Gobblers face Floresville Friday night

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Cuero will hit the road for the first time this season for Friday’s showdown with the Floresville Tigers. Last season, the Gobblers had no trouble with Floresville, scoring early and often in a 63-0 victory. Cuero leads the all-time series, 13-2.

Cuero’s defense scored twice on the night. Senior linebacker John Rodriguez provided the opening score, less than one minute into the game. Cuero held Floresville to 70 total yards and three first downs. Gobbler graduate Tyler Edwards closed the scoring with a 45 yard interception return in the third quarter.

The Gobbler offense, led by running back Keiran Grant, notched 587 yards, including 408 rushing. Grant tallied three touchdown runs.

Drew Riemenschneider connected with Jordan Whittington for two first half touchdown passes. In the second half, Tre Miles and Kavian DeRouen added rushing scores, DeRouen’s an 85 yard scamper.

Rodriguez, Grant, Riemenschneider and Whittinton all return for this season’s contest.

Andrew Rohrs leads the Tigers, who return 24 players from last season, including six offensive starters and seven on defense. Floresville finished 2016 with a 5-6 mark (4-1 district), advancing to bi-district.

Quarterback Darian Mayberry returns after starting as a freshman last year and being named District 29-5A offensive newcomer of the year. Mayberry accounted for 1,197 passing yards and six touchdowns. He is projected to earn all-district offensive MVP honors this season.

First-team all-district selections Colton Payne and Patrick Silva return as Mayberry’s primary targets. Payne totaled 428 receiving yards and four touchdowns last season.

Now a junior, running back Kane Numera will lead the Tiger backfield.

Defensive end T.J. Gunter anchors their defense. He accounted for 38 solo tackles and two sacks last year.

Other key players include linebacker/running back Cason Moczygemba, offensive lineman Casey Walls, cornerback/wide receiver Julian Nambo, linebacker David Goans and defensive back/quarterback Brent Moy.

“It’s gonna be another good test for us,” Cuero head coach Travis Reeve said. “It’ll be the first time we go on the road. That’s always a challenge. It’ll be a little bit different playing in somebody else’s house. Those guys had a lot of young guys last year. They have most of their players back, so they’re gonna be a much improved football team. It’ll be a different type of look that we’ll see. Our job is to get better every week. The opponent is part of the deal, but the biggest thing is us. We just gotta focus on us and getting better. If we do that, we’ll be where we wanna be at the end of the season.”

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