Buckeyes face Atlanta in Longview Friday night
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CHASE TATE scores from 13 yards out against Canton last Thursday night in Tyler.
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THE GILMER BUCKEYES (10-1) will match up against the Atlanta Rabbits (5-6) for the fourth time in the last 15 months on Friday night at 6 p.m. at Lobo Stadium in Longview.



This Class 3A Division II Area contest will mark the second time these two teams have faced off this season. In the season opener on Aug. 30, Gilmer won, 31-17, in Tyler.



The turning point of the Rabbs’ season was a do-or-die 27-20 win at home over Liberty-Eylau at home on Nov. 2. After having lost on the road to North Lamar the week before, the Rabbs had to win by more than five points to keep their playoff hopes alive.



“We played with a lot more energy. We played with a lot more unity than we had earlier in the season,” Atlanta head coach Matt McClure told the Atlanta Citizens-Journal. “We played with a lot more swagger, a lot more confidence.”



“We played for 48 minutes,” McClure said. “We talked about playing for each other. We talked about that at halftime and the kids went out and did it. They played unselfishly.”



They have won two games since with a 41-28 District 15-3A win over Pittsburg to close out the regular season and a 72-32 rout of Wills Point last Friday night in Longview. 



Sophomore quarterback Chase Musgrove has also established himself as the Rabbs’ signal-caller since the Gilmer game. 



His coach is “really pleased with his progress.” 



“He’s come a long way from a guy who got his first varsity start against Daingerfield. Our passing game is becoming a real threat,” said McClure.



Musgrove is a threat as a runner as well. Defenses obviously tend to key on senior Division I-committed running backs Corion Webster (Oklahoma State) and Everett Dickerson (SMU).



Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor has a stern message for our community as preparations continue for the game.



“We need to be very careful as a community that we are not thinking about Argyle.



“If our band, our cheerleaders, our Stars (drill team), our crowd and, most important, our football team is not ready to go this Friday, the Army (of Buckeyes) is not going to see Argyle. The Army’s going to be left at home.”



(Argyle is favored to be the next opponent of the winner of the Atlanta-Gilmer game. The 10-1 Eagles will play the 9-2 Melissa Cardinals in their Area game on Friday at 2 p.m. in Denton.)



“There is tremendous talent (on the Atlanta team). All you have to do is look back to 2003 when Atlanta started out 1-4 and won out. They were 9-4 when they played 13-0 Gilmer.”



Atlanta eliminated Gilmer, 34-14, in the quarterfinal game in Tyler and the Rabbs went on to win state with a record of 12-4.



“We’ve already seen it happen to us once. If they beat us, they beat us. But we want to at least be at our top game,” said Coach Traylor.



Scouting Atlanta and what it’s done since the teams’ first meeting, he opined, “Chase Musgrove is the difference. He’s a really good sophomore quarterback. Playing the game really well. Throws it and runs it well.”



Coach Traylor also mentioned the two very athletic Division I running backs Webster and Dickerson, both of whom are healthy now.



He praised Kadarion Robinson’s blocking at tight end.



“They’re throwing the ball a lot more to (Randel) Clark (8) and (Nick) Stiger (6),” he added.



Atlanta is a team heavy with seniors. Coach Traylor counted nine returning starters on defense.



“They’ve made a lot of changes on defense, moved a lot of kids around. Dickerson (5) is a heckuva ball player at safety. Clark and Stiger are the corners — good players. And the nose guard, Quintayveus Neal (33), is really good. Nick June (43), big old 250-lb. defensive tackle, good football player.”



The offensive unit has a similar number of returning starters. Some of the Rabbits go both ways.



In evaluating the Buckeyes’ performance in the 51-36 bi-district win over Canton in Tyler last Thursday night, he said, “It was a poor performance for the entire night. It didn’t seem like a playoff game. Our team didn’t play like (they were in) a playoff game. Just the whole thing was bad. We just didn’t play well. 



“I just know my team. We were not very focused. That’s nobody’s fault but my own and we’re trying to get that fixed this week.”



He proclaimed Atlanta “the most talented 5-6 team that’s ever been created” after having watched video of them as well as having seen them in person last Friday night.



Defensive standouts for Gilmer last Thursday night included:  Josh Walker — three tackles, three assists, eight pressures; Trey Washington — four tackles, one pass knockdown; Ardarius Johnson — three tackles, two assists; Xavier Fluellen — four tackles, four assists; Daniel Smith — three tackles, one assist.



On offense, Tanner Barr was 20-28 for 296 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also amassed 119 yards rushing on nine carries.



Jaidon Parrish had five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. 



Pat Finch had four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown.



Chase Tate had four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.



Slade Morris had a touchdown reception of 49 yards.



Josh Walker had six carries for 50 yards and a touchdown.



Gilmer is the home team and will be wearing black Friday night in Longview. Remember that the game starts earlier than usual at 6 p.m. and plan accordingly.



Fellow District of Doom playoff teams also won bi-disrict games last Friday night. Kilgore routed Athens, 42-7, in Division I and Henderson rolled over Van, 48-21, in Division II. 



Here’s hoping for another District 16-3A sweep this weekend. In addition to our game, Kilgore plays Paris in Forney Friday night and Henderson takes on Quinlan Ford in Royse City Saturday afternoon.



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, won 59-10



Bullard, won 57-39



Kilgore, won 20-14



Canton, won 51-36



Atlanta Rabbits Season to Date:



Gilmer, lost 31-17



Daingerfield, lost 17-13



Center, lost 27-14



Gladewater, won 31-20



Mount Pleasant, lost 42-14



Paris, lost 13-9



Pleasant Grove, won 50-36



North Lamar, lost 35-26



Liberty-Eylau, won 27-20



Pittsburg, won 41-28



Wills Point, won 72-32



BUCKEYE TICKET LINE:



903-841-7777.



LUNCH WITH THE COACH:



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



LIVE WEBCAST:



http://www.gilmerbuckeyes.com/page10.html



DIRECT LINK:



http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/gilmer.portal#



VIDEO REPLAYS:



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.)



GILMER BUCKEYES HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL APP:



http://buckeyesfootball.mobi 



BUCKEYES BLOG:



http://gilmerbuckeyes.blogspot.com



MAXPREPS HOME PAGE:



http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/gilmer-buckeyes-(gilmer,tx)/football/home.htm



Special Teams 



‘Cool Daddy’ 



Player of the Week: 



DeVondrick Dixon



 



Scout Team 



Players of the Week:



Tanner Harrison, Offense



Quin Fluellen, Defense



LaDarius Fluellen, Special Teams



Gilmer vs. Atlanta Game Info & Notes

By JOE DODD



November 23-Atlanta @ Longview

STADIUM: Lobo Stadium 

STADIUM CAPACITY: 9,215 

STADIUM SURFACE: Field Turf 

STADIUM ADDRESS: 

201 East Loop 281 

Longview, TX 75605

 

Mascot: Rabbits

Colors: Maroon & White

District: 13-3A

Enrollment: 498

2012 Record: 5-6, 3-2 district

Head Coach: Matt McClure (2nd season, 10-12, 10-12 overall)

Returning Lettermen: 21

Returning Starters: 9 Offense/4 Defense

Offensive Coordinator: Craig Fant 

Defensive Coordinator: Michael Baysinger 

Offensive Formation: Multiple I 

Defensive Formation: 4-3

Players to watch: Sr. RB Corion Webster (6-0, 200, 4.5) 201 carries, 1,578 rushing yards, 13 TD’s, committed to Oklahoma State; Sr. RB/DB Everett Dickerson (5-11, 173, 4.5) 73 carries, 786 rushing yards, 9 TD’s in 2011, committed to SMU ; WR Nick Stiger (5-10, 170) 33 catches, 482 yards, 2 TD’s in 2011. 

 

 

 

 

Atlanta Rabbits 2012 Season Results

 

Date   Opponent     Result 

08/30/12  Gilmer @ Tyler     lost: 17-31

09/07/12  Daingerfield     lost: 13-17

09/14/12  @ Center      lost: 14-27

09/21/12  Gladewater     won: 31-20

09/28/12  Mount Pleasant     lost: 14-42

10/12/12  @ Paris*      lost: 9-13

10/19/12  Pleasant Grove*    won: 50-36

10/26/12  North Lamar*     lost: 26-35

11/02/12  Liberty-Eylau*    won: 27-20

11/09/12  @ Pittsburg*    won: 41-28

11/16/12  Wills Point @ Longview   won: 72-32

 Overall Record: 5-6                                                                                *District Record: 3-2

Total Points For: 314                                                                                Average Points For Per Game: 28.5

Total Points Against: 301                                                                          Average Points Against Per Game: 27.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Stats, Records, and Program Information

ATLANTA

YEAR W-L-T PTS-OPP COACH

2000 6-5-0 281-130 Ben Scharnberg 

2001 *11-1-0 331- 94 Ben Scharnberg 

2002 *9-4-0 240-160 Ben Scharnberg 

2003 STATE 12-4-0 41--154 Ben Scharnberg 

2004 3-7-0 165-268 Ben Scharnberg 

2005 3-7-0 220-232 Ben Scharnberg 

2006 5-7-0 Ben Scharnberg 

2007 2-8-0 Ben Scharnberg 

2008 2-8-0 Ronnie Melton 

2009 3-7-0 Ronnie Melton                                                                           2010 1-9-0 Ronnie Melton                                                                           2011 5-6-0 Matt McClure                                                                   2012 5-6-0 Matt McClure 

 

DECADES W- L- T  

1920-29 19-22-4  

1930-39 39-40-4  

1940-49 76-20-8 

1950-59 61-39-4 

1960-69 59-37-6 

1970-79 65-36-2 

1980-89 46-54-2 

1990-99 82-35-2 

2000-09 56-58-0                                                                                        2010-12 11-21-0 

ALLTIME: 516-362-32 

 

Undefeated Seasons: 7 (1941, 1947, 1966, 1977, 1978, 1991, 2001) 

Winless Seasons: 1 (1935) 

Last District Championship: 2006 

Last Playoff Appearance: 2011 

Playoff Record: 24-27-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERIES HISTORY

Series Record: Atlanta leads 26-18-0

Last meeting: 2012, Gilmer won 31-17

All-Time Scores

ATLANTA vs. Gilmer 

14 - 1925 – 27 

  0 - 1930 - 88 

  7 - 1931 - 44 

  0 - 1932 - 47 

  0 - 1934 - 6 

  0 - 1935 - 25 

  6 - 1936 - 0 

  0 - 1937 - 8 

42 - 1938 - 6 

  0 - 1945 - 26 

33 - 1946 - 13 

26 - 1947 - 7 

24 - 1948 - 14 

19 - 1949 - 0 

40 - 1950 - 7 

  0 - 1960 - 34 

  0 - 1961 - 31 

27 - 1964 - 12 

13 - 1965 - 14 

14 - 1966 - 7 

28 - 1967 - 0 

24 - 1968 - 7 

36 - 1969 - 14 

23 - 1970 - 15 

38 - 1971 - 14 

14 - 1972 - 13 

21 - 1973 - 15 

32 - 1974 - 7 

26 - 1975 - 28 

21 - 1976 - 6 

13 - 1977 - 0 

21 - 1978 - 0 

33 - 1979 - 0 

44 - 1988 - 28 

  7 - 1989 - 3 

42 - 1992 - 19 

21 - 1993 – 14                                                                                      34 - 2003 - 13 

12 - 2006 – 49                                                                                      14 - 2007 – 42                                                                                      28 - 2010 – 63                                                                                      21 - 2011 – 42                                                                                      14 - 2011 – 48                                                                                      17 - 2011 – 31

STREAKS

Gilmer has a 6 game winning streak over Atlanta (last loss: 34-13 in Tyler, 2003)

Gilmer has a 5 game winning streak at Longview’s Lobo Stadium (Last loss: 39-36 to Liberty-Eylau, 2006)

Gilmer has a 5 game winning streak in second round playoff games (last loss: 61-58 to Canton, 2005)

Gilmer has a 146 consecutive games scoring streak (last shutout: 10-0 @ Longview to Pleasant Grove, 2001)

 

NOTES

Jeff Traylor is 6-1 against Atlanta (86%)

Jeff Traylor is 144-23 at Gilmer (86%)

Jeff Traylor is 28-9 in playoff games at Gilmer (76%)                                                   

                                                                                                      Gilmer is 7-1 in second round playoff games under Jeff Traylor (88%)

Gilmer is 6-2 under Jeff Traylor in games at Lobo Stadium (75%)

Gilmer is 5-2 under Jeff Traylor in playoff games at Lobo Stadium (71%)

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

                                                                                                      Gilmer has won more games (144) 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 437.4 total yards per game

Gilmer's 630 offensive plays consist of 293 passing attempts (47%) and 337 rushing attempts (53%)

Gilmer averages 199.4 yards per game passing (46%) and 238 yards per game rushing (54%)

Gilmer has rushing touchdowns by 5 different players

Gilmer has receiving touchdowns by 9 different players

Gilmer RB Kris Boyd needs 143 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season

Gilmer is ranked 9th in this week’s Class 3A Pigskinprep.com power rankings

Atlanta is ranked 57th in this week’s Class 3A Pigskinprep.com power rankings

Gilmer’s schedule is the 4th toughest in Class 3A according to PigskinPrep.com

Atlanta’s schedule is the 34th toughest in Class 3A according to PigskinPrep.com

Gilmer’s opponents have a combined record of 65-51

Atlanta’s opponents have a combined record of 62-55

Gilmer is a 23 point favorite over Atlanta according to PigskinPrep.com

Gilmer has scored at least 31 points in their last 6 games against Atlanta

Gilmer has outscored Atlanta 275-106 in their last 6 meetings

Atlanta RB Corion Webster has rushed for 737 yards and 6 TD’s in 4 games against Gilmer

 

 

Did you know?

Gilmer’s Jeff Traylor graduated from Gilmer High School in 1986

Atlanta’s Matt McClure graduated from Atlanta High School in 1986

Atlanta’s 72 points against Wills Point last week were the most points scored by the Rabbits since 1946 and the 5th most scored in school history

The Rabbits have not won more than 5 games in a season since winning the Class 3A State Championship in 2003.

The last time Gilmer was held scoreless was 11 years ago when the Buckeyes lost to Pleasant Grove in a first round playoff game at Lobo Stadium in Longview

Atlanta RB’s Corion Webster and Everett Dickerson combining for 2,651 yards and 33 touchdowns rushing in 2011

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