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We love you all
Way to go, Buckeyes,
and thanks for the memories

Congratulations to the Gilmer Buckeyes for all the thrills and excitement you’ve given us this season. It was truly awesome!

We know it must be disappointing to have come up short in Waco on Saturday against the Liberty Hill Panthers (to whom we also extend kudos), but remember that you accomplished what only a handful of football teams in Texas did.

And that is to still be playing, not only in December, but in the middle of December.

A school is the heart and soul of any small community such as ours. The spirit our Gilmer Independent School District expresses for us, not only in football, but in numerous other activities on campus and in the community, keeps us all young at heart and inspired in our souls. And this is true of the other school districts of our area as well.

Many of us in this community are also graduates of your school. We, too, were raised as Buckeyes. Very few of us ever experienced the “glory days” you have. We are in awe. The memories you have created for us, to put i…

Buckeyes fall to Liberty Hill Panthers in championship game


For the first three-and-a-half minutes of Saturday's Class 3A Division I State Championship game it appeared that the Gilmer Buckeyes were on their way to their second title in four years. For the final 44-and-a-half minutes the Liberty Hill Panthers showed why they have won 24 games in a row including their second straight state championship game with a 38-13 win over the Buckeyes.

Gilmer's Justin Johnson took the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead with only 14 seconds off the clock. Then the Gilmer defense held the Panthers to 25 yards on 5 plays, forcing Liberty Hill to punt for only the 15th time all season.

From that point on it was all Panthers, as Liberty Hill's defense held the Buckeyes' offense to a season-low 135 total yards while the Panthers offense rolled up 354 yards and 6 touchdowns rushing.

“They just outplayed us,” admitted senior receiver Lamar Harris who scored the Buckeyes only offensive touchdown on a 3…

Liberty Hill 38, Gilmer 13

Buckeyes face challenge against Liberty Hill in state championship game


The offenses of the Gilmer Buckeyes and Liberty Hill Panthers featured in Saturday’s Class 3A Division I championship game could not be more different, despite the two teams’ almost mirror-image production.

No matter which team receives the opening kickoff slated for 4 p.m. at Baylor University’s Floyd Casey Stadium, fans will be treated to one of the state’s premier offensive machines.

Gilmer’s spread offense is averaging a state best 49.2 points per game, while racking up 497.5 total yards per game. Liberty Hills’ wing-t offense is averaging 46.5 points and 477.9 yards per game.

“It’s going to be a great matchup of two different styles of offense,” predicted Liberty Hill head coach Jerry Vance, whose team is riding a 23-game winning streak and attempting to defend last season’s state title.

Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor agreed. “In the state of Texas, you couldn’t have one drawn it up any better. It’s an incredible matchup.”

Traylor’s spread offense averages almost 302 yards …

Last-chance touchdown gives Buckeyes victory over Abilene Wylie


After watching his defense turn back Abilene Wylie for the second time in less than two minutes despite being deep inside Gilmer territory, Buckeyes’ head coach Jeff Traylor was left with a choice when his offense was given the football at their own 36-yard line with the score tied 21-21.

“I had a decision because I had 34 seconds and 3 timeouts; whether to just go to overtime or not,” explained Traylor. “And true to who we are, we decided we were going to go try to score with 34 seconds left and the kids responded.”

Senior wide receiver Lamar Harris rewarded his coach’s faith with a spectacular 34-yard touchdown on an underneath pass route with 9 seconds on the clock to give the Buckeyes a dramatic 28-21 win over the Bulldogs, and a berth in the Class 3A Division I state championship game.

“We knew they were going to drop back, and we just guessed right,” conceded Traylor. “We talked to our receivers about down-field blocks and sure enough, down-field blocks is what got it do…

Coming up

Gilmer Buckeyes vs.
Liberty Hill Panthers
Saturday, December 15, 4 p.m.
Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco

This will be for the state championship
in Class 3A Division I

The Buckeyes are the visiting team and will wear white.

Floyd Casey Stadium

Pleasanton's season comes crashing to a halt

Blog from Alamodome

Liberty Hill back in title game

Statesman - Liberty Hill Panthers

Navasota's postseason run ended by Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill machine rolls Robinson in bi-district, 42-14

Doug Allman - Hidden Gem

Faces Off the Field: Liberty Hill's Marlowe Poitier, John Miller

Liberty Hill handles Gatesville

Liberty Hill looking to dominate 3A
Some of the assumptions in this preseason article proved invalid as Liberty Hill went into Division I rather than II, once the playoff picture became clear.

Liberty Hill Varsity

Liberty Hill offense in action

Gilmer Statistics:

Rushing: 428 att - 1927 yds | 137.6 yds/g (4.5 yds/car)
Passing: 124 - 248 - 1358 yds | 97.0 yds/g
Total: 676 - 3285 yds | 234.6 yds/g


Gilmer Buckeyes face Abilene Wylie Bulldogs tonight


When the Gilmer Buckeyes (13-0) and Abilene Wylie Bulldogs (11-2) kick off at 6 p.m. at Birdville ISD Stadium in North Richland Hills, it will be the first-ever meeting between two of the best programs in Class 3A.

Since 2000, the Buckeyes and Bulldogs have combined for 168 wins, 5 semifinal appearances, and 2 state championships. “I think it’s a huge marquee match-up to get two schools that have a state championship at their school to meet each other in the state semifinals,” said Abilene Wylie head coach Hugh Sandifer, who is 188-74-1 in 22 seasons as the Bulldogs head coach.

Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, who is 84-14 in eight seasons at Gilmer, is thrilled to have his program compared to Abilene Wylie. “We’ve been good for seven,” admitted Traylor. “They’ve been good for 14 years in a row. That’s the difference; they’ve been doing it longer.”

Traylor is referring to the Bulldogs’ Class 3A-best streak of 14 consecutive playoff appearances. “They are one of the best program…

Buckeyes corral Mustangs in regional final


The Gilmer Buckeyes managed to overcome a disastrous second quarter and a Herculean effort by Dallas Roosevelt quarterback Vincent McNeil Jr. to capture a hard-fought 42-36 Class 3A Region I final win over the Mustangs before an estimated crowd of 13,000 people at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium Saturday night.

McNeil led the Mustangs to a 29-point second quarter, thanks to three Buckeyes’ miscues that helped Roosevelt rack up 194 yards of total offense in the second quarter alone. “He’s the best player I’ve ever coached against,” praised Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor. “I know I said that about LaMichael James [Liberty-Eylau’s running back], but now LaMichael James is second.” McNeil accounted for 432 total yards in the game, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score.

Luckily for the Buckeyes it took McNeil a quarter to get warmed up. The Mustangs’ first possession lasted 5:03, but only managed 28 yards in 8 plays before Roosevelt was forced to punt to the Buck…

Coming up

Next game
Gilmer Buckeyes (13-0) vs.
Abilene Wylie Bulldogs (11-2),
Birdville Athletic Complex,
North Richland Hills,
6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8

Gilmer will be the home team in this Class 3A Division I semifinal and will wear black.

Gilmer On Track For Another Title

Gilmer Shoots For Berth In State Championship

For me, no game lights up this week's schedule brighter than Wylie and Gilmer.

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Rusty's take on the drive in: (scroll down for parking)

Senior leadership
Wylie elders make key plays in win

Wylie's consistency starts with the staff

Abilene Wylie Team Page

Wylie All-Sports Booster Club

Wylie Bulldogs vs Wimberley Texans

Wylie vs. Clyde

Wylie Bulldogs' Regular Season Highlights

Wylie vs Decatur 2007 Bi-District