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Buckeyes' Traylor discusses 2010 season

THERE IS NO DOUBT that Gilmer Buckeye Head Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Traylor faces one of the biggest challenges of his Gilmer High School career with the onset of the 2010 season just around the corner. Thirty-one seniors were lost to graduation from last year’s 15-0 Class 3A Division I State Championship team. Only a couple of players with solid varsity experience return on offense, while only four or five with similar Friday night experience return on defense.

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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…

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