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After fast start in Tyler, Buckeyes return home to face Tatum

THE GILMER BUCKEYES gathered in the middle of the field after their first scrimmage in Whitehouse on a mid-August Saturday morning to hear Coach Jeff Traylor mostly praise them for their performance.

He had one complaint, though: not enough “big plays” on offense.

He told them it was harder to call plays for long drives and that whenever anyone got the ball “in space,” he wanted that player to “take it to the house.”

Thursday night in Tyler, in a 63-28 win over the Atlanta Rabbits that was not as close as the score indicates, the Buckeyes became “space travelers.”

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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…