Gilmer 42, Godley 20
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BUCKEYES hold up the Area trophy after their 42-20 win over Godley Thursday night in Mesquite.<br>Photo by Brian Bowman
BUCKEYES hold up the Area trophy after their 42-20 win over Godley Thursday night in Mesquite.
Photo by Brian Bowman
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The Buckeyes advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the 14th year in a row Thursday night at Hanby Stadium in Mesquite with a hard-fought 42-20 win over the Godley Wildcats. Gilmer will now take on Sunnyvale on Friday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. at Bruce Field in Athens.

Just as they have done numerous times in the 2020 football season, the Gilmer Buckeyes wore down the Godley Wildcats in the second half of play at Hanby Stadium in Mesquite Thursday night, notching a convincing 42-20 win. The victory moves the Bucks to 11-1 on the season, and more importantly, pushes them into the third round against the Sunnyvale Raiders. The game will be played Friday, the 27th at 2 p.m. at Bruce Field in Athens. Godley concludes their season at 7-5.

Congratulations to Dylan Fluellen who set three Buckeye records in the game! He had two touchdowns, giving him 17 on the season and that bested Blake Lynch’s 16 in 2014. The two TDs in the game also gave Dylan 26 career TD receptions, passing Curtis Brown’s 25 from 2004-2006. Additionally, with his 109 yards in receptions in the game, he also now owns the career yardage record.

Godley had been averaging 166.3 yards per game rushing and 308.2 yards per game passing, for a total of 474.5 yards of offense per game, but the Black Flag Defense cut those numbers slightly to 441 yards. They were averaging 40.7 PPG and yielding 28.3 PPG, so the Black Flag held them to half of their season average and the Gilmer offense put up 14 more points than the Wildcats were giving up. Thanks to Joe Dodd for the information on the teams.

Godley got the ball to begin the game after winning the opening coin toss. Jose Hernandez booted the ball down to the Wildcat 6 and the ball was returned to the 11.

Quarterback Caden Burke led his offensive unit the 89 yards into the end zone in 11 plays and took 3:16 of the clock to garner the first score of the night. The score came on a 19-yard pass from Burke to Drew Coleman with 8:44 left in the first quarter. Tryston Hutton added the PAT and the Buckeyes found themselves trailing 7-0.

A short kick by Kolby Bartlett went to the Gilmer 37 and was returned to the 42 by Cody Guidry.

Brandon Tennison led his offense on a 7-play, 68-yard drive that took 1:57 before ending with a 12-yard TD pass from Tennison to Dylan Fluellen with 6:47 left in the opening frame. Hernandez added the extra point and the game was tied 7-7.

Godley held the ball for almost three minutes and managed two first downs before the Black Flag forced a punt on the third series. The kick went into the end zone and the Buckeyes went back on the offensive at their 20. They weren’t able to manage a first down but Hernandez nailed a 6l-yard punt to push the Wildcats back to their 22.

The Black Flag forced a three-and-out and following a 38-yard Kolby Bartlett punt, Gilmer got the ball back at their 36 and moved the 64 yards to their second TD of the game in 8 plays and 2:17. The score came on a 21-yard run by Davion Smith with 10:22 left in the first half. Hernandez added the extra point and the Buckeyes took their first lead of the night, 14-7.

The Black Flag forced another three-and-out and after a shanked 6-yard punt by Bartlett, the Buckeyes got the ball back at the Godley 49.

It took just 57 seconds and 3 plays for Tennison to lead the offense back into the end zone again. The score came on a 35-yard TD pass to Dylan Fluellen with 8:55 left in the half. Hernandez added the extra point and Gilmer was up 21-7.

Knowing they had to get something going quickly, Burke led his unit 70 yards after the ensuing kick. The Wildcats went the distance in 2:52 over 10 plays. The score came with 6:03 left in the half on a 4th-and-goal. Burke called his own number and ran in from the 1. The extra point was blocked, leaving Gilmer in the lead 21-13.

The Bucks got the ball back on their 30 following the next kickoff, and on the second play of the series Tennison hit Marshae Spraglin for what would have been a 69-yard scoring pass, but Gilmer was called for holding and the drive stalled, forcing a 40-yard Hernandez punt.

The Wildcats got a big drive going and were headed toward what appeared might be a tying score before the half, but on a 2nd down pass Spraglin intercepted Burke in the end zone and Gilmer got the ball back at their 20 with 25 seconds left in the half. The Bucks ran 4 plays and the first half ended with Gilmer still up 2l-13.

Gilmer received the second half kickoff knowing they needed to pad their lead, and they did just that. Cody Guidry returned the kick from the Gilmer 26 up to the 49 and Tennison and the offense went to work from there.

They put together a 6-play, 51-yard drive in just 1:26. The score came on a 3-yard TD run by Jaron Choyce with 10:33 left in the third quarter. Hernandez added the extra point and the Gilmer lead advanced to 28-13.

The Wildcats returned the kickoff to their 25 and began a drive that looked promising. They managed three first downs, but the Black Flag allowed only 2 yards on the next series and Gilmer took over on downs at their 6 following an incomplete pass on 4th down.

Tennison led the offense on a 12-play drive over 3:36 and appeared headed for another score until a no call by the official on what was glaringly obvious defensive pass interference by Godley at the Wildcat 3. The ball turned over on downs after an incomplete pass on the next play, giving Godley the ball at their 22.

In what was the longest scoring drive of the night, Burke led his team the 78 yards to pay dirt in 17 plays and 5:07. The score came with 10:53 left in the game when Burke dialed his own number on a 1-yard scoring run. Hutton added the extra point and the Gilmer lead was cut to 28-20 and the Wildcats had the momentum on their side.

Jaydon Griffin stole that momentum right back to the orange and black, picking up a bobbled kick at the Gilmer 12 and returning it for an 88-yard kickoff return into the end zone for a TD with 10:36 left in the game. Hernandez split the uprights on the extra point and the lead advanced to 35-20.

The Wildcats were unable to come back any further. On their next possession the Black Flag forced a three-and-out, and after a 59-yard punt to the Gilmer 8 and a 5-yard penalty against Godley, Tennison brought the offense out for what would be their final TD drive of the night.

In their longest drive of the game, they moved the 87 yards into the end zone in 13 plays and 4:10. The score came on a 1-yard run by Choyce with 5:17 left in the game. Hernandez added the PAT and Gilmer led 42-20.

The Wildcats took over for the final time on their 36 after a 20-yard return. They managed two first downs before the Black Flag shut them down on an incomplete pass on 4th down, giving the Buckeyes the ball at their 34 with 2:46 left in the game.

They ran 3 plays and picked up a first down and on the 4th play Tennison took a knee in victory formation and the game ended, sending Gilmer to the 3rd round for the 14th consecutive season.

When we visited with Coach Alan Metzel after the big win, we asked his thoughts on the game.

“Well, I think it was not as clean as we’ve been playing. That was a little bit frustrating to me. We have a certain expectation that we want to be at and in certain areas we left some plays on the field that we felt like we have an expectation to make. Having said that, you have to, as a team, be able to fight through those times and that was really what I was pleased about. We had some adversity and we were bringing it on ourselves in many cases. We rose above it. The guys rallied around each other. They kept being positive on the sideline and at halftime, and those are signs of maturity; to be able to win when you’re not playing at 100%, so I was pleased with that. No doubt we’ll get back to work and we’ll clean up some of those areas and get back to where we need to be executing at.”

We also asked about grabbing the momentum back after Godley’s final score when Griffin returned the bobbled kick for a TD.

“I felt like that was a critical play. A lot of times, even at the college and pro level, you see things like that where a guy’s kind of bobbling it a little bit, and what tends to happen is a guy will lose lane integrity. A gap opened up and people got body on body and Jaydon hit the crease and flipped the momentum I believe at that point. That was kind of what gave us what we needed to begin to pull away.”

We also asked his thoughts about Dylan Fluellen setting three team records in the game.

“That’s pretty phenomenal when you think of all the amazing people that have come through and receivers and talented kids like Manuel Johnson or Curtis Brown; the list is very, very long. I think it’s a testimony to two things. One, his consistency to stay healthy and be on the field and continue to get better, and two, to his ability and skillset that he has. Dylan is a more than worthy individual to hold those records. I think the thing that pleases me the most about it is that before this season, and as this season has progressed, he never let those records become his focus. It’s so easy to do that. That’s human nature, and he didn’t. He put it in his place. Not one time this year has he been selfish about ‘hey, I’ve got to have a certain amount of touches, not once. That’s a testimony to him. I couldn’t be anything but excited for him that he holds those records now.”

We also asked Coach Metzel if he felt the team lost a bit of intensity in the game following the emotional win over Pleasant Grove and the blowout win against Canton.

“I would agree. Like I’ve been saying to the team and saying in responses to you and others, the goal is to be able to overcome when you don’t have the emotion as much, to be intense. I thought that we did that inconsistently tonight. I thought there were spurts where we would have it and then you would see it fade and we’d have to rally and then we’d have another spurt and then we’d wane. To play at a championship level that has to be evened out. Intensity can be controlled. It’s a choice, so obviously, we’re still growing in our ability to keep that level where we want it.”

“I think things like that; you know, you can talk about other teams and you can talk about scores, but until you experience it it’s really hard to get that switch flipped. There’s no doubt that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday you’re gonna see a group of guys that go ‘ok, we get it’, and get that thing rallied again and turned to where it needs to be. I feel very confident in the leadership that you’re gonna see a great focus week of focus.”

We concluded by asking his thoughts on the job our fans, which outnumbered the Godley fans by close to a 5 to 1 margin at the game played in the victory.

“Sure, our fans, we love ‘em, we appreciate ‘em. Our kids feed off of it. When you turn around and you see that big wall of humanity back there that means a lot, it really does, so we want to continue that.”

Congratulations to the Scout Team Players of the Week. The offensive player was Aiden Arteberry and the defensive player was Jose Govea.

We know the Sunnyvale game is the day after Thanksgiving, but if at all possible, make the drive to Athens and cheer the Bucks on to the rematch we have all known is coming next week against Pleasant Grove. The team is playing great football and we have a realistic opportunity to get that rematch with the Carthage Bulldogs in the State Championship game, but the Buckeyes will still have some tough challenges and they are made easier when the Army of Buckeyes shows up and is loud and proud and cheering them on.

Game Stats



#Athlete NameCompAttYdsC %AvgTDIntLngQB Rate
  Team Totals 17 28 228 .607 13.4 2     110.4
11 B. Tennison (Jr) 17 28 228 .607 13.4 2     110.4


#Athlete NameCarYdsAvgLngTD
  Team Totals 36 220 6.1   3
2 Jaydon Griffin (Sr) 1 10 10.0    
3 Davion Smith (Sr) 4 30 7.5   1
4 Cody Guidry (Jr) 5 36 7.2    
11 B. Tennison (Jr) 7 29 4.1    
17 Rohan Fluellen (So) 2 11 5.5    
24 Jaron Choyce (Jr) 7 35 5.0   2
38 Ashton Haynes 10 69 6.9    


#Athlete NameRecYdsAvgLngTD
  Team Totals 17 228 13.4   2
10 Luke Watson 1 22 22.0    
12 Mason Hurt (Sr) 2 15 7.5    
14 Dylan Fluellen (Sr) 5 109 21.8   2
17 Rohan Fluellen (So) 7 70 10.0    
33 Omero Orona (So) 1 3 3.0    
38 Ashton Haynes 1 9 9.0    

All Purpose Yards

#Athlete NameRushRecKRPRIRTotal
  Team Totals 220 228 88     536
2 Jaydon Griffin (Sr) 10   88     98
3 Davion Smith (Sr) 30         30
4 Cody Guidry (Jr) 36         36
10 Luke Watson   22       22
11 B. Tennison (Jr) 29         29
12 Mason Hurt (Sr)   15       15
14 Dylan Fluellen (Sr)   109       109
17 Rohan Fluellen (So) 11 70       81
24 Jaron Choyce (Jr) 35         35
33 Omero Orona (So)   3       3
38 Ashton Haynes 69 9       78

Total Yards

#Athlete NamePassRushRecTotal
  Team Totals 228 220 228 448
2 Jaydon Griffin (Sr)   10   10
3 Davion Smith (Sr)   30   30
4 Cody Guidry (Jr)   36   36
10 Luke Watson     22 22
11 B. Tennison (Jr) 228 29   257
12 Mason Hurt (Sr)     15 15
14 Dylan Fluellen (Sr)     109 109
17 Rohan Fluellen (So)   11 70 81
24 Jaron Choyce (Jr)   35   35
33 Omero Orona (So)     3 3
38 Ashton Haynes   69 9 78

Kickoff Returns

#Athlete NameRetsYdsAvgLng
  Team Totals 1 88 88.0  
2 Jaydon Griffin (Sr) 1 88 88.0  

Punt Returns

#Athlete NameRetsYdsAvgLngFCKR Yds
  Team Totals           88
2 Jaydon Griffin (Sr)           88


#Athlete NameTDTD PtsConvSKick PtsTot Pts
  Team Totals 6 36     6 42
2 Jaydon Griffin (Sr) 1 6       6
3 Davion Smith (Sr) 1 6       6
14 Dylan Fluellen (Sr) 2 12       12
20 Jose Hernandez (Jr)         6 6
24 Jaron Choyce (Jr) 2 12       12

PATs and Field Goals

#Athlete NamePATAtt%FGAtt%LngTot
  Team Totals 6 6 1.0         6
20 Jose Hernandez (Jr) 6 6 1.0         6


  Team Totals 3 2       1 6

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