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ETSN.fm 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, ETSN.fm)

The “District of Doom” championship went to Gilmer on Friday, and the ETSN.fm 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.

ETSN.fm 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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