Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gilmer 43, Daingerfield 20



From the Longview News-Journal:

Buckeyes win battle of No. 1s


From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Gilmer Drills Daingerfield Tigers

From CoachesAid:

Gilmer beats Daingerfield in battle of No. 1s

From KLTV's The Red Zone:



From KETKnbc:

Gilmer Still The One

From MaxPreps:

Box Score: Daingerfield @ Gilmer

From The Gilmer Mirror:

By JOE DODD

The Gilmer Buckeyes used a balanced offense and a stingy defense to defeat the Daingerfield Tigers 43-20 Friday night, in a game featuring the top-ranked teams in Class 2A and 3A.

The Buckeyes, the top-ranked team in Class 3A, improved their record to 5-0 and extended their home winning streak to 32 games. The Tigers, Class 2A’s top-ranked team, fell to 4-1 on the season and saw their own winning streak end at 15 games.

Gilmer’s offense picked up 216 yards through the air and 215 yards on the ground on an even 32 passes and 32 rushes.

Gilmer’s defense allowed Daingerfield a first-drive touchdown and then shut the door on the Tigers’ scoring until the game was well in hand.

“We knew how good they are,” said Daingerfield head coach Barry Bowman, who led the Tigers to a state championship last year in his first season as the Tigers’ head coach.

“I’m not taking anything away from the people that we’ve played. We play a tough schedule,” said Bowman, who is 6-2 against Cass 3A teams. “This is the best team we’ve seen, and it will be the best team we will see, it doesn’t matter how long we play.”

Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, who improved his record to 8-3 against Daingerfield, praised the Tigers’ effort against the Buckeyes. “They really got after us,” said Traylor. “Coach Bowman does a wonderful job and the kids play hard for him. We knew they we’re going to give us all we could handle and they did.”

The Buckeyes entered the game with heavy hearts as long-time play-by-play announcer Matt Camp passed away the day before, after a 3-year battle with cancer. Camp’s 9-year old son Cade was asked to call the coin flip for the Buckeyes and won the toss.

“He was a big part of the program,” said Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey when asked about Camp. “He gave us great motivation. He was the one who came up with our motto. We play every game for him; to honor him.”

Gilmer’s Tristan Holt got the Buckeyes in good field position with a 57-yard return to the Tigers’ 40-yard line. Six plays later, Holt was on the receiving end of a perfect 16-yard touchdown pass from Godfrey. The Buckeyes faked the extra point attempt and Chris Miller ran into the end zone untouched for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 Gilmer lead with 9:43 to play in the first quarter.

Daingerfield responded in Gilmer-like fashion. After David Mims’ kickoff return to the Tigers’ 35-yard line, quarterback Tyler Boyd picked up 27 yards on first down. Boyd then flipped a screen pass out to wide receiver Chris Jones, who exploded down the sideline for a 38-yard touchdown. The Tigers’ 2-point conversion attempt was incomplete, and the Tigers trailed 8-6 with 9:04 left in the first quarter.

The defenses dominated the rest of the first quarter, with the Buckeyes and Tigers punting on each of their next two possessions. Daingerfield’s defense relied on confusion, coming out in a formation with three players lined up back to back over Gilmer’s center.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anybody do that,” admitted Traylor. “I’ve never seen anyone stack them all in a row. It was just kind of a junk defense and it kind of threw us for a loop.”

The Buckeyes got back on the scoreboard on the first play of the second quarter with a little trickery of their own, as they came out of the break in a swinging gate formation. Vance Green took the direct snap from the Tigers’ 26-yard line and followed a wall of Buckeyes’ blockers untouched into the end zone. Adan Olivares kicked the first of five successful PATs for a 15-6 Gilmer lead with 11:56 remaining in the first half.

Green, the converted linebacker, finished with 91 yards rushing on only nine carries and added another 31 yards on three receptions. “I’m getting comfortable. I’m getting it down now. I know what I’m doing,” said Green, who took over starting running back duties when Gus Osborne went down in the season’s first game.

The Tigers were forced to punt on their next possession also, giving the Buckeyes the ball back at their own 30-yard line. Gilmer covered the 70 yards in nine plays, ending with Godfrey connecting with his cousin Tevin Godfrey on a diving catch for an 18-yard touchdown, and a 22-6 advantage with 6:13 to go in the first half.

Tevin Godfrey finished the game with three receptions for 42 yards, almost doubling his first-4-game totals of 52 yards on five catches. “It was just my time,” said Tevin Godfrey. “Hard work never goes unnoticed; so you’ve got to keep on working and you’ll get your time.”

Gilmer’s defense continued their hard work, stopping the Tigers next possession four plays later when Marlon Granville intercepted Boyd’s pass at the Buckeyes’ own 33-yard line.

Daingerfield returned the favor four plays later when Mims intercepted a deep Godfrey pass intended for Holt at the Tigers’ 15-yard line and returned it all the way to the Gilmer 45-yard line.

A big pass from Boyd to Jones got Daingerfield inside the Buckeyes’ 15-yard line, but three plays later Gilmer’s Jasper Cox recovered a Tigers’ fumble at the 5-yard line to end the scoring threat.

“We had a chance to get it in and we fumbled the ball down inside the five. I thought that was a big play,” confessed Bowman, as the Tigers went into halftime trailing 22-6.

Down by 16, Daingerfield hoped to take the second-half kickoff and make it a one-score ball game, but Gilmer’s Black Flag Defense had other ideas. The Buckeyes pushed the Tigers back a yard on their first three plays to force a punt from the Daingerfield 24-yard line. Gilmer’s Josh Gordon blocked Boyd’s punt and the Buckeyes’ offense took over at the Tigers’ 11-yard line.

“Our defense stepped up when theirs didn’t. That’s what changed the game,” said Godfrey, who scored two plays later on a 2-yard quarterback keeper for a 29-6 lead with 10:25 left in the third quarter.

“The blocked punt kind of put the game away,” said Traylor, who praised his defense. “To hold those guys to 20 points, as good as their skill kids are; our defense is just really good.”

Gilmer’s defense bent but didn’t break on Daingerfield’s next drive, stopping the Tigers on a 4th and 12 at the Buckeyes’ 17-yard line when Boyd’s pass to Jones fell incomplete.

Gilmer’s offense managed to move the ball to midfield before Luke Turner’s punt pinned the Tigers back at their own 18-yard line.

The Black Flag Defense then forced another three-and-out series of the game, making Daingerfield punt from their own end zone. The punt rolled to the Tigers’ 39-yard line, giving the Buckeyes excellent field position.

Gilmer covered that distance in four plays, with Holt scoring on a 4-yard run with 2:24 to go in the third quarter, pushing Gilmer’s lead to 36-6.

Daingerfield’s offense finally got back on track the next possession, going 56 yards in 8 plays. Jones dazzled the standing-room-only crowd with an amazing 28-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 36-12 with 11:42 left in the fourth quarter.

Jones, a University of Texas commitment, finished with 140 total yards and two touchdowns on only eight touches. “He’s on a whole other planet,” marveled Traylor, who also praised Boyd and Smith for their performance. “I have unbelievable respect for those two; they never quit. They just keep playing so hard. They’re three of the best players we’ve played against.”

Not to be out done, Gilmer’s offense responded with a 91-yard, 7-play drive, punctuated by Granville’s explosive 55-yard touchdown run for a 43-12 lead with 9:15 to play in the game.

Daingerfield replied with a 71-yard, 9-play scoring drive that ate 4:41 off the clock before Boyd connected with Keyarris Garrett on a 23-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers’ 2-point conversion was good to make the final score 43-20.

“I’m proud of the fact that we did not stop playing until the game was over,” said Bowman, who fell to 0-2 against the Buckeyes.

Traylor gave all of the credit to his team. “It really comes down to the players. Our kids just made more plays than their kids did.”

One of those players was Stump Godfrey, who surpassed 9,000 total yards in his career with his 279 yards against the Tigers. “Now we go into the bye week and just practice on the things we need to improve on,” said Godfrey. “We don’t have to worry about anything. It’s a good feeling.”

STATISTICS

Daingerfield Gilmer

18 First downs 23

41-234 Rushes-yds 32-215

11-25-2-1 Passing 24-32-2-1

110 Passing yds 216

344 Total yds 431

1 Fumbles lost 2

26:36 Time of possession 21:24

5-45 Penalties-yds 5-55

SCORE BY QUARTERS

1 2 3 4 T

D’field 6 0 0 14 20

Gilmer 8 14 14 7 43


Courtesy Photo
CADE CAMP, 9-year-old son of Gilmer Buckeyes broadcaster Matt Camp, who passed away last Thursday morning at the age of 38 after a courageous battle against cancer, has just called the coin toss for Gilmer before last Friday night’s game here between the Buckeyes and Daingerfield. Gilmer won the toss and, of course, elected to receive. Standing next to young Camp is Gilmer QB Darian “Stump” Godfrey, one of the team’s captains, who said the team is playing every game for his father in order to honor him. The Buckeyes were honorary pallbearers at Matt Camp’s funeral Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27, which filled the First Baptist Church in downtown Gilmer to capacity. Hundreds more watched the service on a big-screen TV in another nearby church building.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BUCKEYE MARLON GRANVILLE follows the blocks of Dustin Hardin (55) and Caleb Denton (52) for a gain. Barry Kennedy (56) has already made his block. Granville broke free in the fourth quarter for 55 yards and the last Gilmer touchdown as Gilmer defeated Daingerfield 43-20.

Gilmer Buckeye Band and Stars Drill Team:

Part 1

Part 2

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Matt Camp — 1971-2009



Watch 'Jesus Calms The Storm' - Sermon Preached by Matt Camp in August 2009

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Because God first loved Matt, Matt loved God. And Matt loved people. We always felt his love for us. If you were ever in Matt Camp's presence, you felt the love.

We don't understand right now why he has been taken from us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his grieving family. May God's love surround them. May His "peace that passeth all understanding" envelope them.

Brother Matt Camp went to be with his Lord at about 10 this morning, for we know that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."

We see through a glass darkly, but Matt now sees the Lord face to face. We will all "in the wink of an eye" experience what he has.

May we all be as ready on that day as Matt was on this one. His eternal spirit has now transcended his mortal body, which fought the good fight of faith and finished the course through this troubled world. He has now claimed the crown of victory through His Lord and Savior.

One of my favorite verses that strengthens me in my walk as I approach the day of my own departure is "to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

In conclusion, I want to emphasize the word LOVE. In my view, due to my own brush with death in an accident nearly six years ago, it is ALL we can take with us from this life. This made sense to me at the time because I recalled from Scripture that "God is love." When you go into the presence of God, then, you enter a realm of PURE LOVE and all that is not of LOVE is burned away.

Some of us are better at showing our love for humanity than others. I'm not as good at it as Big Matt was, I don't think. But I'll always remember that I felt his love for me (as I know so many others did) and will try to emulate him as he so well emulated Our Lord in my remaining days.

Love,

Russ

From the Longview News-Journal:

Buckeye radio host dies at 38

From KLTV Channel 7:

"The voice of the Buckeyes"

From The Gilmer Mirror:

Matt Camp battles to the end


Gilmer to say goodbye to fallen young leader Sunday at 2 p.m.



By PHILLIP WILLIAMS

Matthew Carroll (Matt) Camp, Gilmer civic leader, banker, school board member and Internet play-by-play announcer for Gilmer High School football games, died peacefully at his home Thursday morning after a 3-year battle with cancer. He was 38.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Gilmer with Jeff Rash, church pastor Rev. Todd Kaunitz, former FBC pastor Dr. David L. Jenkins and the Rev. Lee Tyson officiating.

Because of the expected overflow crowd, Rash said, the service will be telecast in the church’s large fellowship hall for those who cannot be seated in the church sanctuary. Camp, a deacon at First Baptist, had surrendered to the ministry only weeks before his death, preaching his first sermon at the church.

Burial will be in Little Mound Cemetery in rural Upshur County. Visitation is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday (today) at Croley Funeral Home.

Camp, a Gilmer native and a vice president of Gilmer National Bank, had fiercely battled his cancer, which began as melanoma before spreading to his lymph nodes. After they were removed, the malignancy spread to his lungs and liver, according to his long-time close friend and fellow school trustee, Rash.

Only Tuesday night, Camp was returned home from a Tulsa, Okla., hospital after his condition had deteriorated rapidly from Sunday onward, said Rash. After arriving here late that evening, the stricken banker was able to say goodbye to his only living child, his 9-year-old son Cade, Rash said.

Camp slipped into a coma two hours before dying about 10 a.m. Thursday, surrounded by his family, friends and a hospice nurse who were jointly singing Amazing Grace, said Rash, who was present.

Only 13 days earlier, on Sept. 11, Camp climbed steep stands at a Texarkana football stadium to make his last online broadcast of a Gilmer Buckeyes game, a 35-17 come-from-behind Gilmer victory over host Liberty-Eylau.

With his team trailing 10-9 at halftime, Gilmer Coach Jeff Traylor had cited Camp’s gallant fight against his lethal disease to inspire the Buckeyes to a winning second-half comeback. Camp also had broadcast Gilmer’s season-opening 42-14 victory over Jasper at Nacogdoches on Aug. 28, but missed the Buckeyes’ two other games this season before his death.

For some time, Camp underwent periodic treatment at the famed M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. When that hospital said it could do no more for him, he went to Tulsa two days after the Liberty-Eylau game and underwent medical tests last week while staying in a motel, according to Rash.

Last Saturday, “he was fine,” but began feeling ill Sunday and was admitted to the hospital, Rash said. On Monday, Rash and five other friends of Camp’s from Gilmer went to bring the dying community leader home to bid his young son goodbye.

According to Rash, Camp told Cade he was proud of him and that he “didn’t care whether he wins or loses as long as he always does his best.” Matt Camp also told his son—who he had baptized only four weeks earlier—that “it’s so important to love people,” Rash said.

Coach Traylor gave young Cade his first quarterbacking lesson Thursday, and the boy was scheduled to call the coin toss at the Gilmer-Daingerfield game between two No. 1-ranked teams here last night (Friday), said Rash.

Rash is public address announcer for Gilmer home football games, and Matt Camp, a former Buckeye quarterback, would normally have done the play-by-play over the Internet with color commentary from his announcing partner, Todd Robison.

As of this month, he had been employed at Gilmer National Bank for 13 years.

Camp was the only child of retired longtime Gilmer Elementary School Principal Harmon (Pat) Camp and his wife, Beth. In addition to Cade, Matt Camp and his wife, Deidra Long Camp, had a son, Andrew Hope Camp, who was stillborn about five years ago.

Rash noted that he, Matt Camp, and Robison were part of a 6-man group of lifelong friends that had started school together in Gilmer, graduated here together; and who had “all fought like tigers to stay right here (in Gilmer) together,” turning down jobs elsewhere. The other friends are Mark Skinner, Joe Dodd and Greg Laney.

Rash said Friday the group wanted to rear their children together. He noted Camp had baptized Rash’s daughter, Brinkley Rash, at the time the banker baptized Cade.

“We’ve literally known each other since 1975 or 1976,” Rash said of the group. “We’ve done everything together. We went to school together. We played ball together...We all were in each other’s weddings.

“We were there for the firstborn of each of our children....Every Christmas, we’re together like a band of thieves or something, band of brothers,” he said. The group also enjoyed cookouts at each other’s homes, and “our kids all think we’re brothers,” so they call their fathers’ friends uncle, Rash added.

“And now everywhere you look, there’s going to be a lot of empty seats to fill because Matt did so much stuff.”

Robison and Skinner, who sat with Rash and Camp in the press box at Buckeye games, were among those present when Camp died Thursday morning. The death had such an impact on the community that KLTV (Channel 7) in Tyler came to do a story on the late banker.

Rash said that facing imminent death, Camp “had a lot of wisdom to impart...He knew what priorities mattered and which ones didn’t.”

“He was the most unselfish and loving person I ever met,” and wouldn’t speak ill of anyone, Camp’s friend added. Rash added that he had witnessed Camp’s life for 33 years, and that he never strayed from his Christian faith.

Rash recalled that the banker, Diedra, and Cade had met Texas Rangers baseball player Josh Hamilton, Cade’s hero who had overcome a drug problem and authored a book.

When they gathered at The Ballpark in Arlington, Hamilton signed a bat and glove, presented them to Cade, and gave the family copies of his book, according to Rash.

Hamilton then asked Matt who his favorite baseball player was. When Camp said Nolan Ryan, Hamilton, who’d been tipped off to that fact, produced a baseball autographed by the former great major league pitcher.

According to Rash, Camp asked Hamilton, “Josh, can we pray for you?” and Hamilton replied, “You sure can.” Photographs were taken of the group prayer.

Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 26, from 4 until 6 p.m. at Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the First Baptist Church of Gilmer.

The family requests memorials be made to Matt’s House, c/o Kinsman Foundation, 219 W. Butler, Gilmer, Texas 75644 , or Matt Camp Ball Park Fund, c/o Gilmer National Bank, P.O. Box 460, Gilmer, TX 75644.


Courtesy Photo
CADE CAMP, 9-year-old son of Gilmer Buckeyes broadcaster Matt Camp, who passed away last Thursday morning at the age of 38 after a courageous battle against cancer, has just called the coin toss for Gilmer before last Friday night’s game here between the Buckeyes and Daingerfield. Gilmer won the toss and, of course, elected to receive. Standing next to young Camp is Gilmer QB Darian “Stump” Godfrey, one of the team’s captains, who said the team is playing every game for his father in order to honor him. The Buckeyes were honorary pallbearers at Matt Camp’s funeral Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27, which filled the First Baptist Church in downtown Gilmer to capacity. Hundreds more watched the service on a big-screen TV in another nearby church building.

Gilmer and Daingerfield meet in battle of unbeaten number ones

By JOE DODD

It’s not every day that two teams ranked number one in the state of Texas meet on the football field. But it will happen Friday night at Buckeye Stadium when the 4-0 Gilmer Buckeyes, ranked number one in Class 3A, will host the 4-0 Daingerfield Tigers, ranked number one in Class 2A.

While this will be the first time the two teams will meet with such lofty rankings, it will be the 54th meeting between the two powerhouse programs that boast a total of nine state championship game appearances between them.

The Tigers enjoy a 30-23 advantage in the series, but the Buckeyes boast a current 4-game winning streak. Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor has met the Tigers 10 times in his first 9 seasons, going 7-3. That makes the Tigers the only team to beat a Traylor-coached team more than once.

“It has to be a rivalry. I don’t know who else would be our rival if it wasn’t them,” replied Traylor when asked to describe the series.

Tigers coach Barry Bowman agreed. “Sure it’s a rivalry. I think both teams have mutual respect for each other. We enjoy playing Gilmer.”

That rivalry, and the fact that the Tigers ended the Celina Bobcat’s 10-year home winning streak last season when the Bobcats were ranked number two in Class 3A, makes this meeting even more intriguing considering that the Buckeyes are riding a 31-game home winning streak that dates back to 2002.

“That home winning streak is all that we’ve been thinking about; just keep winning,” said Gilmer senior Ben Griffith.

That home winning streak should help motivate the Buckeyes, who stunned the Tigers in Daingerfield last season with a dominating 49-18 victory just two weeks after the Tigers made national headlines by stopping Celina’s winning streak.

“I think they have enough respect for Daingerfield,” said Traylor. “They’re number one in the state, they won a state championship. They’ll have plenty of incentive to play.”

Buckeyes’ senior linebacker Mikey Wilson, who leads the team with 40 tackles, said that Gilmer has forgotten about last year’s blowout of the Tigers. “The past is the past; we don’t bring it up,” said Wilson. “We’re going to come to practice every day and work hard. The winning streak is something that the seniors are going to pass down, so we’re going to give it all we got.”

But Wilson knows that the Tigers haven’t forgotten last year’s game. “What Kilgore did to us last year, it made us mad so we came this year prepared and ready to play. I’m sure Daingerfield feels the same way.”

The Buckeyes used their memory of last year’s loss to Kilgore as inspiration for last week’s 70-27 stomping of the Bulldogs. But Gilmer senior Tristan Holt doesn’t think the Buckeyes will have a letdown after the big win. “It could be, but I don’t think it will be because we’ve got good coaches and they’ll make us practice hard like we lost this game.”

Traylor agreed with his seniors. “They are very mature. I believe they will be excited about playing the number one team in the state; the defending state champions. They know Daingerfield is always good.”

Since losing to the Buckeyes last season, the Tigers have reeled off 15 straight wins, currently the fifth longest winning streak in the state.

Bowman thinks the loss to the Buckeyes was the reason for his team’s impressive run. “Last year I think the game against Gilmer served as a wake-up call for us,” said Bowman. “We had gone to Celina and we had ended that 10-year home winning streak that they had. It kind of knocked us back down to earth a little bit and I think that served us well going into district play and the playoffs.”

One advantage the Buckeyes had over the Tigers last year was big game experience. But Daingerfield’s run to their fourth state championship last season leveled the playing field.

“They’ve got two huge regular season wins and six playoff wins, so they definitely have big game experience,” said Traylor.

Bowman and Traylor agree that Tigers’ junior quarterback Tyler Boyd benefited the most from that experience.

“He’s got 20 games under his belt now, so that makes a lot of difference,” said Bowman.

“Tyler Boyd is what makes them go; he’s the real deal,” confirmed Traylor. “His passing has improved so much. You can tell he’s really played in a bunch of big games. He’s calm under pressure and he can run around and make plays.”

After passing and running for 3,246 yards and 39 touchdowns as a sophomore, Boyd has picked up where he left off, totaling 979 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first four games of the season.

Traylor warns that Boyd isn’t the only weapon in the Tigers’ arsenal. “They’ve got three kids that can make bad plays good plays,” said Traylor. “Tyler Boyd, Koko Smith and Chris Jones. You always want to have one of those kinds, and when you have three on one side of the ball, that’s a very special thing.”

Smith, a senior running back, racked up 1,487 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground, earning first team all-state honors last year.

Jones might be the most talented athlete of the group, having committed to play for the University of Texas before his senior season began. As a junior, Jones set a school record with 1,046 receiving yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He also picked up 340 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

“Chris Jones is as close to looking like Curtis Brown that I’ve ever seen,” said Traylor, who coached Brown before sending him on to Texas. ”I’ve never said that about another kid. That’s how good Chris Jones is. He is unbelievable. He’s worth the price of admission just to watch him play.”

Daingerfield’s Bowman is quick to point out that Traylor returns a talented group of players as well. “I think from top to bottom; offensively, defensively and special teams; I think this is the best team he’s had,” Bowman said. “I’m more impressed with this team overall from top to bottom; than I have been with any others, and he’s had some really good ones.”

Traylor agreed with Bowman. “I think both teams are a lot better,” Traylor said.

Gilmer senior quarterback Stump Godfrey summed it up best. “It’s going to be electric. The stands are going to be packed.”

GAME NOTES

Gilmer is averaging 55.75 ppg through 4 games

Gilmer needs 219 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season

Gilmer’s 229 offensive plays consist of 115 passing attempts (50.2 percent) and 114 rushing attempts (49.8 percent)

Gilmer averages 296 yards per game passing (60 percent) and 195 yards per game rushing (40 percent)

Gilmer’s 634 total yards against Kilgore last week was the 3rd most in school history

Gilmer’s Stump Godfrey needs 88 rushing yards to pass Derek McKenzie as Gilmer’s career leader in rushing yards by a quarterback

Gilmer’s Stump Godfrey needs 5 rushing touchdowns to pass Justin Johnson as Gilmer’s career leader

Bounty Hunter of the Week: Tamil Harris

Special Teams Player of the Week: Braylon Webb

Scout Team Players of the Week:

Jordan Traylor, Offense; Bryce Rawls, Defense

September 25- Daingerfield

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Blue & White

District: 17-2A

Enrollment: 376

2008 Record: 15-1, Class 2A Div. II State Champions

2009 Record: 4-0, Ranked #1 in Class 2A

Last meeting: 2008, Gilmer won 49-18

Series Record: Daingerfield leads 30-23

Head Coach: Barry Bowman (2nd season, 19-1, 34-16 overall)

Other Head Coaching experience: Bullard 3 yrs 15-15

Returning Starters: 6 Offense/7 Defense

BUCKEYE TICKET LINE:

841-7777

LUNCH WITH THE COACH:

Noon Wednesdays, Buckeyes Booster Club meets at Gilmer Country Club

LIVE WEBCAST:

www.GilmerBuckeyes.com

MaxPreps Gilmer vs. Daingerfield Game Matchup


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER’S LUKE TURNER is hauled down by Kilgore’s C.J. Gary here last Friday night. Other Buckeyes pictured include Barry Kennedy (56), Dustin Hardin (55) and Caleb Denton (52). Turner and the Buckeyes head into their final tuneup before District 17-3A play begins against the Daingerfield Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Buckeye Stadium. Both teams are unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state in their respective classifications. The Buckeyes have a bye week after this game with the next contest on the road at Bullard on Friday, Oct. 9.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
COACH JEFF TRAYLOR was honored after the game Friday night for having achieved 100 career wins, all at Gilmer, in the span of just more than nine seasons. At left offering congratulations is Gilmer ISD Supt. Rick Albritton. The victory over Kilgore was actually his 101st, the century mark having been accomplished on the road against Liberty-Eylau on Sept. 11.




BEN GRIFFITH (top photo) and STUMP GODFREY (above) are interviewed by KLTV in the buildup to Friday night's game here against Daingerfield.




MIKEY WILSON (top photo) and STUMP GODFREY (above) are interviewed by KYTX while preparing for the game against Daingerfield. See link to video below.

From KYTX CBS 19:

No. 1 Gilmer faces No. 1 Daingerfield

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Gilmer 70, Kilgore 27



From the Longview News-Journal:

Top-ranked Buckeyes crush Kilgore

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Gilmer Buckeyes Trample Kilgore

From the Kilgore News Herald:

Bulldogs tripped up by speedy Gilmer

From the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel:

Gilmer 70, Kilgore 27 — Let me come right out and say this. I know Gilmer is No. 1 in Class 3A, but Kilgore should never get beat by this much, especially to a 3A squad.

Darian Godfrey was 21-of-24 for 360 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for two touchdowns, to lead the Buckeyes to the big win.


From the Jacksonville Daily Progress:

District 14-4A At A Glance — Week 3

From MaxPreps:

Box Score: Kilgore @ Gilmer

From KLTV's Red Zone (4:30 in):



Gilmer
First Downs 26
Rushing 30-238
Passing 22/26/1
Passing Yards 354
Total Offense 56-592
Total Turnovers 1
Penalties 8-80
Punts 1-13
Time of Possession 20:01
Score by Quarter 20/27/21/2

Kilgore
First Downs 10
Rushing 26-75
Passing 11/28/2
Passing Yards 192
Total Offense 54-267
Total Turnovers 3
Penalties 9-72
Punts 5-179
Time of Possession 27:59
Score by Quarter 7/0/7/13

Statistics compiled by JOE DODD

Buckeyes dominate Kilgore in 70-27 win



By JOE DODD

The Gilmer Buckeyes came home to Buckeye Stadium for the first time this season and thrilled a standing-room-only Homecoming crowd of 5,000 with a stunning 70-27 victory over the Kilgore Bulldogs.
“One of the best performances all around that we’ve ever had,” summed up Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor after watching his Buckeyes score touchdowns on their first 10 possessions on their way to scoring more points against the Bulldogs than any other team in Bulldogs’ head coach Mike Vallery’s 15 years at the school.
The Buckeyes offense neared perfection with 384 yards passing and 250 yards rushing for a total of 634 yards in the game; the third best production in Buckeyes’ history.
“It was just one of those nights where whatever offensive play that we called just seemed to work,” marveled Traylor, who saw his team’s home winning streak improve to 31 games. “The kids got on fire and momentum got rolling and it just kind of snowballed.”
The snowball started out as an avalanche as the Buckeyes took the opening kickoff and scored three plays later when Stump Godfrey hit Tristan Holt on a screen pass that Holt took 70 yards for a touchdown just 33 seconds into the game. Holt was penalized for excessive celebration and the Buckeyes’ Adan Olivares was forced to kick the extra point from 35 yards out. He missed wide left and the Buckeyes had a 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs answered right back with a 7-play drive that took 3:31 off the clock, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run from LaDarius Anthony. Ryan Bustin’s extra-point kick was good for a 7-6 Kilgore lead with 7:56 to play in the first quarter.
That would be the last points the Bulldogs would score until the Buckeyes began substituting freely late in the third quarter after building an incredible 61-7 lead.
“Our defense is the strength of our team. Any time you score that many points your defense is going to be really good,” praised Traylor, who cited the Black Flag Defense for two interceptions and holding the Bulldogs to only 210 total yards on the night.
Gilmer’s next scoring drive took all of 6 plays and 1:24 off the clock as Godfrey ran the ball in from five yards out. Olivares’ extra-point kick was good, and the Buckeyes took the lead for good, with 6:32 to go in the first quarter.
Gilmer’s defense then forced the Bulldogs into four consecutive three-and-out possessions, giving the Buckeyes’ offense great field position on their next three scoring drives.
Godfrey scored with another touchdown run, this time from six yards out with 1:43 left in the opening quarter. Olivares’ extra point made the score 20-7.
On Gilmer’s next possession, Godfrey connected with Holt again, this time on a 62-yard bomb that Holt juggled and then caught, leaving a sprawling Bulldog defender in his wake and increasing the Buckeyes’ lead to 26-7 after a high snap on the extra-point attempt.
Godfrey then scored his third and final rushing touchdown of the game on the next series with a 2-yard quarterback keeper, thanks to an interception by Ben Griffith, who returned from an injury suffered in the season’s first game.
“I did treatment every day for two and a half weeks. I had to be back for this one,” said Griffith, who returned the interception 34 yards to the Bulldogs’ 21-yard line. “I thought I was going to score for a little while, but I got tired and he caught me from behind.”
Holt scored his third touchdown of the night with a 3-yard run with 6:19 remaining in the second quarter, giving Gilmer a 40-7 advantage. “We played our worst game on offense last year,” said Holt about last year’s loss to the Bulldogs. “Coach Traylor emphasized offense this week, so we came out and did our thing.” Holt finished with 163 all-purpose yards for Gilmer.
The Buckeyes’ longest possession of the game provided their next score, as Gilmer switched between passing and running on every play of a 79-yard, 9-play drive that took 3:15 off the second-quarter clock. Luke Turner hauled in Godfrey’s 5-yard touchdown pass for a 47-7 halftime lead.
Gilmer’s defense, which allowed Kilgore only 95 total yards in the first half, let the Bulldogs know that the second half would be just as tough, forcing another three-and-out series to start the second half.
The Buckeyes’ offense picked up where it had left off, going 80 yards in nine plays and scoring on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Godfrey to Daniel McLaren with 6:58 to go in the third quarter. Olivares’ extra point made the score 54-7.
The Black Flag Defense forced the second turnover by the Bulldogs on their next possession, when Harvey Horton intercepted a Kaleb Brisendine pass and returned it 41 yards to the Kilgore 16-yard line.
Two plays later, Tevin Godfrey scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run to give the Buckeyes a 61-7 advantage after Olivares’ extra point with 5:30 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs finally got back on the scoreboard on their next possession when Anthony finished a 5-play, 55-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter.
Gilmer responded with their final touchdown drive of the game, covering 57 yards in six plays with Jeremy Jackson running the ball in from eight yards out. Carlos Sanchez kicked the extra point for a 68-14 lead with only 37 seconds left in the third quarter.
Kilgore came right back with another 5-yard touchdown run by Anthony with 10:12 to play in the game, bringing the score to 68-21. Anthony finished with three touchdowns and 62 yards on 23 carries.
Gilmer sophomore Luke Turner took over quarterback duties in the fourth quarter and had his first and only pass of the game picked off at the Buckeyes 47-yard line.
Six plays later, the Bulldogs’ Brisendine and Matthew Dickey hooked up for a 20-yard touchdown pass to cut the score to 68-27, but the Buckeyes blocked the extra-point attempt and Marqualon Tate returned the football 90 yards for the 2-point safety, making the final score 70-27.
“I was totally shocked, I had no idea,” Traylor replied when asked about scoring the most points against Kilgore since 1989. “We could probably play them 100 times and that would never happen again.”
“We were just so embarrassed about our performance offensively last year,” Traylor continued. “Last year we played about as bad as we could over there in Kilgore and tonight Kilgore probably played about as bad as they could have.”
“It felt great,” replied Godfrey when asked about atoning for his 4-turnover debacle last year against the Bulldogs. “It was unbelievable; a great feeling. I can’t explain the way I feel.”
The senior quarterback finished the game with a career-best 25 completions on 28 attempts for a career best 384 yards. He also scored three touchdowns on four rushing attempts.
“I felt it. It just came to me. It was great; and when you feel that, that’s when you’ve got to just let it loose and lead your team to a victory,” said Godfrey.
“That was the best I’ve ever seen Stump throw the ball,” exclaimed Traylor.
Running back Vance Green, who rushed for 110 yards on only nine carries, said the Buckeyes had looked forward to this rematch for a whole year. “It was a revenge game. We practiced hard the whole week through the rain, and we came out and were ready to play,” Green said.
Gilmer linebacker Mikey Wilson said revenge was just one factor for the Buckeyes. “We had never been beaten twice in a row by the same team and we had the home win streak, so that was a big part of it there,” Wilson stated.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BEN GRIFFITH (19) has just picked off a Kilgore pass. Tristan Holt (3) looks for someone to block. Griffith returned the interception 34 yards to set up a Gilmer touchdown.


Mirror Photos / Mary Laschinger Kirby
HAULING IN A PASS from Stump Godfrey, Gilmer’s Vance Green looks upfield for his blocking during first quarter action Friday. A long gain by Green set up Godfrey’s first touchdown run (below photo) and put Gilmer ahead to stay. Gilmer won, 70-27.



Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
AS DAKOTA CANNON (33) prepares to lower the boom into Kilgore’s Ladarius Anthony (22), Gilmer’s Eric Miller (45) hangs on for the ride as the duo brought down the Bulldogs’ leading rusher. The Black Flag Defense shut down Kilgore until the fourth quarter as the Buckeyes cleared the bench.

Godfrey named Built Ford Tough player of week

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gilmer returns home to host Kilgore

By JOE DODD

After five long weeks on the road, the Gilmer Buckeyes return to the friendly confines of Buckeye Stadium Friday night for a homecoming game against the Kilgore Bulldogs.

With scrimmages in Atlanta and New Boston, and non-district games at Nacogdoches, Tyler and Texarkana, the number one ranked Buckeyes (3-0) return to Gilmer to defend their 30-game home winning streak.

Kilgore is a major threat to end that streak, just like the Buckeyes’ 27-game regular season winning streak that the Bulldogs stopped with their 28-14 win over the Buckeyes in Kilgore last season.

But history is on Gilmer’s side, as the Buckeyes have never lost two games in a row to the same opponent since head coach Jeff Traylor took over the program.

“They could stop both our home winning streak and our streak of never losing to the same team twice,” said Traylor. “They’ll be tough to beat.”

The Bulldogs have been tough to beat ever since head coach Mike Vallery arrived in Kilgore in 1995. Since then, the Bulldogs have won 75 percent of their games, made the playoffs every season but one, and won a state championship in 2004.

Sound familiar? It should, because since Traylor arrived in Gilmer in 2000, the Buckeyes have won 85 percent of their games, made the playoffs every season but one, and won a state championship in 2004.

Traylor is quick to praise his counterpart. “I think he’s the best coach in East Texas,” said Traylor.

Vallery returned the compliment. “Coach Traylor and his staff do a great job with the Gilmer program,” Vallery replied.

While both Gilmer and Kilgore have enjoyed similar success under their current head coaches; the two teams achieved it in vastly different ways.

Gilmer is best known for their high-powered offense, which usually is among the state’s best in yards and points scored. In 117 games under Traylor, the Buckeyes have scored an average of 39.6 points per game.

Kilgore is best known for their punishing defense, which is usually among the state’s best in yardage and points allowed. In 173 games under Vallery, the Bulldogs have allowed an average of 15.1 points per game.

“Every year that Mike Vallery has ever coached, Kilgore is always great on defense and special teams,” said Traylor. “Great defense always beats a great offense.”

That was evident last season when the Bulldogs held the Buckeyes to 220 total yards and forced four turnovers.

“Kilgore was good and we played really bad on offense. We turned the ball over too much and gave up too many big plays,” recalled Traylor about last season’s loss. “Whenever you lose the big play battle and the turnover battle, you’re going to lose.”

So far this season, it’s the Bulldogs who have lost the turnover and big play battles, going 1-2 in their first three games of the season.

“It’s a misleading 1-2,” warns Traylor. “If we had played Carthage, Hallsville and Marshall we might be 1-2 also. They just do such a great job running the football, kicking it, and they play good defense. So they’re always going to be in the ball game.”

Vallery would normally agree, but he’s not so sure this year. “This is as much as we’ve struggled in a long time,” Vallery said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Last year Kilgore’s offense controlled the football for over 32 minutes, while Gilmer’s offense had the football for less than 16 minutes.

“This year I don’t know if we can be that kind of football team that can dominate the time of possession,” worried Vallery, who lost 17 starters from last year’s team to graduation.
After three games, the Bulldogs are averaging only 195.7 total yards and 17 points per game while allowing 331.7 total yards and 28 points per game.

Despite the statistics, Traylor is not convinced that Kilgore is down this year. “They’re the best team that we have played this year,” promised Traylor who reminded fans that Kilgore’s junior varsity and freshmen teams dominated Gilmer last year. “They’re just going to move those kids up.”

Vallery has done just that, rotating sophomores Kaleb Brisendine and Riley Tolar at quarterback for the Bulldogs. Brisendine has completed 14 of 28 passing attempts for 136 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while Tolar is 14 of 31 for 161 yards, with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

The sophomore quarterbacks are protected by a front five that averages 6 feet 3 inches tall and 255 pounds. “They are huge up front, and they are very well coached,” said Traylor.

The large offensive line also plows the field for senior tailback Jeremy Henderson who has 176 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries and 22 yards and another touchdown on one reception.

On defense, the Bulldogs are led by senior linebacker Mishaud Austin and sophomore safety Shawn Williams. Austin leads the team with 33 tackles, while Williams is second with 26 tackles, and has the Bulldogs only interception.

Traylor is impressed with the defense. “We’d be very fortunate if we could score 21-28 points. They’re really good,” Traylor said.

Vallery is not buying it, giving Gilmer the advantage on offense. “The Godfrey kid at quarterback is a year older and a year more experienced at running that offense,” said Vallery, who added. “They are so much more improved at the receiver position. They do a great job of running after the catch.”

Traylor said that his returning offensive starters must play much better than they did against Kilgore last season. “Our defense played great; we were just horrible offensively,” Traylor stated. “We’ve got to stop the turnovers and have more big plays.”

Vallery thinks the Buckeyes are in a position to do just that. “Some years your offense is much better than your defense, and some years your defense is much better than your offense,” said Vallery. “The thing they’ve got going right now is that they are good on both sides of the football.”

Traylor has warned his players not to believe Vallery’s assessment of them. “I think because they beat us last year, our kids know how good they are,” Traylor said. “It will be a nail-biter. It will go right down to the very end. They are too well coached. They do too many things well. It will be a great ball game.”

Game Notes
*Gilmer’s last loss at home was 14-7 to Pine Tree in 2002.
*Gilmer has a 9-game regular season winning streak.
*Gilmer is 0-4 all time against Kilgore.
*Kilgore has allowed 40 or more points in a game only 3 times in 173 games since Vallery became head coach in 1995. The Bulldogs are 0-3 in those games.
*Kilgore has allowed 30 or more points in a game only 17 times in 173 games since Vallery became head coach in 1995. The Bulldogs are 5-12 in those games.

Bounty Hunter of the Week: Jordan McCraven
Special Teams Player of the Week: Adan Olivares
Scout Team Players of the Week:
John Reynoso, Offense; Ricky Johnson, Defense

September 18- Kilgore
Mascot: Bulldogs
Colors: Red/Black/White
District: 14-4A
Enrollment: 1,080
2008 Record: 9-3, Area Finalist
2009 Record: 1-2
Last meeting: 2008, Kilgore won 28-14
Series Record: Kilgore leads 4-0
Head Coach: Mike Vallery (15th season, 129-43-1, 223-67-1 overall)
Returning Starters: 2 Offense/3 Defense

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GISD Foundation Plaza Brick Ceremony to be held on Oct. 16

The Gilmer ISD Foundation Plaza is a prominent campus landmark at Gilmer High School, located just inside the home entrance of Buckeye Stadium.

Engraved bricks can be purchased for yourself or in honor or memory of a loved one. Bricks are available for $100 each in the outside area of the Plaza, and $200 each in the Buckeye-shaped area in the center of the Plaza. Funds raised from the Plaza support Gilmer ISD Foundation projects such as educational grants and scholarships.

The fourth annual Gilmer ISD Foundation Plaza Brick Ceremony will be on Oct. 16 before the home game against Chapel Hill. All brick orders must be in by Oct. 9 for anyone who would like to participate in this year’s brick ceremony.

To purchase your brick, stop by the Gilmer ISD Administration Building for an order form or email Dolly Robison at jtanddolly@yahoo.com.


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FOUNDATION PLAZA is pictured at the home entrance of Buckeye Stadium. The fourth annual Gilmer ISD Foundation Plaza Brick Ceremony will be on Oct. 16.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Gilmer 35, Liberty-Eylau 17

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Top-Ranked Gilmer Pulls Away Late

From the Longview News-Journal:

Around East Texas

From the Texarkana Gazette:

Gilmer hands loss to Leopards

From ArkLaTexHomepage.com:

FB: Gilmer vs. Liberty-Eylau

From Friday Football Fever / KTBS 3:

Liberty Eylau vs Gilmer

From MaxPreps:

Box Score: Gilmer @ Liberty-Eylau

Gilmer...:........ LE
1st dwns...........12 ............ ...9
Rushing ....... 36-177 .. 37-139
Passing............156...............87
A - C - I.......... 22-11-0 11-4-0
Fumbles............1-1 ............3-2
Penalties ...... 7-65..........7-65
Punt Avg........ 1-38..........3-32

From The Gilmer Mirror:

Buckeyes survive scare against Liberty-Eylau



By JOE DODD

Gilmer Buckeyes’ head coach Jeff Traylor loves to talk to his team about overcoming adversity. Friday night in Texarkana, the Buckeyes proved they have been listening as Gilmer overcame a 17-9 third-quarter deficit to beat the Liberty-Eylau Leopards 35-17.

“It was a struggle. It was exactly the type of game I’d thought it would be,” said Traylor, who picked up his 100th career victory. “It was a great win.”

Gilmer senior Stump Godfrey, who has quarterbacked the Buckeyes to 29 of Traylor’s wins, praised his coach. “He’s a great coach, he’s unbelievable,” said Godfrey. “He’s got a great team that believes what he says, and they’re going to get him those wins.”

Thanks to Mikey Wilson’s 23-yard kickoff return, Gilmer started the game with great field position at the Leopards’ 49-yard line. Godfrey led the Buckeyes down to the Liberty-Eylau 15-yard line before the offense stalled and Adan Olivares hit a 32-yard field goal to give Gilmer a 3-0 lead with 8:21 to play in the first quarter.

The Buckeyes’ next two possessions were dismal at best, as Gilmer went backwards 23 yards on consecutive three-and-out series, giving the Leopards the football at the Buckeyes’ own 29-yard line after a Luke Turner punt from the end zone and then at the Gilmer 40-yard line after a fumble.

“We mostly stopped ourselves, whether it was a low snap, dropped ball, or a mental bust or a holding penalty,” said Traylor.

But thanks to the Buckeyes’ Black Flag Defense, the Leopards only managed to tie the score on a 25-yard field goal by Andrew Morsmen with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Gilmer took the lead back on their first series of the second quarter, as Godfrey capped off a 68-yard, 7-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 7:32 to go in the half. The 2-point conversion attempt failed, and the Buckeyes led 9-3.

The Leopards answered right back with a 68-yard, 8-play drive that ended when Trey Norman connected with Marquez Clark, who had gotten behind Gilmer’s Tristan Holt, on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 4:14 left in the half. The extra-point kick by Morsmen was good for a 10-9 Liberty-Eylau lead.

Trailing for the first time this season, Gilmer took the football and drove 51 yards in 15 plays, before settling for an Olivares 42-yard field-goal attempt, in part because of two holding penalties against the Buckeyes. The kick was short and the Leopards ran out the first-half clock with a one-point lead.

“We didn’t play very well the first half,” said Traylor. “We had a lot of penalties that kept killing our drives. Those holding penalties were hard on us. It’s just hard to overcome those 10-yard penalties against a team like Liberty-Eylau.”

Things only got worse for the Buckeyes at the start of the second half, when the Leopards’ Kendrick Ray took the opening kickoff 22 yards to the Liberty-Eylau 49-yard line. Five plays later Alex Watson connected with Clark on a 34-yard touchdown over Holt for a 17-9 Leopards’ lead with 9:13 to play in the third quarter.

Holt placed the blame squarely on his shoulders. “I felt bad because I thought I had let the team down,” said the senior cornerback/receiver about the Leopards’ two touchdown passes.

“When you play out there alone in man coverage, that’s going to happen to you,” explained Traylor. “I just told him to make the next play. And he did. He responded very well and he handled the adversity great.”

Holt took Traylor’s advice and returned the ensuing kickoff 52 yards to the Liberty-Eylau 17-yard line. Two plays later, Godfrey danced and juked his way past four Leopard defenders for a 9-yard touchdown run. Gilmer’s 2-point conversion attempt to tie the game failed, leaving the Leopards with a 17-15 lead with 8:32 remaining in the third quarter.

That’s when the Buckeyes’ defense took over. On the Leopards’ next three possessions, Gilmer allowed only two yards on six plays, recovered two fumbles and forced a punt.

“I think they made some pretty good adjustments at halftime,” said Liberty-Eylau head coach Pat Brady. “I saw five white jerseys in my backfield the second half that I know weren’t back there in the first half.”

The Buckeyes’ offense responded with Godfrey’s third touchdown run of the game, this time from a yard out to take a 21-17 lead with 6:52 to go in the third quarter.

“We thought we could come in and throw the ball, but they changed what they were doing on defense and we had to change what we were doing,” explained Godfrey, who finished with 84 yards on 17 carries while throwing for only 158 yards on 11 of 21 passes.

Godfrey’s longest completion on the night gave the Buckeyes their next score when a simple screen pass to Holt turned into dazzling 68-yard touchdown, as Holt broke five tackles on his way to the end zone and a 28-17 lead with 5:15 left in the third quarter.

“That kind of broke our back,” admitted Brady about Holt’s long touchdown. “We just kind of fell apart in the third quarter.”

Gilmer completed the come from behind win when Holt scored on an 11-yard run with 7:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“Number three (Holt) turned into one of the best players I’ve ever seen,” marveled Brady. “He was unbelievable. I didn’t think he was that kind of offensive player.”

Traylor was pleased with Holt, who finished with 150 all-purpose yards. “I was very proud of Tristan Holt just for handling the adversity,” said Traylor, who also praised his quarterback. “He had a lot of adversity in the first half and he responded very well.”

“That’s when you know you have good leaders; when things go bad, and you come back from it. That is what sports is supposed to be teaching us,” Traylor concluded.

Godfrey passed the credit on to one of his offensive linemen. “Beau Blair gave a great speech at halftime,” said Godfrey. “He talked about Mr. [Matt] Camp and it was unbelievable. It brought tears to my eyes. It shook the whole team up. We knew that we’re going to face adversity day in and day out, and the key is how you handle that adversity. That second half was for Mr. Camp.”

While Traylor was pleased with his team’s comeback win, he was also concerned. “That scares me,” confessed Traylor. “On one hand I’m very excited that we responded to the situation; on the other hand I don’t want to coach a team that is going to play just when they want to play. I want us to play with intensity, not emotion.”

Traylor said he is certain about one thing. “I know we got better playing a good team like that.”

Scoring Summary
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Gilmer 3 6 19 7 35
Liberty-Eylau 3 7 7 0 17
Game Statistics
Gilmer Liberty-Eylau
First Downs 14 11
Passing-Comp/Att/TD/Int 11-22-1-0 4-12-2-0
Passing-Yards 158 88
Rushes-Yards 36-199 39-135
Total Yards 357 223
Time of Possession 24:43 23:17
Fumbles Lost 1 2
Penalties-Yards 8-80 7-66


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
WITH GILMER’S Jacob Jenkins sprawled on the ground after taking out a Liberty-Eylau Leopard and with Daniel McLaren (4) running escort duties, Gilmer’s Tristan Holt signals number one as he scores on a 68-yard screen pass last Friday night in Texarkana. Gilmer defeated the Leopards, 35-17. The 3-0 Buckeyes finally get to host a game, Homecoming against Kilgore here Friday night.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER QB STUMP GODFREY had an effective night running the football.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER’S VANCE GREEN picks up yardage close to the goal in the third quarter as the Buckeyes fought to recapture the lead against the Leopards. The Liberty-Eylau pass defense dictated that the Buckeyes run the ball more as they put four touchdowns on the board in the second half to win 35-17. The Buckeyes cut the Leopards’ all-time lead in the series between the two schools to 11-5.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BLACK FLAG DEFENDERS, including Luis Castro (5) and Dakota Cannon (33), haul down the Leopard running back as the defense stiffened in the second half.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
WITH THE SCOREBOARD reflecting the 35-17 win by Gilmer over Liberty-Eylau, Athletic Director Jeff Traylor speaks to his players about their overcoming a 17-9 deficit to gain the victory, with no mention of it being his 100th career victory as a head coach.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Buckeyes will be tested on trip to Liberty-Eylau

From The Gilmer Mirror:

By JOE DODD

Gilmer Buckeyes head coach Jeff Traylor is so concerned about his team’s schedule the next three weeks; he hasn’t had time to consider a career milestone that is approaching. One more win for the Buckeyes’ boss will give Traylor 100 career victories as a head coach.

“I haven’t thought about it to be honest with you,” confessed Traylor. “I’m so worried about Liberty-Eylau I can’t even think about it. I would hate to be sitting on 99 for the next three weeks.”

Traylor’s concerns are valid. The Buckeyes travel to Liberty-Eylau this Friday, before coming home to host Kilgore and Daingerfield. Those three teams have combined for three of Gilmer’s six losses the past four seasons.

Of those three losses, the one that hurt the most was a 39-36 loss to Liberty-Eylau in the first round of the 2006 playoffs. “I was extremely disappointed after the Liberty-Eylau loss because I didn’t think we played very well,” said Traylor.

The Buckeyes gained a measure of revenge in the 2007 playoffs, knocking the Leopards out in the first round, 41-26. The two teams met in Gilmer during the 2008 regular season in a close game that Gilmer won 28-14.

Does that look like the beginning of a rivalry between the two programs? “I don’t know about a rivalry. I don’t know if we’ve played each other enough to be a rivalry,” said Traylor. “We have a lot of respect for their program. They’ve won two state championships in the last ten years.”

Liberty-Eylau head coach Pat Brady is okay with the rivalry term. “I guess you could call it kind of a rivalry. We’ve played each other the last four years now,” said Brady. “I know that when we play Gilmer, we want to beat them.”

Traylor said there are several reasons the Leopards are a tough match-up for his Buckeyes. “Liberty-Eylau is so athletic. They’re very physical, they run right at you, and those are things we don’t really deal with very well,” stated Traylor, who added. “They’ve been in a lot of big games, so they’re used to playing really good teams. They play a tough schedule. They always play us tough.”

That was evident in 2006 when the Buckeyes started the season ranked number one in the state and breezed through a perfect 10-0 regular season, only to lose to the unranked 7-3 Leopards, who went on to win the state championship.

Like the 2006 season, the Buckeyes are ranked number one in the state, and won their first two games in dominating fashion. The Leopards are 1-1, and not impressed with Gilmer’s ranking.

“I don’t put any stock into rankings whatsoever,” said Brady. “I don’t see how anybody knows who’s the number one team in the state of Texas. There are too many good teams. Rankings don’t mean a whole lot.”

Brady knows what his team is capable of. “I think we’ve got a very talented club when we play like we can play,” said Brady, who is 40-23 in his sixth season with the Leopards.

Traylor agreed. “They’re very dangerous. The speed of the game is going to be totally different. That will be the biggest test for us because the speed of the game will be so much faster,” Traylor said.

The Buckeyes’ last opponent Rains is nothing like the Leopards, according to Traylor. Even Gilmer’s first opponent, Jasper, doesn’t have the team speed and athleticism the Leopards possess.

“Their quarterbacks are both great athletes,” praised Traylor. “Alex Watson and Trey Norman; they can score any time. They’re very elusive. They throw the ball pretty good.”

“Both of their tailbacks are very good,” continued Traylor. “Tra Carson is a big 220-pound back that just bruises you. Then Hollis Webster is a big 190-pound back that can go to the house any time he touches it. They’ve got a big 230-pound fullback in Josh Webster who is a great runner and blocker.”

“They have one of the best receivers in the state of Texas in Marquez Clark. He’s got to be a Division I player. He can flat out go,” stated Traylor.

Brady agreed with Traylor’s assessment. “We’ve got a stable of backs that there is not one standout that we go to all the time, and that’s a good thing because it helps us keep defenses honest. You can’t just try to key on one person,” Brady said. “We have some good receivers. We don’t throw the ball a whole bunch, but when we do, we feel like they can do good things with the ball in their hands.”

That should help the Leopards with their game plan against the Buckeyes. “They’ll try to keep us off the field,” said Traylor. “They’ll pound the ball and keep us on the sideline; that will be their plan. It always has been.”

Brady said that his game plan is simpler than that. “We’ve just got to score more points than they do. That’s how we’re going to win the game. It could be low scoring, it could be high scoring.”

Defensively, the Leopards struggled to stop Mount Pleasant’s smash mouth rushing attack in Liberty-Eylau’s 34-28 loss to the 4A team last week. “Mount Pleasant was very big up front. They did a good job of just pounding the football and wearing us down,” said Brady.

The Buckeyes present a different challenge for the Leopards, said Brady. “Against teams like Gilmer you can’t sit back and play a zone and make them try to throw into coverage. You can’t blitz them every time because that’s going to hurt you too with big plays.”

Traylor also listed big plays as a key to the game. “It always starts with turnovers and big plays,” Traylor stated. “We’ve got to stop their big plays and create turnovers. And we’ve got to hold onto the ball and have some big plays.”

Despite being heavy favorites in the game, Traylor is concerned about Gilmer visiting Liberty-Eylau’s home field for the first time in over 30 years. “They play well at home,” said Traylor. “Nobody likes to get beat on their own field.”

The Leopards’ Brady doesn’t think the location of the game has anything to do with the outcome of the game. “I probably don’t put as much stock in the home field advantage as most people do,” Brady admitted. “When they blow the whistle and kick the ball off it’s all the same as when you play in Longview or Gilmer or Harris Field in Liberty-Eylau. It’s a football field and whichever team plays the best is going to be the one who comes out on top.”

Traylor said that whoever comes out on top, one thing is certain. “We’ll learn a whole lot about our team in the next three weeks. We’ll really know where we are,” Traylor said.

Buckeyes’ fans hope that Traylor will also know what it’s like to celebrate his 100th career victory.


September 11- @ Liberty-Eylau
Mascot: Leopards
Colors: Crimson/Black/White
District: 16-3A
Enrollment: 802
2008 Record: 4-6
2009 Record: 1-1
Last meeting: 2008, Gilmer won 28-14
Series Record: Liberty-Eylau leads 11-4
Head Coach: Pat Brady (6th season, 40-23, 40-23 overall)
Returning Starters: 6 Offense/5 Defense
Did you know? The Buckeyes and Leopards faced each other every year from 1968-1979 before a 26-year hiatus was broken when the teams met in the 2006 playoffs.

Football Paris N. Lamar vs. Liberty-Eylau Highlights

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Leopards blank North Lamar

NL puts up fight in tough loss

Mount Pleasant tops Liberty-Eylau, 34-28

Tigers chip away yardage in first season victory

Bounty Hunter of the Week: Eric Miller

Special Teams Player of the Week: Tristan Holt

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LUNCH WITH THE COACH:

Noon Wednesdays, Buckeyes Booster Club meets at Gilmer Country Club


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER’S LUKE TURNER (7) recovers his balance after breaking the tackle by Rains’ Jeremy Dowdy, seen on the ground. Turner cut around the other Wildcats and raced to the end zone where he was tackled after scoring the first touchdown of the Buckeyes’ 76-12 win last Thursday night in Tyler. Also pictured is Gilmer’s Dustin Hardin (55). Gilmer hopes to improve its record to 3-0 Friday night against the Liberty-Eylau Leopards at Harris Field in Texarkana. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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DIRECTIONS TO HARRIS FIELD:

There is some construction reportedly underway on I-30, so the best and shortest way to get to the Liberty-Eylau campus from Gilmer is to take State Hwy. 155 40 miles to Linden, then turn left and go north on U.S. Hwy. 59 for about 35 miles. As you enter Texarkana, you will pass under Loop 151 (Jarvis Parkway). After you pass that the next traffic signal is Leopard Drive (sign for school and prison there) You take a right and go to school; there will be security directing you to parking.



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This week's theme at GHS



It’s Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue this Friday, Sept. 11, at Gilmer High School’s pep rally preceding the Gilmer Buckeyes v. the LE Leopards. This week’s pep rally theme is 9-11, commemorating 9/11 and honoring those who fight for our freedom EVERY day.

Help us honor our servicemen and women by wearing Red, White and Blue this Friday! Freshmen wear White, Sophomores wear Red, Juniors wear Blue and Seniors wear Red, White OR Blue. But wear ORANGE AND BLACK to the football game!!!

Also, help us help THEM thru the Cell Phones for Soldiers project. Cell Phones for Soldiers turns old cell phones into MILLIONS of minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas! To do so, the phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an HOUR of talk time to soldiers abroad! BRING YOUR old cell phones to the pep rally Friday and help a soldier stay in touch with their loved ones back home.

GHS Students Plan Homecoming 2009 Bonfire



Final plans are underway for a bonfire, pep rally and other activities during Gilmer’s Pre-Homecoming festivities, Sept. 12. Cost is $1.00 at the gate. Ticket presales will occur at the Gilmer Varsity football game at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler on Sept. 3.

“CODE RED” is the theme of this year’s season, and the Gilmer Cheerleaders and students plan to “turn up the heat” on Kilgore with this year’s return of the Homecoming Bonfire. The week culminates when the Gilmer Buckeye football team takes on the Kilgore Bulldogs at home on Friday, Sept. 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The annual Homecoming bonfire, pep rally and festivities are set to begin at 5 pm, with the bonfire lighting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Gilmer Elementary School fields, at 1623 US Hwy 271. Taking part in the rally will be the GHS Marching Band, Majorettes, the STARS and Cheerleading Squads, Buckeye Athletics coaches and athletes and others. The Gilmer Cheerleading Booster Club is sponsoring the event.

The bonfire rally will kick off several days of student and community competitions. These include a banner contest, the “Birth of a New Tradition” contest, awarding those who can match the most Buckeye athletes to their baby pictures. Also, the “Pride My Ride” contest will reward those who best decorate their car for the week of the big game!

In addition, other campus organizations have planned activities for before the bonfire on Sept. 12. These include booths with games, contests, food, drinks and more. Student groups and other civic or charitable organizations are encouraged to participate.

Gilmer area businesses are asked to donate door prizes, raffles, and items for a silent auction table to be held during the bonfire. Businesses will compete for the ‘best basket’ which will be raffled off on stage before the lighting of the bonfire. For more information, email nolana@gilmerisd.org.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Gilmer 76, Rains 12



From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Top-Ranked Gilmer Opens Weekend With Rout



From the Longview News-Journal:

Buckeyes pour it on Rains

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RAINS wins the opening toss before the opening game of the Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic at TMF Rose Stadium in Tyler. It was one of the only things that went right for the Wildcats all night.

Video: LUKE TURNER scores from 28 yards out after catching a pass from Darian "Stump" Godfrey, set up by a completion to Tevin Godfrey on the play before that.

Video: KEDON FRANKLIN takes a screen pass 40 yards to paydirt after Marlon Granville makes nine yards on the previous pass from Stump Godfrey.

Video: VANCE GREEN scores on a 21-yard run set up by a 42-yard pass from Stump Godfrey to Tristan Holt.

Video: TRISTAN HOLT returns a punt 69 yards for a touchdown.

Video: KEDON FRANKLIN scores on 3-yard TD pass from Stump Godfrey on the sixth play of a 52-yard drive.

Video: TD drive right before halftime

From KLTV's Red Zone (begins 1:18 in):



From KYTX CBS 19:

Gilmer and Emory Rains Kick Off Trinity Mother Frances Classic

Thursday Night Highlights: Gilmer vs Emory Rains

From KETK NBC:

Gilmer Wins, 76-12

From The Gilmer Mirror:

Buckeyes blast Rains in Classic win



By JOE DODD

The Gilmer Buckeyes scored just about every way possible Thursday night in a 76-12 victory over the Rains Wildcats in the opening game of the Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic at Rose Stadium in Tyler.

The Buckeyes scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, an interception return and a fumble return in addition to four touchdown passes and three rushing touchdowns to improve their record to 2-0 on the season.

“They deserve to be ranked number one in the state,” said Rains head coach Brannon Kidd, who lost to the Buckeyes by a similar 77-21 score last season. “They were good last year and they’re good this year. There’s not a lot of difference to me.”

One difference from last year’s game was how the Buckeyes scored. Tristan Holt dazzled the crowd of about 4,000 with a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown as time expired in the first quarter and then opened the second half with a 90-yard touchdown return of the kickoff.

Gilmer safety Paul Chesnut returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown, while Eric Miller took a fumble back 31 yards for another score.

Holt credited his teammates for his two touchdowns. “It was great blocking and I was reading off the blocks and they got me in,” said the senior, who totaled 221 all-purpose yards in the game.

The special teams and defensive touchdowns were just icing on the cake for the Buckeyes, who scored touchdowns on five of their six first-half possessions after scoring only one first half touchdown last week against Jasper.

“We came out with better intensity than against Jasper,” said Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey, who connected with Luke Turner on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 6:06 remaining in the first quarter to give the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead.

Godfrey then hooked up with Kedon Franklin on a 40-yard touchdown with 5:21 to play in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.

Gilmer linebacker Vance Green, filling in at running back for the injured Gus Osborne, continued to impress the Buckeyes’ fans when he took his first handoff 21 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead with 3:29 to go in the first quarter.

Holt’s punt return and Chesnut’s interception return pushed Gilmer’s lead to 35-0, before Godfrey and Franklin connected again from 3 yards out for a 42-0 lead with 5:35 remaining in the first half.

Green completed the first half scoring with a 33-yard run with 3:52 to play, pushing the lead to 48-0. Green now has three carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns in relief of Osborne.

“He’s doing a good job. We’ve had to turn to him and he’s responded well,” said Godfrey about Green, who replied, “Gus is injured and I want to help the team,” said the senior who led the Buckeyes’ defense in tackles last season.

Godfrey played just two snaps in the second half, throwing a 59-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Webb that was sandwiched between Holt’s kickoff return and Miller’s fumble recovery with 8:35 to play in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes a 69-0 lead.

Godfrey finished with 291 yards on 14 of 17 passing, while only running the ball two times for six yards. “I was real pleased,” said Godfrey after the game. “The line blocked great. The running backs and receivers caught the ball well and they made plays. I didn’t really have to run the ball much, and that’s what I like. I like to see the other guys with the ball.”

The Wildcats finally got on the scoreboard with 3:51 left in the third quarter when quarterback Trevor Vandeventer ran it in from 5 yards out to make the score 69-6.

Gilmer responded two series later when Tevin Godfrey scored from 12 yards out with 9:02 remaining in the game.

Rains finished the scoring when Vandeventer connected with Nick Hancock on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 3:22 left in the game, before the Buckeyes let the clock run out on their final possession.

The final statistics were impressive, with Gilmer amassing 454 total yards and seven offensive touchdowns on only 36 plays.

“We didn’t get many snaps on offense at all. We didn’t get to play that much,” said a concerned Buckeyes head coach Jeff Traylor. “We seemed to play better, but it’s just hard to know.”

While Traylor was concerned about the lack of snaps for his offense; his defense stayed busy, holding the Wildcats to 248 total yards on 72 offensive plays.

“Their defense seems to be a little more solid this year,” said Kidd, whose team held the football for almost 33 minutes of the 48 minute game.

Despite the lopsided score, Traylor urged caution to Buckeyes’ fans. “We’ll find out in the next three weeks,” said Traylor, referring to the Buckeyes’ next three games against Liberty-Eylau, Kilgore and Daingerfield. “I don’t want to get too hyper; I mean we’ve got three great opponents in a row. We’ll know a lot more in three weeks.”

STATISTICS

Gilmer Rains

15 First downs 15

15-156 Rushes-yds 42-129

15-21-4-0 Passing 13-31-1-1

298 Passing yds 119

454 Total yds 248

0 Fumbles lost 1

15:19 Time of possession 32:41

7-45 Penalties-yds 7-45

SCORE BY QUARTERS

1 2 3 4 T

Gilmer 28 20 21 7 76


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BUCKEYES Mikey Wilson (34) and Luis Castro (5) watch Chris Miller (16) screen out two Wildcats on Tristan Holt’s 69-yard punt return for a TD in the first quarter of the Gilmer-Rains game at TMF Rose Stadium Thursday night. Gilmer was up 48-0 by halftime, en route to a 76-12 victory.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER’S VANCE GREEN (8) hauls in a pass from QB Stump Godfrey (10) in early action at Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium against Rains. Green had two touchdowns subbing for the injured Gus Osborne on offense and also started on defense as always.


Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BLACK FLAG members Eric Miller (45) and Josh Gordon (41) surround Rains QB Trevor Vandeventer before he can hand off the ball. Watching the mayhem unfold is RB Cody Dickens (9). Buckeyes were frequent visitors in the Wildcat backfield.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Buckeyes looking for improvement against Rains

From The Gilmer Mirror:

By JOE DODD

Following Gilmer’s 42-14 victory over the Jasper Bulldogs last Friday night, Buckeyes’ head coach Jeff Traylor promised his players a hard week of practice in hopes of improving his team’s lackluster offensive performance in the first half.

Unfortunately for the Rains Wildcats, the Buckeyes’ opponent in Thursday night’s Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic, Gilmer is determined to correct their mistakes.

“You always have to take the opponent into consideration some,” said Traylor, about the underdog Wildcats. “But we’re always going to worry about us, especially because we didn’t play real well. There will be a tremendous emphasis on small things and execution no matter who we were playing this week.”

Who the Buckeyes are playing this week is a team that lost 43-0 last week to Mount Vernon. The same team that Gilmer destroyed 77-21 last season. Despite those lopsided scores, Rains head coach Brannon Kidd is happy to be playing the Buckeyes.

“We’re excited,” Kidd said. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm since last year when we played Gilmer and knowing that we were going to play them in the Classic this year. The kids are real excited.”

Kidd’s enthusiasm showed in the Wildcats’ visit to Buckeye Stadium last year, especially after Gilmer quarterback Stump Godfrey took the first snap from center and fired a pass directly to the Wildcats’ Dakota Barker, who raced untouched 52 yards for a touchdown and an 8-0 Rains lead.

“It was a great feeling. After that interception, it picked up their confidence, it picked up their spirits a little bit,” said Kidd, who added that is why he wanted to schedule Gilmer. “You’re always excited when you play the number one team. It challenges you. You can always play the doormats of some district, but are you getting any better? When you play the number-one ranked team, you’re going to make yourself better.”

Traylor’s goal for the Buckeyes is to also get better, after his offense managed only 91 yards and eight points in the first half against Jasper.

“Your teams always improve the most between game one and game two, and I expect us to be much better by Thursday,” said Traylor. “They know that they didn’t play real well, so they won’t even talk about Rains. They’re going to be worried about how they play.”

Godfrey expects the Buckeyes to respond to the challenge. “We should come out and play well,” said the senior quarterback. “We can’t come out and play flat because then everybody may start questioning if we’re really number one and we might start questioning ourselves.”

No one would blame the Wildcats for questioning themselves, as Rains is 2-9 in Kidd’s spread offense. But Traylor knows how difficult installing the spread offense is. “Sometimes we can’t score against air,” said Traylor who is 98-17 in his 10th season at Gilmer.

Traylor’s first two teams never averaged more than 265 yards per game before the offense started to gel in 2002. Since that season, Gilmer’s offense has averaged more than 466 yards per game.

“Coach Traylor is right,” said Kidd. “You’ve really got to be hitting on all cylinders and your biggest part is the offensive line. If your offensive line is not producing, then everything is going to struggle.”

“It’s been a change of mentality,” continued Kidd. “They ran a split back veer under Coach Ken Little for the five years he was here. Going to the spread, it’s a big difference.”

It’s also a big difference to go from a senior-dominated team like the one Kidd inherited last year, to this year’s squad of unproven players.

“This year we’re real young,” admitted Kidd. “We’ve got a lot of young kids playing, that’s why it’s taking us a little longer to get things going the right direction offensively.”

“We’ve kind of got a rotation at quarterback with sophomore Shay Sellers and senior Trevor Vandeventer,” said Kidd. “But our real inexperience comes in at running back. We’ve got a sophomore [Cody Dickens] and a freshman [Dustin Fry] at running back. The freshman has a lot of skill that you can’t coach. We’re counting on a young backfield to produce some yardage.”

“Defensively we’re playing a lot better this year than we were last year,” said Kidd about his multiple front defense. “Our fireplug and our emotional leader is Nate Carista. He’s the one that’s going to be out there getting the defense fired up. He’s not very big, but for what he lacks in size, he makes up for it with heart and effort.”

Kidd said that Jasper’s first-half effort against Gilmer was beneficial to his team. “We learned a few things,” admitted Kidd. “We’re not probably going to duplicate what Jasper does. We’re not going to change our schemes to copy what Jasper did, you know we’re going to do what we do, but we’ll throw a few wrinkles in there.”

“We’re just trying to build each week,” summed up Kidd. “Of course we go into every game thinking we’re going to come out on top. Every kid puts their shoes on one at a time. Any given Friday, or Thursday night in this case, can be anybody’s game.”

Traylor admitted that the chance of that happening increased with the loss of two key players to injuries in the Jasper game. Senior Ben Griffith and junior Gus Osborne will both miss the Rains game.

“Obviously when you lose your starting tailback and one of your best receivers you’re concerned,” Traylor said. “You hate to lose a back like Gus. We’ll miss him on defense too. He returns kicks; he does a lot of things. Ben’s the punter, starting cornerback and starting wide receiver. You lost in essence about six players in those two kids. That’s how much Ben and Gus do.”

Despite the loss, Traylor was pragmatic. “Injuries are part of the game,” said Traylor. “We play a lot of kids and there’s a reason that we do that; it’s so we always have somebody ready. That’s what everybody in this program is waiting for. Now some kids will get their opportunity right now.”

That opportunity will come at one of Traylor’s favorite venues, Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. “Anybody that grew up in East Texas knows there have been so many big games played over there. It’s just a great experience to play there,” explained Traylor, who is 7-2 at Rose Stadium, including a 5-0 record in the Classic.

September 3- Rains @ TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler

Mascot: Wildcats

Colors: Blue/White/Black

District: 13-3A

Enrollment: 485

2008 Record: 2-8

Last meeting: 2008, Gilmer won 77-21

Series Record: Gilmer leads 11-0

Head Coach: Brannon Kidd (2nd season, 2-8, 10-20 overall)

Returning Starters: 6 Offense/5 Defense

Did you know? Rains’ 21 points against the Buckeyes last season was more than the Wildcats had scored against Gilmer in their previous 10 games combined.

Coach Traylor says: “Rose Stadium is always a great place to play. With the new Jumbotron it should be exciting for the kids. Thursday night, we’ll be the only game around so there should be a good crowd there.”

Bounty Hunter of the Week: Dakota Cannon

Special Teams Player of the Week: Eric Miller

Scout Team Players of the Week:

Austin Hollingsworth, Offense; Nathan Shelton, Defense

BUCKEYE TICKET LINE:

841-7777

LUNCH WITH THE COACH:

Noon Wednesdays, Gilmer Buckeyes Booster Club meets at Gilmer Country Club


The new scoreboard at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, a $657,000 project.
(Photo Courtesy Of Olen Williams, Inc)



Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER BUCKEYES enter the playing field at Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches last Friday night to open the 2009 season as the Buckeye Band plays the Gilmer fight song in support. After a slow start, the Buckeyes poured it on the Jasper Bulldogs in the second half to win big. Gilmer hopes to go to 2-0 on the season with a win over the Emory Rains Wildcats Thursday night in Tyler.