Argyle ends Gilmer's playoff run for second straight season
By Hayden Henry Sports correspondent
Dec. 2, 2011 at 11 p.m.
CORSICANA - In a game that saw Darrion Pollard break two single-season school records, it was the Argyle Eagles getting the last laugh again, playing spoiler to the Gilmer Buckeyes' playoff run for the second straight season.
The Eagles topped the Buckeyes 51-35 Friday night in the 3A Division II Region II final at Tiger Stadium in Corsicana. A year ago, Argyle was a 41-14 winner over Gilmer.
Pollard had 19 catches for 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Buckeyes. Pollard finished the first half with 79 yards, giving him enough to break the single-season school record of 1,168, set by Manuel Johnson in 2006. His 19 total receptions pushed him past Kevin Hollis' school record of 80, set in 2004.
The Argyle win marks the second week that the Eagles have knocked off a 16-3A foe, topping Carthage last week 35-34 in two overtimes. The Eagles move on to face Monahans next week in the 3A Division II state semifinal.
In a game that featured almost 1,000 yards of total offense, it was the respective quarterbacks that led the charge.
For the Buckeyes, Jordan Traylor completed 42 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns.
On the other side, Argyle's Austin Aune threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns as well. The TCU commit also added 47 yards on the ground, with a scoring run of 21 yards.
Aune's favorite target was Ian Sadler who finished the contest with 162 total yards and two touchdowns.
It was also the kicking game that propelled the Eagles. Cole Hedlund connected on three field goals of 27, 32 and 39 yards.
The two went back-and-forth in an offensive shootout in the first half, heading to break knotted at 21.
Traylor got the Buckeyes on the board first with a seven-yard touchdown strike to Pollard. Gavin Holt punched in a five-yard run. Traylon Webb scored on a 17-yard reverse for Gilmer. Webb finished the game with 51 yards receiving, including a four-yard touchdown completion.
Aune connected with Sadler on the first play from scrimmage to open the second half on a 70-yard touchdown strike. Antonio Griffin intercepted a Traylor pass and returned in 78 yards to paydirt on the following possession to give the Eagles a 35-21 lead in which Gilmer would not recover.
Traylor added two more touchdown passes in the second half, one to Pollard for 13-yards and another to Webb for four yards.