“It was a positive experience,” said Athletic Director Jeff Traylor as he evaluated his players’ weekend in College Station at the Fox Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship. “We learned a lot.”
“We are not as good as Brownwood in July,” Traylor continued. “They are really, really good.”
“Hopefully we will be that good in December,” the coach concluded.
Brownwood had 18 starters returning this year, among them Jaxon Shipley, a receiver committed to play for the University of Texas where his brother graduated last year.
“We had our chances against them,” Traylor added. “We got after them. The good news is we have the time to improve.”
Gilmer began action on Thursday when they played three teams in pool M. They won their first game against Bellville, 26-6.
Against Wills Point, the game went down to the final play when the Buckeyes went for a 2-point conversion. When the PAT failed, Gilmer lost 35-34.
In the third pool game, the Buckeye beat Waco Reicher 40-39. Then the luck of the draw went against them when they faced Brownwood in the first Championship round matchup.
Carthage, a district rival of the Buckeyes this year, won their pool and their first round match with Hitchcock, 26-18.
In their second game, the Bulldogs fell to Lucas Lovejoy, 20-18.
Lovejoy High School opened in 2006. It is located east of Allen and north of Plano. Traylor expects it will be a 5A school by its sixth year.
Lovejoy beat Wills Point 26-24, before falling to Cameron Yoe in the semifinals.
Brownwood beat the Yoemen 34-32 to win the championship of Division II (Classes 1A-3A) in the 7 on 7 tournament.