The first couple of years I had the fortune of being able to work beside the silver-throated Jay Dugger, who always provided a chuckle or two during every broadcast. For a number of years, my good friend Ronnie Morrison was the play-by-play man and I assisted him. Ultimately, I took over the play-by-play duties and was assisted through the years by a number of gentlemen who did a superb job.
The years that I enjoyed most were the years we did the delayed video broadcasts on Gilmer Cable TV. Russ Greene of The Gilmer Mirror was my very talented partner. Without a doubt, those were my favorite years because most of them were in the Jeff Traylor era when the Buckeye Football Program put our town on the map in a positive way that will never be forgotten by Gilmer Buckeye fans.
I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of Buckeye Football. I called games that we lost by as much as 72 points, and called victories that included several deep playoff runs and a State Championship.
I was at Buckeye Stadium as a young eighth grader the night the very talented Eddie Ray Hayes suffered a concussion that would tragically take his young life. I remember the ambulance getting stuck on the football field as the emergency team was frantically trying to get him help to save his life.
I remember the tragic loss of the brave young man Josh Nelson, who the Buckeyes dedicated a successful season to. I remember the exciting 2004 season when Manuel Johnson led the “Kui” team to an unexpected undefeated State Championship, the first in the history of Gilmer Buckeye Football.
I decided after the 2005 season after nearly 30 years of doing Gilmer game broadcasts that it was time I turned things over to the next generation, and was proud to see Matt Camp pick up the baton and keep things rolling with his quality broadcasting of the games, and I remember his tragic departure in 2009 at a young age. I also remember the “MC” theme of that year and how it propelled the Buckeyes to their second State Championship trophy.
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