Cuero advances to quarterfinals

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Dec. 2, 2017 at 1:30 a.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2017 at 1:31 a.m.

Cuero's Drew Riemenschneider, scrambles from of the pocket on the quarterback keeper as Navarro defenders close in during the 4A Division II regional playoff game Friday at Hero Stadium in San Antonio. Gobblers lead the Panthers 17-0 at halftime.

Cuero's Drew Riemenschneider, scrambles from of the pocket on the quarterback keeper as Navarro defenders close in during the 4A Division II regional playoff game Friday at Hero Stadium in San Antonio. Gobblers lead the Panthers 17-0 at halftime.   Evan Lewis for The Victoria Advocate

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SAN ANTONIO – Cuero coach Travis Reeve had a number of reasons to be thankful as he spoke to his team after its Class 4A, Division II quarterfinal win over Geronimo Navarro.

Reeve knew the 38-24 victory Friday night at Heroes Stadium meant the Gobblers avenged last season’s quarterfinal loss to the Panthers, and earned a berth in this year’s quarterfinals against Wimberley, a 42-17 winner over Sweeny.

Reeve was also thankful to have his son and former Cuero quarterback Blake Reeve standing on the sideline after he fell out of a tree while hunting and suffered a stroke.

“It’s been a week,” Travis Reeve said. “We live in the greatest community in the state of Texas. It’s been such a blessing the support we’ve gotten from the Cuero community and God has certainly blessed us in that he protected Blake from something that could have been much worse. It’s been a trying week and it’s also been a blessing in that we know we’re loved.”

The Gobblers showed their appreciation for their coach by jumping out to a 31-0 lead and improving to 12-0 on the season.

“That’s what we’ve been doing,” Travis Reeve said. “It was a big first half. We felt like we had to get a good lead on them. They’re not going to quit.”

The Gobblers had success throwing and running the ball.

Quarterback Drew Riemenschneider threw for 208 yards, including touchdown passes 38 and 19 yards to Jordan Whittington.

“We started out fast,” Whittington said. “I’m glad we did that, but I’m a little disappointed we slowed down. We can’t do that because we’re going to play better and better teams.”

Running back Jared Love came off the bench when Keiran Grant was shaken up in the first half and rushed for 96 yards, including touchdowns runs of 2 and 39 yards.

“It was a great experience for me,” Love said. “I was a little nervous at first, but it was good.”

The Panthers (11-2) didn’t score until 45 seconds were left in the third quarter.

The Cuero defense had three interceptions – two by Cole Toller and one by Claevon Patton – and forced Navarro to turn the ball over on downs four times.

“It was definitely different,” Toller said. “We got to see how tough we are and how conditioned we are. They are a tough team. They were hitting us the whole game. It was a good matchup and a good test.”

Navarro scored twice in the fourth quarter behind the running of Chris Gomez, who had 167 yards on 23 carries and Will Eveld, who added 60 yards on 17 carries.

“I don’t think it was fatigue,” Whittington said. “I think it was being satisfied and just not knowing they can come back like that.”

“I feel like we did get satisfied,” Toller added. “We didn’t have energy. They were running down our throat. We realized it was a game and we needed to get back on it.”

The Gobblers did and Travis Reeve is thankful to be playing another week.

“It’s two teams with a lot of pride and both teams wanted it,” he said. “We did have a pretty good lead. There have been some college teams that have been up by 41. You can play it pretty or you can play to win. We played the percentages and it worked out.”


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