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Gilmer solidifies comeback win, moves onto state semi-finals

By Hayden Henry
Dec. 7, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.

It took a comeback Friday night for the Gilmer Buckeyes' to notch their second win over 16-3A foe Henderson this season.

Trailing 31-14, Gilmer rattled off 27 unanswered points en route to a 41-34 win over Henderson in the Class 3A Division II Region II final at Lobo Stadium.

Gilmer topped Henderson 28-26 in district play in October, also at Lobo Stadium.

The Buckeyes advance to a state semi-final showdown next week against Graham at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Mansfield.

Tanner Barr finished with three touchdowns three different ways on back-to-back-to-back scoring drives. The senior rushed for 49 yards with a 10-yard touchdown, connected with Slade Morris for a 24-yard score and was the recipient of a three-yard scoring strike from Tray Washington.

Barr finished with 241 yards passing, 219 of that coming in the first half. Josh Walker finished with 49 yards and a pair of touchdown runs from one and six yards out.

DeVondrick Dixon led Gilmer on the ground with one run on a 64-yard touchdown. He also had a 48-yard kickoff return en route to 108 yards on three attempts.

The two teams combined for three scores on 12 plays of offense in the opening five minutes.

Henderson took the ball 62 yards on four plays, capped with a four-yard blast by Diamante Wright. The score was set up with a 43-yard run from Patrick 'Monsta' Brown.

Gilmer responded quickly with a four-play, 59-yard march with Walker punching it from one yard away. That score was set up with a 43-yard run from Barr.

Brown then connected with Tre' Hollins for a 59-yard touchdown pass before J'Korrie Centers scooped up a Gilmer lateral pass and sprinted 39 yards to give Henderson a 21-7 lead with 4:41 left in the first quarter.

Walker capped a six-play, 48-yard drive with his second touchdown run from six yards out to pull the Buckeyes back to within a touchdown at the end of the first stanza.

Henderson reclaimed a two-score lead early in the second on a 12-yard pass from Brown to Centers, and William Mann drilled a 40-yard field goal with 2:56 to push Henderson's lead to 31-14 with less than three minutes until the break.

Que the Buckeyes.

A failed Henderson onside kick set up Gilmer at its own 49-yard line and the Buckeyes were in the end zone three plays later on a 10-yard run by Barr.

The Black Flag defense then held Henderson to its second three-and-out of the night, giving Barr and company 1:24 to work with. They only need 1:18 to drive 74 yards and pull within three of Henderson on a Barr to Morris 24-yard touchdown strike on fourth down.

Gilmer took its first lead of the night on their longest drive of the night with 3:28 left in the third. Washington found Barr on a three-yard reverse pass on third and goal to take a 35-31 lead.

Dixon extended Gilmer's lead with a 64-yard run to open the third fourth quarter.

Mann split the uprights again from 37 yards out for Henderson's final score and the 41-34 final.

Gilmer outgained Henderson 544-299 offensively, including a 244-69 Buckeye advantage in the air. The Buckeyes were also 8-for-12 in third down conversions.



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