Final home game Friday night
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
For the sixth consecutive season, Cuero will meet the Ingleside Mustangs. The Gobblers have won each of the previous five matchups, three in district, including last year, 76-14, in Ingleside. This year’s game will be the final home game of the season.
“This is a special place to play: Gobbler Stadium,” Cuero head coach Traivs Reeve said. “It’s going to be the last home game for our seniors. That’s always special. We have two big ones left. We want to finish the district race undefeated. Before we do that, we have to win next week.”
Defense and special teams played a huge part in Cuero setting a school record for points, breaking the previous record of 74 set in 1974 against San Antonio Southside. Of the three non-offensive scores, Tyler Edwards had two on defensive, while Jordan Whittington returned a punt. Whittington also posted a touchdown reception.
Six other Gobblers scored on the night, including Bralen Taylor (one rushing, one receiving), Tre Miles, Tyler Hargrove, Jalem Johnson, Jaden Williams and Dayton Ball.
Johnson carried the load in the Gobbler backfield with Kieran Grant sidelined due to an injury, rushing for 122 yards. Drew Riemenschneider added nearly 200 yards through the air with Taylor as his top target (108 yards).
Outside of the two defensive scores from Edwards, Cuero held Ingleside to 151 total yards.
The Mustangs enter their fourth district game 1-7 overall and 0-3 in district with their lone win coming over Robstown, 35-0. Ingleside holds losses to Edna (21-7), Kingsville King (49-21), Rockport-Fulton (29-0), Goliad (40-0), Wharton (37-33), Sweeny (56-7) and Aransas Pass (21-20).
Twenty varsity lettermen return to Hunter Mamrick’s squad, including eight starters on offense and 10 on defense. Last season’s team finished 0-10 (0-5 district).
Standout players for Ingleside include Stevie Cardenas, Nic Patrick, Paiton Teall, Marlin Johnson, Robert Eppard, Luke Snodgrass, Damian Davila, Marty Hinojosa, Nathan Zabel, Alec Vasquez, Patrick Schwenke, Freddie Castaneda, Trystan Edison, Gabriel Falcon and Isaiah Ledezma.
Cardenas returns for his third season as a varsity starter. Last season, he accounted for 32 tackles and two sacks. Cardenas will also anchor the offensive line with Johnson. Eppard tallied 75 tackles last year to lead the defense.
Hinojosa leads the offense with Teall and Patrick as his primary weapons.
Through seven games, three in district, the Gobblers are averaging 446 yards of total offense per game (240 rushing and 206 passing), while holding the opposition to 197 yards (129 rushing and 68 passing).
The rushing attack is led by junior Grant, who has accounted for 787 yards on 104 carries (7.6 per carry) and 15 touchdowns. Chance Albrecht has rushed 48 times for 428 yards and seven touchdowns, while Whittington adds 226 yards on 30 carries and five touchdowns.
Whittington leads all Gobbler receivers with 43 receptions for 801 yards and 11 touchdowns. Riemenschneider has thrown for 1,354 yards and 16 touchdowns with only one interception.