CUERO – Cuero coach Travis Reeve carries a slew of memories from the Gobblers’ state championship season.
But first and foremost will always be the hard work and effort put forth by the team.
“The biggest thing I’ll remember from last year was just our kids,” Reeve said. “We graduated such a special group of men – a senior class that we’re going to miss these guys, and not just on the field. Just them being around and their leadership, I look forward to seeing what they’re doing with the rest of their lives.”
Reeve had an opportunity to reflect on Cuero’s run to the 2018 Class 4A, Division II state championship when he received his state championship ring from the Texas High School Coaches Association at Saturday night’s Balfour Hall of Honor banquet to kick off coaching school in Houston.
“I think there are so many things that have got to go right, and it starts with your kids and them buying in and putting in the work that it takes to prepare yourself and just to give yourself a chance,” he said. “There’s always adversity throughout any year, whether it’s injuries or something goes wrong or whatever. Your kids must have the ability to stick together and overcome that adversity.”
The Gobblers faced their share of adversity en route to their 40-28 win over defending state champion Pleasant Grove at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.(tncms-inline)1152660672855072768(/tncms-inline)
Cuero had to overcome a slew of injuries early in the season and the death of Trey Moore’s mother during the season.
The Gobblers rallied around Moore and capped their run with a record-setting performance by Jordan Whittington in the state final.
“I think the things we did from a program culture standpoint over the last two or three years really made a difference in our kids and our program in terms of the character things we’re trying to do with our kids off the football field,” Reeve said. “When you get in the playoffs, you’ve got to play well and things just have to fall right. You’ve got to stay healthy and you’ve got to have that break that goes your way. They’re very difficult to win, and we certainly have been blessed to experience that.”
Reeve and the assistant coaches, players, trainers and managers received state championship rings at a ceremony at the high school in April.
“In some respects it’s still a little bit surreal that we’ve won one,” Reeve said. “But quite honestly, once you kind of remove yourself and you’ve gotten away from the excitement of it, you’ve still got to go back to work and you’ve still got to work on the things that matter the most, and that’s making a difference in kids and that’s working on the 2019 edition of the Gobblers and bringing those kids together and developing leadership so all the things that went into last year’s team, you’ve still got to go back and you’ve got to do it all over again.
“You look back on it with great pride, and it’s certainly something we’ll always remember, but at the same time you realize that life moves on and you’ve got to keep moving forward.”
Reeve will be a part of the state championship coaches’ panel discussion at coaching school Sunday, and he will give a presentation on the Cuero offense Monday.
Once coaching school ends, Reeve will turn his attention to the upcoming season.
“I think from a coaching standpoint, it’s exciting,” he said. “It’s a new challenge and new group of kids, and you’ve got to find a way to win within the same framework of our program that we’ve always done. The challenge is suiting it to the strength of this year’s team and this year’s group of kids.”