It’s almost that time of year again. You know, the time of year when we start figuring who’s holiday gifts we’re going to return, who is going to have to put up with “those” in-laws and what resolutions we plan on breaking in 2013.
Oh, and it’s also time for Argyle and Gilmer to play some postseason football. This year, that might be one of the best presents anybody could ask for.
The two teams meet for the third straight year, and this year has the chance to produce the best game of the three meetings. And the hype has been around for more than a week, producing a heated 22-page forum thread (click at your own peril).
So, I feel it’s only fitting to recap the first two meetings for any newcomers to what’s becoming one of the state’s best 3A rivalries.
Nov. 27, 2010
Class 3A Division II regional semifinal at Ennis’ Lions Stadium
Argyle rolled in 2010 behind junior Austin Aune. Aune completed 15 of 26 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Eagles RB Layton Lowery racked up 159 yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns.
The Eagles jumped out early and Gilmer never came close to leading. It was 34-7 Argyle going into the fourth quarter.
Gilmer was undone by four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions), while Argyle had no turnovers. Also, can we please note that as a freshman, Ian Sadler completed his only pass of the game for 20 yards?
Noted? Good. Let’s move on.
Dec. 2, 2011
Class 3A Division II regional final
Argyle 51, Gilmer 35 – The Honey Badger Game.
Ah yes. The Honey Badger Game. This is where Antonio Griffin — on the defensive package “Stem-21″ or “Honey Badger-21″ — picked off Jordan Traylor with 9:40 left in the third quarter, swinging the momentum in Argyle’s favor.
Gilmer would strike back, but once the Eagles opened up the 14-point game, Gilmer couldn’t afford to trade points with Argyle. Aune only completed 11 of 33 passes but he amassed 300 yards. Ian Sadler had four catches and 136 yards and a touchdown (meaning he’s averaged 34 yards a catch).
Once again, Gilmer lost the turnover battle. Gilmer committed three turnovers, while Argyle had one fumble. Gilmer posted 507 yards of offense against Argyle and could have pulled out the win. But I recall that interception by Griffin really swung the momentum of the game and there was a feel that Argyle was on its way to the state semifinals.
Part III — Tonight, 7 p.m, Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium
The preview for the game will be in Friday’s paper. But that doesn’t mean I can break it down here.
For starters, this sounds like this could be the best game of all three games. For starters, Gilmer has Josh Walker, a junior linebacker that’s already committed to Texas A&M (turning down offers from Texas Tech and Texas). That’s pretty rare. They also have Trey Washington, a senior who’s committed to SMU.
Gilmer crushed the Atlanta Rabbits 57-13. The Buckeyes scored three touchdowns in less than four minutes and beat the Rabbits for the second time this season. Based on last week’s story, it looks like Gilmer’s starting a sophomore quarterback, McClane Carter.
The Buckeyes have definitely earned the respect of Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers, especially after Gilmer went undefeated in District 16-3A, the “District of Doom,” even if Carthage is no longer in one of the state’s toughest districts. Argyle beat Carthage last year before beating Gilmer.
“I have a great respect for Carthage and Gilmer, and their week-to-week games they play look very intense on a schedule,” Rodgers said. “Many, many people have talked about how tough that east Texas district is out there and what they’re able to accomplish.”
So, now you know the history of the Argyle-Gilmer series and why you probably should head out to Mesquite to watch the game.
Oh, and the winner is rewarded by playing either Celina or Henderson.