Taking game to great Hights
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YOAKUM - Tre'Vontae Hights knew something good was in store for Yoakum when it lined up to take his first snap against Cuero.
"We knew from the jump we were going to get a big play the first play from just looking at film and seeing what they were doing," he said. "We didn't know it was going to be a touchdown. It just happened to be a touchdown."
Hights ran 71 yards for a score, and Yoakum went on to a 41-20 District 26-3A win over the Gobblers on a rainy Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
The touchdown run was the start of a special night for Hights. The junior quarterback carried 29 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 107 yards and one touchdown.
"He's an athlete," said Yoakum coach Brent Kornegay. "Tre'vontae is a special kid, but you've got to give credit to the other 10 guys with him."
The Bulldogs took their third straight win in the 103rd meeting of the DeWitt County rivals and evened their record at 3-3 while improving to 2-0 in district.
"Our kids executed the game plan," Kornegay said. "I felt like we would have an opportunity to do some of the things that we could do."
Hights ran Yoakum's zone read offense to near perfection. He either kept the ball or handed off to running backs Terrance Hall (11 carries for 89 yards) or T.J. Hights (10 carries for 44 yards).
He also completed 6 of 9 passes, including a 57-yard touchdown pass to Timmy Blakeney.
"Tre'vontae had a good game, and we had some things for T.J. and some things for Terrance, too, and they all executed it," Kornegay said. "Up front, I can't say enough about those guys. They played well."
Yoakum also forced two turnovers and scored on a 25-yard interception return by Dantey Eldridge.
"We knew it was going to be wet," Tre'Vontae Hights said. "Last time, we had a wet game, we had tons of turnovers. We tried to limit turnovers. We did that tonight and came out with a win."
Yoakum ran 59 plays to 43 for Cuero (4-2, 1-1), which had only 98 yards of rushing and scored two offensive touchdowns - the other score came on a 91-yard kickoff return by D'Andre Gallagher.
"Tre'Vontae is a great player," said Cuero coach Travis Reeve. "He's very difficult to defend. They've got a really good football team and give those guys credit tonight. I thought Yoakum played exceptionally well and deserved to win."
Cuero leads the series 66-31-6, but Yoakum has won three straight for the first time since the 1952, '53 and '54 games.
"It's a new era just like last year when Keith (Ratley) said it," Tre'Vontae Hights said. "We've started something nice."