NO ONE in Gilmer needs to be told to take the Canton Eagles seriously.
Well, no one who remembers the last time the two teams played, that is. The sophomore-heavy Buckeyes have a lot of players who may not remember the wild 61-58 loss the Eagles dealt the Buckeyes in Tyler in the Class 3A Division II Area round of the playoffs in 2005. It would depend on how self-aware they were as 8-year-olds.
So you can be sure that the 2012 Buckeyes have already been taught this history lesson about their upcoming bi-district opponent by their veteran coaches, who no doubt remember every play of that game in excruciating detail.
“Canton” has become shorthand, in fact, for any game in which the Buckeyes get off to a comfortable lead, but then the other team begins a furious comeback right before halftime.
This year, the Henderson and Bullard games might qualify. Last year the Van game in the Area round at Lobo Stadium comes to mind.
All three times, the Buckeyes got their second wind and prevented another “Canton.”
Canton is very similar to Bullard, whom the Buckeyes defeated on Nov. 2, in the fact that it is a team heavy with seniors.
Last year, the Eagles were 5-5 and missed the playoffs. This season they finished 8-2 and made the playoffs as the second-place team in District 15-3A. They lost in district only to champion Van there last Friday night, 35-21.
Third-year Canton head coach Robert Ivey explained what he thought was the key to this year’s success to date on Bryan Houston’s Sports Radio Live on 99.3 Talk FM last week.
“Well, a lot of it is team unity. It really is. We’ve got a lot of seniors that are great leaders and great kids and they bought in totally into what we’re doing and what they’re doing.
“I think the unity and the camaraderie in our locker room with the chemistry of our football team is really good. We go out on Friday night and we just try to play the next play and we try to execute. And that’s what our kids have done.
“We felt like our senior class was hungry and it’s a good group of kids and we were just really disappointed in how we finished the year the year before.
“We went to work during the offseason and they’ve done a good job of keeping a great vision. It just kinda came together.”
Earlier in the season, as many as six starters were sidelined due to injuries, but Canton is now healthy again, the coach said.
Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor lauded the Black Flag Defense’s performance last Friday night in the 20-14 win at Buckeye Stadium over Kilgore to secure the District 16-3A championship, the Buckeyes’ second straight “District of Doom” title and their 11th undefeated district title run in the last 12 seasons.
He cited players such as “Dylan Bowman, who had three tackles and probably the biggest knocked-down pass in my career at the end of the game. “
Bowman, a senior, deflected a pass thrown into the end zone by Kilgore’s Cooper Coldiron on fourth-and-goal from the 5 with less than a minute to play.
“Josh Walker had eight tackles, three pressures, three assists and one sack; John McPherson, five tackles, three assists; DeVondrick Dixon, five tackles, two knocked-down passes; Dakota Fluellen, four tackles and one assist.”
Dixon was also assisting in coverage on the big play Bowman made at the end of the game.
On offense, Dixon had 86 yards on only four carries.
Pat Finch had six receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Chase Tate had six receptions for 46 yards and four carries for 19 yards.
For the first time ever, Coach Traylor deferred to the second half after winning the coin toss before the game.
“I just thought our defense had the best shot at the matchup. I didn’t think our offense matched up real well against their defense,” Traylor explained.
“It was just a very well-played ball game by both teams. There was only one turnover in the whole ball game; not a lot of penalties. Both teams played very hard. You could tell they were two great programs,” he said.
He predicted Kilgore, a quarterfinalist in Class 4A Division II last season, would make it to the Class 3A Division I semifinals, at the very least.
Assessing Canton, Coach Traylor said, “They’re a no-huddle, spread team.”
He continued, “It starts with their quarterback, Chandler Eiland (2). You hate to compare anyone to (Texas A&M quarterback) Johnny Manziel, but he runs around like Johnny Manziel.”
The quarterback is only a sophomore.
Senior running backs Reece Sumner (20) and Dakota Hesskew (34) are both “good ball players.”
Offensive linemen include “big old kids” such as Jacob Bush (70), a sophomore tackle (6-3, 270), and Daniel Barnett (76), a junior guard.
Another similarity to Bullard is that quarterback Eiland’s favorite receiver is his brother, Connor.
“He’s really good,” said Traylor.
“Defensively, they base out of a ‘4-2.’ Best player is probably Bryce Sanford (50).”
Sanford, a senior, is a tackle.
“They’re a high-scoring, fast-paced offense — a good football team.
“We didn’t respect Canton and they snuck up there and got us,” said the Buckeye coach of the 2005 loss.
“And the very same thing could happen this Thursday night if we don’t respect them and get after them.
“They’re a good football team,” he reiterated. “I mean, you don’t go 8-2 and play Van that close unless you’re a really good football team.”
Coach Traylor concluded with high praise for the Buckeye fans.
“The crowd was fantastic Friday night. I mean, at the end of the ball game, the crowd was just awesome.”
He added, “That win was as special to me ... it was up there with Jasper (2004) and Cuero (2009). It’s up there with the best of them.
“Just because it’s just such an incredible ride our kids have been on. It’s just been a great, great regular season.
“What a great way for the last game to be played at Buckeye Stadium as we currently know Buckeye Stadium.”
(The stadium will undergo a $1.8 million makeover on the home side to be completed in time for the 2013 season.)
Even though it’s a somewhat inconvenient Thursday night game, this is the favorite part of the season for most Buckeye fans and so Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium is about to start filling up on the home side. There is no tropical storm in the forecast as there was the last time Gilmer played at the Rose on Aug. 30. It may be a bit chilly, but that’s also known as “football weather.”
With apologies to Santa Claus, it’s “the most wonderful time of the year” for many of us in the Army of Buckeyes. The older the soldier is, the more likely this is to be true.
Gilmer Buckeyes Season to Date:
Atlanta, won 31-17
Plano Prestonwood, lost 42-12
Jacksonville, won 34-33
Daingerfield, won 43-14
Gladewater, won 21-13
Chapel Hill, won 50-28
Henderson, won 28-26
Spring Hill, won 59-10
Bullard, won 57-39
Kilgore, won 20-14
Canton Eagles Season to Date:
Eustace, won 34-13
Fairfield, lost 47-20
North Lamar, won 28-7
Carrollton Ranchview, won 45-24
Wills Point, won 62-38
Athens, won 48-23
Mabank, won 48-7
Mineola, won 42-0
Brownsboro, won 35-13
Van, lost 35-21
Tanner Barr has completed 153 of 264 passes for 1852 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Kris Boyd has rushed for 813 yards on 81 carries and 13 touchdowns for an average of 10.04 yards per carry.
Chase Tate has 41 receptions for 331 yards and two touchdowns.
Gilmer wound up the regular season averaging 189.7 yards passing and 234.5 rushing for a total offense average of 424.2 yards per game. The Buckeyes averaged 35.5 points per game.
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Game Info & Notes
By JOE DODD
November 15- Canton @ Tyler
STADIUM: Earl Campbell Field at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium
STADIUM CAPACITY: 11,500
STADIUM SURFACE: Artificial Turf
700 Fair Park Dr
Tyler, TX 75701
Colors: Green & White
Canton Eagles 2012 Season Results
Date Opponent Result
08/31/12 @ Eustace won: 34-13
09/07/12 Fairfield lost: 20-47
09/14/12 Paris North Lamar won: 28-7
09/21/12 Carrollton Ranchview won: 45-24
09/28/12 @ Wills Point won: 62-38
10/12/12 @ Athens* won: 48-23
10/19/12 Mabank* won: 48-7
10/26/12 @ Mineola* won: 42-0
11/02/12 Brownsborro* won: 35-13
11/09/12 @ Van* lost: 21-35
Overall Record: 8-2
*District Record: 4-1
Total Points For: 383
Average Points For Per Game: 38.3
Total Points Against: 207
Average Points Against Per Game: 20.7
Head Coach: Robert Ivey (2nd season, 13-7, 39-40 overall)
Returning Starters: 8 Offense/5 Defense
Offensive Formation: Spread
Defensive Formation: Split
Players to Watch:
Chandler Eiland, So. QB (126 of 215 for 1,787 yards, 23 TD's, 11 INT’s)
Reece Sumner, Sr. RB (108 carries for 873 yards, 9 TD's)
Connor Eiland, Sr. WR (57 catches for 998 yards, 13 TD’s)
Historical Stats, Records, and Program Information
2000 6-4-0 David Hughes
2001 5-5-0 David Hughes
2002 3-7-0 David Hughes
2003 8-4-0 Gary Joe Kinne
2004 8-2-0 Gary Joe Kinne
2005 12-2-0 Gary Joe Kinne
2006 8-5-0 Lance Angel
2007 7-5-0 Lance Angel
2008 5-5-0 Lance Angel
2009 5-4-0 Lance Angel
2010 10-2-0 Wes Rhoten
2011 5-5-0 Robert Ivery 2012 8-2-0 Robert Ivery
BY DECADES W- L- T
1926-29: 1- 4- 0
Undefeated Seasons: 1 (1964) Winless Seasons: 6 (1934, 1941, 1946, 1959, 1982, 1987) Last District Championship: 2007 Last Playoff Appearance: 2010 All-Time Playoff Record: 8-9-0
Gilmer v. Canton All-Time Series
Canton leads the series 1-0-0
58 – 2005 - 61
Gilmer has a 9 game winning streak at TMF Rose Stadium (last loss: 61-58 to Canton on 11-18-2005)
Gilmer has a 5 game winning streak in first round playoff games (last loss: 39-36 to Liberty-Eylau in 2006)
Gilmer has a 145 consecutive games scoring streak (last shutout: 10-0 @ Longview to Pleasant Grove, 2001)
Gilmer and Jeff Traylor are 0-1 against Canton
Jeff Traylor is 143-23 at Gilmer (86%)
Jeff Traylor is 27-9 in playoff games at Gilmer (75%)
Gilmer is 7-3 in first round playoff games under Jeff Traylor (70%)
Gilmer is 13-2 under Jeff Traylor in games played at TMF Rose Stadium (87%)
Gilmer is 5-2 under Jeff Traylor in playoff games played at TMF Rose Stadium (71%)
Gilmer’s Jeff Traylor’s 86% winning percentage is the 2nd best among all active coaches in Texas
Gilmer has won more games (143) than any other 3A team in the state since 2000
Gilmer has either won the state championship or lost in the playoffs to the eventual state champion in 6 of the past 9 years
Gilmer is averaging 424 total yards per game
Gilmer's 563 offensive plays consist of 265 passing attempts (47%) and 298 rushing attempts (53%)
Gilmer averages 189 yards per game passing (45%) and 235 yards per game rushing (55%)
Gilmer has rushing touchdowns by 5 different players
Gilmer has receiving touchdowns by 9 different players
Gilmer QB Tanner Barr needs 148 passing yards to reach 2,000 for the season
Gilmer RB Kris Boyd needs 187 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season
Gilmer is ranked 10th in this week’s Associated Press Class 3A poll
Gilmer is ranked 8th in this week’s Class 3A Pigskinprep.com power rankings
Canton is ranked 47th in this week’s Class 3A Pigskinprep.com power rankings
Gilmer’s schedule is the 5th toughest in Class 3A according to PigskinPrep.com
Canton’s schedule is the 136th toughest in Class 3A according to PigskinPrep.com
Gilmer’s opponents have a combined record of 52-47
Canton’s opponents have a combined record of 47-53
Gilmer is a 19 point favorite over Canton according to PigskinPrep.com