The Bucks played their first game at 9 a.m. against Tyler Grace and scored every time they had the ball and intercepting three passes en route to a 56-0 shutout win. In the second game Gilmer played Sulphur Springs and blew them out 42-7 in a 10:30 am contest. They concluded pool play with a 41-14 blowout win over Daingerfield.
Since there were 12 varsity teams entered, the Buckeyes, by virtue of going undefeated in pool play, got a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They faced Daingerfield again in the semi-finals of the varsity competition, and though the game was much tighter than the noon game, the Bux still managed to come out on top by the score of 35-28.
They faced an even tighter game in the finals, as they came from behind in the closing seconds to defeat Whitehouse 27-23. Gilmer decided to go for two to try to run out the clock after going ahead, and they managed to do so and never snapped the ball for the extra points try.
Gilmer will now take their perfect record on the road this Saturday when they travel to Marshall to participate in the annual ETBU 7on7 Tournament.
Due to Tatum dropping out of the JV Division at the tournament, the Buckeyes fielded two JV squads. One squad made it out of pool play and into the playoffs, but lost in the first round to Sulphur Springs.
In the 8th Grade Division the Bucks fielded two squads, and the Gilmer Black Team defeated Tyler Grace for the Championship.
In the 7th Grade Division, the Buckeyes made it out of pool play, but lost to Lindale in the first round.
Coach Rebel Jackson was very happy with the varsity squad’s performance and winning the Division. “What helped us in the early games was that we got big leads early in pool play and never let our opponents back in the games. It was a lot of fun early. Tanner got a lot of receivers involved.”
In the playoffs, though the scores were much closer, Coach Jackson was very proud of the team. “The second game with Daingerfield was a lot closer. We played with the lead all the game and we played well, but the heat got on us a little. In the Championship Game (against Whitehouse) we were down 10 early and offensively we struggled a little, but Tanner hit Chase Tate with a TD pass with just over a minute left and we held on. We’ve got so many more kids ready to play now, that definitely helped that we had the opportunity not wear out all our receivers.”
The squad will add two more members when they travel to Marshall on Saturday. Jamel Jackson and Jaidon Parrish, members of the Buckeye baseball team that went three rounds into the playoffs, will rejoin the team with the unfortunate conclusion to baseball season Saturday.
We encourage all Buckeye fans to make the short drive to ETBU Saturday and enjoy watching some great football teams in the 7on7 tournament there.