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Buckeyes travel to Gladewater Thursday night to open district play

Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER QB LUKE TURNER (7) runs behind one of the best blocking offensive units around as illustrated here during the third quarter of Gilmer’s 56-31 win over Daingerfield here on Sept. 23. Executing blocks for him from left are Jaidon Parrish (35), Brady English (55), Jeremy McMillian (4) and Nick Richardson (76). Turmer, a Rice University verbal commit, had a personal best for 2011 of 181 yards on 18 carries in this game.


Gilmer quarterback Luke Turner making a name for himself

ARE THE Gladewater Bears back?

Gilmer’s opening district opponent has already won more games in the first half of the season than they won in all of 2010 (4-1 so far compared to 3-7 all of last year).

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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…