Gilmer 47, Atlanta 41
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GILMER BUCKEYES HEAD COACH MATT TURNER congratulates his team for yet another season opening win (17th in a row dating back to 2002) and goes over the highlights of the battle with them on the field at Rabbit Stadium in Atlanta Friday night.<br>Mirror photo
GILMER BUCKEYES HEAD COACH MATT TURNER congratulates his team for yet another season opening win (17th in a row dating back to 2002) and goes over the highlights of the battle with them on the field at Rabbit Stadium in Atlanta Friday night.
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The Gilmer Buckeyes successfully opened the 2018 high school football campaign on the road in Atlanta with a nail-biting 47-41 victory over the “waskally wabbits”. As is always the case when these two teams battle on the gridiron, the game went down to the wire, though it didn’t appear that would be the case early on, as the Buckeyes jumped out to a 20-0 advantage before the Rabbs came hopping back.

Gilmer received the kickoff to open the contest and picked up a couple of downs before a fourth down pass fell incomplete at the Atlanta 25. The Rabbits picked up one first down on their first possession, but the Black Flag defense forced a punt on the second series, and Gilmer took over on their own 17.

It took only 1:36 and 7 plays for the offense move the 73 yards and get into the end zone for the first time in 2018. Bran Webb ran in from the 8 with 5:54 left in the first quarter. Adan Ibarra hit the extra point, and Gilmer took a 7-0 lead. They never trailed in the game.

The Black Flag forced a three-and-out on the ensuing Rabbit possession, and Tra Fluellen returned the punt from his 49 to the Atlanta 30. It took only 3 plays for Gilmer to find the end zone for the second time. The score came on a 25-yard TD pass from Mason Hurt to DJ Shead with 3:59 left in the first quarter of action. The 2-point conversion attempt out of the swinging gate was no good, but the lead advanced to 13-0.

The next possession was another three-and-out by the Black Flag. Fluellen returned the kick from the 34 to the 36, and this time it took just 53 seconds and 4 plays for the Buckeyes to find the end zone again. Bran Webb went on a 36-yard jaunt getting into the end zone with 2:00 left in the first quarter. Ibarra hit the extra point and the lead pushed to 20-0.

Atlanta hopped right back into the thick of things on their next possession, as they moved 76 yards in 5 plays and took just 1:28 off the clock. The score came on a 50-yard dash by Rice commit Jawan King with 32 seconds left in the quarter. Fernando Campos hit the PAT, and the Atlanta deficit was cut to 20-7.

Gilmer picked up two first downs, but on second down of the next series, Kade Wood picked off a Buckeye pass after tipping it up in the air, and the Rabbits were back at the offensive helm at their 33 with 10:43 left in the first half. They had a drive that consumed 6:15, moving the 67 yards over 13 plays before Andrew Samples hit Kade Wood from 3 yards out for another score. Campos was true again on the extra point and the Gilmer lead was down to 20-14.

After the ensuing kick, the Buckeyes set up shop again on their own 39. They moved the 61 yards in 7 plays and took just 1:43 off the clock before stretching the lead once again. The score came in a strange way, as Dylan Fluellen gained 13 yards before being pounded by the Rabbit defense, resulting in a fumble. Fortunately, Malik Williams was at the right place at the right time and scooped up the loose pigskin and ran it the final 3 yards to pay dirt with 2:45 left in the half. The PAT was good and Gilmer led 27-14.

After an illegal block call against Atlanta on the kickoff, they began at their 10. They moved 90 yards in 2:43 over 11 plays, and found the end zone with just 2 seconds left in the half, to close the gap again. Ironically, a Buckeye defender had his helmet knocked off the play prior to the score, which allowed a timeout and gave the Rabbs the extra play that netted the score. Campos connected once again on the extra point, and the Buckeye lead was 27-21 at the half, and Atlanta was set to receive the second half kickoff.

The Rabbits started at their 26 to begin the third quarter. They picked up two first downs before the Black Flag forced a punt that Tra Fluellen took at the 14 and he returned it to the 30. The offense took just 1:19 to extend the lead again. The drive was 5 plays, 17 yards, and the score came on a 33-yard TD pass from Hurt to Parker Dodd with 7:33 left in the third quarter. Ibarra connected on the extra point, and the Bucks led 34-21.

Lucas Enloe’s kick after the score was taken at the 5 and fumbled at the 25. Brandon Legan bounced on the pigskin and Gilmer took back over on offense in enemy territory at the 25. It took 5 plays and 1:03 for the Bux to find the end zone again. The score came on a 14-yard run by Darryl Bush with 6:24 left in the third quarter. Ibarra was true on the PAT, and the Gilmer lead moved to 41-21.

Once again, the Black Flag came up big, forcing another three-and-out. A Samples punt on fourth down was shanked and traveled only 15 yards, setting the Buckeye offense up at the Atlanta 42. Once again, another short and successful drive by the offense resulted in what would be the final Gilmer score on the night. Webb ran in from 1-yard out with 4:07 left in the quarter. A high snap foiled the PAT, but the Buckeyes had what seemed to be a commanding 47-21 lead. Of course, when you are playing a team with track stars on the field as the Rabbs always have, there is no such thing, and they would prove that over the remainder of the game.

A 20-yard return put Atlanta at their 30. They moved the 70 yards into the end zone in 6 plays and took just 2:31 off the clock. The score came on a 9-yard run by King with 1:36 left in the quarter. Campos’ PAT kick was good, and the lead was 47-28 for Gilmer.

Atlanta’s defense turned things up a notch, forcing a three-and-out and following a punt, the Rabbits had the ball back at their 30 with 4 seconds left in the quarter. They proceeded to go on a 6-play drive that took just 2:20, scoring on a 1-yard run by Samples with 9:44 left in the game. The PAT by Campos was good, and the Buckeye lead was down to 47-35.

After picking up one first down on their next possession, the Bucks were forced to punt the ball away. After an 11-yard return, Atlanta set up on their 23 yard line and began another lengthy drive and grinding the clock down. They held onto the ball for 4:25 seconds and ran 13 plays before fumbling the ball away to Dylan Fluellen with 3:57 left in the game.

Unfortunately, it was a quick three-and-out that used only 47 seconds off the clock, and after an Enloe punt the Rabbits were back in business with 3:10 left at their 38. They made hay quickly, moving the 62 yards to pay dirt in just 5 plays and taking only 1:10 off the clock. The score came on a 7-yard reverse pass from King to Samples with 1:59 left in the game. The PAT was blocked, but Atlanta had a shot, down just 47-41.

The onside kick attempt that everyone knew was coming was covered by the Buckeyes at the Gilmer 49. The Bucks picked up one first down and then ran three more plays as time expired, preserving the victory.

We talked with Coach Matt Turner after the victorious beginning of another successful campaign and pointed out the team had success and also faced adversity, and was true to their “Whatever It Takes” mantra and did just that to claim the victory.

“Yeah, I couldn’t say it any better than you just said it right there. Their quarterback was a player and (they had) two or three running backs that were players, they’re well coached, they’ve got a program and they’re going to hang in there and you’re just going to have to keep slugging. We made a lot of good plays offensively, and defensively and kicking. We’ve got some plays we’re got to fix, but that was going to happen tonight regardless of who we played, but again, three weeks in a row we’ve played three good opponents (including scrimmages against Kilgore and Henderson) who were getting after you. You know, you’ve gotta play well to make the plays on them. If you don’t, they make the plays on you, and so we’re growing. We’re getting better; our leaders are leading well, our guys showed great resilience. A lot of times people will pucker when they lose that lead. We never flinched; we just kept swinging, so that I’m pleased with. We’ll watch the video and we’ll grow and we’ll learn and keep getting better like we would have if we had ended up on the wrong end of the score tonight.”

Coach Turner pointed out that part of the problem is that the Rabbits run a similar offense and defense to the Buckeyes. “They play our style. When we play them it’s like playing a mirror image. They play our defense, they play our offense. They play the spread, they play the no huddle, and their schemes are similar to ours, so their program can play fast and play long and play that kind of a game. It was the old 15-rounder tonight. I said there’s a reason you play 48 minutes, and you’ve got to play every one of them, right down to the last tick. Tonight was down to the last tick, and we want to live in that world, and we want to relish living in that world. We have a lot of good opponents this year. Those are the kind of games we’re going to have to play and feel comfortable in and make plays in and stay together in with all the stuff that’s going to happen. You always would love to win by 60 if you can, but I don’t know if you do because a lot of times I wonder how much you learn that night. Tonight some lessons were learned.”

We also discussed the using of both quarterbacks, Cade Camp and Mason Hurt during the course of the game. “We just take it a week at a time. Right now that’s where we’re at. That’s where we’re at safety and right guard, and we’ve got other positions where people are competing and two players are getting after it and they’re giving us good play, so we’re just going to let that just kind of be what it is, and we’re not going to look too far. Right now we’ll enjoy tonight, come back, and Buckeyes labor on Labor Day. We’ll watch our video tomorrow and learn, grow and be a better team and take it a day at a time. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s the truth. We can’t project too much of what’s going to happen in the future. We don’t know. We gotta get better, and we’ll just kind of take it from there.”

We concluded our visit by discussing the success of the offense on the evening. “No doubt. We did a pretty good job of controlling the line of scrimmage, which of course, when you do that you’re going to score points. You can run the ball and you have protection to throw it. We did some things well, and what’s exciting is that we can keep getting better. We did some pretty good things tonight, but we’ll stay humble and we can be really successful this season if we keep plugging away.”

The Bucks will have their 2018 season home opener this coming Friday night, September 7th, when they take on the Van Vandals. Van was also victorious in their season opener Friday night, as they posted a 34-7 victory at home against Alvarado. Kickoff time is 7:30 PM. Be there to support your Gilmer Buckeyes!



# Athlete Name GP C Att Yds C% Avg Y/G C/G TD TD/G Int Lng QB Rate

Season Totals 1 15 27 289 .556 19.3 289.0 15.0 2 2.0 1 102.2

Graph Data [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+]

6 M. Hurt (So) 1 4 9 96 .444 24.0 96.0 4.0 2 2.0 123.1

10 C. Camp (Sr) 1 11 18 193 .611 17.5 193.0 11.0 1 74.5Back to Top


# Athlete Name GP Car Yds Avg Y/G Lng 100+ TD

Season Totals 1 34 236 6.9 236.0 1 5

Graph Data [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+]

7 B. Webb (Sr) 1 22 166 7.5 166.0 1 3

13 M. Williams (Jr) 1 1 2 2.0 2.0 0 1

14 T. Fluellen (Sr) 1 1 6 6.0 6.0 0

22 D. Bush (Jr) 1 8 52 6.5 52.0 0 1

32 J. Griffin (So) 1 2 10 5.0 10.0 0 Back to Top


# Athlete Name GP Rec Yds Avg Y/G Lng TD

Season Totals 1 15 289 19.3 289.0 2

Graph Data [+] [+] [+] [+] [+]

4 C. Fluellen (Sr) 1 1 6 6.0 6.0

7 B. Webb (Sr) 1 4 59 14.8 59.0

14 T. Fluellen (Sr) 1 4 78 19.5 78.0

15 P. Dodd (Sr) 1 1 33 33.0 33.0 1

16 D. Shead (Jr) 1 3 63 21.0 63.0 1

18 D. Fluellen (So) 1 2 50 25.0 50.0 Back to Top

All Purpose Yards

# Athlete Name GP Rush Rec KR PR IR Total Y/G

Season Totals 1 236 289 525 525.0

Graph Data [+] [+] [+] [+]

4 C. Fluellen (Sr) 1 6 6 6.0

7 B. Webb (Sr) 1 166 59 225 225.0

13 M. Williams (Jr) 1 2 2 2.0

14 T. Fluellen (Sr) 1 6 78 84 84.0

15 P. Dodd (Sr) 1 33 33 33.0

16 D. Shead (Jr) 1 63 63 63.0

18 D. Fluellen (So) 1 50 50 50.0

22 D. Bush (Jr) 1 52 52 52.0

32 J. Griffin (So) 1 10 10 10.0Back to Top

Total Yards

# Athlete Name GP Rush Pass Rec Total Y/G

Season Totals 1 236 289 289 525 525.0

Graph Data [+] [+] [+] [+] [+]

4 C. Fluellen (Sr) 1 6 6 6.0

6 M. Hurt (So) 1 96 96 96.0

7 B. Webb (Sr) 1 166 59 225 225.0

10 C. Camp (Sr) 1 193 193 193.0

13 M. Williams (Jr) 1 2 2 2.0

14 T. Fluellen (Sr) 1 6 78 84 84.0

15 P. Dodd (Sr) 1 33 33 33.0

16 D. Shead (Jr) 1 63 63 63.0

18 D. Fluellen (So) 1 50 50 50.0

22 D. Bush (Jr) 1 52 52 52.0

32 J. Griffin (So) 1 10 10 10.0

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