The top-ranked Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) will need three more wins to accomplish this feat for the 2013 season, as they have in 11 of the 12 previous ones.
First up is Spring Hill (2-6, 0-4). The Buckeyes will travel 15 miles down Hwy. 300 Friday night to Panther Stadium to kick it off at 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers returned seven starters on offense and three on defense from last year’s 3-7 team. Spring Hill last made the playoffs in 2007.
Coach Mark Sartain is the new leader of the Panther program. The veteran mentor has been head football coach at Cross Roads, Eustace, White Oak, Trinity Valley Community College and East Texas Baptist University.
Spring Hill’s two wins were over Pleasant Grove (24-6) and Bullard Brook Hill (35-14).
“We had a good week,” said Coach Traylor of the week off the Buckeyes enjoyed after the Henderson game.
“Of course, you had a lot of distractions —our kids showing chickens and rabbits, cows, all that good stuff that’s part of the Yamboree.
“So we had a good Yamboree. We had two good days at work. Lifted weights a couple of times. Conditioned a couple of times.
“So, hopefully, we’re mentally and physically fresh and ready to go.”
In assessing this year’s Panthers, Coach Traylor commented, “They’ve done some good things offensively. They run the Pistol (formation). Move their back around quite a bit, multiple formations.
“They’ve done a good job mixing their run and their pass.
“Defensively, they base out of four down (linemen).
“And their kids play hard and Coach Sartain really has done a nice little job of coaching those kids.
“I think they have one of the best players in the district in Morgan Knight (72). He’s starting both ways for them and he’s just a fantastic ball player.”
Knight, a senior, is not just good at football. He won state in discus and finished second in state in the shot put in Austin last spring.
A week from Friday, the Buckeyes return to Buckeye Stadium for their final home game of 2013 against Bullard. This will be the annual Breast Cancer Awareness “Pink Out” game. Donation link, t-shirt order forms, and contact information can be found at: http://www.buckeyepinkout.webs.com
Two weeks from Friday, the Buckeyes will travel to R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore to take on the Bulldogs in a game which is likely to decide the final champion of the “District of Doom” before it is realigned out of existence next February.
Tanner Barr has completed 117 of 161 passes for 1978 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Kris Boyd has rushed for 788 yards on 71 carries with 11 touchdowns.
Jamel Jackson has rushed for 335 yards on 46 carries with seven touchdowns.
Tanner Barr has rushed for 295 yards on 63 carries and a touchdown.
Darrian Lewis has rushed for 291 yards on 30 carries with four touchdowns.
Desmond Pollard has 28 receptions for 598 yards and nine touchdowns.
Jaidon Parrish has 27 receptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns.
Chase Tate has 20 receptions for 381 yards and five touchdowns.
Nick Smith has 12 receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
DID YOU KNOW:
Former Buckeye Braylon Webb is starting st free safety for the Missouri Tigers. This is his second year as a starter for undefeated Mizzou (7-0), which is leading the SEC East and is fifth-ranked in the first BCS standings of 2013 released Sunday night. The 6’0”, 205-lb. junior is also the holder on kicks.
LUNCH WITH THE COACH:
Noon Wednesdays, Buckeyes Booster Club meets at Gilmer Country Club.
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New Diana games will be replayed 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Thursdays
Harmony games will be replayed 6 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Tuesdays.
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