Final non-district test
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
For the second consecutive week, Cuero will face an opponent from District 10-4A Division II. After handling rival Gonzales last week, the Gobblers will head to Columbus this week to take on the Cardinals.
This year will mark the 23rd meeting between Cuero and Columbus and fifth year in a row with Cuero leading the series, 16-6. The Gobblers won last season, 41-7, after losing, 21-14, in 2015. Cuero has won eight of the last nine meetings dating back to 1997. The all-time series dates back to 1938 when Cuero won, 12-7.
Columbus enters this year’s matchup 0-2 with losses to Sealy (58-0) and Hallettsville (49-7).
Columbus was one of only two non-district teams during the regular season last year to reach the endzone against Cuero, the other being Yoakum. The Gobblers totaled 419 yards, while holding Columbus to 188.
Senior quarterback Troy Pflughaupt found TreShon Perrino on a 71 yard touchdown pass to keep the game level early last season following Keiran Grant’s 22 yard touchdown run.
Bralen Taylor scored on a 45 yard run to put Cuero up for good and added his second score just before halftime.
Jordan Whittington and Tre Miles combined for the three second half Gobbler scores. Whittington returned an interception for a score, and Miles adding rushing touchdowns of 27 and 42 yards.
Taylor and Grant combined for 23 carries for 186 yards.
Mike Bonewald’s Cardinals return six starters on offense and five on defense from last year’s team which finished 3-7 (2-3 district). They are projected this season to finish fourth in their district behind Giddings, La Grange and Caldwell.
The Cardinals are led by defensive lineman Jaqai Shorter and linebacker Julian Carter. On offense Pflughaupt returns after totaling 747 passing yards, 730 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016.
Other players of note are offensive lineman/defensive lineman Tyrique Hancock, running back Dakarai Evans, wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Mills, offensive lineman Alex Juarez, defensive lineman Dayne Schobel, running back Tyree Simcik, offensive lineman Anthony Talez, linebacker Nicolas Frischknecht, offensive lineman Clayton Courtney, defensive back Damion Sewell, defensive back Jameal Shorter, athlete Hayden Leopold, wide receiver/defensive back Avant Woods and wide receiver/defensive back Travarius Phearse.
“We’re going on the road again,” head coach Travis Reeve noted of their upcoming game. “It’ll be the second time this year. I wanna see us come out and play well from the start and play a good four quarters. The name of the game right now is get better every week. Non-district is to work on the things that you need to get better at. Teams expose different things each week where you have weaknesses, so we gotta shore up those weaknesses, build on what we’re doing well and we gotta get primed and ready to go, because we’re gonna be in a tough district. It’s gonna be a great game in Columbus next week, and we’re looking forward to it.”