, and the state’s top scoring offense into the contest. “Gilmer’s a great football team and they showed it tonight,” said Center head coach Ron Callahan.
Center didn’t do much to slow the Buckeyes’ scoring machine, allowing Gilmer to start every possession, but one, inside Roughriders’ territory. That trend started on the opening kickoff when Gilmer’s Jamell Kennedy caught the football at his own 18-yard line and raced 68 yards down to Center’s 14-yard line. Two plays later, Kinne hit Curtis Brown on the first of three straight touchdown passes to put the Buckeyes on the scoreboard with only…