Yoakum reaches new Hights in win over Cuero
CUERO - The 102nd meeting between Yoakum and Cuero was the first for sophomore Tra'vontae Hights.
Hights made it a memorable one by rushing for 110 yards and three touchdowns to lead Yoakum to a 28-21 District 26-3A win over Cuero on Friday night at Gobbler Stadium.
Hights was familiar with the DeWitt County rivalry, but had a hard time explaining what it meant to play in the game.
"I showed you better than I can tell you," he said. "I don't have words for it. It's just amazing."
Hights split time at quarterback with Chase Hermes and scored on runs 1 and 2 yards in the first half before adding the clinching touchdown on a 6-yard run with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter.
"He's an athlete," said Yoakum coach Brent Kornegay of Hights, who was sidelined by a severe ankle sprain early in the year. "He's been around it and he understands it and he's a playmaker."
Yoakum also scored on a 48-yard pass from Hermes to Keith Ratley and improved to 5-2 and 2-0 in district with their second consecutive win over Cuero.
"We went in the ballgame thinking we were going to go series with them and whichever one we felt we needed to go with," Kornegay said. "I can't say enough about both of them. Chase threw the ball really well and Tre'vontae's kind of like a Wildcat type kid for us. It's hard for defenses to defend two kids like that."
Hights ran for 47 yards on his second carry and had three runs of over 10 yards, while completing one of his three passes for 10 yards.
"I was very nervous, very nervous, but they all went away in one play," Hights said. "I was just following my blocks. The line blocked great and I was following them. They did it for me."
Cuero (2-5, 0-2) had more total yards and first downs than Yoakum. But the Gobblers had three interceptions and lost a fumble, and twice had settle for field goals by Brenden Pupi after reaching the Yoakum 8- and 5-yard lines.
"Four turnovers," said Cuero coach Travis Reeve. "You can't win turning the ball over and we've learned that the hard way."
Cuero tied the game on a 5-yard run by Justin Kremling and a two-point conversion pass from Blake Reeve to D'Andre Gallagher with 7:10 left in the fourth quarter.
But Yoakum drove 77 yards while taking 5:06 off the clock before Hights scored on the Bulldogs' lone third-down play of the drive.
"Coach Kornegay came out and told me I would have a big game," Hights said. "I just listened to him and ran the plays he told me and made plays when he told me to."
NOTES: • Yoakum is 2-0 in district for the first time since 2004.
• Cuero leads the overall series 66-30-6.
• Highlights of the game can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest's High School Spotlight, which will be replayed Saturday at 9 a.m.