Pleasant Grove at Gilmer
TEAMS: Pleasant Grove (5-0, 0-0) at Gilmer (4-1, 0-0) KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., Jeff Traylor Stadium LAST WEEK: The Hawks shut out Krum, 63-0, while the Buckeyes were on a bye. LAST YEAR: Gilmer rolled past Pleasant Grove at Hawk Stadium, 31-10. GAME FACTS: This is the District 7-4A opener for both teams. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 8 in the state in Class 4A, while the Hawks are the 12th ranked team. Gilmer’s loss came at the hands of No. 1 ranked Carthage, 48-28. Pleasant Grove averages 45.8 points per game and has given up just 12.0 points per contest. The Buckeyes score an average of 50.6 points each game and give up 35.6 points on average. COACHES’ COMMENTS: Pleasant Grove’s
Gibson—“Gilmer is a really good, well coached football team. Gilmer is always one of the premier programs in the state. That haven’t lost a district game in a long time. They play strong football at home. They have lost two home games since 2004, but they weren’t district. In the past 18 years, they have won as much as anyone. Head coach Matt Turner prepares them well.
“We have to play within ourselves and not have miscues. The team that makes the few-
est mistakes will probably have an edge in winning the game. Neither team can beat themselves in this one. We have to limit our turnovers and penalties. I think we have to play our brand of football. There is no special formula for shutting Gilmer down, if there was people would do it. Just playing fast and physical will give us an opportunity to do that.”
Gilmer’s Matt Turner was unavailable.
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TONIGHT’S LINEUPS (Numbers in parentheses)
PLEASANT GROVE OFFENSE: FB-Bruce Garrett (2), TE-Xavier Benson (3), WR-Carson Cox (4) , QB-Ben Harmon (10), FB-TJ Cole (15), WB-Josh Roberts (22), OG-Brock Bingham (55), OG-Hunter Druhan (59), C-Zach Wrinkle (74), OT-Nick Gavriel (77), OT-Drake Fowler (79), PK-Dillon Williams (9). PLEASANT GROVE DEFENSE: CB-Cameron Wells (1), OLB-Xavier Benson (3), ILBCaleb Porchia (5), FS-Ryan Pickelman (7), SS-Caleb Hemphill (8), CB-Tyler Kelley (13), FS-Chauncey Martin (21), OLB-Jacob Barbour (42), DE-Dillon Toler (50), NG-Drake Fowler (79), DT-Austin Toler (90), P-Jared Glover (18). Gilmer lineups unavailable.
B. BINGHAM Pleasant Grove