Gobblers control second half, down Trojans
by Bruce Harper
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Gobblers control second half, down Trojans
Trojan defenders Sebastian Rodriguez (#22) and Frankie Gutierrez team up to bring down Cuero’s Trent Jackson in the first half of Friday’s season opener. Jackson scored twice for the Gobblers and finished the night with 83 yards rushing. Cuero won the game 34-10 with a strong second half performance.
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The visiting Cuero Gobblers took advantage of two good kick returns in the second half to secure a 34-10 win over the Beeville Trojan varsity on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Cuero opened the scoring after forcing the Trojans into a three-and-out situation on their first possession. The Gobblers started their first drive on a short field with only 50 yards to cover. It took the visitors seven plays to reach the end zone with Gobbler running back Trent Jackson picking up most of the yards. Jackson scored from two yards out and it was a 6-0 ball game at the 6:46 mark of the first quarter. The extra point kick was good for a 7-0 lead.

Cuero held the Trojan offense to one first down on their next possession, forcing the Trojans to punt from their own 32-yard line.

The ball rolled dead at the Gobbler 44 and it took Cuero six plays to reach the end zone again for a 14-0 lead. Running back Andrew Thibodeaux plunged in from two yards away for the Cuero score.

The Trojans traded possession with the Gobblers on the next two series. A 41-yard punt return by Francisco Gutierrez set the Trojans up with their best field position of the night at the Cuero 27.

Trojan QB Brooks Holder connected with Gutierrez for seven yards and then Justin Rodriguez, Holder and Jordan Nelson all had positive gains to bring the Trojan offense to a first and goal at the Gobbler 4.

A Gobbler penalty cut the distance in half and fullback Aaron Shirley bulled his way the final yard for the Beeville score. The PAT kick by Lonnie Jordan was good and the Trojans were back in the game at 14-7 with 3:35 left in the first half.

The Gobblers fumbled a pitch on their second play from scrimmage on their next possession to set the Trojans up on offense at their own 47-yard line.

Beeville mixed in a few runs and passes to move the ball down to the Cuero 23. With just three seconds left in the half, Jordan was in to try a 40-yard field goal. The kick split the uprights and the Trojans trailed by just four, 14-10 going into the intermission.

“Every week we are learning more and more about our team. After being down 14-0, our kids showed that they have a lot of fight in them by scoring 10 unanswered points against a very good Cuero team,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.

The Trojans’ special teams allowed a long kickoff return to begin the third quarter and a punt return a little later in the quarter that went for a score to help the Gobblers to a 27-10 advantage with 6:17 left in the third period.

“Our special team miscues in the second half took us out of the game, and you can’t make those mistakes against good teams,” Moses said.

The Gobbler defense held the Beeville offense in check most of the second half. A 69-yard Cuero drive produced the final score of the game as Tyler Arndt connected with Tanner Hoffman on a slant pass from 12 yards out with 2:42 left in the third. That made the final a 34-10 Cuero victory.

The Trojans had their longest drive of the night in the final period. Starting out on their own 17, the Trojans worked downfield to the Cuero 8 before stalling and turning the ball over on downs.

Both teams ran for less than 200 yards with the Gobblers collecting 196 yards and the Trojans finishing with 147. Justin Rodriguez led Beeville with 61 yards on 11 carries. Shirley ran for 42 yards on 14 attempts and Jordan Nelson had 22 yards on 11 carries. Brandon Harris compiled 20 yards on four tries and Holder had three yards on the night.

Holder hit on eight of his 18 pass attempts for 81 yards. Cuero passed for just 80 yards on 6 of 12 attempts.

Jackson led the Gobbler ground game with 83 yards on 13 carries.
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