GLADEWATER -- For 32 minutes, the Gladewater Bears seemed poised to end their 10-game losing streak to Gilmer on Friday night in the District 16-3A opener at Jack V. Murphy Bear Stadium.

But Gilmer stuck to its game plan and put the clamps on the Gladewater ground game to take a hard-fought, 21-13 victory in the Dairy Queen Game of the Week.

Gladewater (3-2, 0-1) was staked to a 13-0 lead into the third quarter, but Kris Boyd and the Buckeyes (4-1, 1-0) offense finally came to life, scoring the game's final 21 points.

"In this district, you're just glad to get one," Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor said. "I'm glad we won; I just wish we'd played better."

Boyd rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns after going for minus-15 yards on six carries in the first half. His 6-yard run brought Gilmer to within 13-7 with 4:05 remaining in the third. His 48-yard scoring run and Pablin Olivares' PAT gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the night, 14-13, just eight seconds into the fourth quarter.

"The one thing about our kids, as bad as we played offensively, they kept playing hard," Traylor said. "It wasn't a lack of effort, it was a lack of coaching. Our effort was fantastic, I've just got to do a better job coaching."

Gladewater outgained GIlmer, 155-133, in the first half but only mustered 88 yards in the game's final two quarters.

"We just needed to be able to make some first downs in the second half and run a little more clock and keep our defense off the field," Gladewater coach Jerrod Baugh said. "We just weren't able to do it and our defense just wore down at the end."

Josh Walker ran it in from 6 yards out late in the fourth quarter for Gilmer's final score of the night.

Gilmer quarterback Tanner Barr finished the game 16-of-30 for 187 yards and an interception.

Gladewater was paced by quarterback Derrick Daniels, who passed for 132 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Nick Johnson, who had three catches for 102 yards.

The potent rushing combo of Daniels and running back Tyler Price was held in check by Gilmer's defense. The duo finished with just 86 yards combined.

"They had everybody shoved in the box, not letting us run the ball like we normally do," Baugh said. "We had to take some chances in the throwing game. They did a little bit better job in the second half in coverage."

Gladewater wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring on its first play from scrimmage -- a 63-yard pass from Daniels to Johnson. The Bears added to their lead late in the second quarter on another TD pass to Johnson, this one from 21 yards.

"We made a couple of good plays," Baugh said. "We got Nick Johnson loose and he caught a couple balls. He's a good player and he was going against a good cornerback. He just made the plays and the cornerback didn't."

Gilmer plays to Chapel Hill next week, while Gladewater is at Spring Hill.

"We're so bad on offense right now, we didn't do anything right," Traylor said. "Our defense played really well and our kids played hard. I've done a terrible job with this team. We've got to get them better."


Gilmer 21, Gladewater 13
At Jack V. Murphy Bear Stadium, Gladewater
Gilmer 0 0 7 14 -- 21
Gladewater 7 6 0 0 -- 13
First Quarter
GLA--Nick Johnson 63 pass from Derrick Daniels (Daylon Mack kick), 9:39.
Second Quarter
GLA--Johnson 21 pass from Daniels (kick failed), 3:39.
Third Quarter
GIL--Kris Boyd 6 run (Pablin Olivares kick), 4:05.
Fourth Quarter
GIL--Boyd 48 run (Olivares kick), 11:52.
GIL--Josh Walker 6 run (Olivares kick), 2:48.

                                            GIL                 GLA
First Downs                             15                    12
Rushes-Yards                    35-158             37-111
Passing Yards                         187                 132
Comp.-Att.-Int.                 16-30-1              6-12-0
Punts-Avg.                         4-35.0               6-32.8
Fumbles-Lost                          2-0                   3-1
Penalties-Yards                     10-82                 5-45

RUSHING--Gilmer, Kris Boyd 21-92, Chase Tate 2-56, Josh Walker 2-16, Tanner Barr 10-(-6). Gladewater, Tyler Price 14-46, Derrick Daniels 17-40, McKenzie Stephens 4-18, Nick Johnson 1-6, Daylon Mack 1-0.
PASSING--Gilmer, Barr 16-30-1--187. Gladewater, Daniels 6-12-0--111.
RECEIVING--Gilmer, Trey Washington 7-67, Tate 3-34, Boyd 3-24, Patrick Finch 1-42, Jaidon Parrish 1-17, Dylan Bowman 1-3. Gladewater, Johnson 3-102, DeAndrew Price 2-21, Tyler Price 1-9., Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News