The Gilmer Buckeyes are back in the state title game for the first time since winning it all in 2009. Since losing their second game of the season to Prestonwood Christian, the Buckeyes have won 13 straight.
"At the beginning of the year we had a meeting with all 11 captains," said Gilmer senior Trey Washington. "Coach (Jeff Traylor) asked what we could do this year. Since April I believed we could make it state and win it. That's our goal every year and that's what we base our program on."
The Buckeyes may have expected to reach the state title game, but it wasn't easy.
Gilmer survived the toughest district in the state 16-3A, better known as the 'District of Doom.' Beating Henderson 28 to 26 and undefeated Kilgore 20 to 14, the Buckeyes were crowned district champions.
In five playoff wins Gilmer has averaged 48 points. The toughest challenge won a rematch with Henderson. The Buckeyes rallied from a halftime deficit to beat the Lions 41 to 34.
"It's unbelievable accomplishment, we're grateful to be here," said Traylor.
To win his third state championship, Jeff Traylor's guys will have to take down the No. 1 team in the state. 15 and 0 Navasota.
"Nobody is unbeatable," said Gilmer senior Dillon Sampson. "We've beaten teams that were supposed to be unbeatable, like Kilgore. They were supposed to be district champs and we beat them."
Traylor shares his teams confidence.
"It's a one game series," said Traylor. "It's a football. Not a baseball, basketball, it doesn't bounce pure, it bounces any where. We're going to show up and play like we always do and hope it will be enough."
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