Buckeyes compete in ETBU Tournament
by ELWYN HENDERSON
elwynh@juno.com
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The Gilmer Buckeyes JV and Varsity 7on7 squads traveled to Marshall last Saturday, May 25, to participate in the ETBU Tournament. The team welcomed back Jaidon Parrish, Jamel Jackson and Blevin Burns, all key players from Gilmer’s District Championship baseball team at the tournament, but they were without the services of Josh Walker who assisted in coaching during the day while nursing a sore ankle.

Gilmer’s JV was the ONLY JV squad to participate, and though they didn’t have a great result as far as wins were concerned, they played very well against some really talented varsity squads.

In the 8:30 a.m. game, they fell to Daingerfield 19-39. In the 9:30 game, they LED 4A Hallsville at the half and lost by the score of 23-31. In their final game at 10:30, they defeated Bishop T.K. Gorman from Tyler in convincing fashion.

The Buckeye Varsity went undefeated in pool play for the second straight week. In the 8:30 game, they beat Quitman 63-0. They found the road a bit tougher in the 9:30 game, but they managed to outlast a very talented 4A squad from Mount Pleasant 34-27. The teams were tied at 20 at the half before the Bucks gained the winning advantage in the second half. In the final game of pool play at 10:30, they defeated Grace out of Tyler, 31-26.

Daingerfield also went undefeated in their three pool games and ended up as the #1 seed for the playoffs based on points scored in the pool games. Gilmer was #2, Mount Pleasant was #3, Chapel Hill was #4, Tatum was #5 and Hallsville was #6. Those six teams made the playoffs. By virtue of finishing #1 and #2, Daingerfield and Gilmer had a bye in the quarterfinal round that started at noon.

Mount Pleasant defeated Hallsville and Tatum defeated Chapel Hill, setting up a Daingerfield-Tatum and Gilmer-Mount Pleasant rematch in the semifinal round at 1 p.m.

The Buckeyes had trouble getting started in the contest, most probably due to the bye in the first round of the playoffs. They were down 13-0 early, and trailed 13-6 at the half. They came back to tie the game 20-20, fell behind 26-20, and tied the game at 26 before falling to the Tigers 26-32. The loss eliminated the Buckeyes from the tournament, but the defense played tremendously well to keep the Bucks close enough to make a comeback. They were solid all day long, even though Josh Walker was missing from the lineup.

After defeating Tatum 31-20, Daingerfield then edged Mount Pleasant 26-22 in the championship game.

We asked Coach Rebel Jackson his thoughts on the day. “We struggled a bit offensively against Mount Pleasant and that proved that we can get beat, but we also proved in the first game against them that we can beat a team with great receivers. Mount Pleasant is as good as they have been in a long time, and we grew up a lot. I thought we showed character coming back after being down 13-0 right after the game got started. The defense played extremely well all day. We have a lot of young kids and they have started to figure it out. They learned a lot today. They have done it in games, but not on Friday night. I think this experience will definitely help us in Bullard.”

Gilmer hits the field again this Saturday, June 1 when they travel to Bullard to play in a State Qualifying Tournament. We encourage all Buckeye football fans that can do so to make the trip to Bullard Saturday!

 



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