Cuero comes up short in bi-district clash with Geronimo-Navarro Panthers
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Starting the season 0-3, Cuero flipped a switch as they closed out district play in late September. The Gobblers won three straight, including their district-opener over La Grange. Unable to close out games on the road, Cuero finished district 3-2, earning the fourth seed out of District 13.
Those two losses matched Cuero with Geronimo-Navaro in last Thursday’s bi-district game, the champions from District 12 and a team the Gobblers know well. This marked their ninth meeting since 2019, second this season and sixth in the playoffs. Cuero had won five of those previous games, including this year’s non-district game, 42-21, to break their 0-3 start and led, 21-7, late in the first half this time. The Panthers were able to overcome the deficit, though, and scored 24 of the final 28 points to earn the win.
“We wanted to come out and just stay on the gas pedal,” senior JD Notaro said of their fast start. “Some things didn’t go our way, and some things we didn’t execute. We played our hearts out tonight. I can say I left everything out there.”
Trailing 24-21 late in the third quarter, Cuero responded with a nine-play, 57-yard drive. It was capped with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jerry Rossett to Breck Eleby, a lead Cuero held for less than three game minutes.
Navarro mounted a 70-yard drive to regain the lead early in the fourth quarter, and after Cuero came up inches short on fourth down of their next possession, the Panthers ran out the clock with their Slot-T offense.
The end of the game was indicative of Cuero’s season, as they never gave in.
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