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Gilmer 31, Atlanta 17

The Gilmer Buckeyes successfully kicked off the 2012 season Thursday night on Earl Campbell Field at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler, opening the 2012 Football Classic with a 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Rabbits.

Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - Buckeyes open 2012 season with historic victory

TYLER — Gilmer graduated two all-state-caliber quarterbacks in the spring, and a few injuries to a veteran defense during preseason scrimmages took some of the experience away from that unit.


Gilmer established quarterback Tanner Barr in the first half, while Atlanta went through two signal callers before settling on sophomore Chase Musgrove.

Read more: Longview News-Journal - Buckeyes trounce Rabbits

The half-expected downpour from Tropical Storm Isaac did not materialize at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium on Thursday night, but the Atlanta Rabbits found themselves playing Katy-Barr-The-Door against a more menacing element from the heavens.

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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…

Gilmer 44, Jacksonville 22

From The Gilmer Mirror:

THE GILMER BUCKEYES rolled to their third victory in as many games Friday night, garnering a 44-22 decision over the winless Jacksonville Indians at the historic Tomato Bowl.

Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - Buckeyes dominate Jacksonville


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