"Observations of one of Texas’ longest football dynasties" by: Mike Reddell

   As I have written about last Friday’s Blackcat loss to Cuero, I wanted to note how one of Texas high school football dynasties has flourished over the years.
   By dynasty, I mean several years – if not decades – of winning and playoff seasons.
   Cuero is such a place. It was a powerhouse when I was in high school a half-century ago – and way before then – and remains a team to beat today.
   The Gobblers are unique among Texas dynasties because they’re still in the mix.
   Lots of power teams, like Brownwood, Judson, Plano, Abilene and Odessa Permian, haven’t been considered as dynasties in years.
   I was working at the Odessa American in 1996 at the end of its long dynastic period.
   My boss invited me to a Saturday afternoon playoff game against Lubbock Estacado. 
   The stadium was the size of a small college facility and everyone – and I mean everyone – was garbed in Mojo black.
   The band was huge by any measure showing the total immersal of the Permian experience.
   The team that day – not under Friday night lights – was soundly defeated by Estacado. 
   Things change, our culture changes. 
   The light is still on in Cuero and with a new Memorial Stadium construction under way hopes are strong to see Bay City glory days return.
      The same holds true for Van Vleck and Tidehaven with their enhanced new stadiums.
   It’s worth noting that Cuero’s athletic facilities are extensive.
   The price tag was probably the same, but people in Cuero want a good football team and are willing to pay for the measures it takes to do that.
   One thing of note and worth comparing locally is that Cuero fans travel.
   And I think the same could be said for Bay City, Van Vleck and Tidehaven fans.
   Cuero has held on to its long dynastic years.
   A lot of people here thinks that’s a golden ring worth reaching for.
   Speaking of Odessa earlier, I was deeply saddened by the rampage there last weekend and the loss of life and list of injuries.
   I pray for its recovery.

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