Gilmer’s 7th grade team, which played their games at the Bruce Junior High School with all the other 7th grade teams entered, played well in pool play but was defeated in the first round of the playoffs.
Gilmer’s 8th grade team won the 8th grade division by defeating Longview 38-28. Both teams went into the Championship matchup undefeated on the day. Gilmer fell behind by 14, but battled back to win the trophy.
Gilmer’s JV team had a good outing and made it to the playoffs, but was defeated in their semifinal matchup. Whitehouse defeated Longview 21-14 to win the JV Championship.
The Buckeye varsity won their first game at 9 a.m. by the closest of margins, 36-34, over Rockwall in a game that didn’t count toward the playoffs. Due to a couple of teams dropping out of the tournament at the last minute, each of the varsity teams had one game that didn’t count toward qualifying for the playoffs.
In their second game at 10:30 a.m., Gilmer bested Tatum 24-7. They followed that up in their noon game with a 55-7 blowout of the Sulphur Springs Gold team, propelling the Bucks into the playoffs.
Unfortunately, the Buckeye varsity never really got untracked in the quarterfinal game against Waskom, a State 2A Semifinalist last season. Waskom has the majority of their team back and is expected to make a deep playoff run again in 2014.
Though they did make a bit of a comeback in the latter stages of the playoff game, they lost the game and their day ended early.
In the Varsity semifinals Rockwall defeated Whitehouse and Tatum took Waskom down. That set up the Championship Game between Rockwall and Tatum. Rockwall jumped out to a 17-3 lead, but Tatum fought back to tie the game at 17. Rockwall scored two unanswered TDs to take a 31-17 lead before Tatum closed the gap to 31-24. That’s as close as they could get, and the game ended with Rockwall crowned as Champions.
There were also Varsity and Junior Varsity Linemen’s Challenges in the north end zone of Buckeye Stadium.
The Buckeyes will participate in the annual ETBU 7 on 7 Tournament in Marshall on Saturday, May 24. Action in that one begins at 8:30 a.m.
On Tuesday, May 27, Gilmer hosts Pine Tree at Buckeye Stadium at 5 p.m.
The next time the Buckeyes will be playing at home in a tournament will be on June 14 at the Gilmer SQT (State Qualifying Tournament).
The 2014 State Tournament, sponsored by Adidas, will be in College Station at the Veterans Park and Athletic Complex, 3101 Harvey Road.
Division II Tournament will be held on July 10 and 11. Division I Tournament will be July 11 and 12.