ATLANTA – The Gilmer Buckeyes fought off a late rally from Atlanta, earning a 47-41 win in both teams’ season opener Friday night.

Gilmer (1-0) squandered a big first-half lead but led by just six points at halftime, and after going up 47-21 at the end of the third quarter, had to hold on after the Rabbits’ three-touchdown fourth.

Bran Webb ran for three touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes.

Both teams return to action next Friday night.

Gilmer plays host to Van, while Atlanta travels to Gladewater.