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Buckeyes to begin practices

The 2009 edition of the Gilmer Buckeyes is getting ready to suit up for two-a-days.

The junior varsity and varsity will both report at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, to the Field House at Buckeye Stadium.

Team meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and the first practice starts at 6.

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the freshmen report at 8 a.m. to the Field House, with practice set to begin at 9.

Kenny Pettway Football Camp draws about 80 youths

By MARY L. KIRBY

Kenny Pettway, Gilmer High Class of 2000 and National Football League defensive lineman, conducted his third annual Kenny Pettway Football Camp at Buckeye Stadium Friday.

He was joined by five other professional players, Gilmer Buckeye coaches and former players in coordinating drills for some 80 youngsters.

Among those helping Friday were also three former Gilmer quarterbacks, Bran Webb, Olan Johnson and Derek McKenzie.

After conducting drills for both offensive and defensive skills, the young people heard from some of the athletes attending the camp.

Buckeye coaches Max Low and Ryan Pate, who helped at the camp, well remember Stephan Hodge, the sixth-round draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys who came along with Jason Hatcher of the Cowboys.

Gilmer faced Hodge, who played for Tatum in the playoffs in both 2003 and 2004, and was happy to come away with wins over Tatum both years. After four years at Texas Christian University, Hodge goes to camp this month to seek a job on th…