The Gilmer Buckeyes will play four games at Buckeye Stadium this fall, up from only three last football season.
Scrimmages at Whitehouse against the Wildcats on Friday, Aug. 17, and here against the New Boston Lions on Thursday, Aug. 23, will help prepare the District 16-3A defending champions, who went four rounds deep in the playoffs in 2011 while compiling a record of 13-1, for the 2012 regular season.
The Buckeyes kick off the season against the Atlanta Rabbits on Thursday night, Aug. 30, in the opener of the Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic at TMF Rose Stadium in Tyler.
Gilmer played in the first-ever Classic game back on Aug. 26, 2004, when it beat Pine Tree 48-7 (in what was then known as the East Texas Football Classic) and won that Week Zero Thursday night game every year through 2010. Last year was the first time Gilmer had not opened the season in Tyler since the Classic series started, but the tradition returns in 2012.
Then the following Friday night, Sept. 7, it will be time for fans to carpool or ride the bus to the campus of Prestonwood Christian Academy. Lions Stadium, located in Plano, is 130 miles from Gilmer via the shortest highway route.
The Buckeyes then host the Jacksonville Indians for Homecoming on Sept. 14.
On Sept. 21, Gilmer travels to Daingerfield to play the Tigers in its final nondistrict game.
The District 16-3A schedule is as follows:
Sept. 28 Gladewater There
Oct. 5 Chapel Hill Here
Oct. 13 Henderson Longview
Oct. 19 OPEN
Oct. 26 Spring Hill Here(Football Sr. Night)
Nov. 2 Bullard There
Nov. 9 Kilgore Here
The Buckeyes do not have to play during the East Texas Yamboree for the first time in many years.
2012 Buckeye Football
08/17(Fri.) Whitehouse (Scr) There TBA
08/23(Thurs) New Boston (Scr) Here TBA
08/30(Thurs) Atlanta Tyler 7:30
09/07 Prestonwood There (Plano) 7:30
09/14 Jacksonville Here 7:30 (Homecoming)
09/21 Daingerfield There 7:30
09/28 Gladewater There 7:30
10/05 Chapel Hill Here 7:30
10/13 Henderson Longview 7:30
10/26 Spring Hill Here 7:30 (Football Sr. Night)
11/02 Bullard There 7:30
11/09 Kilgore Here 7:30
09/13 Jacksonville There 5:00/6:30
09/20 Daingerfield Here 5:00/6:30
09/27 Gladewater Here 5:00/6:30
10/04 Chapel Hill There 5:00/6:30
10/11 Henderson Here 5:00/6:30
10/25 Spring Hill There 5:00/6:30
11/01 Bullard Here 5:00/6:30
11/08 Kilgore There 5:00/6:30
09/13 Jacksonville Here 5:00/6:30
09/20 Daingerfield There 5:00/6:30
09/27 Gladewater There 5:00/6:30
10/04 Chapel Hill Here 5:00/6:30
10/11 Henderson There 5:00/6:30
10/25 Spring Hill Here 5:00/6:30
11/01 Bullard There 5:00/6:30
11/08 Kilgore Here 5:00/6:30