Lone Star Gridiron

2014 CLASS 4A DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Gilmer vs. West Orange-Stark

Gilmer Buckeyes (15-0) vs. West Orange-Stark Mustangs (13-2)

Noon Friday, AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Gilmer was ranked #3 and West Orange-Stark #7 in our end of the regular season polls

In our pre-season predictions, we had Gilmer falling to Celina in the Semifinals but Gilmer dominated them last week. As we said in our article last week, We had West Orange-Stark ranked high but had them falling to either La Marque or La Grange.....they defeated both of them to get here.

Gilmer Championship Games (5) 2-3
1981 3A – Cameron Yoe 26, Gilmer 3
2004 3A Division II – Gilmer 49, Jasper 47
2007 3A Division I – Liberty Hill 38, Gilmer 13
2009 3A Division I – Gilmer 43, Abilene Wylie 26
2012 3A Division II – Navasota 39, Gilmer 3

West Orange-Stark Championship Games (4) 2-2
1986 4A – West Orange-Stark 21, McKinney 9
1987 4A – West Orange-Stark 17, Rockwall 7
1988 4A – Paris 31, West Orange-Stark 13
2000 4A Division II – Ennis 38, West Orange-Stark 24

Gilmer 2014 Schedule
vs Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (8-6) (at Tyler Rose) (W 55-16)
at Longview Pine Tree (1-9) (W 68-20)
at Tatum (7-6) (W 41-35)
at Daingerfield (1-9) (W 61-9)
vs Carthage (6-6) (at Longview) (W 58-21)
at Melissa (4-7)* (W 63-0)
vs Canton (5-5)* (W 70-0)
at Bullard (7-4)* (W 49-7)
vs Nevada Community (3-7)* (W 85-14)
at Emory Rains (4-6)* (W 63-27)
vs Texarkana Pleasant Grove (6-5) (Hallsville) (W 50-7)
vs Waco Connally (7-5) (Mesquite's Hanby) (W 80-21)
vs Gladewater (11-2) (Longview's Lobo) (W 41-35)
vs Atlanta (12-2) (Longview's Lobo) (W 64-25)
vs Celina (12-3) (Dallas' Ford) (W 67-14)

West Orange-Stark 2014 Schedule
at Little Cypress-Mauriceville (5-6) (W 29-12)
vs Port Neches-Groves (7-4) (OT) (W 33-27)
at Jasper (9-4) (W 34-7)
vs Silsbee (4-7) (W 35-0)
at Richmond Foster (9-2) (L 14-17)
at Newton (12-3) (L 7-19)
vs Liberty (2-8)* (W 45-7)
at Orangefield (7-5)* (W 42-14)
vs Hamshire-Fannett (5-6)* (W 56-21)
at Hardin-Jefferson (11-2)* (W 42-21)
vs Houston Scarborough (0-11) (Beaumont's Thomas) (W 64-0)
vs Giddings (7-5) (Humble's Turner) (W 34-14)
vs La Marque (11-2) (Baytown's Stallworth) (W 34-0)
vs La Grange (13-1) (Conroe's Moorhead) (W 42-7)
vs Sinton (11-4) (Rosenberg) (W 42-21)

Gilmer BuckeyesMike Says: This is a game that may be the best of the state championship games. West Orange-Stark comes in strong after knocking off the #1 and #2 ranked teams. Gilmer comes in with a high flying offense led by QB Mclane Carter and a young defense that has 3 Juniors and a Sophomore leading their team in tackles. Carter has 3,719 yards passing on the season and is #9 in this years passing leaders list. He has thrown 46 touchdowns compared to only 2 interceptions. The Mustangs will need their very good secondary to have another great game. I was leaning towards the Mustangs but after what Gilmer did to Celina last week. The BUCKEYES win their 3rd state championship with a 42-27 victory!!

Gilmer BuckeyesChris Says: I said all I have to say about Gilmer in my article this week. They appear unstoppable.  Yes, West Orange-Stark has been playing lights out and will make it a game, but I just can't see anything stopping Gilmer.  I know, I said that a few years back when it looked like Cuero was poised for a championship run - they ran into a very similar WOS team that completely dismantled the Gobbers.  This Buckeyes' team however, looks even better.  BUCKEYES win 65-42!!

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