Gilmer shows support as Buckeyes head off to state championship
GILMER, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas city cheered on its team to a state final high school football game Friday; a city celebrating a winning tradition.
Once again the Gilmer Buckeyes were in the state high school 4A D-2 football championship game.
With a frenzied excitement, Buckeye fans headed to Dallas for the championship game against China Spring, leaving banners and signs all over town.
“We are super excited, and I mean the whole town is ready to go,” said Buckeye fan Lashaun Haley.
“One of the two things you don’t mess with here is Yamboree and Gilmer football. There’s nothing like football in the playoffs that brings a community together. When the playoffs start, it’s one giant pep rally until the end,” said Gilmer city manager Greg Hudson.
Gilmer has been to eight state final title games, bringing home three championships.
Alumni Matt Alexander has been to every one.
“All of them. I was in school in 1981 when we went to the state game, too. I hope for just a good game, hope no one gets hurt, just a good game and hopefully we come home with the title,” he said.
Fans have not only become accustomed to winning, but accustomed to championships.
“This is small town America coming together, this is community,” Hudson says.
The key, they say, to their success is a simple one.
“We have amazing coaches and an amazing program,” one fan said.
Regardless the outcome, the fans say will always support the team.
“This is huge, we’re class of 1986 so we’ve been winning. Go Buckeyes,” one fan said.
Ultimately, the state championship was not to be this year, but the fans are still proud of their team.
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