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  1. Crazy how a game like this could have gone either way. Longview could have won by 21-28 points if they had capitalized on all their opportunities, but they could just as easily have lost if Lancaster doesn’t throw the INT in the end zone. Both teams made mistakes. Both teams can improve. But Longview has to find more ways to get the football into Hale’s hands.
  2. Longview is seriously underutilizing their offensive talent. They don’t give Hale enough touches. Run flanker screen, quick slants, jet sweeps, anything to get his hands on the football
  3. 13-7 halftime. Longview D has dropped 2 pick sixes, and offense threw a bad INT. Lancaster came to play, but Longview shooting them selves in the foot
  4. Badly under thrown. That pass should either be a TD or out of the end zone
  5. Lancaster looks good. Longview D will need to make some adjustments
  6. Thank you for the update. I’m sure there are many prayer groups Cooper is in. The Smoaky family will continue to pray as well
  7. Okay, a few quick observations: 1. A very nice, moving tribute to Cooper before the game. Kudos to the Lindale PA announcer for giving the moment of silent prayer the gravity and dignity it deserved. I don't know if other games around East Texas did this, but it was very nice. 2. Speed kills, and no one in 4A has more speed than Will Henderson. On both of his touchdowns, several Lindale players had the angle on him, and he just blew right past them. Gilmer will have to find a way to give him more touches. Ashton Haynes is a great back, but Lindale completely shut down the inside running game in the second half. Henderson's speed on the edge was the difference in the game. 3. Gilmer decided to kick deep the entire 2nd half. I understand the concept behind the directional kick. Kick it high and let your defenders get downfield, and force the other team to fair catch it around the 30. But when they are getting runbacks of 10-30 yards, it's defeating the purpose. Gilmer has the athletes to kick it deep and get downfield to stop a big return. kick it deep. 4. Lindale had a good offensive game plan. Run the ball, get 4-5 yards a chunk, and use the run to draw the defense in and hit them with the pass. But it didn't work for the most part. Gilmer stopped just enough of the running game to keep Lindale from totally controlling the clock, and when they tried to hit Gilmer deep, Gilmer did pretty good most of the night stopping the pass. Which makes the 2 biggest plays of the game so frustrating. The big TD pass in the 3rd Quarter and the Pass that almost tied up the game in the 4th quarter were both on obvious passing downs where there was just a horrible blown coverage. Gilmer will have to clean that up. Best cornerback tonight was #10 for Gilmer. He was in iso the entire night and held up well. 5. Gilmer could never get an inside running game going tonight. Lindale also completely shut down the screen came for Gilmer. Their best passing plays were the quick outs into the flat. Lindale corners were giving such a cushion that a Gilmer receiver could get a big play if he could just make one defender miss. But Gilmer went away from that after about the first two possessions. Not sure why. Really good game all around. Neither team made many mistakes, and there were few penalties. Henderson was the difference for the Buckeyes.
  8. 31-23 final. It got really hairy in the last few minutes
  9. 16-16 halftime. Gilmer has to improve kicking game. This is the 3rd game in a row where they have given up a long kickoff return. You can’t give the other team the ball on the 40 after every TD. I’ve seen three Gilmer players throw up on the sidelines. Don’t know if a stomach bug is going around or what. evenly matched teams. First team to make a mistake probably loses.
  10. There was a moment of silent prayer for Cooper before the Gilmer Lindale game. Very moving
  11. In 2020, Lindale was up huge, and Gilmer played the best 2nd half of their entire season and came back and won the game. They just made huge plays on both sides off the ball. in 2021, Gilmer jumped out big, and then got really sloppy, and Lindale got back in the football game and almost won it. Both games could have gone either way. I imagine this one is the same. If Gilmer can establish a running game, I think they win easily. They have too many athletes at receiver. If the Lindale safeties have to start creeping closer and closer to the line of scrimmage to stop the run, Gilmer will go over the top and burn them. But if Lindale can control the Line of Scrimmage and not have to commit their safeties to stopping the run, they have a chance. The good news for Gilmer is TCU44 picked Lindale to win. That almost assures a Gilmer victory
  12. Thank you for the continued updates. We will continue to pray for Cooper’s healing. We serve a Mighty God.
  13. 50-7 Final. Okay, a few quick observations 1. Paris is really down. Only score came on a kick return for a touchdown late in the 4th. Paris offense probably averaged less than 2 yards a carry rushing and about the same passing. Outside of penalties, Paris only got 2-3 first downs the entire game. 2. Gilmer defense was bigger, stronger, and faster than Paris. I was surprised at the talent disparity. The last two games Gilmer played against Paris, Gilmer was physically pushed all over the field. The reverse happened tonight. 3. Gilmer offense didn’t play well and still put up 48 pts (2 points on a safety). Passing game wasn’t crisp at times. But running game was best it’s been this season. Just hope Tennison wasn’t seriously injured on that play out of bounds. 4. Not much else to say about this game. It was a rather ho-hum blowout. I hate they didn’t get the shutout, b/c the defense deserved it the way they played. But coaches can still get after the kids this week. Too many personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for a Gilmer team. I’m sure coaches will address that this week. There is a fine line of playing on the edge but not going over it.
  14. If I recall, CH won state one year with 4 losses on their ledger. I wouldn’t worry too much now. Learn lessons and get ready for district.
  15. Gilmer played Paris at Paris in 2018 and lost, then lost the next year (2019) at home. I have no idea what game MaxPreps is talking about. I think Gilmer blew them out in 2004, but I’m pretty sure there have been games b/t 2004-2018. the back to back losses were to really good Paris teams. A lot of talent. They never could get by Argyle, however.
  16. Gilmer has lost its last two games against Paris. Both games they were overmatched in size and speed. Hoping for a different outcome this week
  17. Big victory for Van. Should give kids a lot of confidence. CH needs to figure out who they are. They have the talent.
  18. Carthage in a league of it’s own this year, looks like.
  19. Okay, now for a few quick observations. 1. Tough victory between two evenly matched teams. I think the difference was conditioning and depth. Gilmer was finally able to establish a running game in the 2nd half, and the defense played better as the night went on. 2. Impressed with Caden Tennison tonight. He missed a RB on a wheel route that probably would have gone to the house, and he had an int when he left the ball a little too far inside, but he played solid all night. He throws a really pretty deep ball. And he was really accurate tonight on the deep out as well. Gilmer couldn’t get anything going in the running game tonight in the first half, and Tennison made the plays he needed to make to stretch the defense and turn the momentum around. 3. Gilmer missed Haynes tonight. Henderson did a great job filling in and he ran tough between the tackles. But Gilmer loves the 1-2 punch of 2 solid running backs, and that was missing. They missed him on defense as well. Hopefully he doesn’t have any serious injury. 4. The Kilgore running game gave Gilmer absolute fits in the 1st half, but credit Gilmer for making adjustments or just plain bowing up in the 2nd half. The 4th quarter safety sealed the deal, in my opinion. Kilgore got the ball 1st and 10 at the two and Gilmer pushed them backwards for 3 straight plays (I actually thought they got the safety on 2nd down). 5. Gilmer still needs to clean some things up. The secondary made some big mistakes. And the O line really struggled in the 1st half. But hopefully, they will get better. I think this group is teachable, and I have confidence in the coaching staff. Overall a good game. Sloppy at times, but it was good to see Gilmer go toe to toe with a really good team when they got behind early.
  20. Ok, for a few quick observations: 1. If you are negative seven in the turnover battle and give up a kick return for a TD, you are going to lose. Regardless of the talent, you just can't overcome that many mistakes. CH will be better. This would have been a much closer game or maybe even a CH win if they don't make so many turnovers. 2. CH running game is very good. If they had just ran zone read all night, they might have won. The QB is a great athlete, but he's not yet a great QB. Give him time and he might become one, but he's not there yet. BTW, a great time to work on the passing game is a non district game, even if it backfires. Yes, there were a lot of interceptions, but better to make them now than in district. 3. Both teams suffered from the heat, humidity, and first game. Both teams had kids cramping up. This kind of surprised me from Gilmer, but it was the first game. 4. I was impressed with the Gilmer Defense. They struggled at times to contain the big running back, but they hung tough most of the game, and they made a key defensive hold in the 4th quarter when CH had the ball, the momentum, and the lead had shrunk to 10. The defense bowed up and forced a punt, and Gilmer went 96 yards to seal the deal. 5. Right now, Gilmer offense is better in the running game than passing game. Tennison impressed me tonight. The situation didn't seem too big to him. But he didn't have a lot of time to throw on plays that needed to develop. This limited the offense to quick passes and screens. The O line will still need to improve on pass blocking, but they did pretty good in the running game. 6. Haynes would be the offensive MVP for Gilmer tonight. Kid runs tough in the hole. Turned two yard gains into 5 yard gains. What most impresses me about him is he finds the seam and hits it full bore. Congrats to Gilmer on the win. They played with great energy and intensity, and they took advantage of the CH mistakes. Both teams should have a lot to look forward to this season.
  21. If TCU44 is going for Gilmer, it’s just about a guarantee CH will win. His predictions are the kiss of death.
  22. Gilmer has speed, no question. And top level talent at the skill positions. Tennison has a chance to be better than his brother by his senior year. There is a lot of talent on the roster. But Gilmer doesn’t have a lot of size this year. That’s my biggest concern. I don’t care who is coaching who, a 165 lb offensive lineman is going to struggle going against bigger players. If Gilmer can hold up on the O line, they have a chance. But if the CH defense is in the backfield all night, it could get ugly.
  23. I think Gilmer can be really good by the time district rolls around, but they are really young. Their best bet in this game is to hope they are in better condition and just wear CH down. This I think will be a tough game for the Buckeyes.
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