Gilmer plays Kilgore there Friday night for the District 16-3A championship
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Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby<br>
KRIS BOYD sprints 57 yards to score one of his four touchdowns against Bullard here last Friday night. Blocking for him is teammate NICK SMITH (19).
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
KRIS BOYD sprints 57 yards to score one of his four touchdowns against Bullard here last Friday night. Blocking for him is teammate NICK SMITH (19).
THE TOP TWO teams in the District of Doom have done their jobs to make this Friday night’s game the biggest one of the year in not only District 16-3A, but quite possibly the biggest regular season game of the year in Class 3A.

The Kilgore Bulldogs have rolled to an 8-0 record and the Gilmer Buckeyes to a 9-0 one.

Since Sept. 30, Gilmer has been the top-ranked team in the state in Class 3A and Kilgore has been ranked third. (AP Poll)

Regardless of who wins the game Friday night at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore and thus the district, both will advance as top 16-3A seeds, the Buckeyes in Division II and the Bulldogs in Division I. Both teams could wind up winning state, in which case we can look back on this game to decide which of the two champions in 3A has the ultimate bragging rights.

The Buckeyes have won the last two meetings with the Bulldogs, 20-14 this time last year and 70-27 in 2009. Both of those games were at Buckeye Stadium.

The last time the two teams met in Kilgore in 2008, the Bulldogs came away with a 28-14 Homecoming win before an estimated crowd of 8,500, snapping Gilmer’s 27-game regular season winning streak.

In 1996 and 1997, Gilmer and Kilgore were in District 16-4A together. Kilgore won both those games, 28-7 and 45-22.

Head Coach Mike Wood is in his fourth season at the helm in Kilgore. He has a record of 31-14 to date, taking the Ragin’ Red to the Class 4A Division II quarterfinals in 2011 and to the Class 3A Division I semifinals last year. Wood was formerly defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, who won state in 2004 in Class 4A Division II.

His counterpart, Coach Jeff Traylor of the Buckeyes, is now 157-24 in nearly 14 years in Gilmer with two state championships and four appearances in the championship game. The Buckeyes have won district in 11 of the last 12 seasons. They still made the playoffs in the year they didn’t win district and went three rounds deep in the playoffs.

Going over some of the defensive standouts from the 62-0 shutout of Bullard last week, Coach Traylor listed the following:

“John McPherson, eight tackles, one assist;

“Darrian Lewis, five tackles, two assists;

“Kelton Collier, four tackles, two assists, one pressure.”

Offensively, Tanner Barr was 12-of-15 for 175 yards and three touchdowns. Desmond Pollard caught three passes for 73 yards and one touchdown. Other touchdowns through the air were to Kris Boyd and Nick Smith. DeVondrick Dixon caught three passes for 34 yards.

Boyd joined the 1,000-yard club for the year rushing with his 136 yards on only eight carries, three of them for touchdowns. Darrian Lewis added 88 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns while Josh Walker rushed for 84 yards in only four attempts. Tanner Barr chipped in 57 yards on the ground on six carries. The Buckeyes had 629 yards of total offense.

Returning the focus to the Kilgore game, for anyone who has followed the Buckeyes for any length of time, you already know they love the spotlight of being on the big stage, playing a big game in the best state for high school football in the nation.

“It should be a lot of fun,” said Coach Traylor. “Two great programs. A lot of tradition. Both undefeated, playing for the championship. So it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Assessing Kilgore, he said, “They’ve got a great defense. They always are. Their offensive line play and their defense.

“We’re playing the best offensive line we’ve played this year. They’re extremely well-coached.

“Clay Wiley (78) is super. About a 300-lb. lineman. Jake Guthrie (73) is fantastic. Jarod Wood (81), tight end, is fantastic.

“Their running backs run extremely hard. (Kevrin) Justice (7) is a really good back and so is (Davieonta ‘JuJu’) Brown (10).

“Their quarterback, (Benny) Colbert (1), is a really good athlete.

“Aaron Foy (3) is their go-to wide receiver, extremely fast. They throw the ball to(Nick) Orange (31) and (Joseph) Shepherd (11) as well.

“They’ve got a good center in the (Nolan) Grush kid (50).

“76 is a big ol’ kid, Gabriel Gough.

“They’re just a really powerful, SEC-looking football team.

“Defensively, Daquellan Scott (82) is a fantastic football player.”

Ladarrin Anthony (96) and Caleb Wood (99) are some other standouts upfront.

“Kris Haynes (43) is the best linebacker we’ve played this year.

“They’ve got two really good cover corners in Shepherd and Foy.

“Jake Brantley (40) is a really good linebacker.

“They have a very good kicker (Christian Galvan)and they’re always really good at special teams. They are again this year.

“That’s a lot of good players. That’s why they’re a really good football team,” he concluded.

The same can be said of the Buckeyes, of course. Friday night at 7:30 p.m., we’ll begin to find out which one of these really good teams will remain undefeated going into the 3A playoffs.

While the Buckeyes certainly aren’t looking ahead, it has already been established that Gilmer’s bi-district game will be on Thursday night, Nov. 14, at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler against either Mineola or Canton. There is even a slight possibility it will be against Van.

However, if Van goes into Division I as expected, it is slated to face Kilgore in bi-district.


The Buckeyes are averaging 272.2 yards per game passing and 321.9 yards rushing for a total offense per game of 594.1 yards.

Tanner Barr has completed 141 of 193 passes for 2349 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Kris Boyd has rushed for 1023 yards on 86 carries with 16 touchdowns.

Darrian Lewis has rushed for 416 yards on 45 carries with six touchdowns.

Tanner Barr has rushed for 373 yards on 73 carries and a touchdown.

Jamel Jackson has rushed for 335 yards on 46 carries with seven touchdowns.

Desmond Pollard has 33 receptions for 726 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Jaidon Parrish has 28 receptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns.

Chase Tate has 22 receptions for 401 yards and five touchdowns.

Nick Smith has 17 receptions for 242 yards and four touchdowns.

Gilmer Buckeyes Season to Date:

Atlanta, won 57-7

Plano Prestonwood, won 66-32

Jacksonville, won 60-20

Daingerfield, won 54-27

Gladewater, won 52-14

Chapel Hill, won 56-28

Henderson, won 64-7

Spring Hill, won 71-13

Bullard, won 62-0

Kilgore Bulldogs Season to Date:

Marshall, won 42-7

Pine Tree, won 56-7

Mount Pleasant, won 48-20

Spring Hill, won 41-12

Bullard, won 49-7

Gladewater, won 24-6

Chapel Hill, won 41-25

Henderson, won 63-10


If Carrollton Ranchview beats Aubrey by nine points or more Friday night at home, Argyle will be in Division II of the 3A playoffs rather than Division I as had looked to be the case for several weeks. (Information provided by Matt Stepp of quoting Argyle Coach Todd Rodgers.)

Gilmer has scored 542 points through nine games (60.2 points per game). The 2006 team had scored 499 through nine games, the 2007 team had scored 489 and the 2009 team had scored 473.

MaxPreps now ranks Gilmer as 10th in the state of Texas across all classifications and 45th in the nation.



Advance tickets ($5 adults; $3 students) for this game are on sale at Gilmer ISD Administration Building through tomorrow. Quantities are limited. In case of a sellout of the tickets allotted to Gilmer, they will also be available at the gate.


Noon Wednesdays, Buckeyes Booster Club meets at Gilmer Country Club.



Located in Buckeye Stadium

Sponsored by Gilmer ISD and Gilmer FFA

Price range $10 to $20 (Cash only)



Etex, Channel 2, will replay Gilmer games at 10 a.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

(This channel also carries the audio of the games live.)

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.




November 8- @ Kilgore

STADIUM: R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium


STADIUM SURFACE: AstroPlay Turf (2012)


600 Harris St.

Kilgore, TX 75662

Mascot: Bulldogs

Colors: Red/Black/White

District: 16-3A

Enrollment: 965

2012 Record: 11-2; 5-1 District

2013 Record: 8-0; 5-0 District

Week 0: won @. Marshall 42-7

Week 1: OPEN

Week 2: won @ Pine Tree 56-7

Week 3: won v. Mt. Pleasant 48-20

Week 4: won @ Spring Hill 41-12

Week 5: won v. Bullard 49-7

Week 6: open

Week 7: won @ Gladewater 24-6

Week 8: won v. Chapel Hill 42-25

Week 9: won @ Henderson 63-10

Total Points For: 365 Average Points For Per Game: 45.6

Total Points Against:94 Average Points Against Per Game: 11.75

Head Coach: Mike Wood (4th season, 31-14, 31-14 overall)

Returning Starters: 7 Offense/7 Defense

Offensive Formation: Multiple I

Defensive Formation: 4-2-5

Players to Watch:

Benny Colbert, Sr. QB 5’9”, 170 lbs. (15 of 28, 377 yards, 6 TDs; 40 carries, 159 yards, 3 TDs)

Kevrin Justice, Jr. RB 5’ 11”, 170 lbs. (96 carries 1,010 yards, 20 TDs; 1 catch, 30 yards)

JuJu Brown, Sr. RB 5’9”, 170 lbs. (83 carries, 688 yards, 9 TDs)

Aaron Foy, Sr. ATH 5’11”, 165 lbs. (13 carries, 238 yards, 2 TDs; 6 catches, 269 yards, 3 TDs; 17 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 pass break-up)

Clay Wiley, Sr. OL 6’2”, 290 lbs.

Daquellan Scott, Sr. DL 6’ 0”, 240 lbs.

Ladarrin Anthony, Sr. DL 6’0”, 250 lbs.

Kris Haynes, Jr. LB, 5’11”, 210 lbs. (70 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack, 4 QB pressures, 1 forced fumble, 1 INT)

Joseph Shepherd, Sr. WR/DB (3 catches, 39 yards, 1 TD; 30 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 INT, 7 pass break-ups)

Historical Stats, Records, and Program Information


2000 6-5-0 Mike Vallery

2001 7-4-0 Mike Vallery

2002 8-3-0 Mike Vallery

2003 12-2-0 Mike Vallery

2004 16-0-0 Mike Vallery

2005 11-2-0 Mike Vallery

2006 6-4-0 Mike Vallery

2007 9-3-0 Mike Vallery

2008 9-3-0 Mike Vallery

2009 5-6-0 Mike Vallery 2010 3-7-0 Mike Wood 2011 9-5-0 Mike Wood 2012 11-2-0 Mike Wood 2013 8-1-0 Mike Wood


1931-39 34-36-5

1940-49 48-39-10

1950-59 61-38-5

1960-69 44-53-2

1970-79 58-40-2

1980-89 71-37-2

1990-99 67-40-4

2000-09 89-32-0 2010-13 31-14-0

TOTAL: 493-329-30

Undefeated Seasons: (2004)

Winless Seasons: 1 (1935)

Last District Championship: 2008

Last Playoff Appearance: 2012

Playoff Record: 29-23-1

Gilmer v. Kilgore All-Time Series

Kilgore leads the series 4-2-0

0 - 1969 - 12

7 - 1996 - 28

22 - 1997 - 45 14 – 2008 - 28 70 – 2009 – 27 20 – 2012 - 14


Gilmer has a 17 game regular season winning streak (last loss: 42-12 @ Plano Prestonwood Christian, 2012)

Gilmer has a 20 game district winning streak (last loss: 38-21 @ Carthage, 2010)

Gilmer has a 161 consecutive games scoring streak (last shutout: 10-0 @ Longview to Pleasant Grove, 2001)


This is Gilmer’s 100th season to play football

Gilmer has never had a winless season

Jeff Traylor teams are 2-1 against Kilgore

Jeff Traylor is 157-24 at Gilmer (87%)

Gilmer’s Jeff Traylor’s 87% winning percentage is the 3rd best among all active coaches in Texas

Gilmer has won more games (157) than any other 3A team in the state since 2000

Gilmer has either won the state championship or lost in the playoffs to the eventual state champion in 7 of the past 10 years (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012)

Gilmer is 125-14 under Jeff Traylor in regular season games (90%)

Gilmer is 65-4 under Jeff Traylor in district games (94%)

Gilmer is 102-6 (94%) in regular season games since 2003

Gilmer is 135-14 (91%) overall since 2003

Gilmer is ranked 1st in this week’s Associated Press Class 3A poll, Texas poll, power rankings & The Old Coach poll

Gilmer is ranked 2nd in this week’s Class 3A poll

Kilgore is ranked 3rd in this week’s Associated Press Class 3A poll, Texas poll

Kilgore is ranked 4th in this week’s Class 3A power rankings

Kilgore is ranked 5th in this week’s Class 3A poll

Gilmer’s schedule is the 8th toughest in Class 3A according to

Kilgore’s schedule is the 23rd toughest in Class 3A according to

Gilmer is a 5 point favorite over Kilgore according to

Gilmer's 542 points scored and 60 points per game average is best in Class 3A

Kilgore's 365 points scored and 46 points per game average is 11th best in Class 3A

Kilgore's 94 points allowed and 12 points allowed per game average is 8th best in Class 3A

Gilmer's 44 point average margin of victory is 2nd best in Class 3A

Kilgore's 34 point average margin of victory is 7th best in Class 3A

Gilmer’s offense is averaging 594.1 total yards per game

Gilmer's 523 offensive plays consist of 206 passing attempts (39%) and 317 rushing attempts (61%)

Gilmer averages 272.2 yards per game passing (46%) and 321.9 yards per game rushing (54%)

Gilmer has rushing touchdowns by 10 different players

Gilmer has receiving touchdowns by 10 different players

Gilmer’s defense has allowed more than 200 rushing yards only once this season

Gilmer's defense has forced 27 takeaways in 9 games

Gilmer senior QB Tanner Barr is the 5th player in school history to surpass the 6,000 total yards mark for a career

Gilmer senior QB Tanner Barr is the 2nd player in school history to surpass the 5,000 passing yards mark for a career

Gilmer senior QB Tanner Barr is the 2nd player in school history to pass for at least 50 touchdowns in a career

Gilmer senior QB Tanner Barr needs 129 total yards to pass Manuel Johnson for 2nd place on the Buckeyes career list

Gilmer junior RB Kris Boyd is the 5th player in school history to rush for at least 30 touchdowns in a career

Gilmer junior RB Kris Boyd needs 6 rushing touchdown to pass Luke Turner for 3rd place on the Buckeyes career list

Gilmer junior RB Kris Boyd needs 8 rushing yards to pass Darian Godfrey for 6th place on the Buckeyes career list

Gilmer junior RB Kris Boyd’s 37 career offensive touchdowns are 4th on the Buckeyes career list

Gilmer junior WR Chase Tate needs 15 receptions to pass Darian Pollard for 3rd place on the Buckeyes career list

Gilmer junior WR Chase Tate needs 100 receiving yards to pass Willie Darden for 5th place on the Buckeyes career list

Kilgore is averaging 45.6 points and 388.5 yards per game

Eight different Kilgore players have rushed for touchdowns, while four Bulldogs have at least one scoring reception

The Bulldogs average 8.4 yards per rush and 23.8 yards per pass completion

Kilgore’s defense has allowed just 11.8 points and 243.8 yards per game, and only 91.4 rushing

The Bulldogs have forced 21 turnovers on the season — 11 interceptions and 10 recovered fumbles

Did you know?

Gilmer scored touchdowns on their first 10 possessions to defeat Kilgore 70-27 in 2009

Gilmer’s 634 total offensive yards against Kilgore in 2009 is the 3rd most in school history

The most points Kilgore has allowed in the last two regular seasons is 25, which occurred two weeks ago against Chapel Hill

Since dropping to 3A before the beginning of last season, Kilgore is 20-2.

The two losses were last season’s 20-14 decision against eventual 3A D-II runner-up Gilmer and a 42-32 loss to eventual state champ Stephenville in the 3A D-I semifinals
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