Contact Us Final Regular Season 3A Poll: Gilmer Takes Over Top Spot

Gilmer’s Jaidon Parrish is tackled by Kilgore’s Jake Brantley during the Buckeyes’ 20-14 win Friday at Buckeye Stadium. (Richard Shoemaker,

The “District of Doom” championship went to Gilmer on Friday, and the final regular season 3A poll reflects the Buckeyes’ triumph.

Gilmer (9-1) moved from No. 2 to No. 1 following the down-to-the-wire 20-14 win against Kilgore (8-1), which fell from first to third after suffering its first loss of the season.

Carthage (8-2), which was idle, benefited from Kilgore’s loss, moving from third to second entering the Class 3A Division I Region III playoffs. District 20-3A mate Jasper (8-2) topped Center 27-21 to claim second place, the top Division II seed from the district, and the No. 4 slot in this week’s poll.

The loss dropped Center (8-2) from fourth to sixth. Henderson (6-4) moved up a spot to No. 5 following a 41-22 victory over Gladewater.

Van (9-1) held serve in the No. 7 spot by winning the District 15-3A championship in a 35-21 victory against rival Canton (8-2), which fell from ninth to 10th. Bullard (7-3) is 3A’s hard-luck team. The Panthers moved up two spots from 10th to eighth in the final regular season poll following a 62-3 blowout of Spring Hill, but failed to reach the playoffs from the loaded District 16-3A.

Palestine (7-3) fell one spot to ninth after its 60-59 overtime loss to Fairfield in the District 19-3A championship game. Final Regular Season 3A Top 10

1. Gilmer (9-1, 6-0) — def. Kilgore, 20-14
Last week’s rank: No. 2
This week: vs. Canton (7 p.m. Thursday, TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler)

2. Carthage (8-2, 4-0) — idle
Last week’s rank: No. 2
This week: vs. Palestine (7:30 p.m. Friday, Abe Martin Stadium, LufkIn)

3. Kilgore (8-1, 5-1) — lost to Gilmer, 20-14
Last week’s rank: No. 1
This week: vs. Athens (7:30 p.m. Friday, Wildcat Stadium, Whitehouse)

4. Jasper (8-2, 3-1) — def. Center, 27-21
Last week’s rank: No. 5
This week: vs. Groesbeck (7:30 p.m. Friday, Driskell Stadium, Crockett)

5. Henderson (6-4, 4-2) — def. Gladewater, 41-22
Last week’s rank: No. 6
This week: vs. Van (7:30 p.m. Friday, TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler)

6. Center (8-2, 2-2) — lost to Jasper, 27-21
Last week’s rank: No. 4
This week: vs. Fairfield (7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagle Stadium, Lindale)

7. Van (9-1, 5-0) — def. Canton, 35-21
Last week’s rank: Same
This week: vs. Henderson (7:30 p.m. Friday, TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler)

8. Bullard (7-3, 3-3) — def. Spring Hill, 62-3
Last week’s rank: No. 10
This week: Season over

9. Palestine (7-3, 3-1) — lost to Fairfield, 60-59 (OT)
Last week’s rank: No. 8
This week: vs. Carthage (7:30 p.m. Friday, Abe Martin Stadium, Lufkin)

10. Canton (8-2, 4-1) — lost to Van, 35-21
Last week’s rank: 9
This week: vs. Gilmer (7 p.m. Thursday, TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler)

Newcomers: None
Dropped out: None

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