Kilgore scrimmaged old rival Gilmer Friday night here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, and the Bulldogs look to have gotten off to a good start.
New offensive coordinator Jay Dean gave the Buckeyes a balanced attack, with both Donovan Adkins and Dalton McElyea seeing time with the offensive starters, both during the scrimmage and the live quarter at the end.
A Gilmer defensive back made a spectacular play downfield in the controlled portion of the scrimmage, out-leaping a Kilgore receiver, and then Adkins, as a defensive back, did the exact same thing when Gilmer's offense hit the field.
In the live quarter that's always been a hallmark of Kilgore scrimmages, played at the end of the night, Gilmer scored on a 75-yard pass thrown by Mason Hurt, and tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
On the very next play, on Kilgore's second possession of the live quarter, running back Trey Epps reeled off a 73-yard play of his own, bursting through a hole in the middle of the line and getting within 2 yards of the Buckeyes' end zone.
Kilgore was called for a 5-yard penalty on second down, but on third and 7, Kennieth Lacy ran in for the score. The extra point tied the game at 7.
The Bulldogs went ahead on the scoreboard, 9-7, when Sam Witt grabbed a Buckeye and threw him down for a safety, but Gilmer got the last laugh: the Buckeyes drove down the field in the final two minutes, getting into scoring position.
Adkins appeared to have ended the game with an interception at the goal line with 12 seconds left, but a penalty negated the interception. Gilmer's next pass was incomplete, but Kilgore was flagged for pass interference, and it allowed the Buckeyes to kick a 22-yard field goal for a 10-9 "win" in the scrimmage.
The Bulldogs visit Kaufman next Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a second and final preseason scrimmage, and open the season -- the 10th for coach Mike Wood as head coach -- on Friday, Aug. 30, at Nacogdoches.