DISTRICT 26-3A: Yoakum, Cuero coaches expect weekly test in district


Aug. 30, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.

Cuero receiver Brenden Pupi, left, and quarterback Blake Reeve celebrate after a touchdown during a scrimmage on Aug. 24. Cuero is looking to return to the playoffs after missing out last year.

Cuero receiver Brenden Pupi, left, and quarterback Blake Reeve celebrate after a touchdown during a scrimmage on Aug. 24. Cuero is looking to return to the playoffs after missing out last year.   Todd Krainin for The Victoria Advocate

Cuero had its 42-game district winning streak come to an end last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

The Gobblers could have a difficult time getting back on the winning track after moving to District 26-3A with Texas Football picking them to finish last.

The prediction is not so much a slam at Cuero, but more a nod to Gonzales, Yoakum, Giddings, La Grange and Smithville, which make up the district.

"It's a testament to the strength of our district," said first-year Cuero coach Travis Reeve.

The woes experienced by Cuero were in direct contrast to Gonzales, which enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history.

The Apaches went 11-1, losing in the area playoffs to eventual Division II state champion Wimberley.

"The kids expect to win," said Gonzales coach Ricky Lock. "They have a lot of confidence coming off of last season."

Gonzales appears to have the personnel to contend for another district title.

The Apaches lost two all-state players on defense, but return free safety Zack Lopez, defensive end turned linebacker John Miller, running back Cecil Johnson and all but one starter on the offensive line.

"We lost some key personnel on defense, but we have two all-state guys back," Lock said. "We've got four or five starters and three or four guys who played a lot. It will still be a matter of staying healthy and eligible. But we've been able to do that the last few years."

Yoakum hasn't been to the playoffs since 2009, but the Bulldogs have reason for optimism with the return of a number of experienced players at the skill positions.

"The great thing about it is we have an influx of skill kids who have played before so we just don't have to plug them in," said Yoakum coach Brent Kornegay. "They have a good idea of what we're trying to do."

Kornegay is impressed with the overall depth of the district.

"We're going to have to play with consistency," Kornegay said. "You have a lot of quality football players and they are very well coached. I really believe the sixth-place team could beat the first-place team if they're not ready to play."

Reeve wants to make sure the Gobblers are not the sixth-place team.

"It's a change on both sides of the ball," Reeve said. "It's a matter of the kids understanding what it is we're trying to accomplish. We just have to get better at what we're doing each week."



• Coach: Brent Kornegay

• Years at current school: 4

• Record at current school: 14-18

• Years as head coach: 10

• Overall record: 52-45

• Last year's record: 6-4, 3-3 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2009, area

Returning starters: WB/DB Blake McCracken, FB/LB Devante Price, RB Myron Hights, DB Timmy Blakeney, WR/DB Keith Ratley, DT Rico Perry, OL Zain Terry, LB Braden Drozd, DT Willie Hights, OL Jakoby West, OL Tony Ratley, RB Reagan Jacobs, OL Riley Rutledge, DE Ryan Kvinta, LB Troy Macha

2Keith RatleyWR/DBSr.
3Blake McCrackenQB/DBSr.
4Devante PriceRB/LBSr.
5Braden DrozoFB/LBSr.
6Myron HightsRB/DBSr.
7Aaron ChumchalTE/DESr.
8Terrance HallFB/DBJr.
9Tre/Vontae HightsQB/DBSo.
10TJ HightsQB/LBJr.
11Troy MachaTE/DBSr.
12Karl KasierWR/DBJr.
17Miguel ResendizRB/LBSo.
19Chase HermesQB/DBJr.
20Timmy BlakeneyRB/DBJr.
23Rico PerryRB/DTSr.
27Todrick HightsWR/DBSr.
32Reagan JacobsRB/DBJr.
34Ricky CamarrilloFB/LBSo.
43Max TaylorTE/LBSr.
50Riley RutledgeOL/DTSr.
52Daquan WhiteOL/DTJr.
53Zain TerryOL/DTJr.
54Dalton JanssenOL/DTSr.
55Clay MorrisOL/DEJr.
61Shawn CuellarOL/DTSr.
65Matt ZimmermannOL/DEJr.
66Willie HightsOL/DTSr.
67Shawn BrandtOL/DTSr.
70Jake WestOL/DTSr.
72Tony TatleyOL/DTJr.
79Gabriel GarciaOL/DTJr.
85Ryan KvintaTE/DESr.



• Coach: Ricky Lock

• Years at current school: 4

• Record at current school: 28-7

• Years as head coach: 16

• Overall record: 105-66

• Last year's record: 11-1, 6-0 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, area

• Returning starters: OG/LB J.T. Miller, OG/DT Damien Airhart, C/DT Zach Perez-Clack, OT Tyler Filla, RB Cecil Johnson, TE Cameron Smith, QB Matt Hillman, WR Collin Russell, FS Zack Lopez, DT Jordan Johnson, DE Ray Flores.

2Jaime TellezRB/LBSo.
3George OlivoRB/LBJr.
4Brant PhilippusQB/DBSo.
5Coltin RussellWR/DBSr.
7Matthew HillmanQB/DBSr.
8Matt CastilloWR/DBSr.
9Jered CarrizalesWR/DBSr.
10Darrance JamesWR/DBSo.
11Darnell ArnicWR/DBSr.
12Cecil JohnsonRB/DBSr.
14Edgar AlmaguerWR/DBSr.
15Morgan MartinezQb/DBSr.
20August BordovskyWR/DBSr.
21Zach LopezRB/DBSr.
22Eduardo AngelWR/DBJr.
23Francisco DiazRB/LBSr.
24Cameron HortonWR/DBJr.
25Cameron SmithTE/DESr.
28Chris GarciaWR/LBSr.
30Ray FloresTE/DESr.
32D.J. GonzalesRB/LBJr.
33Rtavis SchauerRb/LBSo.
34Darron HernandezRB/LBSr.
40Trey LesterTE/DESr.
44Eddie GonzalesTE/DESr.
50Damien AirhartOG/LBJr.
52John MillerOG/DEJr.
54Gareth FowlerOG/LBJr.
55Jose ContrerasOG/DTSr.
60Jordan JohnsonOG/DTJr.
62Joe Ryan CarrizalesC/DEJr.
63Zach Perez-ClackC/DTJr.
66Brian DolezalOG/DTSr.
70Tyler FillaOT/DTJr.
72Taylor WalkerOT/DTSr.
74Anthony CasaresOG/DTJr.
75Jorge GallegosOG/DTSr.
76Salomon AlmaguerOT/DTSr.
77Jacob CastilloOT/DTSr.



• Coach: Travis Reeve

• Years at current school: 1

• Years as head coach: 1

• Last year's record: 3-7, 3-3 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2010, area

• Returning starters: OL/DL Caleb Harvey, OL Hudson Haas, FB/LB Logan Goebel, TB/FS D'Anthony Hopkins, WR Ross Reimenschneider, DL J'Von Thomas.

2Pearson ReeseKjr.
3Cole LiendoWR/DBjr.
4Grant DiebelWR/DBso.
5Logan GoebelRB/LBsr.
6Justin RossettWR/DBsr.
7Blake ReeveQB/DBsr.
8Jonas HarveyWR/DBjr.
9Dwayne BelvinRB/LBsr.
10Brandon PupiWR/DBjr.
11Ross RiemenschneiderWR/DBsr.
13Jared VernorQB/DBso.
15Seth AndrewsRB/DBsr.
16Justin KremlingRB/LBsr.
19Hunter FalesQB/DBjr.
20D'Anthony HopkinsRB/DBso.
23Ryan RodriguezWR/DBsr.
24Dylon HarrymanRB/DEsr.
25D'Andre GallagherWR/DBso.
27J'Kelvin JohnsonRB/LBso.
28Ray HortonRB/LBsr.
30Colby EbromTE/DEso.
33Layne BalfanzRB/LBjr.
34Triston BarefieldRB/DBso.
35Reid SchiffbauerRB/LBso.
36Tel HollandTE/LBjr.
40Jared WagnerTE/LBso.
42Hunter DoggettRB/LBso.
49Treven HopkinsRB/DLsr.
50Billy RodriguezOL/DLsr.
51Darren MartinOL/DLjr.
54Trey HendersonOL/DLsr.
55Cameron RessmanOL/DLjr.
61Caleb HarveyOL/DLsr.
66Hudson HaasOL/DLsr.
67Ty HeinsohnOL/DLsr.
72E.J. JohnsonOL/DLso.
79J'Von ThomasOL/DLsr.
80Drew WilliamsonTE/DEsr.



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