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Blake Reeve happy to be back under center for Cuero

By MIKE FORMAN
Aug. 30, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.

Cuero quarterback Blake Reeve holds for a kick as his father, head coach Travis Reeve, watches during a practice Wednesday. Reeve is back as a senior after being with the Gobblers as a freshman.

Wharton at Cuero

7:30 p.m. start, FridayRadio: KBAR, 100.9 FM

CUERO - The last two football seasons were not what Blake Reeve expected.

Reeve was poised to become Cuero's starting quarterback after taking snaps in two playoff games as a freshman.

But Reeve's plans changed when his father left Cuero for a coaching position at San Antonio Churchill.

Blake Reeve played sparingly as a sophomore and wound up in the secondary as a junior.

"I just think God had a plan for me," Blake said. "Moving to Churchill my sophomore year, I tried my best to start and do anything for the team. I didn't get to play that much and it was more of a learning experience for me. Going to my junior year, I played half the year at quarterback and they moved me to safety and I played defense."

Blake Reeve's desire to play quarterback was delayed but not denied when Travis Reeve returned to Cuero as the athletic director and head football coach in March.

Blake Reeve will be under center when Cuero opens the season against Wharton on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gobbler Stadium.

"He's excited about being back and being a Gobbler," Travis Reeve said. "He's excited about playing quarterback. He's excited about this football season and being with his teammates and being able to graduate as a Gobbler."

Travis Reeve was Cuero's offensive coordinator so Blake was fairly familiar with the system.

"I've spent my whole life in the offense as a ball boy, in the huddle and the older I got the more I understood the offense," Blake said. "My freshman year I got to play with the varsity two games and that really helped me learn the speed of the game. The more I play I'm learning the offense and where the receivers are and the line protection."

Blake Reeve spent much of the summer playing 7 on 7 and throwing with his receivers.

"He wanted to get with our receivers and develop some timing there," Travis said. "Just throw and catch as much as he can. That's the biggest transition for him is getting with those guys and feeling comfortable with each other."

Blake Reeve has had a chance to run the offense in scrimmages against Lockhart and Victoria East.

Wharton coach Tim Finn watched Cuero scrimmage and had high praise for the quarterback.

"He's awesome," Finn said. "He's a great leader. I don't know about his running ability because we really didn't see that. But when he threw the football he was very accurate. He's solidified that whole group."

Blake Reeve has been around Cuero football most of his life and understands what's expected of the quarterback.

"They were always great leaders," Blake said. "From Kyle Noack to Tyler Arndt they were always my heroes and I've always wanted to be like them. I learned a lot from them, but I also learned to be myself and not to go after what they did, but to have my legacy and understand the game and let somebody else look up to me."

NOTES: Wharton quarterback Bartee Grissom rushed for 1,566 yards and 25 touchdowns and passed for 951 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Finn has been pleased with the progress Grissom has made in the Tigers' new offense.

"He's getting a whole lot better," Finn said. "We're installing things as we go along and as he can handle them."

Travis Reeve has also been impressed with Grissom.

"They've got an excellent quarterback," Reeve said. "He's a great athlete. He's going to be somebody that we're going to try and contain."

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