On offense things revolve around QB Darian Godfrey. "Stump" as he is known was tremendous as a sophomore throwing for 2727 yards and 38 touchdowns and he ran for 617 yards and 13 touchdowns. The skill positions are set as RB Jeremy Jackson who managed to run for 820 yards and 14 touchdowns backing up Justin Johnson. The WR group all has experience led by Devane Clark who had 5 touchdowns receiving and Paul Chestnut who hauled in 4 touchdown catches. There are questions abound on the offensive line and that will make or break the Buckeyes on offense.
Gilmer on defense returns five starters and early on while the young offense matures they'll have to carry the things. The defensive line is anchored by Dakota Hagler and Jonathan Rockwell both of whom were all-district performers. At LB Mikey Wilson is the headliner having earned first team all 15-3A honors as a sophomore. The secondary is a strength with Clark and Chestnut being joined by all-state candidate Braylon Webb.
Overall, Gilmer is in a much tougher district as Tatum back from Class 2A and Tyler Chapel Hill add depth and talent to this district. Bullard will be much improved as well, so don't look for Gilmer to cakewalk to another district championship. GHS is also now going to have to navigate Region 3 which will feature more challenges in the postseason.