Cool under pressure
By Jacob Cuellar
The Cuero Record
Cuero is heading to the semifinal round following their win against the Navarro Panthers in what was a fight to the final few seconds. As this season’s history showed, anytime Cuero and Navarro face-off, the outcome of who will win is never predictable. The Gobblers totaled 255 yards on the ground and 254 passing yards Friday night at Bastrop ISD Memorial Stadium in Cedar Creek.
“If you think about the games we’ve had this year, that was the first time we’ve had to play the entire game. Great job and hats off,” stated head coach Jack Alvarez.
Both teams’ offense was shut down by the opposing team’s defense leaving little chance to score. This showed as each team was back and forth–one minute having the lead and the next, trailing. Ending the first half 14-14 there was no sign of an obvious victor. With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Panthers tied up the score once again making it 28-28. This was the same situation for Navarro’s last game against Sinton where they won in overtime, 29-28. Trying to execute the same strategy, Jack Alvarez wanted to win the game right then and there.
Seeing an opportunity, a passing play was called. Quarterback Jerry Rossett read the safety and launched the ball downfield to Lebron Johnson. Burning the defensive back Lebron caught the ball in the endzone giving Cuero the lead 34-28 with just seconds left in the game.
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