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Matt Turner Hopes Strong Leadership Will Help Push Gilmer Back To A State Title

Lots of points, lots of yards, and explosiveness. That’s what Gilmer has been known for over the last 17 seasons under Jeff Traylor and former offensive coordinator and current head coach Matt Turner Last season was no exception to that trend as the Buckeyes averaged nearly 49 points and 500 yards of offense per game en route to another run to the Class 4A Division II state semifinals. Despite those impressive numbers, the offense was not what most impressed Turner about his team.

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