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Gobblers going 100 percent into season (w/video)

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Aug. 8, 2017 at 10:21 p.m.
Updated Aug. 9, 2017 at 5 a.m.

Cuero's Drew Riemenschneider hands off to Jaylem Johnson during practice at Gobbler Stadium on Tuesday.

Cuero's Drew Riemenschneider hands off to Jaylem Johnson during practice at Gobbler Stadium on Tuesday.   Angela Piazza for The Victoria Advocate

CUERO - Cuero has yet to put on pads.

But that hasn't stopped Cuero coach Travis Reeve from looking for people to fill holes in the offensive and defensive lines.

"You can see that those guys who will stick the nose in there when you don't have pads will usually stick their nose in there when we do have pads," Reeve said. "I'm really confident in the guys we've got in the offensive and defensive line are going to step in there and do the job."

The Gobblers return players at every skill position from a team that lost in the Class 4A, Division II quarterfinals to Navarro last season.

Rebuilding the lines will be a key to Cuero making another long playoff run.

"We've got to work on knowing what to do and talking like our bigger guys did," said senior left tackle Bradley Perez. "We've got to fill their spots. As we go through the season, it's going to get stronger. I can guarantee that."

The Gobblers were already running plays at a fast tempo Tuesday afternoon at Gobbler Stadium.

"Right now, it's mainly just getting everything right," said junior Jordan Whittington, who will line up at a number of positions. "Our main focus right now is just going full speed everything we do. Those are the two things. A lot of it is paying attention to detail. We do a lot of walk throughs and stuff. But when we go full speed, we go 100 percent."

Reeve understands some of the players are still learning the offense and defense, but he's as much concerned with effort as execution.

"Teaching what we do is obviously important," he said. "But I think one thing we're trying to do is how we do it. I think how you do it is more important than what you do. We're trying to form habits that are going to translate into success going forward to December."

Cuero went undefeated through the regular season and captured playoff wins over Raymondville, Crystal City and Wimberley.

But there's no doubt the quarterfinal loss to Navarro stung the Gobblers, who were anxious for a semifinal rematch against West Orange-Stark.

"We go into this season with a little chip on our shoulder," Perez said. "It was a big loss, and we want to get back to that point and get a ring this year."

Perez has confidence the lines will put Cuero in a position to achieve its goal.

"It's up to us to come out strong," he said. "We're going to be a strong line by the time we get to the playoffs."

Reeve wants the Gobblers to set high goals, but to keep their focus on the present.

"It's our job as coaches to plan according to a long season," he said. "It's our players' job to come out and attack every day like it's the only day they've got. There's a balance there, and we try to maintain that balance. Every day we're out here, we have an opportunity to get better."


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