Buckeyes go on the road to face Chapel Hill Friday night
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Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby<br>
GILMER BUCKEYES Black Flag Defense gang-tackles James Reese of the Gladewater Bears last Friday night at Buckeye Stadium. Buckeyes pictured include Josh Walker (20), Quinn Fluellen (6), Dakota Williamson (99), Bryan Restine (45) and Hunter Anderson (49). The Buckeyes play Chapel Hill there at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
GILMER BUCKEYES Black Flag Defense gang-tackles James Reese of the Gladewater Bears last Friday night at Buckeye Stadium. Buckeyes pictured include Josh Walker (20), Quinn Fluellen (6), Dakota Williamson (99), Bryan Restine (45) and Hunter Anderson (49). The Buckeyes play Chapel Hill there at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
THE GILMER BUCKEYES (5-0) now sit atop the Class 3A statewide rankings in pretty much all polls and obviously hope to stay there for the rest of the regular season and then go ahead and win out in the playoffs to prove the pollsters were right.

Head Coach Jeff Traylor, though, says the Buckeyes hear about this when they’re out in the community, but never at the field house.

“We never look at it. We never talk about it. Ever. It’s never mentioned in the field house one time.

“But it gets said to my kids, so I’ll probably have to address it because everybody in the community will be talking about it.

“But we don’t address it. You know, common sense stuff: it doesn’t matter where you are in the middle of the road; it matters where you are in the end.”

With half the regular season now in the books, Coach Traylor assessed where his team is.

“We’re getting better each week. That’s big. We took a step back against Daingerfield. We didn’t play so well that week. Give Daingerfield a lot of credit, but we didn’t play very well.

“And we’ve played really well four out of the five games. So we’re maturing as a team. We’re about where I thought we’d be.”

This year’s Buckeyes seem to have a sort of infectious enthusiasm for the game that all great teams have.

“They’ve been great. They’ve been great in practice. They’ve been great in the game,” said Coach Traylor.

“There’s been things each week we’ve had to clean up. The good thing about coaching is everybody gets to see it. The bad thing about coaching is ... everybody gets to see it,” Traylor quipped.

He praised his team for each week addressing the issue pointed out to them from the previous game and cleaning it up.

Blocking was no doubt an issue going into the Gladewater game.

“We really blocked well on the perimeter. Our receivers and running backs took a lot of pride in their blocking, and we blocked ‘em better than we had in years,” praised Traylor.

“Our offensive line blocked well, our receivers blocked well and our running backs blocked well, so we’re very, very pleased with that.

“We executed really well. There’s about four plays in the game we wish we had back. Other than that, we executed really well.”

Freshman Kelton Collier’s three tackles on return teams earned him the “Bounty Hunter” award for this week while Pablin Olivares again earned “Special Teams Player of the Week.”

“(Olivares) is somebody we all take advantage of and kinda take for granted,” said Coach Traylor.

“Really, who’s improved each week as much as anybody is Pablin Olivares.

“I mean, his kickoffs were deep. He had a great field goal into the wind. Just a really good football player. Seven-for-seven on extra points.”

On defense, Coach Traylor mentioned the following players.

“Blevin Burns had seven tackles, three assists and one knocked-down pass.

“Dakeilan Nelson had five tackles, one assist, one knocked-down pass, one interception and one fumble recovery.

“And Darrian Lewis had seven tackles, one assist and two pressures.”

Next up is a road test at Chapel Hill Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against the Bulldogs of Coach Thomas Sitton. After being Class 3A Division I state champions in 2011 and finalists in 2010, last year’s youthful Bulldogs uncharacteristically went 3-7 and missed the playoffs. This year they have already matched those three wins, beating Lindale, Palestine and Henderson while losing two games to highly state-ranked opponents Whitehouse and Carthage.

The Bulldogs are always loaded with talent, although they lost perhaps their best athlete, Texas Tech commit Joseph Clark, to a knee injury last Friday night at Henderson. Have no doubt, though, that senior quarterback Andrew Black will rally his team to a maximum effort at Bulldog Stadium Friday night.

“Thomas (Sitton) does a good job of coaching those kids. He’s a really good person. I’ve known Thomas for a long time,” said his Gilmer counterpart.

Chapel Hill runs “a ton” of secondary coverages that will cause “trouble” for the Buckeyes, he said.

The Chapel Hill athletes are “extremely talented.”

“Track meets, it’s always us and them; 7on7, it’s always us and them.

“Our kids respect them and their kids respect us.

“So it’ll be a great ball game Friday night.

“It starts with their quarterback. He’s a dynamic player, Andrew Black (10).

“Gabriel Robinson (7) is a really good wide receiver.

“They’ve got a big offensive line.”

On defense, Traylor cited “great players” Shaquille Warren, Kevone Kennedy and Keith Minor.

“Wesley Thompson (6) is a fantastic player.”

Robinson is a really good cornerback, he added.

“So they’ve got talent, they’ve got players and they’re well-coached.”

In the two losses to “great teams,” they played both teams tough, Traylor commented.

Clint Buckley of ETSN.fm last week broke down the race for the four playoff spots in the “District of Doom” and named Gilmer, Kilgore and Chapel Hill as very likely to make it into the postseason with the fourth playoff spot up for grabs among the remaining four teams—Henderson, Gladewater, Bullard and

Spring Hill.

The first week of action in 16-3A went according to Buckley’s thinking, with all three of his predicted playoff-bound teams winning.

This also means, barring some extremely unforeseen circumstances, we already know that Gilmer will go into Division II in the playoffs. It is also fairly likely that the Buckeyes will have to play Argyle (5-0) again to get out of Region II and into the Final Four. Only the lowly Aubrey Chaparrals (1-4) making the playoffs out of the 5-team District 10-3A would change that scenario.

With all this in mind, remember that Gilmer takes it one week at a time and the winningest program in Class 3A since 2000 hates to lose even one game, regardless of the very high likelihood that the Buckeyes will still make the playoffs when all is said and done.

They’ve won 15 district games in a row since a 2010 road loss to Carthage and want to be able to run that streak to 20 and claim their 12th undefeated district championship in the last 13 years once the regular season ends on Nov. 8 in Kilgore.

Not just this Friday, but the whole month of October will be spent on the road. On Saturday night, Oct. 12, the Buckeyes will play the Henderson Lions at Lobo Stadium in Longview. Then they take a week off for the Yamboree before making another road trip to Longview on Friday, Oct. 25 to Panther Stadium where they will face Spring Hill.


The Buckeyes are averaging nearly 58 points per game five games into the 2013 season compared to the 51 per game of the 2009 state championship team at this point in the season. The 2006 team was averaging just over 55 points per game halfway through the regular season.


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.





Gilmer @ Chapel Hill Games Notes & Info


October 4- @ Chapel Hill

STADIUM: Bulldog Stadium



STADIUM SURFACE: Real Grass (Turf)


13172 State Hwy 64 E

Tyler, TX 75707

Mascot: Bulldogs

Colors: Blue & Gold

District: 16-3A

Enrollment: 961

2012 Record: 3-7, 2-4 in District

2012 Record: 3-2, 1-0 in District

Week 0: won v. Lindale 56-37

Week 1: lost to Whitehouse 34-42

Week 2: lost @ Carthage 22-52

Week 3: won v. Palestine 62-27

Week 4: won @ Henderson 49-28

Total Points For: 223

Average Points For Per Game: 44.6

Total Points Against: 186

Average Points Against Per Game: 37.2

Head Coach: Thomas Sitton (4th season, 39-16, 39-16 overall)

Returning Starters: 6 Offense/6 Defense



Players to watch:

QB Andrew Black, 6’ 0”, 180 lbs. SR. (69 of 126 passing for 778 yards, 6 td’s, 9 INT’s; 53 carries for 362 yards rushing, 8 TD’s)

**OUT DUE TO INJURY**RB/LB Joseph Clark, 5’ 9”, 175 lbs. SR. (41 carries for 331 yards, 5 TD’s)

RB/LB Wesley Thompson, 6’ 0”, 175 SR. (46 carries for 436 yards, 6 TD’s; 17 receptions for 246 yards)



2000 4-6-0 Darold Turner

2001 5-5-0 Darold Turner

2002 2-8-0 David Norris

2003 5-5-0 David Norris

2004 6-5-0 David Norris

2005 3-7-0 Phil Castles

2006 6-6-0 Phil Castles

2007 6-5-0 Phil Castles

2008 9-2-0 Phil Castles

2009 5-5-0 Thomas Sitton 2010 13-2-0 Thomas Sitton (Class 3A DI Finalist) 2011 15-0-0 Thomas Sitton (Class 3A DI Champions) 2012 3-7-0 Thomas Sitton 2013 3-2-0 Thomas Sitton


1950-59 30-65-3

1960-69 48-52-2

1970-79 42-57-1

1980-89 42-60-2

1990-99 43-60-4

2000-09 51-44-0 2010-13 34-11-0

TOTAL 290-349-12

Undefeated Seasons: 1

Winless Seasons: 5 (1960, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1998)

Last District Championship: 2011

Last Playoff Appearance: 2011

Playoff Record: 22-10-0


GILMER v. Chapel Hill: 7-0-0

19 - 1951 - 0

16 - 1962 - 0

33 - 1963 - 0

33 - 1970 – 15 35 – 2008 – 6 45 – 2009 – 7 50 – 2012 - 28


Gilmer has a 7 game winning streak over Chapel Hill

Gilmer has a 16 game district winning streak (last loss: 38-21 @ Carthage, 2010)

Gilmer has an 13 game regular season winning streak (last loss: 42-12 @ Plano Prestonwood Christian, 2012)

Gilmer has a 157 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 3-0 against Chapel Hill

Jeff Traylor is 153-24 at Gilmer (86%)

Gilmer is 55-4 under Jeff Traylor in district games (93%)

Gilmer’s Jeff Traylor’s 86% winning percentage is the 3rd best among all active coaches in Texas

Gilmer has won more games (153) 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 121-14 under Jeff Traylor in regular season games (90%)

Gilmer is 61-4 under Jeff Traylor in district games (94%)

Gilmer is 98-6 (94%) in regular season games since 2003

Gilmer is 131-14 (90%) overall since 2003

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

Gilmer is ranked 2nd in this week’s Class 3A Pigskinprep.com power rankings & LoneStarGridiron.com poll

Chapel Hill is ranked 16th in this week’s Class 3A Pigskinprep.com power rankings

Gilmer is a 13 point favorite over Chapel Hill according to PigskinPrep.com

Gilmer's 289 points scored and 58 points per game average is best in Class 3A

Gilmer's 38 point average margin of victory is 4th best in Class 3A

Gilmer’s offense is averaging 583 total yards per game

Gilmer's 289 offensive plays consist of 116 passing attempts (40%) and 173 rushing attempts (60%)

Gilmer averages 302.6 yards per game passing (52%) and 280.4 yards per game rushing (48%)

Gilmer has rushing touchdowns by 6 different players

Gilmer has receiving touchdowns by 8 different players

Gilmer’s defense allows an average of 268 yards per game

Gilmer senior QB Tanner Barr needs 760 total yards to pass Luke Turner for 4th place on the Buckeyes career list

Gilmer senior QB Tanner Barr needs 49 passing yards to pass Derek McKenzie for 2nd place on the Buckeyes career list

Gilmer senior QB Tanner Barr needs 2 touchdown passes to pass G.J. Kinne for 3rd place on the Buckeyes career list

Gilmer junior RB Kris Boyd needs 2 rushing touchdown to pass Andrew Hines for 5th place on the Buckeyes career list

Did you know?

Gilmer is averaging 1 point per offensive play. The Buckeyes have scored 289 points on 289 offensive snaps

Gilmer RB Kris Boyd’s 293 rushing yards against Chapel Hill last season were the most since Buddy Tate’s school record 305 yards against Clarksville in 1970, and 3rd most in school history

Gilmer RB Kris Boyd’s 5 rushing touchdowns against Chapel Hill last season tied for the most in school history

Gilmer had only 39 passing yards against Chapel Hill in last season’s game

Gilmer and Chapel Hill average a combined 102.4 points per game

Gilmer and Chapel Hill average a combined 1,087.2 yards per game
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