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Gilmer 35, West Orange-Stark 23

Buckeyes continue journey through Region III

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Saturday, Nov. 29

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When the University Interscholastic League in February realigned the Gilmer Buckeyes as the northernmost high school football team in Class 3A’s Region III, fans knew the playoffs would no doubt bring some unfamiliar opponents to the table.

So far the Buckeyes (11-1) have dispatched the Diboll Lumberjacks, 54-0, and the Mexia Blackcats, 50-36, in Carthage and Tyler respectively.

Today, the road south takes the Army of Buckeyes to Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin for another lesson in the geography of our vast state.

Coming up from the southeastern corner of Texas to meet the Buckeyes at 2:30 p.m. will be the West Orange-Stark Mustangs (10-0), who are fresh from victories over Coldspring-Oakhurst, 36-8, and Caldwell, 37-7, in their first two games of the playoffs.

Mustangs Head Coach Dan Hooks, after 28 seasons at the reins, has an overall record of 261-64-2. He, his staff and his teams have won two state titles and made four state title game appearance…

Buckeyes prepare for showdown in Lufkin Saturday against West Orange-Stark

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Buckeyes at a glance: Saturday, Nov. 29

Gilmer program rises under Traylor


When the Gilmer Buckeyes’ Jeff Traylor returned to his alma mater in 2000 as the school’s head coach, he hoped to return the program back to the glory years of 1924-1935 when Henry McClelland led the Buckeyes to an 89-28-8 record. Traylor’s 96-16 record and two trips to the state finals have restored Gilmer’s glory, and made Traylor the school’s winningest coach.

In 1982 when Dan Hooks took over the head coaching duties in West Orange Stark, the Mustangs were starting their fifth season of high school football and trying to make a name for themselves. In his 28 seasons at the helm, Hooks has made West Orange Stark the most successful program in all of Texas high school football. The Mustangs winning percentage of .7943 is best among all schools at any classification.

“They have an unbelievable history of being great,” marveled Traylor. “I want us to be like West O…

Gilmer & WOS History/Stats/Roster

Gilmer Buckeyes Black Flag Defense Season Statistics

Rushing Allowed: 2,135 yards

Passing Allowed: 1,199 yards

Total Allowed: 3,325 yards

Rushing Per Game: 177.9 yards

Passing Per Game: 99.9 yards

Total Per Game: 277.1 yards

Points Allowed: 192

Points Per Game: 16.0

Gilmer Buckeyes 2008 Season Results

Date Opponent Result

08/28/08 Jasper @ Tyler won: 56-28

09/05/08 Rains won: 77-21

09/12/08 Liberty-Eylau won: 28-14

09/19/08 @ Kilgore lost: 14-28

09/26/08 @ Daingerfield won: 49-18

10/10/08 Bullard* won: 48-12

10/17/08 @ Chapel Hill* won: 35-6

10/24/08 Spring Hill* won: 55-7

10/31/08 Gladewater* won: 43-8

11/07/08 @ Tatum* won: 48-14

11/14/08 Diboll @ Carthage won: 54-0

11/21/08 Mexia @ Tyler won: 50-36

Overall Record: 11-1

Total Points For: 557

Average Points For Per Game: 46.4

Total Points Against: 192

Average Points Against Per Game: 16.0

West Orange Stark Mustangs 2008 Season Results

Date Opponent Result

08/29/08 @ Nederl…

Gilmer 50, Mexia 36

From the Longview News-Journal:

Buckeyes battle past Mexia

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Gilmer wins scoring fest over Mexia

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:

No. 5 Gilmer ends Mexia's season in 50-36 shootout

From The Gilmer Mirror:
Buckeyes survive Mexia scare


The Mexia Blackcats shredded the Gilmer Buckeyes’ defense for 372 yards and 29 points in the second half, but the Buckeyes’ offense more than matched the Blackcats with 487 rushing yards and 50 points as Gilmer held on for a 50-36 win Friday night at Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in the Class 3A Division II Region III Area playoff game.

Down 28-7 at halftime, the Blackcats turned the ball over to sophomore running back Doug Gentry who stunned the Buckeyes’ defense with 324 total yards, including 252 rushing yards to lead the upset bid for Mexia. Gilmer countered with 100-yard rushing performances by Jeremy Jackson, Stump Godfrey and Marlon Granville.

“I’m just glad we’re moving on. Last time I was here, we l…

Buckeyes prepare for another unknown in Mexia Blackcats

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Friday night, Nov. 21


When Gilmer safety Paul Chesnut learned that the Buckeyes would face Mexia in round two of the playoffs, he proclaimed, “I don't even know how to pronounce their name.”

Chesnut meant no slight, it was just an understandable consequence of the Buckeyes move into Region III this season, as Gilmer prepares for another team that they've never played before.

“It's fun because you really don't know much about them, or have any idea where they're from, so it's always fun,” said Chesnut.

Mexia, (pronounced muh-HAY-uh) coach Les Wiginton said that lack of knowledge is the same for his players. “Before this week, if we had asked our kids what Gilmer did on offense or defense, they certainly would have had no clue,” said Wiginton. “If we had asked them to tell us one of their player's names, they would have had no clue.”

Now both teams are trying to learn as much as possible about each other as they prepare for Friday night's…


Thursday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Buckeye Gym.
There will be no charge for the event; however, the admission price will be a canned good.
All canned goods will be donated to local charities.
This pep rally is in lieu of the Friday afternoon pep rally. Go Buckeyes!!

Gilmer 54, Diboll 0

From the Longview News-Journal:

Buckeyes thrash Diboll, 54-0

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Gilmer Whips Diboll Lumberjacks, 54-0

From the Lufkin Daily News:

'Jacks knocked out by Buckeyes

From KETK Tyler:

Playoff Time

From The Gilmer Mirror:

Buckeyes shut out Diboll, 54-0


The Gilmer Buckeyes' Black Flag Defense shut down the vaunted offense of the Diboll Lumberjacks as Gilmer experienced their first foray into the Region III playoffs with a dominating 54-0 win at Carthage Friday night.

“So far we enjoy Region III,” said Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor after posting his largest winning margin in a playoff game. “It's been a long time since we've enjoyed a fourth quarter in a first round game. Usually our first round games are wars, so we were grateful.”

A cold front that moved in just before game time, had several Buckeyes remembering their last playoff game; a windy loss to Liberty Hill in last season's state championship game.

“When I saw the wind, I thought abou…

Buckeyes face unfamiliar Diboll in first round of playoffs


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Friday night, Nov. 14

When the Gilmer Buckeyes were moved into Region III at the UIL's bi-annual realignment in February, some Gilmer fans were happy to see the Buckeyes move out of Region II, where the Buckeyes had been knocked out in the first two rounds of the playoffs four times in the past seven seasons.

Welcome to Region III, where Gilmer will potentially have to defeat three top 20 teams just to make it out of the region. “We're not familiar with any of them, so it's definitely different,” admitted Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor about the Buckeyes' first playoffs in Region III. “It's the unknown; we just don't know. We'll find out here soon.”

The first challenge for the Buckeyes (9-1) will come Friday night at 7:30 in Carthage when Gilmer meets the Diboll Lumberjacks (8-2) for the first time in school history.

While the Lumberjacks are unfamiliar to the Buckeyes, their head coach is not. Tom Sheppard spent the last three years as Ta…

Gilmer 48, Tatum 14

From the Longview News-Journal:

Gilmer rambles to 48-14 win over Tatum

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Godfrey Ignites Buckeyes To Rout

Jeremy Jackson's 33-yard TD run
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 21-yard pass to Prentiss Bell
Jeremy Jackson's 82-yard TD run
Adan Olivares kicks the extra point followed by the Buckeye Band playing the GHS Fight Song
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 19-yard TD pass to Braylon Webb followed by Adan Olivares' PAT
Marlon Granville's 9-yard TD run followed by Adan Olivares' PAT

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From The Gilmer Mirror:

Buckeyes knock off Tatum for 39th straight district win


The Gilmer Buckeyes used their winning formula of stifling defense and spread-the-wealth offense to soar past the Tatum Eagles 48-14 Friday night at Eagle Stadium in Tatum. The win was the 39th consecutive for the Buckeyes in district play, and came at the site of Gilmer's last district loss in 2000.

The Buckeyes' Bl…