Skip to main content

Scrimmage Saturday against Atlanta MOVED from Atlanta to Buckeye Stadium in Gilmer

The Gilmer Buckeyes will host the Atlanta Rabbits on Saturday morning, Aug. 16, here in Gilmer at Buckeye Stadium in a last-minute switch of location. The freshmen/junior varsity scrimmages begin at 9 a.m. with the varsity following at approximately 10 a.m.

Buckeyes take on Atlanta in first scrimmage


The Gilmer Buckeyes start their pre-season schedule Saturday with a scrimmage at Atlanta. Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor said the Rabbits are the perfect team to prepare his young squad for the season. “We just like playing good people who are close, and can run,” said Traylor. “Obviously Atlanta is probably one of the top three speed teams in the state of Texas.”

The Rabbits finished as the Class 3A runner-up in this spring’s state track meet, complementing their three state championships in track this decade. And while the football team has struggled in recent years, the Rabbits are one of only five teams to beat the Buckeyes the past five seasons.

Atlanta ended Gilmer’s 2003 season in the regional final en route to a state championship. Since that game, the Buckeyes have a 50-4 record, while the Rabbits have gone 13-29. Rabbits’ new head coach Ronnie Melton will try to return the program to glory. Despite the change in head coach, Traylor believes the Rabbits’ schemes will remain the same. “They’ve changed coaches, but it’s a guy from within the same staff so we expect it to be pretty similar.”

This scrimmage follows what Traylor called, a “really good” first week of practice. “It’s kind of hard to tell because you are working so many kids; trying to develop a lot of depth,” Traylor said. “It’s kind of hard to give a grade, but I would say that I am pleased.”

Gilmer’s freshmen and junior varsity teams will start the scrimmage on opposite sides of the field at 9 a.m. The freshmen offense and JV defense will take the field first for a 50-play scrimmage.

The varsity teams will follow with a 70-play scrimmage starting with the Buckeyes’ offense facing the Rabbits’ defense. Following the scrimmage, both teams will practice their punt coverage and extra-point teams.

Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
AT MEET THE BUCKEYES Saturday evening (Aug. 9), Athletic Director Jeff Traylor introduces his seniors to the audience, including team captains Dakota Hagler (54), D.J. Stanley (12), Hunter Harrison (behind Stanley) and Zack Jones (7). Sitting by the Buckeyes are members of the Lady Buckeyes Volleyball team. The Buckeyes scrimmage Atlanta there on Saturday.


jeery said…
The free rabbit photo,rabbit videos and more types of rabbit About Us in the

Popular posts from this blog

Buckeyes face La Vega in second round of playoffs

Buckeyes Remain Perfect

Directions to Mesquite Memorial Stadium

Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
Listen Live at


With only 16 teams left in the Class 3A Division I playoffs, the Gilmer Buckeyes are just one of many teams with impressive résumés.

“They’re all good this time of the year,” stated Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, who has led his alma mater to a 108-17 record and one state championship in his 10 years at the helm of the Buckeyes.

Take La Vega, the Buckeyes’ opponent Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Mesquite. The Pirates have gone at least three rounds deep in the playoffs every year since 2006, sporting an impressive 10-3 playoff record in that span.

“We do have some experience and tradition,” admitted La Vega head coach Willie Williams, who has a 135-84-2 record in his 20th season as Pirates’ head coach.

Like Traylor, Williams is coaching in his hometown. “This is the only place I’ve known. I graduated from here and I’ve coached here for 27 years. I’ve never coache…