Buckeyes host Spring Hill
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THE BUCKEYES return to the field at Lobo Stadium in Longview for the second half of their game against Henderson on Oct. 13.
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a game that is played before or after a tough or rival opponent. Teams have a tendency to look past an opponent preparing for the following week’s game, or have a letdown after beating a tough or rival opponent.

The above is what Yahoo!Answers voted as the best definition of this sports term.

The Spring Hill Panthers (3-5, 1-3) are no doubt going to try to “trap” the Gilmer Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0) Friday night at Buckeye Stadium.

Given the run-oriented offensive scheme of the Panthers — known by various names such as the Midline Veer or Flexbone triple option — this may even be literally true on some plays in the form of trap blocks.

Having suffered back-to-back District 16-3A losses to Chapel Hill and Henderson to go with a loss to Kilgore in the district opener, Spring Hill is playing for pride and a chance to finish .500 in district and overall in its final two games, but head coach Bobby Chadwick doesn’t sell his team short.

“These kids here, when you place a challenge before them, they’ve done nothing but respond,” he told Bryan Houston, host of Bryan Houston’s Sports Talk Live on 99.3 FM earlier this month.

“We’re running a little different offense than what they ran last year and a different defense than what they’ve run, but the kids have bought into what we’re doing.

“My coaching staff is phenomenal, and they work really well in getting these kids prepared.”

He added “the kids are having fun again” and “enjoying playing” after last year’s 2-8 season.

“They play with as much heart as anybody I’ve ever seen,” he commented. “There’s no ‘give up’ in these guys.”

He described the “work ethic” of his players as “tremendous.”

Coach Chadwick was head coach at Ore City for four seasons before applying earlier this year to take the place of Bill Poe, who left after two seasons as Panther head coach to become an assistant at Marble Falls under his old boss at Southlake Carroll, Todd Dodge.

Last year he led the Rebels to their first playoff berth since 1995.

“When I interviewed for this job, I basically told them ‘I guess I’m what you’d call a player’s coach.’ I’m very approachable by the kids and the coaches and by everybody. I try not to be aloof any. There’s a fine line there when you’re a player’s coach that you’ve gotta make sure you maintain.”

He also said he loved a challenge and that he, his coaching staff and his players “take it kinda personal” when people say derogatory things about the potential of the Spring Hill program.

“It feeds our fire,” he said.

For their part, the Buckeyes had an open date to enjoy the Yamboree for the first time in a long time and Coach Jeff Traylor said they also had a good week of practice.

First, he commended some of the defensive standouts in the 28-26 win over Henderson in Longview on Saturday night, Oct. 13.

“Demarco Boyd had five tackles, two assists and two pressures.

“Xavier Fluellen: five tackles, one assist, one fumble recovery.

“Josh Walker: six tackles, three assists, one pressure, two sacks.

“DeVondrick Dixon: six tackles, two assists, three knocked-down passes

“CJ Williams: six tackles, one assist, four pressures.

“Brandon Barnes: six tackles, four assists.”

Gilmer, known as a second-half team in 2012, established a lead at halftime in the Henderson game for only the second time this season.

“We just haven’t played four quarters all year long,” lamented Coach Traylor, who now has a record of 140-23 in nearly 13 years here.

He added that the Buckeyes needed to get that fixed, or the off-season was going to be coming around sooner than anyone wants.

“You never see it,” he said of Spring Hill’s offense, complimenting the way quarterback Ben Hollas hides the ball while running the option.

“They’ve got a very good quarterback in Hollas. He makes it go. He’s the third-leading rusher in East Texas. He has over 1,000 yards.

(Hollas has 1,167 yards on 150 carries and 12 touchdowns, averaging 7.78 yards per carry.)

“Center Morgan Knight (72) is one of the best players in the district. He’s a fantastic football player.

“And they really shorten the game because they run it almost every snap.

“He (Coach Chadwick) is doing what it takes for them to win. He’s been close to winning some. He’s won some. So they’re much improved over last year.”

Defensively, Spring Hill is in a “50” 3-4 scheme similar to Gilmer’s most of the time, but will go with four down linemen some of the time.

Knight is also “fantastic” on defense. Spring Hill, not surprisingly as the smallest school in the district, has a number of players going both ways.

Other good players on defense include Hollas, Dallas Green and Jake Ferrill.

“They’re a good football team,” concluded Coach Traylor.

He emphasized that the Buckeyes play one game at a time. All focus this week is on Spring Hill. Upcoming opponents Bullard and Kilgore must take a back seat.

“This team here knows that through the years we’re pretty good by taking each opponent one at a time.”

Even though Gilmer is atop the district standings at 3-0 along with Kilgore, winning this game will not clinch a playoff berth. Bullard and Henderson are hanging in there with one loss each.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. and don’t get to Buckeye Stadium late, given that Spring Hill will be playing this game as if it has a 10 p.m. curfew to meet.

You’ll be witnessing an “old school” offense largely unfamiliar to football fans and players who came of age after the 1980s.

Other District of Doom games: Bullard travels to Henderson Friday night while Chapel Hill hosts Kilgore.

Gilmer Buckeyes Season to Date:

Atlanta, won 31-17

Plano Prestonwood, lost 42-12

Jacksonville, won 34-33

Daingerfield, won 43-14

Gladewater, won 21-13

Chapel Hill, won 50-28

Henderson, won 28-26

Spring Hill Panthers Season to Date:

Pleasant Grove, won 28-21

Athens, lost 21-7

White Oak, lost 22-21

Brook Hill, won 29-17

Kilgore, lost 41-0

Gladewater, won 10-6

Chapel Hill, lost 52-33

Henderson, lost 42-14


Tanner Barr has completed 113 of 198 passes for 1246 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Kris Boyd has rushed for 650 yards on 68 carries and 10 touchdowns for an average of 9.56 per carry.

Chase Tate has 32 receptions for 247 yards and two touchdowns.




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






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.







Special Teams

‘Cool Daddy’

Player of the Week:

Pat Finch

Scout Team

Players of the Week:

Ramey McPherson, Offense

Aray Sheridan, Defense

Nick Smith, Special Teams

Gilmer v. Spring Hill Game Info & Notes


October 26- Spring Hill

Mascot: Panthers

Colors: Royal Blue & White

District: 16-3A

Enrollment: 507

2011 Record: 2-8; 1-4 District

2012 Record: 3-5; 1-3 District

Week 0: won @ Pleasant Grove 28-21

Week 1: lost @ Athens 7-21

Week 2: lost v. White Oak 21-22

Week 3: won v. Bullard Brook Hill 29-7

Week 4: lost @ Kilgore 0-41

Week 5: won v. Gladewater 10-6

Week 6: lost @ Chapel Hill 33-52

Week 7: lost v. Henderson 14-42

Total Points For: 142

Average Points For Per Game: 20.3

Total Points Against: 212

Average Points Against Per Game: 30.3

Head Coach: Bobby Chadwick (1st season, 3-5, 32-44-1 overall)

Returning Starters: 3 Offense/3 Defense

Offensive Formation: Flex Bone

Defensive Formation: 50 (3-4)

Players to Watch:

Ben Hollas, Sr. QB/RB 6'0”, 180 lbs. (126 carries, 1,005 yards, 12 TD’s)

Dallas Green, Sr. OL/DL 6’0”, 190 lbs. (68 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 QB pressures, 1 INT, 3 FR)

Morgan Knight Jr. OL/DL 6'2” 230 (56 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 sacks, 4 QB pressures)

Historical Stats, Records, and Program Information


2000 10-3-0 Steve Gaddis

2001 10-2-0 Steve Gaddis

2002 12-2-0 Steve Gaddis

2003 9-2-0 Steve Gaddis

2004 8-4-0 Steve Gaddis

2005 4-6-0 Robert Bero

2006 6-5-0 Robert Bero

2007 7-4-0 Robert Bero

2008 3-7-0 Robert Bero 2009 4-6-0 Robert Bero 2010 4-6-0 Bill Poe 2011 2-8-0 Bill Poe 2012 3-5-0 Bobby Chadwick


1940-49 66-18-7

1950-59 49-45-4

1960-69 66-29-6

1970-79 50-47-3

1980-89 42-58-2

1990-99 65-38-1

2000-09 71-39-0 2010-11 9-19

TOTAL: 420-295-23

Undefeated Seasons: 1 (1946)

Winless Seasons: 0

Best Record: 12-2, Regional Champions, 2002

Last District Championship: 2003

Last Playoff Appearance: 2007

Playoff Record: 11-15-0


Last meeting: 2011, Gilmer won 43-7

Series Record: Gilmer leads 14-2-0

All-Time Scores

7 - 1950 - 6

37 - 1984 - 0

48 - 1985 - 0

7 - 1986 - 17

24 - 1987 – 8 21 - 1998 - 14

52 - 1999 - 26

21 - 2000 - 41

21 - 2001 - 18

28 - 2004 – 11 55 – 2006 – 7 65 – 2007 – 7 55 – 2008 – 7 66 – 2009 – 14 76 – 2010 – 0 43 – 2011 – 7


Gilmer has an 8 game winning streak over Spring Hill (Last loss: 21-41, 2000)

Gilmer has a 9 game home winning streak (last loss: 36-43 v. Jacksonville, 2010)

Gilmer has a 12 game district winning streak (last loss: 38-21 @ Carthage, 2010)

Gilmer has a 142 consecutive games scoring streak (last shutout: 10-0 @ Longview to Pleasant Grove, 2001)


Jeff Traylor teams are 8-1 against Spring Hill

Jeff Traylor is 140-23 at Gilmer (86%)

Gilmer is 57-4 under Jeff Traylor in district games (93%)

Gilmer’s Jeff Traylor’s 86% winning percentage is the 2nd best among all active coaches in Texas

Gilmer has won more games (140) 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 113-14 under Jeff Traylor in regular season games (89%)

Gilmer is 91-6 (94%) in regular season games since 2003

Gilmer is averaging 403 total yards per game

Gilmer's 415 offensive plays consist of 198 passing attempts (48%) and 217 rushing attempts (52%)

Gilmer averages 178 yards per game passing (44%) and 225 yards per game rushing (56%)

Gilmer has rushing touchdowns by 5 different players

Gilmer has receiving touchdowns by 6 different players

Gilmer is ranked 13th 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 4th toughest in Class 3A according to PigskinPrep.com

Gilmer is a 31 point favorite over Spring Hill according to PigskinPrep.com

Did you know?

Gilmer has scored at least 43 points in the last 6 games against the Panthers

Gilmer has outscored the Panthers 360-42 in their last 6 meetings

The Buckeyes’ 684 total yards against the Panthers in 2006 is the most in team history.

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