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2002 game captured drama of Yoakum-Cuero rivalry

Oct. 13, 2010 at 5:13 a.m.
Updated Oct. 14, 2010 at 5:14 a.m.

Yoakum's Trey Hights attempts to allude Cuero's Monte Green during the Gobblers' 26-23 win last season in Yoakum. Below: Headline of 2002 Cuero-Yoakum game.

100th Game ReceptionA reception will be held for former Yoakum and Cuero football alumni and their spouses from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cuero High School cafeteria. Bleachers will be made available at Gobbler Stadium and the former players will be recognized at the game, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m.

DeWitt County Rivalry

Cuero 65, Yoakum 28, 6 Ties

2009: Cuero 26, Yoakum 23

2008: Cuero 49, Yoakum 14

2007: Cuero 49, Yoakum 13

2006: Cuero 33, Yoakum 7

2005: Cuero 41, Yoakum 14

2004: Cuero 21, Yoakum 14

2003: Cuero 28, Yoakum 21

2002: Cuero 10, Yoakum 3

2001: Yoakum 10, Cuero 3

2000: Yoakum 17, Cuero 7

1999: Cuero 31, Yoakum 13

1998: Cuero 33, Yoakum 0

1997: Cuero 42, Yoakum 0

1996: Yoakum 23, Cuero 20

1995: Cuero 42, Yoakum 7

1994: Cuero 20, Yoakum 14

1993: Cuero 42, Yoakum 0

1992: Yoakum 9, Cuero 0

1991: Cuero 32, Yoakum 0

1990: Cuero 35, Yoakum 0

1989: Yoakum 39, Cuero 6

1988: Cuero 16, Yoakum 0

1987: Cuero 48, Yoakum 20

1986: Cuero 42, Yoakum 6

1985: Cuero 43, Yoakum 6

1984: Cuero 14, Yoakum 6

1983: Cuero 34, Yoakum 0

1982: Cuero 27, Yoakum 20

1981: Cuero 22, Yoakum 0

1980: Cuero 29, Yoakum 0

1979: Cuero 27, Yoakum 0

1978: Tie, 14-14

1977: Yoakum 21, Cuero 19

1976: Cuero 14, Yoakum 12

1975: Cuero 28, Yoakum 7

1974: Cuero 35, Yoakum 0

1973: Cuero 43, Yoakum 7

1972: Cuero 33, Yoakum 2

1971: Tie, 0-0

1970: Cuero 26, Yoakum 18

1969: Cuero 32, Yoakum 0

1968: Cuero 19, Yoakum 0

1967: Cuero 18, Yoakum 15

1966: Cuero 27, Yoakum 6

1965: Cuero 19, Yoakum 6

1964: Cuero 27, Yoakum 0

1963: Tie, 20-20

1962: Tie, 6-6

1961: Yoakum 12, Cuero 6

1960: Tie, 0-0

1959: Yoakum 12, Cuero 6

1958: Cuero 28, Yoakum 6

1957: Cuero 28, Yoakum 6

1956: Yoakum 13, Cuero 6

1955: Cuero 13, Yoakum 6

1954: Yoakum 20, Cuero 13

1953: Yoakum 27, Cuero 14

1952: Yoakum 41, Cuero 14

1951: Cuero 20, Yoakum 0

1950: Cuero 19, Yoakum 7

1949: Yoakum 13, Cuero 12

1948: Cuero 27, Yoakum 7

1947: Cuero 13, Yoakum 6

1946: Yoakum 6, Cuero 0

1945: Yoakum 21, Cuero 6

1944: Yoakum 7, Cuero 6

1943: Yoakum 7, Cuero 0

1942: Cuero 18, Yoakum 0

1941: Cuero 32, Yoakum 0

1940: Yoakum 20, Cuero 0

1939: Yoakum 32, Cuero 0

1938: Did Not Play

1937: Did Not Play

1936: Did Not Play

1935: Yoakum 54, Cuero 0

1934: Yoakum 60, Cuero 0

1933: Cuero 14, Yoakum 0

1932: Yoakum 12, Cuero 0

1931: Yoakum 19, Cuero 0

1930: Yoakum 39, Cuero 0

1929(1): Yoakum 25, Cuero 18

1929(2): Cuero 14, Yoakum 6

1928: Cuero 19, Yoakum 6

1927: Cuero 19, Yoakum 0

1926: Cuero 20, Yoakum 6

1925(1): Yoakum 7, Cuero 3

1925(2): Cuero 8, Yoakum 0

1924(1): Tie, 0-0

1924(2): Cuero 7, Yoakum 2

1923(1): Yoakum 7, Cuero 0

1923(2): Cuero 17, Yoakum 7

1922: Cuero 19, Yoakum 0

1921: Cuero 7, Yoakum 6

1920: Cuero 39, Yoakum 7

1919: Cuero 12, Yoakum 3

1918: no record

1917: Cuero 9, Yoakum 0

1916: Cuero 10, Yoakum 0

1915: Cuero 6, Yoakum 0

1914(1): Cuero 71, Yoakum 0

1914(2): Cuero 39, Yoakum 0

1913: Did not play

1912: Cuero 37, Yoakum 13

1911: Yoakum 7, Cuero 6

The pain in Brandon Mays' back was severe, but that wasn't why his eyes filled with tears.

Mays' emotions got the better of him after he led Cuero to a 10-3 win over Yoakum in overtime.

"I got so excited I cried at the end," Mays said. "I never thought I'd do that. It was happy tears though."

Nearly eight years have gone by since Mays passed for 92 yards and rushed for 59 to help Cuero defeat Yoakum. But memories of the 2002 game at Cuero's Gobbler Stadium linger.

Mays is a deputy with the Victoria County Sheriff's Department.

He still lives in Cuero and he recently won the MVP award in the South Texas Amateur Football League as the quarterback for the Cuero team.

But Cuero's win over Yoakum in 2002 remains special to Mays.

"We competed in everything," Mays said. "I remember even during track season we were always going for bragging rights. We're real close with those guys so we always talked trash.

"The older guys used to say you better not get beat by Yoakum. My older brothers played on the '93 and '94 teams and they told me I better not lose that game."

Cuero didn't figure to beat Yoakum in 2002.

Coach Jessie Crow's Bulldogs won the previous two games against the Gobblers. Yoakum came into the game with a 5-1 record and had opened district with an 18-10 win over Gonzales.

Cuero began the season with four consecutive losses before capturing a four-point win over Edna and opening district with a 40-0 win over Goliad.

But Yoakum and Cuero fans know the intensity of the DeWitt County rivalry, which will be played for the 100th time Friday night at Gobbler Stadium, often leads to the unexpected.

"We had started 0-4," Mays said. "We didn't want to be that Cuero team not to make the playoffs."

The 2002 game turned into a defensive struggle.

Yoakum had taken a 3-0 lead in the second quarter on a 25-yard field goal by quarterback Randy Boone that followed a 14-yard run by Aaron Ward on a fake punt.

The score looked like it would stand when Cuero used its final timeout with Yoakum facing a second-and-eight at the Cuero 12-yard line with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter.

But on the next snap - a play that will live in Yoakum football infamy - the Bulldogs fumbled the ball on a sweep and Cuero's Daniel Binz recovered it at the 10-yard line.

The play call is still the subject of conversation.

Crow said the Bulldogs needed one more first down to run out the clock.

Some Yoakum fans insist the Bulldogs should have taken a knee and forced the Gobblers to drive the length of the field with about 30 seconds remaining.

True to the nature of the rivalry, some Cuero fans have suggested Crow wanted to score again.

Mays was thankful for another chance.

He had neglected to wear a back flap and had taken a shot in the lower left side that made it difficult for him to walk.

But he completed five of eight passes on the game-tying drive, including a pass to Nick Taylor, who lateraled to Chris Taylor for a 27-yard gain.

Mays' final completion went for 11 yards to Nick Taylor before the quarterback spiked the ball at the Yoakum 16 with 2 seconds on the clock.

Mays recalls looking to the sideline and seeing coach Bill Littleton sending the field goal team on the field.

The decision wasn't a given considering kicker Jeremy Powell had yet to make a field goal that season.

Yoakum called a timeout to put more pressure on Powell, but the snap by Brandon Stafford was perfectly placed by holder Michael Johnson and Powell's 33-yard field goal was good on the final play of regulation.

Yoakum won the toss in overtime and elected to play defense.

Cuero drove the ball to the 1-yard line where Powell followed a block by guard Cody Wallace and center John Nessel into the end zone on a fourth-down plunge and Powell kicked the extra point.

Yoakum took possession and running back Anthony Harrison, who rushed for a game-high 123 yards, ran seven consecutive times around the left side to the 1-yard line.

But on the eighth play, Yoakum attempted to run a sweep to the right and a bobbled pitch set off a mad scramble before Cuero's Chris Taylor recovered the ball at the 35-yard line ending the game.

"It was a very competitive game," Mays said. "We couldn't get anything going the whole game. But we got that drive."

Yoakum bounced back from the loss, finishing in a three-way tie for the district championship with Cuero and Gonzales, before advancing to the Division II quarterfinals where it lost to eventual state champion Bandera.

Cuero would lose to Gonzales - the Gobblers' last district loss - and were eliminated in the Division II bi-district playoffs by Rice Consolidated.

Cuero leads the series 65-28-6 and has won the last eight meetings, but Mays has no idea what's in store for the centennial game.

He does know where he'll be Friday night.

"I'll be there," Mays said. "I can't miss it."

Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361- 580-6588 or mforman@vicad.com, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.

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