Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gilmer 35, West Orange-Stark 23

From Smoaky.com:

Hunter Harrison interview

From the Longview News-Journal:

Buckeyes' victory sets up showdown with Carthage

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Gilmer Buckeyes Skate Past West Orange-Stark

From the Lufkin Daily News:

Gilmer eliminates West Orange-Stark, 35-23

From The Orange Leader:

Fast-break Buckeyes end great WO-S run


Gilmer’s Joseph Crocker consoles West Orange-Stark’s James Haynes Saturday evening at Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Mustangs 35-23, ending the WO-S season with a 10-1 record.
Mark Pachuca / The Orange Leader



Gilmer players show some class after beating WOS by consoling James Haynes and others who saw their season come to an end Saturday with a 35-23 loss in Lufkin. Gilmer was the better team on Saturday but the Stangs certainly had their chances to get back into it after being down 28-9 at the half. WOS ends the season 10-1 while Gilmer (12-1) moves on to play Carthage.


OPEN LETTER TO THE TOWN OF GILMER AND ITS HIGH SCHOOL



I am a West Orange Stark football fan. I witnessed the game between Gilmer and WOS last Saturday in Lufkin.

It was a clean, hard-fought football game between two very good teams.

But what I noticed the most was the sportsmanship of both the fans and the players from Gilmer.

These young people (football team, cheerleaders, band) represented their school and their city very well.

It is the parents, teacher and coaches that instill these values in our kids, and a great job is being done by all in the town of Gilmer, Texas. Best of luck to the Buckeyes.

‘Mike M’

From the Beaumont Enterprise:

West Orange-Stark's second-half rally not big enough in loss to Gilmer

Third round's not a charm for West Orange-Stark

From the Record:

Mustang Insider

From the Houston Chronicle:

Boxscore of Gilmer - WO-S Game

From The Gilmer Mirror:

Buckeyes advance with 35-23 win over WOS



By JOE DODD

The Gilmer Buckeyes used a dominating first half performance and survived a third quarter rally to defeat the West Orange Stark Mustangs 35-23 Saturday in the Class 3A Division II Region III semifinal at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin.

The loss was the first of the season for the Mustangs (10-1), who have the highest all-time winning percentage among all high school teams in Texas. “This is a huge win for our program,” said Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor. “West Orange Stark is who we want to be. We want to be that way for 30 years.”

Traylor compared the victory over the Mustangs to Gilmer's wins over other storied programs in Texas.

“You don't get to play the team that has the highest winning percentage in the state of Texas very often, so I would say it's right up there with our wins over Celina, Abilene Wylie and Daingerfield.” Traylor said.

Just a week after throwing only eight passes for 38 yards in a win over Mexia, the Buckeyes took to the air against the Mustangs, completing 22 of 39 passes for 351 yards and 5 touchdowns.

West Orange Stark, who entered the game with the best defense in the state, allowing only 56 points in 10 games and giving up an average of only 120 total yards per game, was surprised to see the aerial attack.

“Those kind of things don't usually happen to us; but they did tonight and it's all Gilmer's credit,” said Mustangs head coach Dan Hooks, who suffered only his 65th defeat in 28 years at West Orange Stark.

Traylor said that the Buckeyes took to the air out of necessity. “They were so good up front, it was just hard to run the ball, and we didn't have our running back,” said Traylor in reference to Jeremy Jackson who missed the game with an injury after rushing for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns against Mexia.

“Our receivers, quarterback and offensive line did a great job,” praised Traylor, who added “Our coaching staff did as good a job as they've ever done.”

Not to be outdone, the Buckeyes' Black Flag defense held the Mustangs to only 88 rushing yards on 42 carries, well below their 242-yard average entering the game.

“We couldn't block them; they were penetrating,” said a frustrated Hooks. “I thought they played excellent. They got a great effort out of their players tonight. They were really coming hard. They made some big plays and intercepted two passes. They were a lot better defensively than I thought they would be.”

Gilmer's defense struggled early, but didn't break. West Orange Stark received the opening kickoff and proceeded on an 18 play, 63-yard drive that took 9 minutes off the clock, before the Mustangs had to settle for a 22-yard Justin Sparrow field goal and a 3-0 lead.

Gilmer answered with an 8-play drive covering 71 yards that ended with a backwards pass from Stump Godfrey to Hunter Harrison, who then threw to a wide-open J.T. Beecham for a 32-yard touchdown with just 38 seconds left in the opening quarter. Adan Olivares kicked the first of his five extra points for a 7-3 lead that the Buckeyes would never relinquish.

“All week coach [Keith] Tate has been telling me, you have to catch this ball. If you don't; don't even come to the sidelines. So I knew I had to catch it,” said Beecham.

It looked like the Mustangs would answer right back on the next series, driving the football down to the Gilmer 24-yard line before Beecham hit Mustangs' quarterback Ortavious Hypolite and forced a fumble recovered by the Buckeyes' Gus Osborne at the Gilmer 20-yard line.

Godfrey hit Zack Jones on a 42-yard pass on the next play, and three plays later Harrison took a handoff on a sweep, then pulled up and fired a 25-yard touchdown strike to Jones for a 14-3 lead with 8:40 to play in the second quarter.

“It felt great,” said the senior Harrison, who hadn't thrown a pass since playing quarterback for Gilmer's junior varsity team his sophomore year. “We worked on it all week and I was ready if the time ever came.”

The Buckeyes' two quick scores seemed to unnerve the Mustangs, who abandoned their ball control game plan and threw three consecutive incomplete passes on their next possession, giving Gilmer the football in great field position at their own 47-yard line after a 20-yard punt by Trey Franks.

The Buckeyes managed to get the ball down to the Mustangs' 28-yard line before three straight incomplete passes brought up a big decision on 4th down and 10. After a Gilmer time-out, Godfrey fired a perfect strike to Prentiss Bell, who beat his defender to the inside and ran into the end zone for a touchdown and 21-3 lead with 5:10 remaining in the first half.

Another impressive three-and-out effort by the Buckeyes' defense forced a punt from the Mustangs' 36-yard line, but this time Franks made up for his poor punt on his first attempt, booming a 61-yard punt that rolled to the Gilmer 3-yard line.

The Buckeyes were unable to dig out of that hole, gaining only 8 yards and punting the ball back to the Mustangs, who took possession at their own 47-yard line.

Two big passes from Hypolite to James Haynes and Franks put the Mustangs inside the Buckeyes' 10-yard line, where Hypolite ran it in for a touchdown from 9 yards out with 1:37 to play in the first half. An illegal motion penalty against the Mustangs pushed the extra point attempt back five yards and proved costly as Sparrow's kick sailed wide right to make the score 21-9.

After a 41-yard return by Braylon Webb on the ensuing kickoff, the Buckeyes took advantage of their starting field position at the Mustangs' 42-yard line. Godfrey hit Jones on a quick out to the right side, and the senior receiver made two defenders miss and ran down the sidelines before he was knocked out at the 3-yard line. On the next play, Godfrey connected with Tristan Holt for the touchdown, and a 28-9 lead with 1:17 left in the half.

Any chance of the Mustangs matching the Buckeyes' quick strike before halftime were thwarted when Beecham sacked Hypolite with a crushing hit that knocked the ball loose and forced the senior quarterback to the sideline before the Mustangs allowed the clock to expire without taking another snap.

Gilmer came out in the second half weary of another comeback attempt like Mexia's 29-point explosion last week, and the Mustangs didn't disappoint.

On Gilmer's first snap from scrimmage, Godfrey completed a pass to Holt, who burst into Mustang territory before fumbling the ball away to the Mustangs at their 38-yard line. Six plays later, the Buckeyes' Luis Castro sacked Hypolite on fourth down, returning the football to the Buckeyes at their own 45-yard line.

Gilmer's offense could not take advantage of the field position, punting the ball back to the Mustangs who took possession at their own 16-yard line.

On the next play, Hypolite hit a streaking Josh Gloston for a 75-yard gain down to the Buckeyes' 9-yard line. Quintavious Garrett ran it in on the next play. Sparrow's extra-point kick was blocked by the Buckeyes to make the score 28-15 with 8:24 to go in the third quarter.

Gilmer's offense stalled again on their next possession, gaining only 2 yards on 3 plays before punting the ball to the Mustangs' Franks, who returned it 47 yards to the Buckeyes' 14-yard line.

Four plays later, Garrett scored on a 2-yard run with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter. Gloston then took a reverse around left end for the two-point conversion, cutting Gilmer's lead to just five points, 28-23.

“I really felt like we were going to win the football game,” Hooks said after closing the scoring gap.

“They could have gone away, and they never went away,” said Traylor, who added that his team remained calm during the Mustangs' run. “We never got rattled. We've been through it so much.”

The Buckeyes' showed their maturity four plays later when Godfrey pump-faked a screen pass to the right side and threw a bomb downfield to a wide-open Harrison for a 52- yard touchdown just 74 seconds after the Mustangs last score giving Gilmer a 35-23 advantage with 4:21 left in the third quarter.

“We had been running a slip screen out there the whole game, we knew they were going to over pursue that and I just found Hunter down the sideline,” said Godfrey, who completed 20 of 37 passes for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns.

“After that we lost all the momentum and they went on and won the game,” said Hooks. “They were the better team.”

The Black Flag Defense held the Mustangs scoreless the final 18:25 of the game, with Xavier Easley and D.J. Stanley intercepting Hypolite passes to ensure that the Mustangs wouldn't do what Mexia had done a week earlier.

“Everybody knew how good they were and we respected them and I think that's why we came out and played well,” said Stanley.

Traylor knew that his team, especially his defense, would respond to the Mustangs' challenge. “I knew we were going to play well,” said Traylor. “We had a little edge tonight. They got our best shot tonight. It will be interesting to see if we can do it two weeks in a row.”

Scoring Summary
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Gilmer 7 21 7 0 35
West Orange Stark 3 6 14 14 23


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER’S STUMP GODFREY throws a screen pass behind good protection in early action in Lufkin Saturday. The Buckeyes depended largely on the airways as they defeated West Orange-Stark 35-23 to continue in the Class 3A Division II playoffs against Carthage Saturday night in Nacogdoches.

From KLTV Tyler:

High School Football Playoffs

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From KETK Tyler:

Longview and Gilmer Advance

From KBMT Beaumont:

HS Football Playoffs - Sat 11/29

From Maxpreps:

Game Summary

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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 appearances, all in Class 4A. Since moving down to Class 3A in 2004, though, perennially state-ranked West Orange-Stark has not been able to advance beyond the semifinals.

In addition to coaching the football program which has the highest winning percentage (.7943) of any in the state of Texas in all classifications, Hooks is also the oldest active high school football coach in the state of Texas. He turned 70 in August. Coaching appears to be keeping him young.

The stadium where the Mustangs play was named after him two years ago.

On the other side of the ledger, Gilmer since 2004 has made two state title game appearances, winning one. And the Buckeyes have never gone out in this round under Head Coach Jeff Traylor (96-16 overall in nine years at the helm).

Traylor turned 40 in May, so he has plenty of time to catch Hooks in victories and it won’t take 30 years at the rate he’s going.

The Mustangs have played only 10 games because two of their regular season games were cancelled during Hurricane Ike and its aftermath back in September.

Some of West Orange-Stark’s players were displaced by the storm, the third-costliest in U.S. history, which wreaked great havoc and destruction along the coast from Galveston all the way to Orange and beyond, but was all but ignored by the national media.

According to The Orange Leader, Ike left eight WO-S varsity players without homes and two coaches, Hooks and one of his assistants, quarterbacks’ coach Toby Foreman.

Foreman then leased a 3-bedroom apartment and offered to house Ortavious Hypolite, the Mustangs’ senior QB, and linebacker Robert Jiles, also a senior. Both accepted.
Hypolite and running back Quintavious Garrett are the two top offensive threats the Mustangs bring to the party. Receiver Trey Franks is Hypolite’s favorite target through the air.

Even as the Buckeyes are known for their mastery of the “no huddle” spread offense triggered by junior quarterback Darian “Stump” Godfrey, the Mustangs are notorious for an unforgiving, take-no-prisoners defense, nicknamed the “Chain Gang.”

It is known not for its size, but its speed and quickness in pursuing to the football.
Cornel Thompson, longtime WO-S defensive coordinator, is highly respected in coaching circles, according to Coach Traylor:

“Anybody in coaching knows about Cornel Thompson, and the 50 Defense. He’s renowned for it. He’s spoken at a million clinics about it. He’s just known as the 50 guru among coaches.”

Interviewed by KFDM Channel 6 in Beaumont earlier in the week about the upcoming game with Gilmer, Coach Hooks said, “I don’t think they’ve played a defense like ours; at least I hope they haven’t.”

He added, “I think right now we’re playing as good as we have all year.”
Coach Traylor said, “We have not played a defense this good since Atlanta in 2003.”
It has allowed an average of only 5.6 points per game this season, stingiest in the state.

The 2008 Buckeyes, on the other hand, average a state-leading 46.4 points a game. This year’s rushing attack has been even more prolific in yardage than the always-dangerous passing game.

No one should underestimate the “Black Flag” defense of the Buckeyes either. It notched a shutout against explosive Diboll two weeks ago and has been consistently good throughout the season, drawing favorable comparisons to the 2004 edition which won state.

And now it has something to prove after the 29-point comeback Mexia mounted in the second half at TMF Rose Stadium on Nov. 21.

It will also be engaging a familiar-looking offense across the line of scrimmage as the Mustangs usually spread the field as well. They also light up the scoreboard to the tune of 44 points per game on average.

The Mustangs are the home team today. Their school colors are silver and blue. The most recent high school enrollment figure they provided to the UIL totaled 691 students, slightly smaller than Gilmer’s 701.

West Orange-Stark High School was created in 1977 through the merger of West Orange High and Lutcher Stark High.

Gilmer Buckeye Athletic Booster President Bridget Fowler is asking the Army of Buckeyes that will be in attendance today to wear black and “black out that stadium.”

The winner of today’s game will play Carthage. If Gilmer wins, the game will be at Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches next Saturday night, according to Carthage Coach Scott Surratt. His Bulldogs defeated the Rockdale Tigers, 55-28, last night in Corsicana.

In Division II, it takes six victories to win state, so the teams remaining after today will still need three more to bring home the championship trophy.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
MARLON GRANVILLE, one of a plethora of offensive weapons which can be unleashed by the 2008 Gilmer Buckeyes, motors 27 yards for the final touchdown against Mexia on Nov. 21 in Tyler. Ty Barr rises to watch his teammate score to put the game out of reach with 1:50 to go. This afternoon, the Buckeyes travel to Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium to play the West Orange-Stark Mustangs in a Class 3A Division II Region III marquee matchup. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $7 each.

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Gilmer program rises under Traylor

By JOE DODD

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 Orange Stark. I want somebody in 25 years to say that we’ve been winning for the last 30 years.”

The two teams meet for the first time Saturday at 2:30 pm. in Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium in the Class 3A Division II Region III Semifinal.

Hooks (261-64-2) said his Mustangs are excited to face the Buckeyes. “It’s going to be a good football game. I’m looking forward to it,” said Hooks, who credits his success and the Buckeyes’ to a common denominator. “The kids have tremendous pride. They’re representing their community, their parents, the school. They really feel obligated to play well and represent the community and their folks. That’s what makes the two programs so good. There will be some sparks flying Saturday.”

On paper it appears to be a classic matchup. “It will be our defense against their offense,” said Hooks.

The Buckeyes’ offense has scored a state best 557 points in twelve games and averages 477.1 total yards per game.

The Mustangs’ defense has allowed a state best 56 points in 10 games this season, giving up an average of just 121.3 total yards per game.

Hooks credits his defense’s success to his longtime assistant. “Our defensive coordinator is a man named Cornel Thompson,” said Hooks. “He demands that our kids run to the ball and get there in a bad mood.”

Traylor said that Thompson needs no introduction. “Anybody in coaching knows about Cornel Thompson, and the 50 Defense. He’s renowned for it. He’s spoken at a million clinics about it; He’s just known as the 50 guru among coaches.”

“We’ve not played a defense like this,” warned Traylor. “They remind me of Atlanta’s defense in 2003. They hit. They take a lot of great pride in their defense.”

That could be bad news for the Buckeyes, who lost 34-14 to the eventual state champion Rabbits in the regional final that year.

“Their team speed is phenomenal defensively,” said Traylor, who cited the 4.36 40 time for Mustangs’ safety James Haynes in a camp earlier this past summer. “They are just so fast. That’s really the strength of their team.”

Hooks said the Mustangs defensive philosophy is simple. “We try to stop what the other team does best. If we do, we win. If we don’t we don’t.”

So far this season, it’s worked every game. The Mustangs have allowed more than 200 total yards only once, while holding six out of 10 opponents to 115 yards or less.

Hooks said the Mustangs have to do the same thing to the Buckeyes in order to win. “I would rather it be a low scoring game. I don’t want one of those 50-48 deals because you’re liable to have 48 when it’s over, and that’s not good. So I would like to hold the score down as much as we could and play real good defense, and score four touchdowns and hope that’s enough.”

Traylor knows that the Buckeyes’ offense can not win the game by themselves. “Your kicking game and your defense is how you win championships. It doesn’t matter how good you are on offense, if you’re not good on defense.”

Gilmer’s defense is suddenly an area of concern after allowing 372 yards and 29 points in the second half last week to Mexia. “We’ve got to play better on defense, and I know we can because we have,” Traylor said. “I’m not going to let one half of football erase 23 halves of good football.”

The Mustangs are confident that their offense matches up well against the Buckeyes’ defense. “Offensively, I think our kids can move the ball on them and get into the end zone,” said Hooks, who said that eliminating Gilmer’s big plays is a key.

“You can’t go out there in the first quarter and turn the ball over and give them 21 points. You can’t give them points. You’ve got to make them drive the length of the field. Don’t fumble the football; kick it to them and play defense. If we can do that and just hang in there and not give them the big play, then we’ll be fine,” Hooks said.

“Fast, quick and athletic,” is how Traylor describes the Mustangs’ offense that averages 44 points and almost 376 total yards per game.

“Their tailback is big-time; you cannot get him down,” said Traylor, about Quintavious Garrett who has rushed for 1,117 yards and 19 touchdowns on 151 carries this season.

“Their strength is their skill kids. Their quarterback [Ortavious Hypolite] (6-0, 190, 4.6) reminds me of Derek McKenzie. He’s strong and will not go down. When you give him the ball on fourth and one, he makes it.”

Hypolite has rushed for 738 yards and 10 touchdowns on 109 carries, while completing 83 of 134 passes for 1,277 yards and 10 more touchdowns. Hypolite has thrown only two interceptions all season.

His main target has been receiver Trey Franks, who leads the Mustangs with 578 yards and five touchdowns on 31 catches.

Hooks said Hypolite, Garrett and Franks will have to have a good game in order for the Mustangs to equal the success that they enjoyed in Class 4A when the Mustangs won two state championships and played in two more.

Since their move down to Class 3A in 2004, the Mustangs have made it past the third round of the playoffs only once. “It’s real big. We’ve been close, but we just can’t get over that third round; it’s just been a nemesis to us. We need to get past that and go on,” said Hooks.

“If you don’t win you go home; and that’s going to be sad for either team, because both teams are very good,” summed up Hooks.

Traylor said that’s the kind of pressure he likes. “This is fun. This is what it’s all about,” said Traylor. “You live for this. This is why you coach; this is why you play.”

Game Notes

• Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey needs 117 total yards to reach 7,000 for his career.

• Gilmer running back Jeremy Jackson needs 38 rushing yards to reach 1,000 on the season.

• Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrtey needs 238 rushing yards to reach 1,000 on the season.

• The Mustangs have a nickname for their defense analogous to the “Black Flag” of the Buckeyes. Theirs is called the “Chain Gang.”

Bounty Hunter of the Week: Vance Green

Special Teams Players of the Week: Daniel McLaren, Marlon Granville, D.J. Stanley

Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week: Jordan Traylor

Defensive Scout Team Players of the Week: Ty Barr, Colton Hill


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
JEREMY JACKSON hurdles Buckeye teammate Beau Blair as Michael Boddie blocks a Blackcat defender. Jackson had key touchdowns in the win over Mexia.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
MARLON GRANVILLE glances back as he dashes 27 yards for the final Gilmer touchdown against Mexia.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER BUCKEYES in 2008 are: Kedon Franklin, Tristan Holt, Daniel McLaren, Luis Castro, Braylon Webb, Zach Jones, Vance Green, Cody Sewell, Darian Godfrey, Paul Chesnut, D.J. Stanley, Andy Schmidt, Luke Turner, Hunter Harrison, Chris Miller, Tevin Godfrey, Prentiss Bell, Ben Griffith, Marlon Granville, J.T. Beecham, Gus Osborne, Tanner Kern, Aaron Borens, Xavier Easley, Tyrone Fort, Jeff Jackson, Josh Thompson, Joseph Crocker, Jeremy Jackson, Mikey Wilson, Kavin Patton, Adan Olivares, Mitch Reid, Josh Gordon, Adam Martin, Roy Chambers, Eric Miller, Jordan Abron, Tamil Harris, Jordan McCraven, Ben Turner, Ty Barr, Dakota Cannon, Caleb Denton, Barry Kennedy, Dakota Hagler, Dustin Hardin, Jacob Ramsey, Jared Harborth, Hayden Holmes, Jonathon Rockwell, Jason Humphrey, Cory Davis, Beau Blair, Jacob Jenkins, Clayton Hampton, Rondarius Darden, Michael Boddie, Arsenio Elder, Harvey Horton, Chad Tennison and Shaquille Ector.

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From The Orange Leader:

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Garrett stepping up his game

Ike's wrath draws WO-S' Foreman, players closer with new living quarters

From the Beaumont Enterprise:

West Orange-Stark defense to meet high-scoring offense in next round

From the Record:

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Monday, November 24, 2008

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 @ Nederland won: 33-13

09/05/08 Little Cypress-Mauriceville won: 48-7

09/12/08 @ Kirbyville cancelled

09/19/08 Jasper cancelled

10/03/08 @ Brookshire Royal won: 33-7

10/10/08 Silsbee* won: 14-7

10/17/08 @ Hamshire-Fannett* won: 66-0

10/24/08 Bridge City* won: 66-7

10/31/08 @ Hardin-Jefferson* won: 40-0

11/07/08 Orangefield* won: 67-0

11/15/08 Coldspring-Oakhurst @ Deer Park won: 36-8

11/21/08 Caldwell @ The Woodlands won: 37-7

Overall Record: 10-0

Total Points For: 440

Average Points For Per Game: 44.0

Total Points Against: 56

Average Points Against Per Game: 5.6

Gilmer Buckeyes’ History


By the Decade:

W- L- T
1914-19 25-22-1
1920-29 63-22-6
1930-39 56-39-7
1940-49 60-30-6
1950-59 63-35-5
1960-69 51-51-3
1970-79 32-65-3
1980-89 64-40-6
1990-99 59-45-2
2000-08 96-16-0
TOTAL: 569-365-39
Undefeated Seasons: 4 (1924, 1941, 1945, 2004)
(Unbeaten regular season in 1956, 1981, 2003, 2006, 2007)
Winless Seasons: 0

State Championships: 2004
Last District Championship: 2008
Last Playoff Appearance: 2007
Playoff Record: 44-18-1


Rushing Yards, Season:
2,171 – Justin Johnson, 2007 (14 games)

Rushing TDs, Season:

27 - Derek McKenzie, 2003 (14 games)

Passing Yards, Season:
4,102 - Manuel Johnson, 2004 (16 games)

Passing TDs, Season:
48 - Manuel Johnson, 2004 (16 games)

Receiving Yards, Season:
1,168 - Manuel Johnson, 2003 (14 games)

Receptions, Season:
81-Kevin Hollis, 2004 (16 games)

TD Receptions, Season:

15 – Houston Tuminello, 2007 (14 games)

Extra Points, Season:
67-Shea Harborth (67-68), 2005 (12 games)

WEST ORANGE STARK HIGH SCHOOL


MASCOT: Mustangs

SCHOOL COLORS: Silver/Blue

DISTRICT: 21-3A

ENROLLMENT: 691

Head Football Coach: Dan Hooks

28th season at West Orange Stark

Record at West Orange Stark: 261-64-2

Overall Record: 261-64-2

Team Leaders

PASSING

Ortavious Hypolite 10 games 83-134-2 1,277 yards 10 TD's

RUSHING

Quintavious Garrett 9 games 151 carries 1,117 yards 19 TD's

Ortavious Hypolite 10 games 109 carries 738 yards 10 TD's

RECEIVING

Trey Franks 10 games 31 catches 578 yards 5 TD's



TEAM OFFENSE

Passing 1,338 yards 133.8 ypg

Rushing 2,419 yards 241.9 ypg

Total 3,757 yards 375.7 ypg

TEAM DEFENSE

Passing 630 yards 63.0 ypg

Rushing 583 yards 58.3 ypg

Total 1,213 yards 121.3 ypg

Recovered Fumbles: 16

Interceptions: 9

Forced Turnovers: 25

West Orange Stark History

Undefeated Seasons: 2 (1987, 2008)

District Championships: 18

State Championships: 1986, 1987

State Championship Appearances: 1986, 1987, 1988, 2000

All-Time Playoff Appearances: 20

All-Time Playoff Record: 35-17-1

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NO. NAME POSITION HEIGHT WEIGHT GRADE

2 Darius Robinson DE/RB 5'5” 150 10

7 Trey Franks WR/DB 5'10” 170 11

8 Kevin Robinson DE/RB 5'7” 160 12

9 Josh Gloston WR/DB 5'7” 155 12

13 Ortavious Hypolite QB/DB 6'0” 190 12

14 Justin Sparrow K 5'10” 155 11

15 James Haynes WR/DB 6'1” 180 11

17 Adrian Steen WR/DE 6'0” 180 12

20 Quintavious Garrett RB/DL 5'7” 185 12

25 Curtis Rose WR/DB 5'9” 150 12

31 Carderyl Dove WR/DB 5'10” 162 12

36 Stephen Cook TE/DL 6'0” 210 11

37 Terry Rubin RB/DL 5'7” 170 11

41 Josh Lynch TE/LB 5'9” 201 12

48 Roderick Simmons WR/DB 5'8” 160 11

49 Robert Jiles TE/LB 5'10” 172 12

50 Kendall Veitch OL/LB 5'9” 170 12

53 Van Jordan OL/DL 5'11” 175 11

54 Jacorey Roberts OL/DL 6'1” 201 12

57 Josh Riggs OL/DL 6'0” 175 11

60 Kory Freeman OL/DL 5'11” 170 12

63 Laramie Phillips OL/DL 5'11” 185 11

64 Warren Dorsey OL/DL 5'11” 160 12

65 Cameron Allen OL/DL 5'10” 222 10

69 Eric Arnold OL/DL 5'11” 225 12

73 Kendrick Hebert OL/DL 5'11” 240 12

81 Matthew Provost TE/DE 6'2” 175 12

83 Mark Roberts WR/DB 6'2” 160 10

89 Da'Jewel Nelson WR/DE 5'10” 170 11


Superintendent: Dr. O. Taylor Collins

Principal: Mike Mason

Athletic Director/Head Coach: Dan R. Hooks

Athletic Trainer: David Shaw

Defensive Coordinator: Cornel Thompson

Offensive Coordinator: Randy Crouch

Assistant Coaches: Ed Dyer, Kevin Goodwin, Brett McPhatter,

Mike Pierce, Toby Foreman

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

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



By JOE DODD

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 lost in the second round.” said Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor referring to Gilmer’s 61-58 loss to Canton in the Buckeyes’ last playoff game at Rose Stadium in 2005.

Mexia showed Gilmer that they came to play on the game’s first two series as the Blackcats forced a quick three-and-out, stopping the Buckeyes on fourth down to take possession at the Gilmer 46-yard line. Mexia kept the Buckeyes’ offense off the field with a 5:54 drive lasting 12 plays before Mike Gamble scored from a yard out on fourth down. T.J. Sadler kicked the extra point to give the Blackcats a 7-0 lead with only 4:15 left in the opening quarter.

Trailing for the first time since their loss to Kilgore in week four, Gilmer responded with four consecutive touchdown drives on offense, while the Buckeyes’ defense stopped Mexia on three fourth down attempts, to take a commanding 28-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Gilmer’s Jackson and Godfrey did most of the damage as Jackson rushed for two of the touchdowns and Godfrey rushed for another. Godfrey and Jackson also hooked up on a touchdown pass to account for all of the first half scoring.

Jackson’s first touchdown run came from two yards out as the Buckeyes completed a 62-yard, 4-play drive to answer Mexia’s score only 53 seconds later. Adan Olivares kicked the first of six extra points to tie the score at 7-7 with 3:22 to play in the first quarter.

After taking over at the 50-yard line following a failed fourth down attempt by the Blackcats, Godfrey connected with Jackson from 20 yards out to give the Buckeyes a 14-7 lead just 37 seconds into the second quarter.

After stopping the Blackcats on downs at their own 22-yard line, Gilmer’s Jackson picked up 20 yards on two carries before Godfrey wowed the Buckeyes’ fans with a 58-yard touchdown run up the middle for a 21-7 advantage with 6:09 remaining in the first half.

Following Mexia’s only punt of the game, Gilmer’s next scoring drive started at their own 13-yard line. Jackson did the bulk of the work for the Buckeyes, gaining 62 yards on only four carries and scoring from a yard out with 1:53 to go in the half for the 28-7 lead.

Despite the 21-point lead, Gilmer’s Traylor was not comfortable at halftime. “You could just tell that they were a team that won’t go away,” said Traylor, who warned his team about the Blackcats’ last game. “I told them they were losing last week 12-0 at halftime. They are very well coached. Their coach is a good person. They’re not going to quit on this guy. Those are the exact words said to them at halftime.”
Even with Traylor’s warning, the Buckeyes’ players were not prepared for the Mexia comeback. “We didn’t come out very focused,” admitted linebacker Mikey Wilson. “Thought we had it in the sack and we didn’t.”

The Blackcats’ Gentry showed the Buckeyes what to expect the rest of the game when he scampered 49 yards for a touchdown on the sixth play of the second half. Mexia quarterback Trae Davis passed to Chris Miles for two points, closing Gilmer’s lead to 28-15 with 10:01 to play in the third quarter.

The Buckeyes’ offense sputtered on their first possession of the second half, punting into the end zone for a touch back.

Mexia’s next series ended when the Buckeyes’ Jonathon Rockwell recovered a Gentry fumble, giving the Gilmer offense great field position at the Buckeyes’ 44-yard line.
Gilmer’s offense couldn’t take advantage of the turnover, as three straight losses on running plays forced Gilmer to punt again, giving the ball back to the Blackcats at their own 28-yard line.

On the very next play, Gentry busted through the Buckeyes’ defense for 40 yards. Four plays later, Davis hit a wide open Chase Amick for a 19-yard touchdown pass to cut the Gilmer lead to only 28-22 with 1:55 to go in the third quarter.

Sensing an upset, the Blackcats attempted the first of three consecutive onside kicks, but Gilmer’s Daniel McLaren, D.J. Stanley, and Marlon Granville safely covered the kicks, giving Gilmer’s offense great field position throughout the rest of the game.
The Buckeyes’ offense responded with three touchdowns on their final four possessions to ensure the victory for the 11-1 team. “Defense saved us most of the season, and they weren’t playing so hot in this game and we had to come out and save them,” said Godfrey, who finished with 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only 15 carries.
Godfrey’s second rushing touchdown came from two yards out, ending a 3-play, 51-yard drive that took only 32 seconds and increased the Buckeyes’ lead to 36-22 following Godfrey’s 2-point conversion pass to Paul Chesnut with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter.

Mexia answered with a 9-play, 65-yard drive capped off by Gentry’s 1-yard touchdown run, to bring the Blackcats within a touchdown of the Buckeyes at 36-29 with 9:19 to play in the game.

Godfrey scored his final touchdown six plays later from three yards out to push the lead out to 43-29 with 6:38 to go in the game.
Gentry replied two plays later with a spectacular 59-yard touchdown run to cut Gilmer’s lead to 43-36.
Both defenses finally stepped up on the next two series.
Mexia stopped the Buckeyes on a big fourth down play at Gilmer’s own 43-yard line, when Godfrey was stopped a yard short of the first down marker, giving the Blackcats’ offense great field position and a chance to at least even the score with 4:26 left in the game.

Following a 6-yard run by Gentry, the Buckeyes’ defense stopped Miles for no gain and then dropped Gentry for a 3-yard loss, setting up a 4th and 7 at the Gilmer 40-yard line. On fourth down, Davis hit Amick on a pass, but the Buckeyes’ Tristan Holt made a clutch tackle, stopping Amick a yard short of the first down marker, returning the football to the Gilmer offense at their own 34-yard line.
The Buckeyes’ Marlon Granville put the game away with four straight runs covering 22, 8, 9 and 27 yards; the final run being a touchdown with 1:50 remaining on the clock for a 50-36 advantage.

Mexia’s Gentry responded with one final big run, gaining 42 yards on his final carry before Gilmer’s Chesnut sealed the victory with an interception as time expired.
Despite the 14-point win, Traylor was concerned by the play of his defense. “That was as bad a half of football, defensively, that we’ve ever played,” said Traylor, who improved his career record to 96-16. “I guess what disappoints me more than anything is that we have been playing such good defense that I didn’t see it coming. They have been what we’ve counted on all year; they’ve been our backbone.”
“Don’t beat them up too much. We’re going to address it and they’re going to get better,” promised Traylor. “My defense has been the strength of my team all year. They had one bad night.”


DARIAN ‘STUMP’ GODFREY goes airborne in successful pursuit of the end zone from two yards out during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ Class 3A Division II Region III Area victory over the Mexia Blackcats last Friday night at TMF Rose Stadium in Tyler. Gilmer’s junior field general ran for three touchdowns in all and passed for another. The Buckeyes rolled to a 28-7 halftime lead, then in the second half outlasted the never-say-die ’Cats, who could come no closer than a TD in spite of their ‘nine lives.’ On Saturday afternoon in Lufkin, Gilmer (11-1) plays West Orange-Stark (10-0) in a regional semifinal game. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Carthage-Rockdale game being played Friday night in Corsicana.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
PAUL CHESNUT comes down with a game-ending interception for the Buckeyes for the second week in a row.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Buckeyes prepare for another unknown in Mexia Blackcats

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By JOE DODD

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 Class 3A Region III Area contest at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Both teams feel that the lack of knowledge benefits them.

“I would imagine that if we were within 30 miles of Gilmer the kids would probably be a little intimidated by the success they've had, but we're not quite that aware of it,” said Wiginton, who is in his first season as head coach of the Blackcats.

“It's different because we haven't played them, so it gives us a little more intensity,” said Gilmer linebacker Mikey Wilson.

Buckeyes' head coach Jeff Traylor has watched enough video of the Blackcats to proclaim, “They're a very good offensive team. They execute offensively as good as any team we've played against.”

The Wildcats (8-3) average 339 total yards and 32 points per game. “It starts with their quarterback Trae Davis (5-10, 195 4.7),” Traylor said. “He can throw it and he can run it.” The junior quarterback has thrown for 1,691 yards and 14 touchdowns for the season, and has run for another 532 yards and 6 touchdowns.

“Their tailback Doug Gentry has a lot of yards and is a great athlete,” Traylor continued. Gentry (5-11, 190 4.7) has rushed for 1,470 yards and 14 touchdowns this year as a sophomore.

“Their coach does a good job and knows what he's doing. They keep the ball, and they have big plays too. They can beat you quick; they can beat you slow. They throw it, they screen you, they move the quarterback around. We're about a spitting image of each other on offense,” said Traylor.

Wiginton said that the Blackcats' offense has been the strength of the team this season. “We feel like we can throw it if need be, and run it if need be as well. We try to be a balanced offense; that's what our goal is.”

The Blackcats’ ability to score will be key in this matchup according to Wiginton and Traylor.

“We're going to have to score because I think it would be tough to think that you're going to keep them down in the twenties. I just think they are that explosive offensively,” said Wiginton.

“Somehow we've got to stop them. It's going to be tough because whenever you can run and pass it's always tough,” said Traylor, who knows a few things about offensive football, as the Buckeyes average 473 yards and 46 points per game.

“If you're going to beat Gilmer, you'd better plan on an offensive shootout,” Wiginton said.

Traylor hopes his defense is up to the challenge. “Our defense has to play like they have all year,” said Traylor. “This is the best offense they've gone against.”

Wiginton expects a tough battle for his offense. “Defensively I think they have some great athletes, and they have a very good scheme. The kids are very disciplined, and play great ball,” Wiginton said about a Buckeyes defense that allows only 255 yards and 14 points per game.

The Mexia coach thinks it will take a special effort from his team to slow down the Buckeyes' offense. “Offensively, I think they execute very well. They don't make mistakes to beat themselves,” Wiginton said. “I think we're going to have to play a really smart football game. The kids are going to have to play the best game they've played this year. I think if we can create some turnovers and have some breaks go our way, it could be a good ball game.”

Traylor noted that the Blackcats' defense allows just 31 total yards per game more than the Buckeyes. “Defensively, they are very athletic. They run to the ball well,” said Traylor.

Linebackers Lance Bell (5-11, 185) and Courtney Bailey (5-10, 190) lead the Blackcats in tackles with 90 and 76 respectively in Mexia's 5-2 defensive scheme.

Buckeyes' junior quarterback Stump Godfrey, who will be starting in his 7th playoff game, knows that every team is good this late in the season, even if you can't pronounce their name. “We know we've got to play great; every possession counts. We've just got to get better every week,” Godfrey said.

Gilmer senior offensive lineman Dakota Hagler echoed his quarterback's sentiments. “The further you go, the harder it's going to get. We've just got to keep practicing and get better,” said Hagler.

“They understand that you just have to find a way to stay alive,” said Traylor about Godfrey and Hagler.

Mexia's Wiginton said staying alive is what the Blackcats are planning on, despite their underdog status in this game. “Crazy things happen in this game,” said Wiginton. “We know on paper that Gilmer should beat us, we also know on paper that USC should be undefeated this year. There's a lot of things that should happen on paper, but the game is played for a reason. We're preparing like we're going to win the game and we're going to show up with plans of winning the game.”

Traylor believes that every week that his Buckeyes survive, increases their odds of winning the school's second state title. “We play so many kids, that we are getting better each week,” explained Traylor. “It just takes us a while to get clicking. I think we will continue to get better each week. The longer we can stay alive, the better chance we've got.”

Game Notes

• Mexia achieved the school's 500th all-time win with a victory over Groesbeck the final week of the regular season.

• Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey needs 29 total yards to pass Manuel Johnson for most in school history.

• Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey needs 323 total yards to reach 7,000 for his career.

• Gilmer running back Jeremy Jackson needs 229 rushing yards to reach 1,000 on the season.

• Gilmer's defense has allowed less than 200 total yards in three consecutive games, and less than 300 total yards in 10 straight games.

Bounty Hunter of the Week: Kickoff Team
Special Teams Player of the Week: Adan Olivares
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week: Gavin Holt
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week: Darian Pollard




Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BUCKEYE DEFENDER Gus Osborne lifts Diboll’s Kendal Jackson off his feet as Gilmer’s Braylon Webb and Mikey Wilson rush to help during last Friday night’s 54-0 bi-district shutout victory. Next up is Mexia in the Area round. It will be a 7:30 kickoff Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler, where the Buckeyes began the 2008 season on Aug. 28 with a 56-28 win over Jasper.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER HEAD COACH Jeff Traylor addresses his team after the Buckeyes bi-district shutout win over Diboll in Carthage.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
WITH OKLAHOMA off last week, Gilmer alums Justin Johnson and Lamar Harris used the break to watch the Buckeyes from the sidelines Friday. OU teammate Manuel Johnson chatted with friends in the stands as Gilmer built up a first half lead.

Buckeyes at a glance: Friday, Nov. 21

Gilmer Buckeyes Vs. Mexia Blackcats

Thursday, November 20, 2008

COMMUNITY PEP RALLY - Go Buckeyes!

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!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

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



By JOE DODD

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 about Liberty Hill,” said Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey, who led the Buckeyes to a season-low 135 total yards in the 38-13 loss. “That was a learning experience. We got better and we executed well.”

Godfrey's two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter helped the Buckeyes jump out to a commanding 21-0 lead as Gilmer took advantage of a howling wind at their back.

“I'd like to take credit for it, but I lost the flip, so I got lucky,” said Traylor about the Lumberjacks' decision to receive the opening kickoff.

“I definitely didn't want to give them the ball first,” explained Diboll head coach Tom Sheppard, who watched his team's first four possessions total only 27 yards and result in great field position for the Buckeyes. “We just couldn't ever get anything going.”

“It worked out perfect; it couldn't have been better,” admitted Traylor about the wind. Gilmer's worst starting field position in the first half was their own 40-yard line, while Diboll's first seven series started inside their own 20-yard line.

“It was big,” agreed Godfrey. “Once you got that, you've got to take advantage of it, and that's what we did.”

After the Lumberjacks' first series ended with a punt from their own 40-yard line, the Buckeyes took over at their own 41-yard line and marched the 59 yards in seven plays, highlighted by a 23-yard pass on 3rd and 10 from Godfrey to Prentiss Bell to keep the drive alive. Godfrey scored three plays later on a 3-yard run around the left side. Adan Olivares kicked the first of six successful extra points for a 7-0 lead with 6:47 to play in the first quarter.

Two plays later, Diboll quarterback Jacolby Spencer fumbled under heavy pressure and Gilmer's Luis Castro recovered the loose football at the Lumberjacks' 18-yard line.

Jeremy Jackson covered the distance on two carries, scoring from 10 yards out with 5:19 left in the first quarter for a 14-0 Gilmer lead. “We were going to throw the ball a lot more, but since the wind was blowing so hard we got to run some more,” said Jackson, who finished with 99 yards rushing on only 10 carries.

The Buckeyes' defense held Diboll to a three-and-out series on their next possession, giving the ball back to the Buckeyes' offense at their own 40-yard line. A 22-yard pass to Gus Osborne and a 21-yard run by Marlon Granville set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Godfrey with 2:33 remaining in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead.

Another three-and-out series by Diboll gave Gilmer the football at the Lumberjacks' 48-yard line, but the Buckeyes' offense stalled and Luke Turner's 37-yard punt pinned Diboll back at their own 10-yard line.

Four plays later, Gilmer linebacker Mikey Wilson intercepted a Lewis pass at the Buckeyes' 41-yard line. Gilmer drove to the Lumberjacks' 14-yard line before Godfrey had the football stripped from his hands for the Buckeyes only turnover of the game.

Gilmer's defense came to the rescue again when Braylon Webb intercepted Spencer on the next play at the Lumberjacks' 45-yard line.

But for the third straight possession, the Buckeyes' offense stalled. “I wasn't happy about it,” said Traylor when asked if he was concerned at that point in the game. “As good as our defense was, it didn't. I knew we had a 3-touchdown lead, and we were punting well.”

Turner's punt bounced to the 2-yard line where the Buckeyes downed it, leaving Diboll deep in their own territory again.

The Lumberjacks responded with their longest drive of the game, going 55 yards in 10 plays before another Spencer fumble was recovered by Gilmer's Osborne at the Buckeyes' 48-yard line.

Three plays later, Godfrey lofted a perfect pass into the wind and found Tristan Holt open for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:20 to go in the first half. Olivares' extra point kick was ruled wide, so the Buckeyes took a 27-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Gilmer was even more dominating in the second half, with the offense scoring on all four possessions, while the defense held Diboll to only 12 total yards.

The Buckeyes took the second half kickoff and drove 74 yards in seven plays, with Godfrey hitting Holt again with another perfect pass into the wind for a 27-yard touchdown just two minutes into the half for a 34-0 lead. “Stump played his best game of the year,” praised Traylor. “He threw it unbelievably well in the wind. I was very proud of him. He threw it into the wind well, he threw it with the wind well; he was very accurate tonight.”

Gilmer's Paul Chesnut ended the Lumberjacks' next drive when he intercepted a Spencer pass at the Buckeyes' own 3-yard line to stop Diboll's only real scoring threat of the game. “We had seen on film where sometimes he would just throw the ball up and the wind was a big factor in that so we were looking for some picks,” said Chesnut.

“We put some good pressure on him, so he made some bad throws and that was the difference in the ball game,” Traylor said.

The Buckeyes stuck to the running game on the next series, covering all 97 yards on the ground. Godfrey finished the drive with his third rushing touchdown of the game, a 3-yard run. “The line blocked great; they had big holes for me to run in, and I was able to make it into the end zone,” said Godfrey, who was untouched on all three of his scoring runs.

“Caleb Denton had a great game and so did Michael Boddie and Beau Blair on the offensive line,” said Traylor.

Diboll's next possession ended in the Lumberjacks' sixth turnover of the game when Granville and D.J. Stanley knocked the ball out of Cornelius Polk's hands at the Diboll 40-yard line and Granville picked up the football and returned it for a touchdown with 1:53 to play in the third quarter for a 48-0 lead.

“We both knocked it out and then I just saw it on the ground and picked it up and ran. I just saw green grass,” said Granville who had seven tackles and two forced fumbles to go along with his 111 rushing yards on just nine carries.

“You have six turnovers, you don't have a chance,” said Diboll's Sheppard. “You can't turn the ball over against Gilmer, they're like sharks.”

“That was the story of the game,” agreed Traylor. “We had one and they had six.”

Two consecutive three-and-outs by Diboll were followed by two Gilmer field goals to complete the scoring in the final quarter.. Olivares' kicks were good from 35 yards and 22 yards.

The shutout was the Buckeyes first of the season. “It felt so good; we've been waiting for that all year, and to come in the first round of the playoffs it means something to us,” said Osborne, who recorded six tackles, three quarterback pressures, and a sack to go along with his fumble recovery.

“We practiced so hard this week trying to get a shutout, and we played as hard as we could and got one,” said Wilson, who had eight tackles and one pressure to go with his interception.

“Our defense played exceptionally well, and our offense was real good for the conditions,” summarized Traylor. “Our coaches did a wonderful job. Those guys did a good job of preparing, and our kids are very mature and they played real well. It was a great win.”


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER’S MARLON GRANVILLE pulls free of one tackle and eyes the ‘Jacks seeking to stop him. Granville made the first down and later ran a fumble in for a touchdown as the Buckeyes scored 21 points in the action-filled third quarter. Gilmer defeated Diboll 54-0.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BUCKEYES CLOSE in as Prentiss Bell (18), Braylon Webb and J.T. Beecham watch as Vance Green (8) and Marlon Granville bring down Diboll’s Kendal Jackson. The Black Flag Defense notched its first shutout of 2008.

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Josh Thompson’s 19-yard run (called back).
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 24-yard pass to Prentiss Bell.
Kedon Franklin's 23-yard run.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 3-yard TD run.
Jeremy Jackson's 9-yard TD run.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 23-yard screen pass to Gus Osborne.
Marlon Granville's 21-yard run.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 5-yard TD run.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 10-yard run (called back).
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 20-yard screen pass to Josh Thompson.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 15-yard run (fumble at end of run recovered by Diboll).
A rare Buckeye punt. Freshman Luke Turner pins the Lumberjacks on their own 2 with a 40-yard punt with good hang time allowing coverage team to down it.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 12-yard pass to Jeremy Jackson.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 27-yard pass to Paul Chesnut.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 13-yard TD pass to Tristan Holt.
Marlon Granville's 16-yard run.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's 27-yard TD pass to Tristan Holt.
Jeremy Jackson's 26-yard run.
Josh Thompson's 11-yard run.
Jeremy Jackson's 22-yard run.
Marlon Granville's 26-yard run.
Darian "Stump" Godfrey's second 3-yard TD run of the game and third overall.

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Buckeyes VS. Diboll Lumberjacks

Individual Stats vs. Diboll (Bi-District)

Week Eleven – 11/14/2008

PASSING
Godfrey 13 of 20 for 190 yards, 2 TD’S
TOTAL 13 of 20 for 190 yards, 2 TD’S

RECEIVING
Holt 3 rec, 50 yards, 2 TD’S
Bell 3 rec, 31 yards
Chesnut 2 rec, 38 yards
Webb 1 rec, 12 yards
Thompson 1 rec, 20 yards
Jackson 1 rec, 11 yards
Franklin 1 rec, 4 yards
Osborne 1 rec, 24 yards
TOTAL 13 rec, 190 yards, 2 TD’S

RUSHING
Jackson 10 carries, 99 yards, 1 TD
Granville 9 carries, 111 yards
Godfrey, D. 8 carries, 34 yards, 3 TD’S
Thompson 4 carries, 15 yards
Beecham 3 carries, 13 yards
Miller 3 carries, 9 yards
Franklin 2 carries, 18 yards
TOTAL 39 carries, 299 yards, 4 TD’S

SUMMARY
First Downs 21
Passing 190 yards
Rushing 299 yards
TOTAL OFFENSE 489 YARDS

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:

Mexia 20, Crockett 18

Up next, Mexia



The Gilmer Buckeyes (10-1) will play the Mexia Black Cats (8-3) in the Area round of the Class 3A Division II playoffs on Friday night, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Gilmer is the visiting team and will wear white.

Superstitions collide

A "Black Cat" crossing one's path is thought to give you "bad luck."
A "Buckeye" on your person is thought to bring "good luck."
Obviously something's gotta give. May "good luck" prevail.

The winner will face the winner of the game Friday night between West Orange-Stark and Caldwell in The Woodlands.

Mexia vs. Gilmer Game Matchup

Mexia Black Cats

Friday, November 14, 2008

Buckeyes face unfamiliar Diboll in first round of playoffs

By JOE DODD

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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 Tatum's defensive coordinator before moving to Diboll for his first head coaching opportunity. “I'm sure he's very familiar with us,” said Traylor. “We've played them three years in a row. I know he knows us.”

Even though Gilmer enjoyed a 3-0 record against Sheppard's at Tatum, the new Lumberjacks' coach insists that southeast Texas is not the same as northeast Texas. “It's a lot different down here,” said Sheppard. “When Gilmer walks on the field a lot of places up there, they've won the game just by who they are. And our kids haven't figured that out, which is good for me because right now they believe they can win. That's a big difference when you go to play a football game.”

“They'll be hard to beat,” proclaimed Traylor, who is 94-16 in his nine seasons at Gilmer's helm. “They played a tough schedule, they've got a good record, they've got good athletes, so it should be a good game.”

The Lumberjacks started the season with a loss at Kirbyville before reeling off seven straight wins, including a win over class 4A Nacogdoches. A 62-28 loss to district 18-3A rival Carthage was followed by a 66-19 thrashing of Rusk.

“We're getting better every week,” said Sheppard. “We had a let down against Carthage, but they're a good football team.”

“Carthage makes a lot of people look bad,” agreed Traylor. “I'm sure they will be real fired up about playing Gilmer. They'll give us a great effort like everybody does. I would hope that our big game experience will come through.”

The Lumberjacks possess some big game experience of their own, returning 26 seniors who are in the playoffs for the third time the past four years. “They are an extremely mature football team,' said Traylor. “They've got nine seniors starting on offense, and nine seniors starting on defense.”

Traylor points to senior quarterback Jacolby Spencer (5-10, 165) as the Buckeyes' primary concern on an offense that averages 40 points and 398 yards per game. “Their quarterback is very good,” Traylor said. “He's the heart and soul of their team. He's a college football player. He runs around and makes things happen; he can run and throw.”

“They've got good skill kids,” continued Traylor, naming receivers Alex Castillo (6-0, 185) and Nicholas Cortines (5-11, 180) for their 870 combined yards and six touchdowns. “Their tight end is huge,” said Traylor about 6-5, 240 pound Antonio Johnson.

“They are very multiple. They're in a different set every snap. They'll be in shotgun, twins, wing, trips, doubles, I, power-I; they're everywhere,” Traylor said.

“Defensively, they are just the same; they are everywhere,” said Traylor. “They are just an attacking, come after you, defense. They play hard; they get after you.”

“They are a big play defense, and a big play offense,” summed up Traylor.

“I think we can play with them,” said Sheppard. “If we can slow them down then I think we have a chance to play pretty good football Friday night. We need to chew the clock up. The best defense is keeping their offense off the field.”

Sheppard pointed to the strategy employed by Tatum last week, in holding onto the football for over five minutes on their opening drive, but admitted, “We can't get down the field and come up empty-handed like Tatum did.”

“Our offense is pretty good; we can put points on the board,” said Sheppard, who stated that it doesn't always have to be touchdowns. “We have a really good field goal kicker. Our kicker has kicked four field goals over 40 yards this year; he can boot it. We feel like if we can get it inside the forty we've got a chance to score and at least take three out of it.”

Sheppard admitted that his defense, which has given up an average of 348 yards and 26 points per game, will need to play better to stop Gilmer's offense. “We're not very big; we're similar to what Tatum is, we put a lot of kids on the field that can run, and we just hope we can put them in the right spot at the right time.”

“He's not afraid to stunt; he's not afraid to do what it takes to win,” Traylor said about Sheppard's defensive mind set. “We're going to give up big plays in the defense because we're so aggressive,” admitted Sheppard, who said that is why it is so important to keep Gilmer's offense off the field.

“They score so fast that instead of calling plays to get down the field, a lot of people get in a situation where you're calling plays to try to make touchdowns, and that's how you get behind,” Sheppard said. “I plan on staying with what we try to do, and hopefully we can stay with them going into the fourth quarter and have a chance.”

Traylor expects his team to be up for the challenge. “I would expect this team to be ready; I really would,” said Traylor, who has a 14-6 record in playoff games. “You lose now and you go home; it's just a lot more fun.”

“We know it's win or go home,” said Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey. “We've got to give it all we've got every game.”

“The objective now is just to stay alive,” said Traylor. “Each week you just try to win, no matter how. You just want to keep advancing. The further you get, the closer you've got a shot. It's one week at a time literally.”

Game Notes
• Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey needs 253 total yards to pass Manuel Johnson for most in school history.
• Diboll quarterback Jacolby Spencer needs 300 passing yards to break the school's single season record of 2,178 set by Luis Rios in 2003.
• Diboll quarterback Jacolby Spencer needs 3 touchdown passes to set the school's career record, passing Jay Wyatt's 48 touchdown.
• Diboll quarterback Jacolby Spencer needs 18 completions to become the school's career leader and pass Jay Wyatt's 215 completions from 1972-74.

Diboll Free Press:
It's Showtime
Lumberjacks and Buckeyes
to battle in
Class 3A opening round


Lufkin Daily News:
Gilmer, Diboll
set for playoff shootout



Longview News-Journal:
Buckeyes at a glance


Bounty Hunter of the Week: Tamil Harris
Special Teams Player of the Week: Tristan Holt
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week: Kavin Patton
Defensive Scout Team Players of the Week: Ben Martin & Jordan Abrom


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BUCKEYE MARLON GRANVILLE, right, explodes past the block by Jared Harborth to score on a 9-yard run last Friday night in Tatum. This Friday night the Gilmer team and its faithful legions of fans will travel about 16 miles farther down Hwy. 149 to Carthage, where the Buckeyes take on the Diboll Lumberjacks at the new Bulldog Stadium, which is located at 1600 Panola St. Gilmer is the home team and its fans will be seated on the home side, which has a capacity of 4,000. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Kickoff is at 7:30. For more information check out the GilmerBuckeyes.com Web sjavascript:void(0)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

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

Video:
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



By JOE DODD

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' Black Flag Defense held the Eagles to only 197 total yards, and didn't allow a score until the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. Gilmer's offense scored 20 first quarter points and rolled up 596 total yards, as five different Buckeyes scored touchdowns on the night.

The Eagles started the game with a 10-play, 42-yard drive that consumed 5:02 off the clock, but failed to put any points on the board when the Eagles turned the ball over on downs at the Gilmer 30-yard line.

“Our game plan, just like any one else who plays Gilmer, was to keep their offense off the field and we did a really good job the first drive,” said Tatum head coach Andy Evans, who fell to 0-4 against the Buckeyes.

“That was their game plan; to keep the ball away from us,” stated Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor. “They accomplished that for one drive, and other than that, really that was about it.”

Quarterback Stump Godfrey said the prolonged wait didn't hurt the Buckeyes. “It was unusual. Coach Traylor told us we were going to have to stay patient, and we did,” said Godfrey, who improved his record to 23-2 as Gilmer's starting quarterback.

The Buckeyes' offense wasn't patient getting into the end zone, as Jeremy Jackson scored just 55 seconds later on a 32-yard run to cap a 5-play, 70-yard drive with 6:03 remaining in the first quarter. Adan Olivares' extra point kick was ruled wide right for a 6-0 lead.

Tatum's second possession covered only five yards in four plays, before the Eagles were forced to punt.

The Buckeyes took over at their own 18-yard line, and wasted no time at all, as Jackson took the handoff and ran to the right sideline, then cut back across the grain to the left, broke a tackle and then raced down the Tatum sideline, thanks to a block by Godfrey, for an 82-yard touchdown. Olivares' first of six consecutive extra point kicks was good for a 13-0 lead with 3:34 left in the first quarter.

“The sideline was taken, so I just thought to cut it back and I saw green grass and I saw Stump had my lead block so I thought I could score if I could break one tackle,” said Jackson, who finished with 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only eight carries.

Things just got worse for the Eagles on the ensuing kickoff as Tatum's Matt Brown fumbled the football and Gilmer's Mikey Wilson recovered the lose ball at the Eagles' 34-yard line. The Eagles were then penalized 15 yards for having 12 defenders on the next play, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the Tatum 19-yard line.

The Eagles needed more defenders on the next play, as Godfrey fired a quick pass to Braylon Webb, who broke a tackle and then drug four Tatum players into the end zone for a 20-0 Gilmer lead with 3:03 to play in the opening quarter.

“That is what happens against them,” said Evans as he recounted Gilmer's three touchdowns in exactly three minutes. “And then you change what you do calling plays.”

Whatever changes Tatum made in the play calling didn't seem to affect the Gilmer defense, as the Buckeyes held the Eagles to another three-and-out on the next series. Carlos Rodriguez's punt gave the ball back to Gilmer at their own 26-yard line.

After a 10-yard penalty against the Buckeyes on the first play pushed them back to the 16-yard line, Gilmer proceeded on a 9-play 74-yard drive that took only 1:50 off the clock before Marlon Granville punched it in from nine yards out, giving the Buckeyes a 27-0 lead with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter.

Tatum showed signs of life when Stedmon Coleman returned the kickoff 37 yards to the Gilmer 35-yard line, but three plays later the Buckeyes' Paul Chesnut intercepted a Desmond Fite pass at the 12-yard line and returned it to the Tatum 26-yard line.

This time the Buckeyes couldn't take advantage of the Tatum miscue, as Gilmer punted just four plays later, giving the Eagles the football at their own 29-yard line.

The Buckeye defense came up big again, holding Tatum to only three yards in seven plays, stopping the Eagles on another fourth down conversion attempt to return the football to the offense at the Gilmer 26-yard line.

Once again, the Buckeyes' offense stalled after managing just 26 yards in eight plays. Luke Turner's second punt of the game gave Tatum the ball at their own 20-yard line with 1:03 to play in the first half.

The Eagles were able to get to their own 46-yard line as time expired in the opening half.

Gilmer's Braylon Webb made quick work of any Tatum hopes for a second-half comeback when he returned the kickoff to the 50-yard line and then scored a touchdown on the first play of the half. Webb took a screen pass from Godfrey and stiff-armed a would be tackler, then split two defenders at the 20-yard line before going in for the score, just 20 seconds into the half.

Another three-and-out by Tatum gave Gilmer the football at the Eagles' 35-yard line following a 35-yard punt return by the Buckeyes' Tristan Holt. Six plays later, Godfrey hit Hunter Harrison for a touchdown from five yards out to push Gilmer's lead to 41-0 with 7:35 to go in the third quarter.

The Eagles' next series lasted over five minutes, but manged just 14 yards before Tatum punted to the Buckeyes' 32-yard line, and a 15-yard personal foul pushed Gilmer back to their own 17-yard line.

Two plays later the Buckeyes fumbled the ball away at their own 14-yard line for their only turnover of the game. It was a costly mistake, as the Eagles scored three plays later on a 10-yard run by B.J. Allen, cutting Gilmer's lead to 41-7 with 11:54 to play in the game.

The Buckeyes responded with a 7-play, 77-yard drive that ended with excitement when Gilmer's J.T. Beecham fumbled the ball into the end zone and the Buckeyes' Daniel McLaren recovered the ball for Gilmer's final touchdown with 7:12 remaining in the game.

Tatum would wrap up the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown run by Allen with 4:09 left on the clock, before the Buckeyes let the time run out deep into Eagles' territory.

“They played with a lot of class,” said Evans. “Gilmer's got a great football team. They're very good on defense. They executed very well offensively tonight which is what they traditionally do. They're so well coached.”

“We played pretty good. They held the ball a little bit more than we wanted them to, but we played well,” said Traylor, who deferred the praise to his team. “Offensive line played real well, especially Beau Blair. Our wide receivers blocked real well, especially on our long runs. Our defense as a unit had 13 tackles for a loss.”

Traylor finished by summing up the last game of the regular season. “We won and we're healthy, so were happy about that.”


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER S JEREMY JACKSON is off to the races on an 82-yard touchdown run.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
DANIEL MCLAREN cradles the ball for another Buckeye touchdown after teammate J.T. Beecham was stripped of the ball during the fourth quarter against Tatum.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BLACK FLAG DEFENDERS Tristan Holt (3), Braylon Webb (6) and Vance Green (8) close in on the Eagle running back as Gilmer shut down the potent Tatum attack until late stages of the game. Gilmer closed out the regular season with a 48-14 win over the young Eagle squadron.

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