Buckeyes to host Jacksonville for Homecoming
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THE GILMER BUCKEYES will definitely be glad to be back in the friendly confines of Buckeye Stadium for the first time since last Oct. 28’s 35-20 win over Henderson, one of only three home games all of last season.

This Friday night’s Homecoming game against the Jacksonville Indians is the first of four scheduled for Buckeye Stadium in 2012, the others being District 16-3A games against Chapel Hill on Oct. 5, Spring Hill on Oct. 26 and Kilgore on Nov. 9.

Head Coach Jeff Traylor did not want to dwell on the Buckeyes’ 42-12 road loss to Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy last Friday night, but commented that he and his offensive coaches had a “terrible plan” and “did not put our kids in a position where they could have success.”

On the other hand, “Defensively, we played good enough to win the ball game. But we had a terrible plan offensively and didn’t execute very well on top of that.

“So if you have a bad plan and your kids don’t execute very well, it leads to disaster.

“If we could have given our defense any help at all, they would have kept it up. We just couldn’t give them any help.”

Coach Traylor also pointed out the blocked punt which led to a PCA touchdown, numerous penalties and a failure to execute a 2-point conversion off a fake kick as lapses that hurt the Buckeyes.

“They were really good,” he said of the Lions, “and we made them look a lot better.”

“We just aren’t ready for that caliber of a team yet,” he added. “We’re gonna be. We’re just not yet.”

He said his team had been “fantastic” so far in terms of their attitude since the loss, maintaining their routine and discipline of watching video Saturday and lifting weights Monday morning.

Then came one of Coach Traylor’s gems of wisdom, “Adversity is what makes real relationships. You don’t have a real relationship until you’ve had something bad happen, with a friend or whatever it might be.”

He then went over some of the Black Flag Defenders who performed well for Gilmer.

“Charles Williams had a good game with three tackles, five assists and a sack. Ardarius Johnson played well, three tackles. Justus Cheatham had six tackles and made an interception. CJ Williams had five tackles, two assists. John McPherson, eight tackles, two assists. Brandon Barnes, six tackles, four assists.”

Like Gilmer, Jacksonville is 1-1. The Tribe won its opening game, a 34-30 upset of Carthage in Carthage, before falling 37-20 to Palestine last Friday night in Jacksonville.

“Palestine’s pretty talented, a really good football team,” said Traylor, noting that the Wildcats took Waco La Vega, one of the top teams in the state, to overtime before falling 24-23 in their season opener.

Jacksonville, a member of District 16-4A, is a “heavy senior team” and thus has an identity, he said. A lot of teams this early in the season are still growing up and trying to find out who they are.

However, the Tribe was starting sophomore Carter McCown at quarterback (a cousin of the three McCown brothers Jeff Traylor coached when he was at Jacksonville, two of whom are still NFL quarterbacks) until he sustained an injury which caused him to miss the Palestine game.

Trevor Ewalt, a senior, replaced McCown against Palestine.

Phil Kuchinsky reported on KETK’s “Friday Night Fever” segment with Danny Elzner that his sources at the game in Jacksonville told him that McCown has “a hairline fracture up around his collarbone” and will be out three to four weeks. That segment is online at http://www.ketknbc.com/sports/friday-football-fever/whitehouse-wins-jacksonville-loses .

Senior Bryson Haywood, last year’s leading tackler, is a force on defense for the Indians. He also may be a bit banged up.

“He’s probably the best linebacker in that district,” said Traylor.

Sha'kil Mosley is another good senior linebacker. Senior Londedrick Taylor is a good cornerback.

The Buckeyes are very familiar with senior wide receiver Darrell Minifee of the Indians. He has caught 10 passes for 163 yards, two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in two previous games against Gilmer. Senior Dadrian Franklin is another skill player to watch out for. It is even possible he could play quarterback.

UPDATE: The dual threat Franklin almost CERTAINLY will play quarterback Friday night and probably will be the starter after his performance off the bench in the fourth quarter against Palestine, throwing two touchdown passes and also exhibiting elusiveness as a runner.

Senior Ladarius Session has had some success in previous games against Gilmer.

“They’ve got some good ball players,” concluded the Gilmer mentor. “They’ll give us trouble Friday night.”

Gilmer and Jacksonville began playing each other in 2010 for the first time since 1957. The Tribe won 43-36 two years ago in Gilmer, but lost at home 44-22 last year.

Coach Chris Taber is in his first year as chief, but is no stranger to the Tribe. He began his coaching career in Jacksonville in 2001, a year after Coach Jeff Traylor left for Gilmer. However, Coach Matt Turner, longtime Gilmer offensive coordinator, remained on the Jacksonville staff for a few years after that.

Coach Taber cited Coach Turner as a major influence in an interview last month with Clint Buckley of ETSN.fm.

“You try to build your career around people that you’ve learned from, and the guys I worked under were phenomenal,” Taber said.

One coach in particular Taber found an immediate connection with was Turner.

“I’d come up here in the mornings with him, watch film and work his quarterbacks during the (athletic period),” Taber said. “Just listening to him coach and the passion he had for it really had a stamp on who I was and who I was going to become.”

Taber left Jacksonville and went to New Braunfels with fellow assistant Thomas Sitton (who had been hired by then-head coach Danny Long to replace Jeff Traylor on the Tribe’s staff) and then returned to East Texas when Sitton took the Chapel Hill head coaching job in 2009.

For the last three seasons, he has been CH’s offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. The Bulldogs went to the state title game in Class 3A Division I twice in those three years, winning state in 2011.

Homecoming festivities begin at around 7 p.m. Friday night at Buckeye Stadium, so get there early.




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


Braylon Webb is starting at safety for the Missouri Tigers. He was a senior on the 2009 Buckeyes who won state and is now a sophomore at Mizzou. He redshirted in 2010 and was team freshman of the year last season, also making the Big 12 honorable mention team in the Tigers’ final year in that conference.

Michael Boddie, former Buckeye who is a year younger than Braylon, is an offensive lineman for Missouri. He redshirted in 2011 so he is now a freshman in eligibility.

Gus Johnson, in Boddie’s class at GHS, is the starting tailback for the SFA Lumberjacks in Nacogoches, where he is a sophomore.






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.





The Jeff Traylor Show

TheOldCoach Week 2 State Rankings

September 14 - Jacksonville

Mascot: Indians

Colors: Royal Blue/Gold

District: 16-4A

Enrollment: 1171

2011 Record: 4-6, 4-3 in district

Last meeting: 2011, Gilmer won 44-22.

Head Coach: Chris Taber (1st season)

Returning Starters: 5 Offense/5 Defense

Did you know? Coach Jeff Traylor spent six years on the Jacksonville coaching staff before returning to Gilmer in 2000.

Special Teams 

‘Cool Daddy’ 

Player of the Week: 

Ardarius Johnson


Scout Team 

Players of the Week:

Tanner Harrison, Offense

Caleb Ritter, Defense

Korie Frazier, Special Teams

Gilmer v. Jacksonville Game Info & Notes


September 14-Jacksonville

Mascot: Indians

Colors: Blue & Gold

District: 16-4A

Enrollment: 1,128

2011 Record: 4-6,4-3 district

2021 Record: 1-1

Week 0 won @ Carthage 34-30

Week 1 lost to Palestine 20-37

Last meeting: 2011, Gilmer won 44-22

Series Record: Gilmer leads 7-2

Head Coach: Chris Taber (1st season, 1-1, 1-1 overall)

Returning Starters: 5 Offense/8 Defense

Players to Watch:

Dadrian Franklin-WR: 6’1”/180 Sr.

Darrell Minifee-WR-5'10”/175 Sr.

Bryson Haywood-LB-5’11”/190 Sr.


Historical Stats, Records, and Program Information



2000 11-3-0 329-292 Danny Long

2001 10-2-0 371-161 Danny Long

2002 8-3-0 265-180 Danny Long

2003 5-6-0 230-222 Randy Copeland

2004 10-3-0 337-166 Randy Copeland

2005 1-9-0 165-200 Randy Copeland (includes forfeits)

2006 6-4-0 Randy Copeland

2007 3-7-0 Randy Copeland

2008 3-8-0 Steve Wells

2009 7-4-0 Steve Wells                                                                      2010 7-4-0 Steve Wells                                                                      2011 4-6-0 Steve Wells                                                                      2012 1-1-0 Chris Taber


1911-19 10-12-2

1920-29 27-44-7 

1930-39 42-43-10 

1940-49 42-52-4 

1950-59 39-57-8 

1960-69 50-52-3 

1970-79 69-40-1 

1980-89 37-65-1 

1990-99 70-42-0 

2000-09 64-49-0                                                                              2010-12 11-12-0

TOTAL: 450-455-36 

Undefeated Seasons: 3 (1960, 1974, 1997)

Winless Seasons: 3 (1957, 1965, 1986)

Last District Championship: 2003

Last Playoff Appearance: 2010

Playoff Record: 24-24-1

All-Time Series

GILMER vs. Jacksonville (7-2-0)

42 - 1917 - 0

35 - 1924 - 6

  3 - 1926 - 6

77 - 1928 - 0

58 - 1929 - 0

26 - 1956 - 14

40 - 1957 – 0                                                                                        36 - 2010 – 43                                                                                      44 - 2011 – 22



Gilmer has a 7 game home winning streak (last loss: 43-36 to Jacksonville, 2010)

Gilmer has a 137 consecutive games scoring streak (last shutout: 10-0 @ Longview to Pleasant Grove, 2001)



Jeff Traylor is 135-23 at Gilmer (85%)

                                                                                                      Gilmer is 108-14 under Jeff Traylor in regular season games (89%)

Gilmer is 86-6 (93%) in regular season games since 2003

Gilmer’s Jeff Traylor’s 85% winning percentage is the 4th best among all active coaches in Texas

Gilmer has won more games (135) 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 6 of the past 9 years

Gilmer is averaging 379 total yards per game

Gilmer's 115 offensive plays consist of 55 passing attempts (48%) and 60 rushing attempts (52%)

Gilmer averages 177 yards per game passing (47%) and 202 yards per game rushing (53%)

Gilmer is ranked 20th in this week’s Associated Press Class 3A poll

Gilmer is ranked 12th in this week’s Class 3A Pigskinprep.com power rankings

Gilmer’s schedule is the 5th toughest in Class 3A according to PigskinPrep.com

Gilmer is a 17 point favorite over Jacksonville according to PigskinPrep.com

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