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Buckeyes hope to continue playoff momentum against Van Friday night



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THE GILMER BUCKEYES celebrate after their bi-district win last Friday night over Atlanta in Longview. Luke Turner holds the latest memento for Gilmer's trophy case.


MOST TEAMS who play the Gilmer Buckeyes come to realize pretty quickly that they are not just facing 11 players out on the football field. They must also contend with one of the loudest, most passionate and, especially come playoff time, best-traveling fan bases around.


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