Gobblers roll to area playoff win (w/video)

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Nov. 24, 2017 at 9:09 p.m.
Updated Nov. 24, 2017 at 10:25 p.m.

Go here for all the scores from Friday's games.

SAN ANTONIO – Cuero players may not remember the popular television sitcom “That 70’s Show.”

But the Gobblers put on a performance worthy of prime time against Crystal City.

Cuero continued its postseason domination by rolling to a 70-7 Class 4A, Division II area playoff win over the Javelinas on Friday night at Alamo Stadium.

The Gobblers improved to 11-0 and moved into the regional round against Geronimo Navarro, a 71-44 winner over Rio Hondo.

The regional game is set for 7:30 p.m. next Friday at San Antonio’s Heroes Stadium.

“It was good game, leading up to our goal that we’re trying to get to,” said Cuero linebacker Dayton Ball. “We’ve had a good start.”

Ball returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half.

But Ball was just one of the Gobblers who helped the team roll up its highest point total of the season.

“It’s a great start for us,” said Cuero coach Travis Reeve. “Our kids have really been in attack mode in these first couple of rounds of the playoffs. I was really proud of them. They came out and wanted to take control early, and we did that.”

The Gobblers led 49-0 at halftime, and the Javelinas (9-3) had -6 yards of offense through the first two quarters.

“Defensively, I thought we played lights out,” Reeve said. “We had a big stop down there at the end of the first half, and we made a big play. Our offense continues to execute well, and special teams do as well. You’ve got to have all three phases if you want to win at this time of the year.”

Cuero quarterback Drew Riemenschneider completed 10 of his 11 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns.

Bralen Taylor caught four of those passes for 158 yards, including a 96-yard touchdown reception.

“We were just practicing hard the whole week and looking to catch the ball,” said Taylor, who also picked up a teammate's fumble and ran 20 yards for a touchdown. “I got the ball a lot this week in practice, so I was expecting the ball.”

Keiran Grant carried only 10 times in the first half but had 138 yards and scored on runs of 11 and 2 yards. He also had a 48-yard catch and run for a touchdown.

Jordan Whittington had three catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Kiki Mack also returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the first half.

“I feel like we’ve improved,” Ball said. “Practice was fast-paced, and we were getting after it. Everybody had the same mindset that we were going to do it this week.”

Jared Love scored Cuero’s final touchdown on a 60-yard run as Reeve sent the reserves onto the field late in the third quarter.

“You want play a full half, and you want to come out and establish something and maintain momentum in the second half,” Reeve said. “Plus, if you go too early, you lose a little conditioning. It’s important for us because we’re going to be playing four-quarter games from here on out.”


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