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Another big playoff victory for Gobblers

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Setting the tone from the start has been a constant for Cuero this season. They wasted no time once again jumping out to a huge lead, while their defense also added two touchdowns en route to a 70-7 area victory over the Crystal City Javelinas.

“These kids are on a mission,” head coach Travis Reeve said after the game. “That’s one of the things we talked about each week. Don’t hesitate. Let’s go attack from the get go. Our kids have done a great job of that, certainly did a good job tonight.”

Shutting out the Javelinas over three-plus quarters wasn’t the only exceptional aspect of the Gobbler defense on the night. Keke Mack and Dayton Ball also had interceptions they both returned for touchdowns. Ball’s closed out the first half when Crystal City was threatening to score following a Cuero turnover.

As a unit, the Gobbler defense held the Javelinas to 125 total yards.

“It was a lot of fun,” Reeve said of seeing his defense put up points. “Anytime you can score outside of your offense is big. Keke had a great interception for a touchdown. To get the stop right there at the end of the half after, our defense rose to the challenge. Dayton Ball had a great pick and took it all the way to the house. That was a fun way to end the half.”

Keiran Grant showcased another potent outing for the Cuero offense with 10 carries for 138 yards and two touchdown and added a 48 yard receiving score.

“He’s huge,” Reeve noted of his junior running back. “He’s not only big at running back. He’s big on defense. Probably the biggest thing is he’s one of our best leaders. All those things are big for us when it comes to him.”

Senior wide receiver Bralen Taylor also had a memorable night. He posted four receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns, including a 97 yard score midway through the third quarter. Taylor also recovered a Cuero fumble and advanced it for a 20 yard touchdown early in the second half.

With the game well in hand for the second straight week in the second half, junior varsity and freshmen players had their opportunity to shine.

“I thought our JV and freshmen kids played great,” Reeve said. “They played just about the entire fourth quarter. We did a good job defensively, got a stop. We got a first down with our freshmen there at the end. Our young kids work really hard throughout the week. It shows on Friday night.”

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