Cuero Football Leaves For State & Athletes Of The Week
Gobblers Earn Honor With 11th State Trip
Cuero, Texas — Thursday morning, Cuero football hit the road to state.
Before that, the Gobblers had to down some pancakes at the high school cafeteria. Of course, Mean Green pancakes were on the menu. Then it was off to the Pavilion on Main Street for a little sendoff pep rally, which did not turn out to be so little. An estimated 300 fans plus from Planet Gobbler, there to show their support as Cuero football headed off to its 11th state championship game, tying Judson and Odessa Permian on the all-time list. Cuero is now the second Texas high school ever, behind Wichita Falls, to make the state football finals in five straight decades. After the pep rally, the Gobblers got on their buses and, with a stop at Baylor for a workout, headed to Arlington for the big game.
The Mean Green football team earn our Athletes Of The Week honors.
The holiday season is already upon us, but Cuero football isn’t ready to celebrate just yet. Their victory over Silsbee last Friday, punching the Gobblers’ ticket to the 4A Division II state title game. But with their ultimate goal not yet in hand, the Mean Green are trying to stay within themselves.
Said running back Chance Albrecht, “You just gotta have your blockers on, man. Keep your composure out there on the field, you just have to play it like it’s just another game.”
Said head coach Travis Reeve, “This game is not about winning the State Championship, it’s not about playing at AT&T Stadium, it’s not about all the hoopla that surrounds it. It’s about beating Pleasant Grove.”
The Gobblers are steeped in football tradition. Friday’s game will mark Cuero’s 11th trip to the state title game, tying them for second all-time with the famed Mojo of Odessa Permian. Their last championship? Coming back in 1987. Head coach Travis Reeve believes this group is special enough to add to that legacy.
“I’ll tell you, this group of kids has been a fantastic group. We’ve got 22 seniors on our team, they’ve provided tremendous leadership all year. We’ve just gotten better and better every single week and it’s been a privilege to be their coach.”
Despite their successes, the Gobblers’ confidence should not be mistaken for arrogance. As senior Keiran Grant told me after their semifinal win, ‘we still have a lot of hard work to get done.’ Sean Coffey, Newscenter 25 Sports
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