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Cuero coach watches quarterbacks closely in 7-on-7 games

By MIKE FORMAN
June 18, 2013 at 1:18 a.m.

Cuero senior quarterback Hunter Fales is competing to be the starting quarterback for the Gobblers in the upcoming season. The Gobblers must replace Blake Reeve, who threw for 1,674 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Big shoes to fill

RECENT CUERO QUARTERBACKS

• Blake Reeve, Henderson State

• Mason Blaschke, Trinity

• Tyler Arndt, Texas State

• Kyle Noack, Mary Hardin Baylor

• Matt Schumacher, Texas Lutheran

Cuero coach Travis Reeve knows what he's looking for in a starting quarterback.

The Gobblers must replace Blake Reeve, who threw for 1,674 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and earned a scholarship to Henderson State.

"We're looking for somebody that's going to do a good job of taking care of the football and running the offense and is a leader on the field," Travis Reeve said. "He's got to have some poise about him."

Reeve watched closely as senior Hunter Fales and junior Jared Verner took snaps during 7 on 7 games Tuesday evening at Memorial Stadium.

Verner threw two touchdown passes, and Fales threw one in the Gobblers' 21-7 win over Edna.

Verner threw a touchdown pass and a two-point conversion pass in Cuero's 8-7 win over Goliad.

Reeve was evaluating both quarterbacks, but insisted the real competition won't begin until fall practice starts in August.

"Right now you get a little taste of that with the competition," Reeve said. "But it really doesn't start until we put the pads on."

Fales played quarterback on the sub-varsity level before backing up Blake Reeve and starting in the secondary last season.

"Just watching Blake last year, I learned you've just got to be prepared and stay poised," Fales said. "You have to be a great leader on the field for the team because that's who they look to in crunch time."

Verner played on the junior varsity last season and is thankful for the chance to work with his new teammates during the summer.

"It helps building chemistry with the team," he said. "You just learn the plays and have fun."

Reeve won't hesitate to play both quarterbacks if he thinks that is what's best for the team.

"If we've got two quarterbacks who can play, we'll play two quarterbacks," he said. "It's kind of like any other position. If you can play, we're going to be playing you."

But Reeve, as a former quarterback, knows the position is unique.

He'll continue to evaluate Fales and Verner at the San Antonio Central Catholic state qualifying tournament Saturday.

"You want to see if they are reading the right guy, are they throwing the ball on time, and the decisions that they're making," Reeve said. "They've got to be able to do that now when there's not that rush coming. If you can't without the pads on, you're probably not with them."

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