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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