Cuero, Bay City claim berths in 7-on-7 state tournament

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

June 3, 2017 at 9:48 p.m.
Updated June 4, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Cuero's Jordan Whittington runs the ball past George West during Saturday's 7-on-7 state qualifier at Gobbler Stadium.

Cuero's Jordan Whittington runs the ball past George West during Saturday's 7-on-7 state qualifier at Gobbler Stadium.   Robert Proctor for The Victoria Advocate

CUERO - The weather in College Station at the end of the month figures to be almost exactly like it was Saturday at Gobbler Stadium.

Cuero and Bay City got a chance to get adjusted to the heat and they can utilize the experience at the Division II state 7-on-7 tournament.

The Gobblers and Blackcats qualified for the state tournament by winning their semifinal games at the Cuero State Qualifying Tournament.

Cuero will be making its first appearance at the state tournament since 2014 when it travels to Veterans Park and Athletic Complex on June 29-30.

"It's a big deal," said running back/defensive back Keiran Grant. "It's like a start. It's something that we're starting now and something that's going to keep us rolling into the football season. It's great. It's great."

Bay City will be going back to the state tournament for the third consecutive year.

"It's a big deal," said Bay City quarterback Dylan Davidson. "We went to state for two years in a row and we're trying to keep the tradition going."

The Gobblers went undefeated through Pool A, taking wins over George West, Goliad and Marion.

"I say the first two games we had a little slow start," said quarterback Drew Riemenschneider. "We were a little tired. Then we came out and the energy just rose and rose and we got on them after that."

The Gobblers then built a big lead and held on for a 46-33 win over Brazosport in the semifinal.

Cuero clinched the win on a touchdown pass from Riemenschneider to Jordan Whittington.

"Sometimes we take breaks and get lazy," Riemenschneider said. "When they start inching their way back, we start shooting off on them and shut them down on defense and score right back on offense."

Bay City went 2-1 in Pool B, beating Brazosport and Hallettsville and losing in double overtime to El Campo.

"I was nervous a little bit," said Davidson, who was calling his own plays for the first time. "But I got the feeling for it and I was good."

The Blackcats rolled to a 56-19 semifinal win over Marion.

Bay City's defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

"We just communicated and played the ball," said linebacker Will Grumbles, who had one of the pick sixes. "As long as we communicate and play ball like we're capable of we can play as long as we need to."

Cuero was awarded the tournament championship when coach Robert Armstrong won a coin flip.

But the Gobblers and Blackcats are looking forward to competing at state.

"We played great today," Grant said. "It is unexplainable how great we played today. We did an awesome job on defense."

"We can go far, if we play like we have been," Grumbles said. "If we play like this past game, our defense will get us there."



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