Some quick observations:
1. For the last two seasons, the Gilmer / PG rematch was a bigger margin than the first game. In other words, PG improved more as the season progressed than Gilmer, and made better adjustments before the rematch. Disturbing.
2. Gilmer needed to be mistake free to win this game, and needed to have PG make some mistakes. Didn't happen. The pick six hurt, but the killer was the fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half. Throw in a false start on a 4th and 1, a holding penalty on a Gilmer TD, and another int, and Gilmer made more mistakes.
3. If Mason Hurt had played, it might have been better, but I don't think it would have mattered. Tennison didn't play bad. The pick six was telegraphed, but other than that, he threw the ball well. My biggest issue was he's a running QB, and they rarely intentionally ran with him. He had some great scrambles, but where was the zone read? They needed to try to do something to slow down the PG pursuit, and I thought zone read would have helped.
4. Losing Irons was a bigger loss than losing Hurt. Gilmer couldn't stop the PG offense at all. irons was the best defensive player for Gilmer, and he was missed big time.
5. With that being said, I don think Gilmer could have beaten PG tonight even if they were 100% healthy. PG was just that much better.
Gilmer had a great season and has nothing to be ashamed of. They made it a round further than they did they last two years. They were tremendously better than last year. They return most of their skill players, but they lose most everyone one the offensive and defensive line, and that will be hard to replace. But a good season and nothing to be ashamed of. As for PG, they are the better program right now. Hoping they go get another state championship.