Cuero determined to continue his playoff race | Advosports


CUERO – Cuero’s footballing tradition ranks among the best in the state.

But most of this year’s Gobblers never set foot on the field in a second-round playoff game.

Cuero last appeared in the zone round in 2018 when he won the State Championship Class 4A, Division II.

“It’s something I’ve never felt before,” Cuero senior quarterback Jerry Rossett said. “I mean, it feels good. That extra competitiveness gets it out of you. You have more to fight. You don’t want to lose him and you want to leave this team on a high note. We have a lot of great guys on this team and we all want to win for each other. “

The Gobblers (10-1) will look to extend their playoff streak when they face Rockport-Fulton (10-1) in the regional round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Victoria’s Memorial Stadium.

“We have a lot of guys who are hungry to play on Friday,” Cuero coach Jack Alvarez said. “You can see the hunger whenever we follow each other a bit. They still fight hard in practice. They are just trying to do their best to improve our games or our defense. “

The Gobblers went through their bi-district game, beating San Antonio YMLA, 63-7, and most of their starters were out of the game before half-time.

“Last week we did a lot of foundational work to keep everyone sharp,” Alvarez said. “We prepared a lot of guys to go into the game. It was a challenge to stay focused.

But Rossett isn’t worried that he’s not ready to face the Pirates, who claimed a 60-17 victory in both districts against Hondo.

“Our defense is really great,” said Rossett. “Here they give me better insight than any defenses we’ve faced this year. Their speed, they are really fast. We’re very competitive here and that makes us better for everyone we play with.

Cuero’s defense is bracing for a Rockport-Fulton offense that has scored 48 or more points in nine games.

“The main thing we have to do is contain the outside,” said junior defensive back Daycen Varela. “When we go out and practice, we never take the parts off. We always have to be conditioned to be ready for the games.

Alvarez has seen improvement from the Gobblers throughout the season, but doesn’t think they’ve peaked.

“We still have a lot of fighting,” Alvarez said. “A lot of times in practice you see teams start to go down with their fire and we still have a lot of fire. I really like this team. This group has been fun to be around and I love coming to work every day and I don’t want it to stop.

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at @ mikeforman21


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