Sports

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.

Tue
17
Nov

Lady Gobblers hang on, defeat Industrial in basketball season-opener

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Despite two starters being injured and a late comeback attempt, the Cuero Lady Gobblers basketball team held on for a season-opening victory over the Industrial Cobras, 51-46 on Thursday night, Nov. 12.
 
“It’s always great to start off the season with the W,” coach Amy Crain said. 
 
Cuero quickly jumped ahead to a 4-0 lead before Industrial scored nine of the next 11 points and would lead, 18-10, after the first quarter.
 
Crain said, “First game jitters, we started out a little slow, I was proud of the effort of the girls, then we got into a rhythm that second quarter.”
 
The three-pointer was alive early for the Cobras, taking them to their first quarter lead and allowing them to set up their full-court press which caused trouble for Cuero to get through at times.
 
Tue
17
Nov

Cuero to face Devine in area playoffs

A trip to the regional round of the state playoffs will be on the line when Cuero faces the Devine Warhorses (10-1) this Friday night. After defeating the Port Isabel Tarpons, the Gobblers will face a Warhorse team which has only lost one game this season to Laredo LBJ.
 
Cuero and Devine last met in the opening round of the 2010 playoffs in Floresville with the Gobblers narrowly coming out on top, 29-28. Cuero was only one year removed from a near trip to the state championship when they last battled Devine. Pouring down rain forced a long delay in this contest, and a stop by the Gobbler defense on a two point conversion attempt cemented the win on the final play of the game.
 
Tue
17
Nov

Pregame: Yorktown may have advantage over La Pryor

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View
 
Yorktown Wildcats (9-2) will have their gridiron area championship game against the La Pryor Bulldogs (11-0) Friday, Nov. 20 in San Antonio at the South San Antonio ISD Bobcat Stadium.
 
The Bulldogs have out scored their opponents 507 to 125 and none of the games played were close. This indicates they have not had too much pressure against their offense.
 
According to Yorktown coach Ty Robinson the Bulldogs run a split back rear, multiple down hill running offense. They have a simular philosophy to Yorktown of getting three to four yards per play.
 

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