Although the season ended three weeks earlier than the team and the Army of Buckeyes who follow them had wanted, it is important to recognize that most schools and their communities would be overjoyed at this kind of success, which has become routine in the Jeff Traylor era. Coach Traylor’s teams now have an incredible record of 159 wins and 26 losses in the last 14 seasons.
Also give credit to his very talented staff of coaches, whom he calls the best in the state.
Last, but not least, thank the youth of our community who participate in the program year after year, dedicating many hours of effort both on and off the field, in addition to having to maintain their eligibility in the classrooms of Gilmer High School.
Whatever disagreements there may be about the proposals and the priorities of our school here in Gilmer, from which so many of us graduated, most of us would agree that our public school system is the heart and soul of our community. This is true of most small communities. It’s also true of Diana, Ore City, Harmony, Union Grove, Union Hill and Big Sandy.
The University Interscholastic League announced Monday morning that Gilmer High School will be the school with the largest enrollment in the new Class 4A Division II for the 2014-16 time period.
While the Buckeyes have proven as recently as 2009 that they can win a state football championship in Division I, this is, of course, a very positive development for the continuation of the winning tradition of the team in years to come.
Football always has its share of detractors, but the turnout at the recent playoff games indicates many, many people enjoy being in the loyal and enthusiastic Buckeye fanbase (although it sometimes shows signs of being spoiled).
So be sure and save your First National Bank black towels handed out at the Argyle game and get ready to bring them to the games next season. There will be a lot of new opponents to confront. It will be an exciting time on Friday nights, as always.
While this couldn’t be said in some less “sporty” states of our nation, there is nothing quite like high school football to bring a small Texas community together, most would agree.
The quote from the Tim Riggins character (played by Taylor Kitsch) talking to his best friend and teammate Jason Street (played by Scott Porter) in the Friday Night Lights TV series (based on a fictional Texas high school football team named the Dillon Panthers) sums it up quite well:
“Here’s to God, and football, and 10 years from now, Street, living large in Texas. Texas forever, Street.”
And here’s to the Gilmer High School Buckeyes of all athletic and academic endeavors of the past, present and future. As we sing in our alma mater, “An Army of Buckeyes,” you and our school will “live forever” in our hearts and minds.