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Open Letter To The 2015 Gilmer Buckeyes From Your #FAMILY

Dear 2015 Gilmer Buckeyes-

Since before you can remember, you have been preparing for this opportunity. Now it is here, and it is right in front of you. Together with your brothers, you stand on the threshold of the realization of your dreams, and the conclusive reward for all the hours, all the reps, all the sweat, all the blood and all the pain that has forged you together as FAMILY. Despite overwhelming odds, you are the undefeated defending State Champions, carrying a record-breaking 30 game winning streak into this week’s State Semi-Final game, with a chance to do what no other Buckeye Team in history has ever done… win BACK2BACK State Championships! We want to say CONGRATULATIONSand THANK YOUfor allowing us the privilege of being here to cheer you on! But we know you. We know you are not done amazing us just yet. We have seen your championship character, and we know what you are made of. But we also know the history that forged you. And this week, it is only appropriate that we remind you.

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“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…