In their first game at 2 p.m. Thursday against perennial powerhouse La Marque, the Bucks flexed their muscles and walked away with an impressive 27-14 victory. Quarterback Tanner Barr “spread the wealth,” tossing TD passes to Chase Tate, Josh Walker, Jaidon Parrish and DeVondrick Dixon.
In their second game of the day at 4 p.m., they defeated Rockdale 20-6, and followed that up in their final game of the day at 6 p.m. with a blowout 39-12 drubbing of Wellington.
The defense, led by Texas A&M commit Josh Walker set the tone for the team, giving up only 32 points in three games, or 10.7 per game. That was an amazing accomplishment since 7on7 is usually a wide open offensive game.
Fellow District of Doom rival Chapel Hill also went undefeated Thursday. They defeated Dublin 41-20 in their first game, cruised past Port Isabel 33-6 in their second game, and had an interception on a 2-point conversion to preserve a 34-33 win in their nightcap against Wimberley.
The three victories propelled both teams into Championship Bracket play at 9 a.m. Friday. Gilmer began the day with White Oak and Chapel Hill took on Canton.
The Buckeyes defeated White Oak 34-12 in their first game Friday morning, while Chapel Hill fell to Canton, 21-14.
In their second game of the day, they took on Houston Westbury Christian. That game proved to be their toughest game of the tournament to that point, but Gilmer held on and was victorious by the score of 33-27.
Their third game in the Championship Bracket Friday morning was against last season’s semifinal playoff opponent Graham. The Bucks took a 7-0 lead early and held on for a 13-7 lead at the half, but unfortunately they could not secure the win and bowed out of the tournament in the quarterfinals with a 26-20 loss. Desmond Pollard actually caught a pass from Tanner Barr at the end of the game that would have tied the game and given the Bucks a chance for the win on an extra point, but the catch was ruled out of bounds. Though it was a disappointing end for the Bucks, they went 5-1 in the tourney and ended up with their best finish ever in the State Tournament.
After defeating the Buckeyes, Graham moved on to the semifinals against Somerset, while Argyle took on East Bernard in the other semifinal game. Graham blew past Somerset 45-20, and Argyle squeaked by East Bernard 40-34, sending Argyle and Graham into the Championship Game.
In the title game, Argyle led at the half by a 25–20 score. Graham came back in the second half with a score to claim a 26-25 lead, got one more score and held off a last-ditch effort by Argyle to win the Division II title 33-31.
Argyle’s Ian Sadler, a Texas Tech commit who has played “real” football against the Buckeyes for the last three seasons, was named the Division II MVP by Scout.com.
The Buckeyes’ performance bodes well for the upcoming 2013 regular season. Gilmer is ranked #2 in both Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and FNF Magazine behind #1 Carthage. Carthage won the Consolation Bracket in Division II by going undefeated Friday after a disappointing 1-2 performance on Thursday.
Buckeye fans won’t have to wait long now for the real deal. Gilmer’s first regular season game at home against Atlanta on Thursday, Aug. 29, is just over six weeks away!
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