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Gilmer 21, Liberty-Eylau 7

From The Gilmer Mirror:

YOU COULD HAVE left the game last Friday night at about 7:45 p.m. and gone out to eat somewhere on the outskirts of Texarkana, Ark., come back to Harris Field on the Texas side of the twin cities at your leisure, only making sure to arrive back at the stadium within two hours, and you still would have seen every point put on the scoreboard in the Gilmer Buckeyes’ game against the Liberty-Eylau Leopards, a contest which has to rank as one of the classic defensive struggles of recent years.

Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - Buckeyes and Leopards show the world how to play defense


Defense propels Gilmer's 21-7 win

From the Longview News-Journal:

High school football around East Texas

From KTBS Shreveport:

Liberty Eylau - Gilmer - Video

From KTAL Shreveport:

Gilmer-Liberty-Eylau Football Highlights

From KSLA Shreveport:

Liberty-Eylau kickoff return

From The Gilmer Mirror:

Video: Gilmer Buckeyes at Liberty-Eylau Leopards


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“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.

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