Cuero cruises past West Oso

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Nov. 18, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated Nov. 18, 2017 at 9:54 p.m.

Cuero's Keiran Grant rushed for 225 yards and six touchdowns in the Gobblers' win over West Oso.

Cuero's Keiran Grant rushed for 225 yards and six touchdowns in the Gobblers' win over West Oso.   Contributed photos by Mike Cantu for The Victoria Advocate

CUERO - Cuero has played 128 playoff games during the last 80 years.

But the Gobblers' Class 4A, Division II bi-district game against Corpus Christi West Oso on Friday night was only the third time - and the first since 1993 against Edna - that they played at Gobbler Stadium.

"It was a great feeling to get to come back and enjoy our crowd and the community that supports us," said Cuero running back Keiran Grant. "It was just fantastic."

Grant made sure the Gobblers took advantage of the opportunity by rushing for 225 yards and six touchdowns in a 67-10 win over the Bears.

"It's like I always say, it's not about me," Grant said. "It's about the guys who were blocking up front and the receivers who were blocking downfield. I really appreciate them. I saw the creases and the holes that my linemen created, and I just ran."

The Gobblers improved to 10-0 and moved into the area playoffs against Crystal City, a 20-14 winner over Llano.

The area game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.

"We talked to our kids about coming out and setting the tone early," said Cuero coach Travis Reeve. "We wanted to take control of this game as fast as we could and our kids did a great job of that.

"We were fired up about getting to play in front of our home crowd in a bi-district playoff game for the first time in a long time," he added. "What a great atmosphere to start the playoffs."

The Gobblers had a 32-0 lead before the West Oso (6-5) band arrived at Gobbler Stadium late in the first quarter.

They blocked a punt for a safety; Grant had touchdown runs of 3, 10 and 1 yards; and Chance Albrecht added one of his two 5-yard touchdown runs.

"That's something we tried to focus on," said Cuero linebacker John Rodriguez. "Just to come out with energy and get on them early."

Grant added touchdown runs of 24 and 9 yards and had 197 yards on his 13 carries in the first half.

The junior carried only three times in the second half and added a 9-yard touchdown run.

"Keiran had a big night," Reeve said. "The offensive line did a great job up front, but he certainly did a great job of being explosive and being physical at the same time. The first touchdown - he ran over somebody to get in. He's a great combination of speed and power. He was certainly a great weapon for us."

The defense also dominated, not allowing the Bears a first down until 41 seconds remained in the first quarter.

West Oso had 11 plays go for negative yardage, and Jordan Whittington intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards to the 1-yard line to set up one of Grant's touchdown runs.

"We were just trusting the game plan the coaches brought to us," Rodriguez said. "We were just being gap-sound and running to the football. All the stuff they did, we had seen all week in practice and were ready for it."

The Bears did not reach the end zone until Daniel Roberson and Craig Clemons hooked up on a 98-yard pass and run with 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter against Cuero junior varsity and freshman players.

Cuero also scored on a 36-yard pass from Drew Riemenschneider to Whittington, who had four receptions for 118 yards.

"It's big start," Grant said. "We still have more work to do. We have a saying - 'We're committed to the mission.' We've just got to keep working hard to fulfill our goal."

NOTES: Cuero's other home playoff game was in 1938 against Junction.


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