Reeve returns to Memorial Stadium with Cuero

Sept. 6, 2012 at 4:06 a.m.
Updated Sept. 7, 2012 at 4:07 a.m.

Cuero head coach Travis Reeve will return to Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Cuero head coach Travis Reeve will return to Memorial Stadium on Friday.   Todd Krainin for The Victoria Advocate

CUERO - The Gobblers may be wearing their white jerseys and be on the visitors bench, but Friday will be a homecoming for Cuero head coach Travis Reeve.

Reeve returns to the stadium where he played his home games as a Victoria High Stingaree.

"It's always great to be able to go back and I've got a lot of great memories (and) a lot of old friends," Reeve said. "When the lights come on and we kick the ball off, it's Cuero and Victoria West and all those things are put aside."

Cuero will look to give Reeve his second win in his first year when they take on the Victoria West Warriors.

Friday will mark the first time in 17 years the Gobblers have played a Victoria ISD school.

Reeve was a part of Victoria High's 1993 Class 5A state semifinal team.

He went on to play college football at Southern Arkansas and Southwest Texas State before beginning his coaching career and being hired to replace Rick Owens at Cuero.

"(I have) a lot of great memories from being an old Stingaree," Reeve said.

Reeve will be going up against West head coach Leonard McAngus, who was Victoria High's offensive coordinator under Mark Reeve from 1990 to 1995.

The game was one of the highlights of Cuero's non-district schedule, especially for Gobblers who grew up playing against teams from Victoria in youth football and middle school.

"I've been waiting to play them for awhile," said senior defensive lineman Caleb Harvey.

The Gobblers got Reeve his first win of his career with a 20-19 win over Wharton last week.

Reeve's son Blake found Justin Rossett for a 30-yard touchdown pass with two seconds remaining in the game to steal the win.

"Winning like that was the most emotional rush I've ever had in my life," said Blake Reeve.

West is coming off a 55-12 season opening loss to Lockhart a week ago.

In that game, the Warriors defense allowed 494 total yards and eight touchdowns.

"I think we can be diverse like our offense always is," Blake said. "I think we can earn our paycheck on the ground and open it up in the air, just be diverse."

Blake threw for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Wharton.

Although the Warriors allowed three different Lions to rush for 100 yards or more, the Gobblers managed only 72 yards on 27 attempts against Wharton a week ago.

Reeve said his goals is to be balanced offensively.

"We're going to try to take whatever the defense gives us and execute what we do," Reeve said.

The Gobblers will have to deal with a mobile quarterback in Garrett Rother this week.

Against Lockhart, the senior completed 13 of 21 passes for 149 yards and rushed 12 times for 61 yards.

"They got a good quarterback that really makes their offense go," said Reeve about Rother. "He does a really good job of running it and throwing it."

Junior running back Qualian Bryant also had a good debut game against the Lions last week rushing for 116 yards on eight carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

This marks the second time in three weeks the Gobblers will spend a Friday night at Memorials Stadium.

Cuero scrimmaged Victoria East on Aug. 24, but for the Gobblers, it's not the same as having a shot at a VISD school during the regular season.

"This is one of the games on our schedule that we marked down," Blake said. "We always played Victoria (teams) in junior high and even in CYFL and they always put it on us."



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