That truism applies to the Gilmer Buckeyes’ game against the 12-0 Argyle Eagles at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas Friday night.
While polls and power ratings don’t win ball games, those who make such calculations have declared Argyle to be the best team in the state in Class 3A.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Argyle (12-0) will have a chance to prove the pollsters right. Or not. The pressure is on. Gilmer (11-1) has already stumbled in such a scenario against Kilgore a few weeks ago. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, even if it’s only a pollster-granted one.
It looked for a while as if this game might not come off for the fourth season in a row. However, Carrollton Ranchview’s District 10-3A win over Aubrey by more than enough points to make the playoffs in Week 10 was enough to send Argyle back down into Division II of the 3A playoffs.
These may be the two best teams in Division II, so one very good football team is inevitably going to exit the playoffs relatively early.
The winner of this 3A Division II Region II semifinal will play the winner of the game between the Gladewater Bears and the Gainesville Leopards being played in Royse City at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Coach Jeff Traylor was pleased with his team’s second consecutive playoff shutout against Pittsburg in Longview last Thursday night.
He went over some of the players who made that happen:
“John McPherson had 10 tackles, four assists.
“Harrison Foster had five tackles, three assists.
“Demarco Boyd, three tackles, five assists, one pressure, two tackles for a loss.
“Darrian Lewis, five tackles, six assists, one pressure, one forced fumble.
“Charles Williams, two tackles, two assists, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one touchdown.
“Our defense played really well and our special teams,” he said. “Offensively, we struggled early, but our defense and special teams took care of us.”
Tanner Barr was 15-0f-24 passing for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
His go-to guys were receivers Desmond Pollard (five catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns) and Jaidon Parrish (five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown).
Turning to this week’s opponent, he commented:
“Well, they’re just a typical Argyle team. They’ve got a lot of great players that play very hard and they’re very well coached.
Coach Todd Rodgers has won 112 games and lost 32 since coming to Argyle from Flower Mound Marcus in 2003 whereas Coach Traylor has now won 159 games and lost 25 since coming to Gilmer from Jacksonville in 2000.
Traylor said Argyle has 18 returning starters from last year’s team, nine each on offense and defense.
“It starts with (Ian) Sadler (5), of course. They put him at tailback, quarterback, inside, outside receiver - they put him everywhere.”
Sadler, a Texas Tech commit, is finally a senior. This will be his fourth start against the Buckeyes.
Another big threat is Nick Ralston (22), junior running back, who rushed for 365 yards on 28 carries with four touchdowns in the Eagles’ Area win over Melissa last Friday night.
Coach Traylor estimates the 6’1”, 220-lb. Ralston has gained about 20 pounds since his sophomore year.
“(Jon Micheal) Pucciarello (6) is still a great player. Hunter Treadwell (8), great player.
“Big offensive line, blocks well.
“Defensively, you’ve got 6’2”, 215-lb. free safety Connor Wilson (11) going to Texas Tech.
“Middle linebacker Colton Hinnrichs (40) is a big ol’ ‘mike’ linebacker (6’2”, 225).
“Reese Thompson (4) is a really good player at cornerback.”
Kicker Cole Hedlund (12), an Arkansas commit, broke the national high school record for most field goals made in a career on Nov. 14 against Krum. Hedlund reached a mark of 51 field goals after connecting on five field goals in that game.
Argyle mixes it up with run and pass on offense, said Coach Traylor. Sadler and Ralston are so good running the ball that senior quarterback Brandon Boyzuick (3) hasn’t had to pass as much. Boyzuick is 72-of-106 passing for 1091 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Eagles have not really been challenged yet this season and thus their starters have watched a lot of second halves from the sidelines.
Their closest outing of the season was a 23-point win over Fort Worth Nolan Catholic in the third game of the season.
The Eagles have lost a couple of players on defense to injuries, including Kansas State commit Sam Sizelove. However, the Denton County school, which began playing football in 2002, always seems to have a lot of depth.
The Buckeyes are the home team and will be wearing black. This is a “Black Out” game, so be sure and wear black to the game and get there early enough to get one of the 3000 black towels being handed out at the game courtesy of First National Bank of Gilmer.
The crowd will be important in this game. It may even be a deciding factor.
“Get going with those towels on third down,” urged Coach Traylor.
Tickets will be $8 at the gate. A Google map of the location of Kincaide Stadium is online at www.gilmermirror.com . It looks like you get on I-20 below Winona and go about 100 miles, then go south a few blocks.
Google directions from Gilmer are as follows:
Get on I-20 W in Smith County from TX-155 S
26.2 mi / 30 min
Follow I-20 W to I-20 Frontage Rd in Dallas. Take exit 466 from I-20 W
101 mi / 1 h 24 min
Drive to S Polk St
0.5 mi / 2 min
Merge onto I-20 Frontage Rd 0.2 mi
Turn left onto S Polk St
Destination will be on the right.
The Buckeyes are averaging 273.9 yards per game passing and 278 yards rushing for a total offense per game of 551.9 yards.
Tanner Barr has completed 197 of 268 passes for 3057 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Kris Boyd has rushed for 1167 yards on 106 carries and 19 touchdowns.
Darrian Lewis has rushed for 464 yards on 52 carries and seven touchdowns.
Tanner Barr has rushed for 454 yards on 88 carries and two touchdowns.
Jamel Jackson has rushed for 386 yards on 55 carries and seven touchdowns.
Desmond Pollard has 46 receptions for 919 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Jaidon Parrish has 39 receptions for 549 yards and three touchdowns.
Chase Tate has 32 receptions for 536 yards and six touchdowns.
Nick Smith has 25 receptions for 344 yards and four touchdowns.
Gilmer Buckeyes Season to Date:
Atlanta, won 57-7
Plano Prestonwood, won 66-32
Jacksonville, won 60-20
Daingerfield, won 54-27
Gladewater, won 52-14
Chapel Hill, won 56-28
Henderson, won 64-7
Spring Hill, won 71-13
Bullard, won 62-0
Kilgore, lost 34-29
Mineola, won 52-0
Pittsburg, won 48-0
Argyle Eagles Season to Date:
Abilene Wylie, won 38-0
Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, won 44-21
Paris, won 53-7
Kennedale, won 45-7
Wilmer-Hutchins, won 52-12
Dallas Madison, won 66-7
Carrollton Ranchview, won 65-9
Frisco Lone Star, won 53-7
Aubrey, won 59-8
Celina, won 63-13
Krum, won 57-12
Melissa, won 55-27
2010: Argyle won, 41-14
2011: Argyle won, 51-35
2012: Gilmer won, 42-21
DID YOU KNOW:
This may well be the last time Gilmer and Argyle ever play because there is a good chance they will be in different divisions of the new Class 4A beginning in 2014.
Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy has won 10 straight games since losing to Gilmer here, 66-32, on Sept. 6.
Former Buckeye Luke Turner scored Rice’s winning touchdown in a 37-34 overtime victory over UAB last Thursday night at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Rice is now 8-3 on the season and is leading the West Division of Conference USA with a 6-1 record. Video of the play
Gilmer has scored 671 points through 12 games (55.9 points per game). The 2007 team had scored 618 and the 2009 team had scored 613.
All four playoff teams in District 16-3A advanced to the third round. Kilgore beat Kaufman, 21-14, Chapel Hill beat Crandall, 38-14, Gilmer beat Pittsburg, 48-0, and Gladewater beat Atlanta, 34-33.
John Pritchett, 81, is the official announcer at Dallas ISD’s Kincaide Stadium. The Adamson graduate has called JV and varsity football games for the school district since 1975.
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Noon Wednesdays, Buckeyes Booster Club meets at Gilmer Country Club.
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