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Buckeyes 'eager' for battle as 2010 campaign begins

FOR THE seventh year in a row, the Gilmer Buckeyes are one of the teams playing in TITUS Sports Marketing’s Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.

Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - Buckeyes eager for battle as 2010 campaign begins

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GILMER BUCKEYES VARSITY football players for 2010 include: front row, from left, Ty Barr, Gavin Holt, Xavier Easley, Traylon Webb, Wesley Johnson, Luke Turner, Darrion Pollard, Adan Olivares, Austin Hollingsworth, Jeremy McMillan, Jorday Traylor; second row, Trey Washington, Eddie Fluellen, Chris Miller, Darius Parker, Jarrett Finney, Hurashio Morgan, Gus Johnson, Marqualon Tate, Jordan Goodrich, Jordan McCraven; third row, Exavian Johnson, Dakota Cannon, Adam Witcher, Lelon Montgomery, Ben Martin, Matt Fluellen, Carlos Sanchez, Chase Spencer, Eric Miller, Colton Hill; and fourth row, Devonte Brooks, Jasper Cox, Brady English, Markus Reid, Hayden Stansbury, Nathan Shelton, Zack Davidson, Brian Boyd, Kole Lawhorn, Nick Richardson, Michael Boddie. Not shown, Carlos Tennison, No. 26.


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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…