After a disappointing quick exit in the first round of the playoffs last Saturday at the Azalea Orthopedics Tournament at Buckeye Stadium, the Gilmer varsity squad was ready for action and they hit the field with a fury, sending a message that all is well in Buckeyeland.
The 1st unit blasted the Pirate 1st unit 44-13 in the 30 minute contest to open play. The Gilmer 2nd unit followed that up with a 55-15 win over Pine Tree’s 2nd unit.
The 1st unit played a second game against the Pirates 1st unit and jumped out to a 44-0 lead before Pine Tree got into the end zone. Gilmer ended up with a 58-14 win in that contest.
The Buckeye 2nd unit also won their second game by the score of 17-0, completing a perfect 4-0 blowout by the Buckeye varsity units. The outing was just what the team needed before heading down to the annual ETBU 7on7 Tournament in Marshall this Saturday, the 24th.
The Gilmer Junior Varsity also finished perfect on the day. They bested the Pirate JV 35-21 in their first game, and then blew the blue and gold out by the score of 51-14 in their second game.
Gilmer 7on7 Coach Rebel Jackson was pleased with his team’s performance after the games ended. “I like our team. We have a lot of really good kids. Our seniors are leading and making plays, but they are also encouraging our younger kids and a lot of them are stepping up also. It is fun to play a larger school where we can bring all our squads and everyone gets to play. We must play to get better. I was very pleased with our effort today and to see us win out.”
One of the receivers who continues to shine after three 7on7 outings is Quinn Fluellen. He has made some fantastic catches in all three outings. We asked Coach Jackson his thoughts on the sure-handed receiver.
“We have always known Quinn had the ability. He got hurt early last year, but he’s in top shape now and he has been one of our go to guys this spring. He has always worked hard and it is showing now. We have been leaning heavily on him and will continue to do so. He’s shown he’s capable of handling the pressure.”
We also asked the coach for his thoughts on the competitive ETBU Tournament coming up today (Saturday, the 24th.) “It is always extremely competitive there. There are always a lot of good local and area schools, and usually there are a couple of teams from out of state that participate. We’ve always done well there and are looking forward to it. I want to encourage all Buckeye fans to come out and watch the games in Marshall and support the team.”
The Buckeyes will be back in 7on7 action again this coming Tuesday, May 27th, at 5 p.m. at Buckeye Stadium when they host the Pine Tree Pirates. Come out and enjoy some spring football and cheer the Bucks on!