Gilmer Buckeyes win 16th annual Azalea Orthopedics 7 on 7 Tournament held at Buckeye Stadium
by JOE DODD
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The Gilmer Buckeyes, who will be defending state champions of 4A Division II when they take the field this fall, defeated the Liberty-Eylau Leopards, 31-21, in the championship round of the 16th annual Azalea Orthopedics 7 on 7 Tournament held here Saturday, May 9.

The Gilmer Buckeyes’ varsity 7-on-7 team won the tournament on Saturday with an impressive 6-0 record. The Buckeyes were joined by Daingerfield, Elysian Fields, Grace Community, Hallsville, Liberty-Eylau, Lindale, Longview, Sulphur Springs, T.K. Gorman and Waskom.

The Buckeyes started the day with a 41-31 win over Grace Community from Tyler, followed by a 34-27 victory against Daingerfield and a 42-14 blow out of Lindale. Gilmer then defeated T.K. Gorman of Tyler 43-14 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 38-12 win over Waskom in the semifinals.

The Buckeyes’ win over Waskom was revenge for the Wildcats victory over Gilmer in last year’s championship.

The Buckeyes took the championship with a 31-21 victory over the Liberty-Eylau Leopards.

The future of Gilmer Buckeyes football looked bright at the tournament, as Gilmer’s current 8th graders brought home the championship from a field that included John Tyler, Lindale, Longview, Robert E. Lee, and Sulphur Springs.

The Gilmer 8th graders struggled at the start of the tournament, blowing a 31-21 lead in a 45-31 loss to Lindale in their first game, then squeaking past Longview 31-28 in their second game.

The 8th grade Buckeyes had to win game three to advance to the championship round, and did so with a 51-0 blow out over the Sulphur Springs B team.

The Sulphur Springs A team was no match for the 8th grade Buckeyes, losing 37-17 in the semifinals.

That gave the 8th grade Buckeyes a rematch with Lindale, who also beat them in the championship of last year’s tournament. The 8th graders took out their frustration on the Eagles with a dominating 44-14 victory.

Gilmer’s Junior Varsity team and 7th grade team both had impressive showings at the tournament, losing in the semifinals.

Gilmer’s 7th grade beat T.K. Gorman 47-7 and Lindale 61-10 before losing 27-20 to Sulphur Springs and 41-14 to Longview. The Lobos went on to claim the championship with a 34-0 win over Lindale.

Gilmer’s JV defeated Lindale 45-13 and Hallsville 48-0 and lost 40-34 to T.K. Gorman before a 31-20 loss to Longview in the semifinal. Liberty-Eylau captured the JV title with a 34-26 victory over the Lobos.
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