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Gilmer reaches 100 years of football

Don't blink in Gilmer, you may miss a snap.

"We want to speed up tempo," said linebacker Josh Walker.  "Keep them (the opponent) from keeping up with us."

The Buckeyes want 80 offensive snaps a game.  The urgency shows on the practice field.

"It takes a lot of focus on my part," said quarterback Tanner Barr.  "It goes back to our coaches. Our coaches prepare us tremendously for this. I think in practice it helps us a lot then in games we're prepared for it."

Entering his 14th season as Gilmer head coach, Jeff Traylor has built one of the best programs in the state.  Every season begins with state championship expectations.

"We like it," said Walker.  "But we're picked almost every year to win state or go deep in the playoffs. We don't pay attention to it but we practice every day with that mentality. It's something to look forward to."

It's an exciting time for Buckeye football.  A stadium renovation helps launch the 100th season of Gilmer football.

"It's Gilmer's 100th year this year playing football," said Barr.  "Just knowing that and playing in the new stadium and now that I'm a senior, I'm just trying to enjoy every moment of it."

When the final seconds expire on season No. 100. The Buckeyes hope to be celebrating at Cowboys Stadium.

"If we didn't have any pressure we wouldn't be any good," said Traylor.  "This team has done nothing. They are living off the legacy of the 13 teams before them."

The Buckeyes have received the message.

"The past guys have built this program up," said Walker.  "The senior class that I'm apart has to leave our legacy."

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