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Buckeyes can't afford to 'coast' into playoffs, will shoot for another perfect 10-0 regular season

TRAY WEBB was one of the key players for the Buckeyes in the victory over Henderson last week. He blocked a field goal and made a couple of huge catches on fourth down as well.

District 16-3A Game Five: Friday, November 4

Gilmer Buckeyes vs. Pittsburg Pirates

Pirate Stadium, Pittsburg, 7:30 p.m.

SOME TEAMS “rest their starters” once they clinch playoff berths.

The Gilmer Buckeyes got in the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year last Friday night with a 35-20 win over the Henderson Lions here and also laid claim to the District 16-3A championship, their 10th in the last 11 seasons.

However, the Gilmer Buckeyes can’t afford to take the foot off the accelerator, according to Coach Jeff Traylor

Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - Buckeyes can t afford to coast into playoffs will shoot for another perfect 10 0 regular season

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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…