Gobblers battle all night, come up just short
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Forcing momentum-swinging stops and leading the time of possession battle against a run-oriented opponents, Cuero put themselves in position to defeat the Geronimo-Navarro Panthers in district last Friday night. An onside kick recovered by the Gobblers in the finals few minutes gave Cuero the chance to tie the game before coming up just short, 22-14.
Led by their best defensive performance of the season against a talented offense, Cuero found themselves tied with Navarro at halftime, 8-8. Two third quarter scores, though, allowed the Panthers to maintain their undefeated season. “For us to come out the way we did, we could’ve easily just packed it in and gave up, but we played our best,” junior linebacker Austin Schwarz stated.
“Those guys work hard. Our whole defense works hard. We had a great week of practice, and we knew to win we had to stop the run.” Navarro managed 314 rushing yards on 39 carries, but Cuero came up with most of the big stops on the night. Navarro only converted one of eight third downs while going two for four on fourth down, including a critical fourth and goal stop by Cuero in the first quarter.
“Our defense played great,” Cuero head coach Travis Reeve said. “Our entire football team played great. Defensively, we talked all week about attacking them. Our kids did that. We didn’t back down from anybody. I can’t be more proud of our football team.”
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Chase Blackwell prepares to take the snap near the goal line during Cuero’s district game at Navarro last Friday night. Photo by Robert Proctor/The Cuero Record.