Arroyo leads Gobbler defense against Wimberley
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Leading 14-13 late in the third against a state finalist from Class 4A-Division II last year, Cuero showed much improvement from week one. Thought Wimberley pulled away down the stretch for a 33-14 win, the Gobblers showed glimpses of what’s to come, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
One of those defensive players who really had a memorable performance was junior lineman AJ Arroyo. After the game, though, he made sure to emphasize the entire team.
“We had a good week of practice,” Arroyo said, “everyone just firing off the ball, hitting harder, making plays.”
It wasn’t only his defensive play, but Arroyo also made his mark on offense.
“I thought he played really hard,” coach Jack Alvarez said of Arroyo. “He picked up one of our fumbles and rumbled down the field. He caught a pass. He about did everything, as far as everything that a D-line and tight end guy can do. I was proud of his performance.”
After allowing 35 points in the first half alone last week against La Vernia, Cuero held Wimberley to seven points in the opening two quarters and also forced a fumble. It’s that kind of improvement that coach Alvarez is looking for each week.
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