Cuero rallies to win season opener
CUERO - Justin Rossett could not see the Wharton defender coming from behind him, but he did see the ball coming toward him.
Rossett cradled a 30-yard pass from Blake Reeve in the end zone with 2 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift to Cuero to a stunning 20-19 season-opening win on Friday night at Gobbler Stadium.
"I went up and got the ball that's it," Rossett said. "I was just focusing on the ball. This team is relentless. We keep going. We're never going to quit."
Cuero was pushed to the limit by the Tigers. The Gobblers overcame four turnovers and drove 83 yards for the winning score after forcing Wharton to punt and getting the ball with 1:47 remaining.
"We talk to our kids about playing for 48 minutes and if you play for 48 minutes you give yourself a chance to win at the end and that's what happened," said Travis Reeve, who made a successful head-coaching debut in his return to Cuero after a two-year absence. "Our kids just hung in there and overcame some adversity and found a way to win in the end."
Blake Reeve completed 23 of 29 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns and one interception in his first start at quarterback since his freshman year at Cuero.
Reeve was 4 for 7 with a spike for 75 yards on the final drive. He was sacked once and scrambled for 4 yards, but he had no doubt the Gobblers could score.
"I told the team we have no timeouts and if you can get out of bounds, get out of bounds and we're going to score here," Blake Reeve said. "We're going to take it down and score here. I have no doubt, you have no doubt. We do it in practice and we're going to do it in a game."
Cuero twice overcame fourth downs on the winning drive, once on a pass interference penalty from its 14-yard line and another on a 19-yard pass from Reeve to D'Andre Gallagher.
"We practice the 2-minute drill and thank goodness because it came in handy tonight," Travis Reeve said. "We made plays when we needed to and that's a testament to our kids."
Reeve completed passes to six different receivers. Ross Riemenschneider, who had five catches for 129 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown reception on a flea flicker play.
Wharton put itself in a position to win behind running back Allen Pinkney, who rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown, and quarterback Bartee Grissom, who passed for 202 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 52 yards and one touchdown.
"We did a lot of good things and we're going to get better," said first-year Wharton coach Tim Finn. "It's just unfortunate the game had to end the way it did tonight."
The Gobblers felt exactly the opposite about their third straight one-point win over the Tigers.
"Growing up and being a bellboy and watching those games and having it happen to me," Blake Reeve said. "God had a plan and it was great."