Buckeyes hand Tigers first loss of season, 49-18
From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:
Gilmer Buckeyes Humble Daingerfield Tigers
From The Gilmer Mirror
Buckeyes rewrite record book with 49-18 win at Daingerfield
By JOE DODD
Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor and quarterback Stump Godfrey added their names to the school record book Friday night with the Buckeyes 49-18 win over the Daingerfield Tigers. Traylor tied Henry McClelland for most career wins with his 89th victory, while Godfrey passed Manuel Johnson for career touchdown passes.
For Traylor the accomplishment was especially meaningful coming at Daingerfield, where Traylor lived while his father taught at the school. “It's special to me,” said Traylor. “I lived in Gilmer until I was five and then I moved here and stayed here until I was in junior high and then I moved back to Gilmer. People that taught me in elementary and Sunday school came up and congratulated me.”
Traylor admitted that his accomplishment meant more to him when he realized how many people it affected. “It means a lot to my mother and my father, my children, my coaches; because I know that is something they will always be associated with. It really didn't mean as much to me until I started hearing my family talk about it, it started to mean a little more as it got closer.”
Godfrey has quarterbacked the Buckeyes to 18 of Traylor's 89 victories, and entered the game tied with Johnson with 48 career touchdown passes. The junior's five touchdown passes against the Tigers leaves him with 53 for his career. “It feels great,” confessed Godfrey. “Manuel, G.J.[Kinne], and Derek [McKenzie]; those are big shoes to fill.”
“I'm very happy for Stump,” Traylor said. “He works very hard at it. He will be the first one to tell you that there have been a lot of great kids catching balls. The quarterback is always as good as the team is, and Stump's been on two great teams, and Stump is a great player.”
Coming off the Buckeyes' first regular season loss in three seasons, Godfrey played the best game of his young career completing 15 of 19 passes for 290 yards and running for 108 yards and 1 touchdown on 15 carries.
“I was in a drought the last two games,” admitted Godfrey, who accounted for all four turnovers in the Buckeyes' loss to Kilgore last week. “It felt good; we left on a good note. We didn't want to leave it the same when we left Kilgore.”
Daingerfield head coach Barry Bowman wasn't surprised with Godfrey's accomplishment. “In my opinion he's the best quarterback that we've seen in my four years here,” praised Bowman. “He's the best I've seen, and sad thing is for us, he's got another year.”
Godfrey had a lot of help, as Dangerfield started the game with a fumble on the opening kickoff that the Buckeyes recovered at the Tigers' 23-yard line. Three plays later, Godfrey scored from 6 yards out with only 57 seconds off the clock. Adan Olivares kicked the first of his seven extra points for a 7-0 Gilmer lead.
Godfrey's touchdown was the first opening series that the Buckeyes had scored on all season. “When they fumbled the kickoff and everything went our way,” said senior receiver Hunter Harrison, who was one of five different Gilmer receivers with a touchdown catch in the game.
After managing only seven yards in their first six plays, the Tigers punted to the Buckeyes, who took possession at their own 26-yard line. Four plays later Godfrey hit a wide-open Zack Jones for a 61-yard touchdown extending Gilmer's lead to 14-0 with 6:54 remaining in the first quarter.
Following another short series by Daingerfield, the Buckeyes started their third possession at the Tigers' own 49-yard line after a nice punt return by Tristan Holt. This time it took Godfrey five plays to register another touchdown pass, this one from 17 yards out to Prentiss Bell who was well covered by two defenders.
The Tigers seemed to wake up after falling behind 21-0, taking their next possession down to the Buckeyes' 9-yard line before giving the ball back to Gilmer following a Gus Osborne sack of Tyler Boyd on fourth down early in the second quarter. “Gus Osborne probably made the play of the game, sacking the quarterback on fourth down when they were still in it,” praised Traylor.
The Buckeyes drove the football down to the Daingerfield 10-yard line before a crushing hit on Godfrey forced a Buckeyes' fumble at the Tigers' 13-yard line.
Once again the Buckeyes' Black Flag Defense rose to the challenge and stopped the Tigers' drive with another tackle for loss on fourth down, giving the Gilmer offense the football at their own 43-yard line.
Two plays later, Godfrey hit Harrison from 47-yards out to give the Buckeyes a 28-0 advantage with 3:02 to play in the first half.
Harrison gave the credit for the score to the defense. “We know they are going to give us the ball in good field position so we can do our thing.”
Gilmer's defense forced a three-and-out series by the Tigers on their next possession, giving Gilmer's offense the football back just 47 seconds after their last score.
This time the Buckeyes' offense took things slowly, covering the 58-yards in 10 plays and 2:11 off the clock, before Godfrey connected with his cousin Tevin Godfrey on an 11-yard touchdown with only 4 seconds left in the first half. Gilmer took at 35-0 lead into halftime.
The Buckeyes took the second-half kick-off from the Tigers and scored 9 plays later when Godfrey found a diving Daniel McLaren in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown to push the lead to 42-0 with 8:38 remaining in the third quarter.
Following a one yard touchdown run by Daingerfield quarterback Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds to play in the third quarter, the Buckeyes finished their scoring barrage with a 6-yard touchdown run from Marlon Granville to make the score 49-6 with 10:19 remaining in the game.
Daingerfield scored twice in the fourth quarter on another run by Boyd with 5:21 to play and on a Boyd pass to David Mims with only 10 seconds left on the clock, making the final score much closer than the actual contest.
“This was the best football team we'll see this year,” said the Tigers' Bowman, who admitted that the Buckeyes' loss to Kilgore the week before didn't help his team. “I knew that the intensity level of Gilmer would be really high coming into our game, coming off the loss.”
“My kids responded great from the defeat. Daingerfield caught us on a bad night,” agreed Traylor, who said the win meant more since the Buckeyes were without five starters for the game. “We played without some of our very best players and the kids that took their places had great games. Everybody did their job well; it's a credit to our coaching staff and our players.”
Gilmer senior D.J. Stanley confirmed Traylor's thoughts. “We've got pretty good depth and we know the program is bigger than just one player, so we just had to have people step in their spot and make big plays.”
Traylor summed up the Buckeyes' pre-district schedule as his team heads into an off week. “By far the toughest non-district schedule we've played since I've been here and the kids responded great. Before the season, if you had told me we'd be 4-1, we would have taken it. We're very disappointed in the way we played in Kilgore, but it was a great learning experience and we wouldn't have played as well tonight.”
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Gilmer 21 14 7 7 49
Daingerfield 0 0 6 12 18
Bounty Hunter of the Week: D.J. Stanley
Special Teams Player of the Week: Adan Olivares
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week: B.J. Moses
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week: Roy Chambers
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER QB STUMP GODFREY threw for five touchdowns and ran for another in the Buckeyes’ 49-18 win over Daingerfield there last Friday night.
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