Cuero puts offensive weapons on display

Marcus Gutierrez By Marcus Gutierrez

Sept. 23, 2017 at 8:27 p.m.
Updated Sept. 23, 2017 at 8:34 p.m.

Cuero wide receiver Jordan Whittington celebrates after scoring his fifth touchdown during the Cuero vs. Yoakum game.

Cuero wide receiver Jordan Whittington celebrates after scoring his fifth touchdown during the Cuero vs. Yoakum game.   Olivia Vanni for The Victoria Advocate

CUERO - Drew Riemenschneider has heard people comment about his lack of height his whole life.

The chatter has been a motivating factor for the Cuero quarterback.

"When everyone tells me I'm short it just strives me to to go harder," the 5-foot-9, Riemenschneider said. "I know that I have the arm strength of everyone that is taller than me and I can make plays. I just want to come out and prove everyone wrong."

Riemenschneider completed 8-of-10 passes for 213 yards and five touchdowns as Cuero rolled to a 60-21 homecoming win over Gonzales on Friday night at Gobbler Stadium.

"He's been playing good for us and he's making great decisions," said Cuero coach Travis Reeve said. "He has a lot of weapons around him that he can use."

The Gobblers (3-0) found themselves in a hole in the first quarter.

On Gonzales' opening drive quarterback Garrett Rickman threw a 40-yard touchdown to Trevion McNeil to give the Apaches (2-2) a 7-0 lead.

"Give Gonzales credit they made a big play," Reeve said. "I thought our kids tightened up a little bit and our defense played better the rest of the game."

The Gobblers tied the game on a 46-yard pass from Riemenschneider to Jaden Williams.

Cuero defensive back Claevon Patton set up the next score by recovering a fumble.

Four plays later, Jordan Whittington scored on a 6-yard touchdown run.

"We underestimated them and came out slow," Whittington said. "When we realized what we needed to do, we executed and started playing like we were supposed to."

The Gobblers outscored the Apaches 27-7 in the second quarter.

Riemenschneider threw three touchdown passes in the quarter.

He connected with Whittington on a pair of 34-yard scoring strikes and hooked up with Bralen Taylor for a 54-yard touchdown.

Taylor finished with four receptions for 86 yards and three touchdowns.

"When they scored we finally woke up," Taylor said. "I have great chemistry with Drew. We always stay after practice to work"

The Gobblers had a total of 459 yards of offense.

"Coming into the game, we didn't have as many throwing touchdowns," Riemenschneider said. "It's really great knowing that I can look all over the field and know that I can trust all the of them whoever I throw it too."

Cuero running back Keiran Grant carried 14 times for 128 yards and had touchdown runs of 10 and 51 yards.

"We can be really explosive on offense," Reeve said. "It's hard just to key on one guy because someone else can go off. Our offensive line played well too."

The Cuero defense recovered three fumbles and allowed one touchdown in the second half on Kalub Carrizales' 2-yard run.

"Our defense got better as the game went along," Reeve said. "We have some young guys in there mixed with guys that we have coming back. We have a long way to go, but we will continue to get better."

Senior linebacker John Rodriguez liked the way the defense created turnovers.

"We talk about getting turnovers all week," Rodriguez said. "We want to give our offense the ball so that they can go score points. We were all running to the football and just working as one unit. We started slow, but we found a way to come back and play harder."

Cuero will close out non-district play next at Columbus.

"We have a lot of potential to be a really good team," Reeve said. "We just have to continue to work at practice and show it when we're on the field on game day."


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