Friday’s ‘District of Doom’ Showdown Between Top-Ranked Gilmer + No. 3 Kilgore is the ETSN.fm/DQ Game of the Week
The wait is almost over. On Friday night, top-ranked Gilmer and No. 3 Kilgore will settle the "District of Doom" championship from Kilgore's R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in the ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Game of the Week.
Gilmer (9-0, 5-0 in District 16-3A) is the defending district champion after surviving Kilgore (8-0, 5-0) at home, 20-14, in last year's meeting, which also decided the league title.
Neither team has been threatened all season long. The Buckeyes have defeated their nine opponents by an average margin of 43.8 points, while Kilgore is outscoring opponents 46-12 on average.
Gilmer is averaging a whopping 60.2 points per game, and the Buckeyes' spread attack is about as balanced they come. Gilmer is putting up 321.9 rushing yards per game, while throwing it for 272.2 on average.
The Buckeyes' offense will be put to the test a Kilgore defense that's allowed just 94 points all season. The most points the Bulldogs have allowed in a game this season is 25 -- Oct. 25 vs. Chapel Hill.
No matter which teams wins Friday night, the playoff seeding has already been determined. Gilmer will enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in Division II from 16-3A, while Kilgore is the top seed in 3A Division I.
The Gilmer vs. Kilgore bout isn't the only massive game on the final week of the regular season.
No. 3 Whitehouse (9-0, 4-0) hosts defending league champ John Tyler (7-2, 4-0) in the District 16-4A championship Friday at Wildcat Stadium, while the District 9-2A Division II title game will be decided when undefeated Waskom (9-0, 6-0) visits unbeaten 10th-ranked Hughes Springs (9-0, 6-0).
No. 6 Fairfield (9-0, 3-0) travels to Palestine (7-2, 3-0) to battle for the District 19-3A crown for the second consecutive year. Fairfield won last year's thriller 60-59 in overtime.
The district title is on the line Friday night when Liberty-Eylau (6-3, 4-0) visits defending District 13-3A champ Paris (5-4, 4-0) to decide this year's championship. In District 16-3A, the outcomes of the Spring Hill at Bullard and Henderson at Gladewater games will decide the final playoff berth from the "District of Doom."