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Buckeyes to play Waco Connally Cadets at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite on Nov. 21

Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - Gilmer and Waco Connally to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite

Buckeyes face Waco Connally Friday night in Mesquite
by JOE DODD
When the Gilmer Buckeyes take the field Friday night at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite to face the Waco Connally Cadets, it should be a case of déjà' vu for Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, who was a member of the 1985 Buckeyes' team that defeated the Cadets in the second round of the playoffs at Hanby Stadium.

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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…

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