Kris Boyd + Top-Ranked Gilmer Drop Bullard, 62-0
GILMER – Kris Boyd rushed for three touchdowns and hauled in another to pace Class 3A No. 1 Gilmer to a 62-0 drubbing of Bullard on Friday night at Buckeye Stadium.
Gilmer, which has scored at least 52 points in every game this season, put up points on 8 of 9 drives to improve to 9-0 on the season and 5-0 in District 16-3A action.
The win – paired with No. 3 Kilgore’s 63-10 win over Henderson – sets the stage for a top-five showdown between the two undefeated teams next week at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore. Gilmer beat Kilgore 20-14 with a last-minute goal-line stand a year ago to win the "District of Doom" championship.
Tanner Barr finished 8-for-11 Friday night for 134 yards and three touchdowns, including a 27-yard strike to Boyd, who led the Buckeyes with 134 yards on the ground. Darrian Lewis chipped in a pair of scores en route to 86 rushing yards.
The Gilmer defense held Bullard (3-5, 1-4) to three-and-outs on six of the Panthers’ 11 possessions and 129 total yards. Dakeilan Nelson had an interception for Gilmer for the game's lone turnover.
Boyd had a 27-yard run on the Buckeyes’ first drive, setting up Lewis’ first touchdown from two yards out. A 25-yard punt return from Chase Tate set up the Buckeyes in Bullard territory before Barr and Boyd hooked up for the 27-yard score, giving Gilmer a quick 14-0 lead. The catch sparked three consecutive scores for Boyd, who had a 57-yard run and a one-yard jaunt. Barr found Nick Smith with 4:10 left in the opening half to give the Buckeyes’ a commanding 35-0 lead.
The lead grew with Desmond Pollard breaking a 58-yard score on a pass from Barr on the second half's first play.
Boyd followed with a 26-yard score and Lewis punched in his second score from 20 yards out with 1:06 left in the third quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Zac Spears got in on the action for Gilmer’s final score, capping a five-play, 74-yard march with a two-yard toss to fellow sophomore Devin Smith for the 62-0 final.
Austin Skelton had 55 rushing yards for Bullard, which concludes its season next week at Spring Hill.