Ford honors Whittington

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Sept. 13, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.

CUERO - Jordan Whittington had no idea he was going to be such a big part of the Cuero offense in its season-opening game against Yoakum.

But Whittington took advantage of his opportunities, producing 294 all-purpose yards and scoring five touchdowns to lead Cuero to a 41-13 win Friday night at Gobbler Stadium.

Whittington rushed 14 times for 148 yards and four touchdowns, caught five passes for 105 yards and one touchdown, completed his only pass for 6 yards, returned a kickoff for 27 yards, and a punt for 8 yards.

The junior also had six tackles on defense and two passes defended.

Whittington helped Cuero increase its advantage in the DeWitt County rivalry to 70-32-6, and his performance led to him being named The Built Ford Tough Class 4A Texas High School Football Player of the Week.

"It's a great honor, especially since it's statewide," Whittington said. "I mean, we have the best football in Texas. This is a blessing."

Cuero coach Travis Reeve wasn't surprised with Whittington's performance after watching him as a freshman and sophomore.

"This is his third year," Reeve said. "He kind of got hot, and the things that we were doing with him were working. We just stuck with it."

Whittington gained most of his rushing yardage by taking a direct snap out of the Wildcat formation and gave credit to his offensive line.

"Our O-line amazed us," he said. "They went all out. We had energy the whole game. That's what we did. If you can do it, just give it to me and I'll do it."

Whittington has a number of college offers, and has listed Texas, Texas A&M, Florida and UCLA as his top choices.

But he's currently focused on making this season a special one for the Gobblers.

"That was our first game so we wanted to see what we could be like," Whittington said. "I felt like we were pretty good offensively being the first game so just imagine how much better we can get. It's just practicing every day."



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