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Gilmer pulls away from arch-rival Gladewater, 42-14 to capture 17th straight victory in the series

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Gilmer's "Black Flag" defense held Gladewater to just 14 points. Photo by Lila Hackett

By Derek Ray Johnson/Texas Redzone Report

GILMER- The “Battle of G-Town” lived up to its rivalry billing for nearly three quarters as Gladewater gave Gilmer everything it could handle but once again the Buckeyes pulled away late for a 42-14 victory to earn their 17th straight victory since 2000 over the Bears.

Gilmer, the state’s No. 2 ranked team in Class 4A/Division II looked like a well-oiled machine early on as they quickly built up a 14-0 first-quarter lead over their arch-rivals down Highway 271.

Ashton Haynes had quite a night for the Buckeyes starting early in the first quarter when he got loose down the left side to give Gilmer a 7-0 lead.

Gladewater tried to get something going on their next drive as sophomore quarterback Calan Castles reeled off a nice 14-yard run into Gilmer territory but the drive stalled and the Buckeyes quickly went back to work and pushed its lead to 14-0 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Michael Colbert.

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TCU commit DJ Allen hauls in a 25-yard pass between a pair of Gilmer defenders. Photo by Lila Hackett

Gladewater finally got the spark they needed early in the second quarter when Kollin Lewis hauled in a 37-yard pass to set the Bears up at the Gilmer one yard-line. Castles punched it in for a 1-yard score on the very next play as Gladewater trimmed the Gilmer lead to 14-7.

Gladewater capitalized on the momentum by recovering the ensuing onside kick then TCU commit DJ Allen made a ridiculous 25-yard catch between a couple of Gilmer defenders. The Bears scored three plays later on a 6-yard scoring run by G’Brandon Polley to tie it up, 14-14 with state-ranked Gilmer.

Gilmer took Gladewater’s best shot and answered with a scoring drive of their own as quarterback Brandon Tennison calmly delivered a swing pass to Keith Rockwell who out-raced everyone down the side for a 40-yard reception. The Buckeyes turned it into a score and a 21-14 lead on Haynes second rushing touchdown of the game, this time on a 2-yard dive right up the middle.

Gladewater had a chance to cut into the deficit just before halftime but the Buckeyes defense snuffed out a 4th-and-8 at their 20 yard-line to turn away the threat.

Gilmer began to slowly pull away from Gladewater as they have done so many times in this rivalry and it started, midway in the third quarter when LaDaylon Jackson turned on the jets for an 18-yard touchdown run down the right side to give the Buckeyes a 28-14 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for Gladewater on their next possession when Landon Watson came up with an interception to give the ball right back to Gilmer. The Buckeyes immediately moved deep into Gladewater territory when Rohan Fluellen hauled in a pass and darted 70-yards down the sideline before he was tripped up at the one yard-line. Michael Colbert scored on the final play of the third quarter to give the Buckeyes a commanding, 35-14 lead.

Gilmer extended their lead to 42-14 over Gladewater when Haynes capped the scoring with his third rushing touchdown of the night on a short 3-yard scoring run.

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