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Liberty-Eylau stuns Gilmer in first round of playoffs, 39-36

By JOE DODD
As the final seconds ticked off the Longview Lobo Stadium scoreboard, and both teams converged at midfield to shake hands; thousands of Gilmer Buckeyes’ fans stood in stunned silence, shaking their heads in unrehearsed unison, refusing to believe the 39-36 score that sent the state’s No. 1-ranked team home after the first game of the playoffs.
After Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor congratulated Liberty-Eylau head coach Pat Brady, the Buckeyes’ boss found himself apologizing, instead of commenting on the next-round opponent. “I’m extremely sorry, I really am; to the team and the fans,” said a subdued Traylor in an interview with the Buckeyes’ Broadcasting Team. “Our team was good enough to do it, but we just didn’t get it done.”
Despite a perfect 10-0 regular season record, and breaking a 46-year old Class 3A scoring record, the Buckeyes will watch the remaining month of the high-school playoffs from the sidelines. Traylor was quick to credit the Liberty-Eylau Leopards for his …

Liberty-Eylau beats Gilmer at own game

Buckeyes face Liberty-Eylau in first round of playoffs at Lobo Stadium

Buckeyes begin title run

By JOE DODD
When the UIL’s bi-annual realignment was announced in February, both Gilmer and Liberty-Eylau knew that a trip to the football playoffs would mean a first round match-up between the two teams, since both schools shared the distinction of having the largest enrollment numbers in their respective districts. When Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine hit the store shelves this summer, that probable meeting was enhanced to include Class 3A’s preseason ranked No. 1 and No. 3 teams in an epic battle to advance to the second round.
Now it’s here. The 10-0 Gilmer Buckeyes face the 7-3 Liberty-Eylau Leopards Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Longview’s Lobo Stadium. For Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, and Liberty-Eylau head coach Pat Brady, the game is the culmination of a lot of anticipation.
“I’ve known for a year that we were playing Liberty-Eylau,” said Traylor.
“One of the things I’ve avoided talking about all year is the Gilmer game,” Brady admitted. “But I think f…

Curtis can fly ... literally

Photo / Jocelyne Carter

CURTIS BROWN goes airborne for a pass during a 7-on-7 last summer at Buckeye Stadium. The Longhorns need him RIGHT NOW in the secondary, but fortunately he's still a Buckeye for at least the next month.

KINNE'S LACK OF MISTAKES DANGEROUS FOR OPPOSITION

Class 3A Division I Playoff Brackets

Local High School Football Scene: Liberty-Eylau

WR Johnson out for No. 16 Sooners

Lobo Stadium

The Gilmer Buckeyes (10-0) will take on the Texarkana Liberty-Eylau Leopards (7-3) at Lobo Stadium in Longview on Friday night, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. This is a Class 3A Division I bi-district game. The winner will face the winner of the Mabank-Tyler Chapel Hill game.

Gilmer 49, Gladewater 21
Buckeyes win battle of G-Towns

From the Longview News-Journal
From the Tyler Morning Telegraph

By JOE DODD
The Gilmer Buckeyes claimed their sixth straight undefeated district championship Friday night at Jack V. Murphy Stadium in Gladewater as the Buckeyes dominated the Bears 49-21. Gilmer improved their district winning streak to 29 games, and finished regular season play with a perfect 10-0 record for the third time in the past four years.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a commanding 28-0 first quarter lead, and then held on as Gladewater used ball control, big plays, and Gilmer fumbles to play the Buckeyes to a 21-21 draw for the remaining three quarters.
“You have to give Gladewater credit. Their kids played hard and never quit,” said Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor. “It was a good wake-up call for us the last three quarters; so we’ve got a lot to work on,” added Traylor, who will lead the Buckeyes against Liberty-Eylau in the first round of the playoffs this Friday night.
Gilmer’s Jamell Kennedy returned the opening kick…

Gilmer travels to Gladewater in search of sixth straight district title

By JOE DODD
The Gilmer Buckeyes have a lot at stake Friday night when they travel the 15 miles south to Jack V. Murphy Bear Stadium to take on longtime rival Gladewater in the final game of the regular season. With a win, the Buckeyes will capture their sixth consecutive undefeated district championship. With a win, the Buckeyes will complete their third undefeated regular season in the past four seasons. With a win, the Buckeyes will extend their district winning streak to 29 games. With a loss… well, Buckeyes head coach Jeff Traylor doesn’t want to think about what a loss would do. “Obviously if we lose, we’re sharing the district championship with Spring Hill and Gladewater, and that’s worse than kissing your sister,” said Traylor.
Traylor leads his Buckeyes into Bear country with a perfect 9-0 season record, and a number one state ranking according to many polls. Gladewater (4-5 overall, 3-1 district) enters the game as 36-point underdogs, needing a win to assure them of a playoff s…

Buckeyes win 28th straight district game, 55-7, over Spring Hill

By JOE DODD
To understand just how thoroughly the Gilmer Buckeyes dominated the Spring Hill Panthers, you just have to look at the numbers. Gilmer quarterback G.J. Kinne passed for 429 yards and five touchdowns. The Buckeyes’ offense had 457 total yards, while the Buckeyes’ defense held the Panthers to only 112 total yards. And those were only the first-half statistics, as Gilmer jumped out to a 41-7 lead at intermission, on their way to a 55-7 victory over the Panthers.
Kinne finished with 456 yards passing and five touchdowns, while completing 15 of 21 passes. The Buckeyes’ offense finished with a season-high 684 total yards, including 211 yards rushing, as Gilmer improved their season record to 9-0 and their district record to 4-0. Spring Hill managed just 176 total yards, as the Panthers fell to 5-4 for the season, and 3-1 in district play. The win was the Buckeyes’ 28th straight in district play, dating back to the 2000 season; and the team’s 20th consecutive win at Buckeye Stadium…

Eatin's good at Gilmer press box

By MARY L. KIRBY
Things have been cooking at Gilmer High this fall, and those working in the Buckeye Stadium press box benefit from the culinary explorations of the Food Preparation Class.
While all the members of the class prepare food for the press box on Friday evenings, some of the members of the class have also been on the field as members of the Black Flag Defense of the Gilmer Buckeye football team.
Hannah Henderson, Teasia Brooks, Sting Salgado, Wes Wynne, C.J. Kyle, Tia Hall, Kaci Crawford, Erica Flatt, Dominique Buchanan, Dunterius Goodman and Aston Grigsby worked together to prepare a different menu for each of the four home football games this fall.
After the food is finished, Wynne, Kyle, Buchanan and Goodman prepare for the evening’s activities on the field. The four are starting members of the defense.
In the press box, visiting scouts, camera crews from both teams, representatives of the media, public address announcer Jeff Rash, his spotters and others snack off the variou…

Aerial photo of Buckeye Stadium

Gilmer hosts Spring Hill in final home game

By JOE DODD
The Gilmer Buckeyes (8-0, 3-0) will close out their 2006 home schedule Friday night at Buckeye Stadium when they host the Spring Hill Panthers (5-3, 3-0) in a showdown of District 15-3A’s top two teams. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Buckeyes will try to extend their district win streak to 28 games and their home win streak to 20 games with a victory over the Panthers. Gilmer is also attempting to win its sixth consecutive district championship without a loss.
The winning streaks alone are reason enough for Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor to expect a big game from his Buckeyes, who are ranked either at or near the top in statewide 3A polls. “I don’t think these kids want to be the ones who stop that,” said Traylor, who has guided his alma mater to an amazing 69-13 record in his 7th season as head coach.
That motivation has been lacking at times over the past three games, as Gilmer started district play against teams with a combined record of 3-21. Despite winning all three ga…

Buckeyes take sting out of 'Jackets

By JOE DODD
The Gilmer Buckeyes exploded for a season-high 628 total yards en route to a 62-12 victory over the Mineola Yellowjackets Friday night in Mineola. The Buckeyes’ sported a balanced offense that gained 319 yards passing and 309 yards rushing to garner the team’s 27th consecutive district win. With the win, Gilmer improves their season record to 8-0, and their district record to 3-0. Mineola falls to 2-6 on the season, and 1-2 in district play.
The Buckeyes’ 62 points marked the fourth time this season that the Buckeyes have eclipsed the 60-point plateau, and left quite an impression on Mineola head coach Steve Wells. “That team right there is one of the best 3A teams that I’ve seen,” said Wells. “I think they have a legitimate shot to win it all.”
Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor was quick to downplay Wells’ remarks. “We were okay,” said Traylor, who improved his career record to 69-13 with the 50-point win. “I was proud that so many kids were productive on offense. We had a lot …