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Buckeyes travel to Center to face Roughriders

By JOE DODD

When the Center Roughriders made the 100-mile trip to Gilmer last year, things couldn’t have been much worse for coach Ron Callahan’s team. The Roughriders were 1-3 and had scored only 20 points in their first four games while allowing 130 points.
Fast forward one year and things are worse for Center as the Roughriders are 0-4 and have scored only 8 points in their first four games while giving up 157 points to their opponents. The only thing that has gotten better for the Roughriders this season is Gilmer has to make the 100-mile trek to Center for Friday night’s 7:30 kickoff.

The Buckeyes were rude hosts last season, jumping out to a 43-0 halftime lead before finishing off the Roughriders, 64-6, giving Center their worst loss in a miserable 2-8 season. And despite Gilmer losing three offensive starters to major colleges, Callahan believes that this year’s Buckeyes will be harder to stop.
“I think Gilmer is better than they were last year. I think on offense they are more exp…

Buckeyes cruise to win over Daingerfield

By JOE DODD

The Gilmer Buckeyes sprinted to a 21-0 first quarter lead, then set the cruise-control for the final three quarters in a 35-12 victory over the Daingerfield Tigers Friday night at Buckeye Stadium. The win was the 22nd in a row at home for the Buckeyes and improved their season record to 3-0.

Despite racking up an impressive 570 yards in total offense, and holding the Tigers to only two fourth quarter touchdowns, Gilmer Head Coach Jeff Traylor was unhappy with the play of his team. “It wasn’t near the performance I was hoping it would be,” admitted Traylor, who improved his record against the Tigers to 6-3. “I’ve been in this business long enough to understand that you better enjoy your wins. Whenever you beat Daingerfield by 23 points you got to be happy; I just think we can play better.” Favored by more than five touchdowns, the 4th ranked Buckeyes needed only 1:44 to get on the scoreboard with a 19-yard touchdown run by Justin Johnson that capped an impressive 5-play, 74-y…

Buckeyes host nemesis Daingerfield

By JOE DODD

1930. That’s how far back you have to go to find a Gilmer team that scored as many points in a game as the Buckeyes did in last week’s 71-28 crushing of Tatum. 1930 is also the first year that the Buckeyes met the Daingerfield Tigers on the football field. Gilmer won that first meeting 35-0 in a season that saw the Buckeyes record scores of 76, 86, 88 and 91 points for coach Henry McClelland.

The Buckeyes and Tigers have met 50 more times since 1930, with Daingerfield holding a series lead of 30-21 over Gilmer. The 52nd installment of this great East Texas rivalry will take place Friday night at Buckeye Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Gilmer could make a strong argument as the area’s most dominant team during McClelland’s tenure from 1924-1935. Nobody argues Daingerfield’s title as the most dominant team of the 1980s, as the Tigers went a combined 114-15-4 that decade and took home two state championships.

Gilmer, with a 73-14 record and one state championship, is …

Buckeyes score most points since 1930 in 71-28 win over Tatum

By JOE DODD

With an offensive performance not seen since 1930, and a defensive domination that made the final score deceptive, the Gilmer Buckeyes dismantled the Tatum Eagles 71-28 Thursday night in the opening game of the Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic in Tyler.

Before an estimated crowd of 9,000 fans at Rose Stadium, the Buckeyes unleashed a scoring fury last witnessed by Buckeye fans 77 years ago when Gilmer downed Atlanta 88-0. Fueled by senior running back Justin Johnson’s 173 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and sophomore quarterback Darian Godfrey’s 225 yards and four touchdowns passing, along with two rushing touchdowns; the Buckeyes’ offense rolled up 516 total yards.

Gilmer’s Black Flag Defense harassed the Eagles all night, forcing three Tatum turnovers and dropping the Eagles for 12 tackles for losses and four sacks. Vaunted Eagle running back Bryce Beall was limited to only 23 yards rushing on 10 carries. The rest of the Eagles’ backs didn’t fare any better again…

Gilmer 71, Tatum 28

Buckeyes battle Tatum in Tyler

By JOE DODD

In what has become an almost annual tradition, the Gilmer Buckeyes and Tatum Eagles will face off in a game featuring two of the best teams in the state Thursday night at Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances’ Earl Campbell Field at Rose Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Both teams are state-ranked. Both teams feature top college recruits. Both teams have won recent state titles. Gilmer’s title came in 2004, while Tatum won a 3A title in 2005, then followed with a 2A title in 2006.
For a rivalry that didn’t get started until 1986, the Buckeyes and Eagles have provided some of the best football in East Texas over the last 21 years. Only 39 points separate the two teams over the 17-game life of the series. That’s an average of only 2.3 points per game. The Buckeyes hold an 11-6 all-time advantage in the series, with Gilmer winning the past four games in a row.
That 4-game winning streak belongs to Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, who lost to the Eagles in 2000; his first season as the …

Men In Black

Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
MEN IN BLACK smother Greg Johnson, the Rams’ leading rusher, with Buckeye defenders, from left, Lamar Harris, Ross Stevens, Damian Redditt, Dakota Hagler, Kendrick Starling, Dustin Jones and David Smith closing in on the hapless runner during Gilmer’s win over Richwood. The state-ranked Buckeyes will travel to Tyler tomorrow night to participate in the opening game of the 2007 Trinity Mother Frances East Texas Football Classic at TMF Rose Stadium in Tyler. Kickoff in the game against the Tatum Eagles is set for 8 p.m. Listen live at GilmerBuckeyes.com.

Buckeyes dominate Louisiana team in season opener, 39-0

Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
DISAPPEARING IN a sea of black, Richwood’s Greg Hudson goes down surrounded by, from left, Zach Jones, Josh Thompson, Paul Chesnut, David Snow, Justin Johnson, Brennan Thompson and Ross Stevens. The Buckeyes shut out the visiting Rams. 39-0. to win their season opener here.


By JOE DODD

The Gilmer Buckeyes used an oppressive defense and an impressive rushing attack to win the season opener 39-0 over the Richwood (La.) Rams Friday night at Buckeye Stadium. It was an emotional victory for the Buckeyes after losing former teammate Josh Nelson to cancer the day before.
“They’re emotionally tired, but they focused and they made Josh proud,” said Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, whose record in season openers improved to 7-1. “There wasn’t a ‘win one for the Gipper’ speech; there was no ‘win one for Josh’. We just wanted to play the way Josh played, and that’s what we did.”
With nine new starters, Gilmer’s Black Flag Defense forced two Ram turnovers and limited…

Gilmer Buckeyes 39, Richwood Rams 0