Buckeyes dominant in first scrimmage
by ELWYN HENDERSON
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Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby<br>
TANNER BARR sets up to pass.
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
TANNER BARR sets up to pass.
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Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby<br>
DEVONDRICK DIXON fights for yardage. Also pictured is Blake Rice of the Buckeyes.
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
DEVONDRICK DIXON fights for yardage. Also pictured is Blake Rice of the Buckeyes.
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The Gilmer Buckeyes ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity teams scrimmaged Whitehouse last Friday night at the newly renovated Buckeye Stadium with close to 1000 fans in attendance. Those who showed up for the scrimmage were very impressed at what they witnessed. The 3A Buckeyes handed it to 4A Whitehouse at all three levels.

The freshmen and JV scrimmaged at the same time on opposite ends of the field. The freshmen played on the south end of the field and the JV played on the north end. In the freshmen contest Gilmer’s first team offense scored three TD’s against the Wildcat freshmen and their first team only scored once against the freshmen defense.

The second team offense also scored three times against the ‘Cats and their second team offense didn’t score at all against the Buckeye second team.

The scrimmage concluded with the first units for both teams running additional plays. In that portion Gilmer scored once and Whitehouse did not score at all, thus giving the Bux a 7-1 TD blowout win.

The JV scrimmage results were similar. Gilmer’s first team offense scored five TD’s and the Wildcats didn’t score at all. Gilmer’s second team scored once on the ‘Cats second team and the second team defense for the Buckeyes held the visitors scoreless.

The first string units came back to run additional plays, and in that portion of the scrimmage Gilmer’s defense held fast and didn’t yield a score, and the Gilmer offense garnered an additional score, resulting in a 7-0 shutout win.

In the controlled varsity scrimmage the first team of the Bucks scored on two 70-yard passes. The Black Flag Defense shut out the visitors. When the second team went in, Gilmer scored once and Whitehouse failed to find the end zone, resulting in a 3-0 TD win for the Buckeyes.

At the conclusion of the controlled scrimmage the teams played two quarters. The first quarter included clock stoppages just as if it was a real game. In the second quarter the clock ran continuously. The teams kicked off and punted, but no returns were allowed.

Gilmer kicked off to start the first quarter and the Black Flag forced a three and-out. After a punt the Bucks set up on their 40 and mounted a 6 play, 36-yard drive that resulted in a 42-yard field goal by Pablin Olivares, and Gilmer led 3-0 with 4:44 left in the quarter.

Whitehouse had another three-and-out thanks to another great job by the Black Flag, and after a punt the Bux set up on their 34. It took only 1 play and 57 seconds for Gilmer to find the end zone. Tanner Barr hit Kris Boyd on a 66-yard pass and run play with 1:29 left in the quarter. Olivares added the PAT and Gilmer led 10-0.

The ‘Cats set up on their 30 after the ensuing kickoff and fumbled the ball away on a fourth-and-two on the first play of the second quarter and Gilmer recovered on the WH 45. The Bucks picked up one first down, but Barr was picked off at the 10 with 9:58 left in the second and final quarter.

The visitors’ offense moved down the field and got inside Buckeye territory before the drive stalled at the 46. A punt went down to Gilmer 26 and the offense went back to work with 4:35 left. Barr completed a 44-yard pass during the drive, but a fumble on third down was recovered by the ‘Cats at the 10.

On the first play the pass was batted in the air and intercepted and returned for a Gilmer TD by Nick Smith. The PAT was good, and Gilmer led 17-0.

The visitors got the ball back with 1:09 left on their 30, but time expired on the third play of the drive when Gilmer intercepted the ball, and the Bucks won 17-0. After a very short break the teams worked on kickoffs and punts for a few minutes before concluding the scrimmage.

We asked Coach Jeff Traylor his thoughts after the scrimmage. “We didn’t block real well. Fortunately, were able to hit a couple of big plays. We didn’t run well, but we threw and caught well. We’ve got to get better up front.”

The scrimmage with New Boston scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, has been canceled because of a tragedy involving some of the New Boston players.

Another scrimmage has been scheduled to replace this one. It will be here on Friday, Aug. 23, against the Greenville Lions of District 13-4A. Ninth/JV scrimmages begin at 6 p.m. Varsity will follow at 7 to 7:15 p.m.

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