FORNEY — From wrecking a Van last week to vanquishing Van Alstyne on Friday night, the Gilmer tractor-Traylor continued creating considerable carnage.
Gilmer Buckeyes quarterback Jordan Traylor tossed three touchdowns and totted up 381 aerial yards as undefeated Gilmer launched a Johnny- Come-Lately offensive to finally unravel the valiant Van Alstyne Panthers, 46-14, in a Class 3A Division II regional playoff at City Bank Stadium.
Gilmer (13-0) led 19-0 in the second quarter and 19-7 at twirling time, but the Panthers (9-4) took the second-half kickoff and plodded 70 yards to dent the deficit to 19-14. However, led by Traylor, the Buckeyes unleashed 27 unanswered points on the underdogs.
Gilmer now seeks vengeance next week against Argyle, which bounced the Buckeyes from last year’s playoffs.
On Friday night, while Traylor was sitting on 15 of 22 passes, the Buckeye defense somewhat snuffed the Panthers’ usual modus-operandi — the landlubbing running back Jordan Barnes and quarterback Drew Dennis. Dennis kept the Panthers somewhat in the fray by hitting 14 of 29 heaves for 185 yards and two touchdowns, although he also suffered a Gilmer TD on an interception.
Barnes, who didn’t carry the ball after halftime and who had ingested at least 100 yards in each game this season, was quelled with only 20 yards on 11 carries. Dennis was contained to 58 yards on 21 jaunts.
After dispensing a lost fumble at the Van Alstyne 11 on the game’s opening offensive, Gilmer forced a punt and whipped 93 yards in only two plays to open the scoring on Traylor’s short pass to Eddie Fluellen, who transformed it into a 78-yard touchdown with 3:50 left in the opening quarter.
Pablin Olivares airlifted the first of four successful PATs.
After Van Alstyne stalled at the Buckeye 33, Gilmer rocketed to score in three plays with Marcus Pollard pedaling the last six yards with 9:03 left in the second quarter.
When Gilmer, which never punted, made it 19-0 on Gavin Holt’s 1-yard hop with 6:40 left in the half, the Panthers appeared finished.
But Van Alstyne revived long enough to create a dab of drama, inching 67 yards in 11 plays on a TD trek that ended with Dennis’ 9-yard pass to Mark Davis with 2:12 left to the break.