Sports

Tue
08
Dec

Yorktown vs Nordheim battle for championship

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The anticipated game of the weekend came to fruition between Yorktown Wildcats and Nordheim Pirates after the two teams respectively defeated their opponents to face one another for the Nordheim Tournament championship game Dec. 3-5.

Yorktown easily defeated their first opponent, the Runge Yellowjackets 51-26. Yorktown’s athleticism and strong defensive skills on rebounds prevented Runge from any second or third attempts at the basket.

Nordheim took care of Kenedy JV 56-20 allowing the team to score only 7 points in the first half before putting their second and third string players.

For the second bracket Yorktown secured the champion playoff spot defeating West Oso 35-24.

Nordheim also secured the chance for the championship game after defeating Victoria West freshman 56-34.

Nordheim coach Carlton Williams said, “Our guys really wanted this match up.”

Tue
01
Dec

Wildcats end run against Bruni

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Yorktown has come to an end to their journey after their defeat against the Bruni Badgers during regional playoff on Nov. 27 at Flour Buff High School Stadium near Corpus Christi. The contest came down to the final seconds but the Cats lost 40-34.

Bruni started the competition working the grid iron nine plays before scoring their first touchdown. The extra point was no good and they took the lead 6-0.

Yorktown was answering back from their own 25-yard line into the Badger 16. On a hand off, while making way into the end zone, Yorktown fumbled. Bruni recovered on their own 14-yard line. The Wildcats were able to hold Bruni forcing them to punt.

The Wildcats started from their own 32-yard line. On the second play Cy Strieber ran for a 69-yard TD. Jamal Wade ran for the 2-point conversion taking the lead from the Badgers 6-8.

Tue
01
Dec

Gobblers, Pirates face off Saturday at Alamodome

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
For the second time this season, Cuero will take on the Sinton Pirates, but a little more will be on the line this time. The winner of this matchup between 4A-District 15 foes will earn a trip to the state semifinals, a position Sinton was in just last year but a round the Gobblers have not qualified for since the 2009 season.
 
Cuero defeated Port Isabel, Devine and the previously undefeated Navarro Panthers to reach the Region 4 finals, while Sinton took down Raymondville, Llano and the Wimberley Texans.
 
Tue
01
Dec

Gobblers end Navarro Panthers' perfect season

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Cuero weathered the storm behind their senior running back and a fierce defense, en route to a 25-13 regional championship over the once undefeated Navarro Panthers. Zech Hopkins carried the load for the offense and anchored the Gobbler defense which only allowed 150 total yards to a Panther offense which was averaging over 450 yards per game.
 
Navarro’s last loss had also come against Cuero, last season in the area round of playoffs.
 
Head coach Travis Reeve summed it up as clearly as possible following the Gobblers’ first state quarterfinal birth since 2009.
 
Reeve said, “These kids are great kids.” Not many people gave them a chance when we were 2-4, playing December football.”
 
Tue
01
Dec

Lady Gobblers improve to 3-0 at home

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Shania Hatter continues to lead the way for the Lady Gobblers along with senior Kaelen Sievers. A pair of double-doubles for the post players combined with surging bench play and improved rebounding led to a decisive 47-30 victory over the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs, moving Cuero to 3-0 at home to start the season.
 
“We had the best rebounding night that we’ve had since the beginning of the season,” coach Amy Crain said. “I think we had over 50 rebounds, and we’ve really been stressing that in practice and in games. The games that we do really well and come out with W’s, we rebound very well, and then the games where we struggle, our rebounding falls off. We’ve been working on it in practice.”
 
Tue
24
Nov

Strong defense leads Lady Gobblers past Tigerettes for second win

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
After a lackluster start, the Lady Gobblers turned up the defense in the second half for a decisive 42-30 win over Goliad, moving to 2-0 on the season. Cuero outscored the Tigerettes, 24-9, in the final two quarters behind steady defense and strong bench play.
 
“At the beginning of the game, we did start off slow especially defensively,” coach Amy Crain said. “When we went in at halftime, I talked to the girls; I said ‘hey, if we’re gonna turn this game around, it’s gonna start on the defensive end of the floor. I think we can play better, so I challenged them, all of them to step it up, have confidence in each other and get after it’ and so they did.”
 
Tue
24
Nov

Gobblers to take on Navarro Panthers for regional title

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Cuero was nearly matched up with longtime rivals Yoakum for the second straight year in the playoffs. Before last year, the Gobblers and their in-county rivals had never met in postseason football competition. The Navarro Panthers kept the rematch from taking place by getting past the Bulldogs and keeping their perfect season alive, a mark which Cuero will be looking to end this Friday night.
 
Cuero will face Navarro Friday night at 7:30 in San Antonio at Gustafson Stadium. Cuero is the home team. This is the third straight playoff meeting between the two schools.
 
Tue
24
Nov

Gobblers take down Warhorses in area playoffs

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Cuero feasted on the ground once again and shut down the Devine Warhorses’ running game, en route to a 55-21 area championship. Elex Martinez carried the load with 273 yards on seven carries and five touchdowns and one passing touchdown.
 
“Our defense has taken on an identity of being stingy,” coach Travis Reeve said. “They certainly came out and had another great performance again tonight.”
 
The Gobbler defense held Devine to 219 total yards and only 86 rushing (8 in the 1st half) on 40 carries. The Warhorses had averaged over 360 yards per game with their ground attack.
 
Martinez made the most of his seven carries, finding the endzone five times and also tallying an interception on the defensive end in the second half. Everything was clicking for Cuero, and the senior signal-caller was having a career game.
Tue
24
Nov

1970 Gobbler coin toss remembered

Former players, coaches and friends of the 1970 Cuero Gobbler football team assembled in Nixon Nov. 13 to remember the coin toss that took place at the Bobcat Drive Inn in that city on Nov. 13, 1970. Coach Lanny Havemann, a witness to the actual event, recalled the events of that night.
 
The Gobblers had defeated the Gonzales Apaches, 28-0, earlier in the evening to finish in a three-way-tie for the championship of the East Zone of District 14-AAA with the Floresville Tigers and the Samuel Clemens Buffaloes. District 14-AAA settled ties for playoff positions by means of a coin toss. The Cuero coaches won that toss and the team subsequently defeated the Kerrville Tivy Antlers, Gatesville Hornets, Gregory-Portland Wildcats and Ennis Lions before falling to the Brownwood Lions at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium on Dec. 19, 1970. This was the first of the 10 Gobbler teams that have advanced to the finals of Texas High School Football.
Tue
24
Nov

Wildcat kennel Dogs at area contest 28-14

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

“That was a good team you beat tonight,” said Coach Ty Robinson Friday night in San Antonio. His Yorktown Wildcats had collected Reg. 4 Area title defeating La Pryor 28-14.

It was a hard fought game but the Cats were able to wear the Bulldogs down in the final quarter for the win.

Yorktown showed its tenacity early. After forcing La Pryor to turn the ball over on downs late in the first quarter, the Cats took charge on a 9 play 64 yard drive that ended with a touchdown run by Cy Strieber. The two yard scamper was followed by a two-point run by Strieber to put the Cats up 8-0.

The Bulldogs made a statement in the second quarter needing only 5 plays to travel 63 yards for their first points. About half of that distance came on a touchdown pass of 31 yards. The try for extra points failed. Yorktown was still ahead 8-6.

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