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Gilmer 63, Rains 27

THE BUCKEYES celebrate on Friday night, Nov. 7, after the Rains game, gathering around Coach Jeff Traylor, who is holding the championship trophy the team received for winning District 5-4A Division II.

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Buckeyes complete perfect regular season
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby<br>
KRIS BOYD avoids a tackler during Gilmer's 63-27 win over Rains.
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
KRIS BOYD avoids a tackler during Gilmer's 63-27 win over Rains.
The Gilmer Buckeyes finished the regular season with a 63-27 win over the Rains Wildcats last Friday night in Emory. In the process, the Buckeyes captured their 12th undefeated district championship and seventh perfect regular season in head coach Jeff Traylor's 15 seasons in Gilmer.

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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…