It was a December miracle.
Those around the program will tell you it was, instead, the result of months, even years, of sweat, hard work, and countless hours of practice and dedication.
Whatever you want to call it, Cuero’s 40-28 win over Texarkana Pleasant Grove in the state championship game will be a moment those kids, players and fans will remember forever.
“It feels great,” coach Travis Reeve said after the game. “I’m so happy for our team and our community.”
Some call it a miracle because running the gauntlet in Texas high school football is about the hardest task a team can face. Teams that make the state title game have played the equivalent of an extra half season.
That is quite the accomplishment. Winning the title, even more so.
Some players, such as Jordan Whittington, still will lace the cleats up and pursue greatness as college players. For a lot of others, though, that moment the scoreboard read 0:00 and the championship was realized, it symbolized the high mark of their athletic careers.
We salute the team, and coaches and everybody who helped make this dream come true for Cuero.
The Gobblers aren’t the only team that had success, though. Teams all across the Crossroads displayed grit and toughness throughout the season. Yoakum, Refugio, Falls City, Edna, Shiner, Goliad, St. Paul and others deserve kudos for their deep playoff runs.
We also thank all teams, regardless of how their season ended, for their all hard work and effort.
So football is over, and the new year brings hope for a whole slew of teams in different sports.
The basketball playoffs will be here in a blink of an eye. Baseball, track and field won’t be far behind.
Our hope is that all of these athletes, teams and coaches have great seasons.
We like it when local teams do well. It’s good for the communities, and it’s good for us, too. We get to tell great stories we wouldn’t otherwise write.
And that’s a win-win for everybody.