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Football Fever In Gilmer

     For the second time in 3 years , the Gilmer Buckeyes will be playing for a 3A state football title.  They've gone from an average program just a decade ago, to 3A football powerhouse.

  "Go Buckeyes" shouted crowds in downtown Gilmer streets today.   It's the same anywhere you go in Gilmer. Football fever and another possible state championship has old and young going title crazy.

   "Oh we're on fire we're on fire we know what it takes to do it and we're going to do it" said Buckeye fanatic Jackie Stevens.

   "I think it's the enthusiasm it creates in our neighborhood and our city" said longtime fan , Doyle Maxwell.

    For the players, it's hard not to get wrapped up in title madness,  as their season boils down to one game.

   "We still got 2 more practices , we've got to practice hard and keep focused" said senior running back Justin Johnson.

    "We just can't let all this craziness go to our heads and stuff and stay focused" said Buckeyes lineman David Snow.

    "It's everywhere in the grocery store, Wal-Mart, wherever you are," Stevens says.  

    The Gilmer Buckeyes take on Liberty Hill in the state 3A championship in Waco Saturday at 4 PM. 

   Bob Hallmark, Reporting

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