They were told before the season that they were too young and inexperienced. In the newly-configured District of Doom, with the additions of Kilgore, Bullard and Chapel Hill, it was possible they wouldn’t even make the playoffs this season, much less win District 16-3A.
Well, the pundits and prognosticators were wrong again. The Villafuerte Buckeyes of 2012 turned out to be the strongest link of their strong community and, with only one exception, they have just “found a way to win” week after week for 14 out of the last 15 games.
No one is shocked anymore at what Coach Jeff Traylor, his staff and his players do on Friday nights. The young men who attend Gilmer public schools are talented and dedicated student-athletes, no doubt. But they’d probably be the first to tell you that they have the best coaches in the state and maybe in any state.
Let’s not get spoiled at what this team has accomplished, however. They deserve the support of our entire community and they’ll get it. And there’s plenty of room on the Buckeye Bandwagon for anyone else who wants to go along for the ride.
First, you need to turn out to the community pep rally at the Gilmer High School Gym Thursday night at 6 p.m.
Then, Friday morning at 8 a.m., you need to be in downtown Gilmer for the Sendoff to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. If you have a business downtown, you ought to decorate your windows in honor of the Villafuerte Buckeyes.
Finally, you are strongly encouraged to attend the Class 3A Division II State Championship Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Friday afternoon.
The kickoff of the Buckeyes’ game against the Navasota Rattlers is at 4 p.m. You’ll want to be in your seats way before then, maybe even in time to see our neighbors, the Daingerfield Tigers, play Cameron Yoe for the Class 2A Division I title starting at 12 noon. Your ticket grants you admission to all three games that day.
With so much wrong in the world, it’s about time we celebrated what is right with it and one of those things is the Gilmer Buckeyes and this strong community from which they hail.
Read The Mirror's Preseason Interview with Coach Traylor