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Gilmer crushes Atlanta 57-13

By Hayden Henry,
Nov. 23, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.

<a href="" target="_blank">DeVondrick Dixon</a> had kickoff returns of 28 and 31 yards to set up two first-half Gilmer touchdowns.

He decided in the third quarter he wanted one for himself.

Following a quick Atlanta touchdown drive to open the second half, Dixon responded with an 81-yard kickoff return to spark a monster second half for Gilmer en route to a 57-13 win in a Class 3A Division II Region II semifinal at Lobo Stadium.

The return was the first of three touchdowns that Gilmer (11-1) scored in under four minutes of play.

<a href="" target="_blank">Kris Boyd</a> posted three touchdowns while rushing for 167 yards – 113 coming in the first half – for Gilmer, which advances to the area playoffs next week against an Argyle team who has played spoiler to the Buckeyes' postseason aspirations the past two years.

<a href="" target="_blank">Josh Walker</a> also had three touchdowns for the Buckeyes. He carried two in from three and one yards out and scooped up a botched snap and returned it 24 yards to paydirt.

Gilmer, who led Canton last week 36-14 before giving up 22 second-half points to the Eagles in a 51-36 win, led Atlanta 21-7 at halftime before pulling away in the closing half.

Set up by Dixon's returns, Gilmer used five plays and averaged 65 yards per drive on three of their first four possessions, all resulting in touchdowns to build the halftime lead.

Chase Musgrove capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive with a six-yard run for Atlanta's lone first half score.

Musgrove opened the second half with a 54-yard run, which led to a five-yard touchdown run from Everett Dickerson. The SMU commit finished with 29 yards overall and had an interception for the Rabbits.

Oklahoma State commit Corion Webster led Atlanta (5-7) on the ground with 59 yards. Musgrove finished with 61 yards passing and added 52 on the ground.

Dixon's kickoff return and a two-point conversion from Walker gave Gilmer a 29-13 lead with 9:36 left in the third quarter. Following a quick three-and-out, Walker and Boyd combined for an eight-play, 62-yard drive to give Gilmer a 36-13 lead with 6:32 in the third. Walker's fumble return pushed Gilmer's lead to 43-13 with 5:38 left in the third stanza.

Boyd added his third touchdown on a 14-yard run early in the third quarter. Sophomore quarterback McLane Carter found sophomore Desmond Pollard for 31-yards to give the Buckeyes the 57-13 final.

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