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Gilmer 42, Navasota 35

Navasota next up for Buckeyes

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The undefeated and top-ranked Gilmer Buckeyes face their biggest test of the season Saturday when they meet the Navasota Rattlers at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Not only are the Rattlers (9-2) “The best team we’ve faced this year,” according to Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, but Navasota features an offensive line that averages over 293 pounds per man.

“Their offensive line is huge,” said Traylor about the Rattlers’ line that is led by left tackle Aeon Calhoun at 6-6, 340 pounds and right guard Jarvis Harrison at 6-4, 311 pounds. Both Calhoun and Harrison are being recruited by Division One programs.

Navasota’s front five is not only huge, but experienced; starting together for the past three seasons. Not surprisingly, this is the Rattlers’ third straight quarterfinals appearance. “Anytime you get to this round, you know you’re going to play som…

Buckeyes, Rattlers to play Saturday in Lufkin

The Gilmer Buckeyes (12-0) will take on the Navasota Rattlers (9-2) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin.

This is a quarterfinal round game in UIL Class 3A Division I. It will determine the Region III champion.

The winner will play the winner of the Region IV title game being played in San Antonio Friday night between Cuero and Ingleside.

Tickets at the gate are $7. Advance ticket sales concluded on Tuesday because of the holiday-shortened week.

Gilmer is the home team and will be wearing black.

Joe Dodd’s preview of this game with comments from the coaches will be published in Saturday's Mirror.

Gilmer fans asked to 'black out'
Abe Martin Stadium

Bridget Fowler, Gilmer Athletic Booster Club president, asks that every Buckeye fan wear black to the Saturday, Nov. 28 game.

The Buckeyes will play Navasota at 2 p.m. at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin.

“Gilmer will be the home team. Let’s Black Out Navasota,” she said.

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November 28- Navaso…

Gilmer 44, La Vega 16

From the Longview News-Journal:
Buckeyes leap over La Vega

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:
Gilmer Captures Win Over La Vega, 44-16

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Gilmer 44, La Vega 16

From The Gilmer Mirror:

Buckeyes too much for La Vega


The La Vega Pirates gave the Gilmer Buckeyes all they could handle on the opening drive of the Class 3A Division I second round playoff game Saturday at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium. After that, it was all Gilmer, as the Buckeyes rolled to an impressive 44-16 win over last season’s state finalists.

The Pirates took the opening kickoff and played keep-away from the Buckeyes for 7:15 of the first quarter, driving 53 yards in 13 plays before settling for a 22-yard field goal by Eddy Gonzales to take a 3-0 lead against the top-ranked Gilmer Buckeyes.

The Pirates tried to keep Gilmer’s offense off the field even longer, attempting an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff but the football didn’t travel the required 10 yards, so the Buckeyes started from the L…

Buckeyes face La Vega in second round of playoffs

Buckeyes Remain Perfect

Directions to Mesquite Memorial Stadium

Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
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With only 16 teams left in the Class 3A Division I playoffs, the Gilmer Buckeyes are just one of many teams with impressive résumés.

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

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

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

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

Buckeyes, Pirates to play in Mesquite Saturday

Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
THE BLACK FLAG defense hauls down Jasper’s Ben Armstrong. Pictured are Buckeyes J.T. Beecham (21), Exavian Johnson (26), Dakota Cannon (33), Chris Miller (16), Mikey Wilson (34) and Luis Castro (5).

The Gilmer Buckeyes (11-0) will take on the Waco La Vega Pirates (7-4) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.

This is a second round matchup in UIL Class 3A Division I Region III.

Directions to the stadium can be found at

Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $7.

Advance tickets ($6 for adults; $4 for students) are on sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Gilmer ISD Central Administration Building on Trinity St.

Gilmer is the visiting team and will be wearing white.

Joe Dodd’s preview of this game with comments from the coaches will be published in Saturday’s Mirror.

November 21- La Vega @ Memorial Stadium, Mesquite
Mascot: Pirates
Colors: Blue & Gold
District: 19-3A
Enrollment: 650
Record: 7-4, 3-2 Dis…

Gilmer 57, Jasper 21

From the Longview News-Journal:

Top-ranked Buckeyes dominate Jasper

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Quick-Strike Offense Propels Gilmer

From The Gilmer Mirror:

Buckeyes dominate Jasper in first round of playoffs


Gilmer Buckeyes jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead, then handed the ball to running back Gus Osborne for a season-high 152 yards rushing and three touchdowns to seal a 57-21 win over the Jasper Bulldogs in the first round of the Class 3A Division I playoffs Saturday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.

Gilmer, which entered the season ranked number one, lay to rest any comparisons with the 2006 Buckeyes’ team which lost in the first round after spending the season as the top-ranked team in the state.

“I played on that team and it was just a horrible feeling,” recalled Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey, who started at safety in that loss his freshman season. “Now we can put it behind us and we won’t be compared with them anymore.”

“I got tired of hearing ab…