Teams try to make splash in summer tournament


July 8, 2014 at 2:08 a.m.

Cuero athletic director and head football coach Travis Reeve will be doing a lot of traveling this week, but he won't be on vacation.

Reeve will head to College Station on Thursday to watch Cuero compete in the Texas 7-on-7 Championships.

He will leave after the Gobblers finish Friday and head to Abilene for Saturday's State Championship Lineman Challenge.

"We've had really good participation in our summer conditioning workouts, and we've played in a couple of 7-on-7 leagues," Reeve said. "There's kind of a fine line between getting ready for the upcoming season and the time you take off. We want the kids to be with their family and go camping or fishing or whatever they do. But when they're in town, they're usually doing stuff to get ready. That's kind of the way it is now."

Cuero will make its first appearance at the 7-on-7 Division II state tournament.

The Gobblers previously qualified for the 7-on-7 state tournament in 2000 before schools were separated by divisions.

Goliad will participate in the state 7-on-7 tournament for the first time.

Both teams qualified for the state tournament at the Palacios tournament.

The Gobblers and Tigers will be joined at the state tournament by Rice Consolidated, which will be making its seventh straight appearance.

The Raiders qualified for the state tournament as the host team at the Altair tournament.

The teams will play three pool games Thursday at the Veterans Park Athletic Complex in College Station before moving into the championship or consolidation bracket Friday.

"The No. 1 thing is to get out without any injuries," said Goliad athletic director and head football coach John Mares. "I think for the kids, it's just the excitement of qualifying. The kids are excited about doing something other schools weren't able to do. It's just the beginning of your season."

Neither Goliad nor Cuero have any surprises planned for the tournament.

"You've got to kind of stick to the plan," Mares said. "The kids are practicing without you and getting into what you're doing. And you know what they say - practice makes perfect."

"We just run what we do," Reeve agreed. "We've had a good summer, and we feel like we're getting better at what we do. That's what we play 7-on-7 for is to prepare for the next season."

Cuero qualified for the linemen's challenge at the San Antonio East Central tournament.

The Gobblers will be one of 12 Division II teams competing at Hardin-Simmons University.

"The main thing we want to see is the kids compete and get after it," Reeve said. "We're playing good competition, and it should be a good experience for us."



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