Gilmer Erupts in Second Quarter, Cruises to 52-0 Shutout of Mineola in Bi-District Matchup
TYLER -- Six days after losing the title of being ranked No. 1 in the state, the District 16-3A championship and an undefeated season, Gilmer returned to the win column with a vengeance.
Tanner Barr fueled an offensive eruption for the Buckeyes with three touchdown passes and No. 4 Gilmer blew out Mineola, 52-0, on Thursday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium to open the Class 3A Division II playoffs.
The bi-district win sets Gilmer (10-1) up to face either Pittsburg or Wills Point in the area round.
Barr, who completed his first seven passes, finished 12-of-14 for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-point first-half for Gilmer, which had possession for less than six minutes before halftime.
None of the Gilmer starters on offense saw the field in the second half, which went by quickly in a game that lasted just two hours and 13 minutes.
Gilmer scored 28 points four
different ways in a 5:38 span in a 35-point second quarter.
Less than a minute after Kris Boyd scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, John McPherson returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown. DeVondrick Dixon added a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown 2:33 later, followed by a Barr-to-Chase Tate 42-yard touchdown with 5:01 left in the half to put the Buckeyes up 38-0.
Barr closed the half with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Pollard -- his second touchdown catch of the game -- in which Pollard snagged the ball with a leaping catch, turned right and waltzed into the end zone.
Barr and Pollard connected for a 12-yard touchdown to cap Gilmer's longest drive of the first half: 11 plays for 76 yards. Pablin Olivares added a 21-yard field goal late in the first to give the Buckeyes a 10-0 lead before the scoring onslaught began.
Sophomore Cambron Greenville scored on a 21-yard touchdown in the third quarter to finish Gilmer's scoring.
The Gilmer defense limited Mineola to 181 total yards, 98 of which came from running back Rhett Self on 24 carries. The Yellow Jackets (5-6) crossed midfield on just four drives in the game.
No. 4 Gilmer 52, Mineola 0
Class 3A Division II Bi-District
TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler
Mineola 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Gilmer 10 35 7 0 -- 52
GIL -- Desmond Pollard 12 pass from Tanner Barr (Pablin Olivares kick), 7:34
GIL -- Olivares 21 FG, 2:44
GIL -- Kris Boyd 5 run (Olivares kick), 10:39
GIL -- John McPherson 16 fumble return (Olivares kick), 9:47
GIL -- DeVondrick Dixon 62 punt return (Olivares kick), 7:14
GIL -- Chase Tate 42 pass from Barr (Olivares kick), 5:01
GIL -- Pollard 29 pass from Barr (Olivares kick), 0:23
GIL -- Cambron Greenville 21 run (Tristan Olivares kick), 7:27
First Downs 20 11
Total Yards 458 181
Rushes-Yards 32-135 42-148
Passing Yards 324 33
Comp.-Att.-Int. 17-23-0 3-12-0
Punts-Avg. 2-45.5 6-37.2
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 9-62 2-10
RUSHING -- Gilmer, Cambron Granville 8-30, Jamel Jackson 5-26, Darrian Lewis 2-21, Zac Spears 4-17, Tanner Barr 2-17, Kris Boyd 4-11, DeVondrick Dixon 1-7, Kelton Collier 3-7, Josh Walker 1-2, Cameron Bowman 1-0, Jordan Williams 1-(-3). Mineola, Rhett Self 24-98, Kourtland Sinches 4-21, Juan Vargas 3-18, Jeremiah Crawford 9-11, Chantz Perkins 1-2, Tino Elias 1-(-2).
PASSING -- Gilmer, Barr 12-14-0--261, Spears 5-9-0--63. Mineola, Crawford 3-12-0--33.
RECEIVING -- Gilmer, Desmond Pollard 4-58, Nick Smith 2-55, Chase Tate 2-50, Jaidon Parrish 2-28, Dakeilen Nelson 2-26, Jordan Williams 2-24, Darrian Lewis 1-50, Granville 1-24, Zod Heath 1-8. Mineola, Self 2-8, Casey Gilbreath 1-25.