By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
For the second straight season, Cuero has advanced to the state 7on7 tournament. Despite the absence of All-State wide receiver Jordan Whittington, as he recovers from an injury, Cuero stepped up as they hosted a qualifying tournament again, this year with 16 teams.
First-year varsity quarterback Michael Barta and wide receiver De’Andre Lang connected all day, as Cuero went 4-0 in the tournament.
“I think we competed well out here with my brothers doing what we do best,” Lang said following the semifinal win over Rice Consolidated (42-19), which qualified Cuero for state.
During pool play, Cuero defeated Falls City (34-20), Corpus Christi West Oso (35-6) and Jourdanton (40-33).
“This is real important for us, because we can get our chemistry up and get our plays right,” Lang added.
With Whittington out, Lang had an impressive day, as he was able to get behind opposing defenses all day.
“Jordan plays a big role on the team,” Lang said. “He’s a big influence to all the receivers. I had to step up and help my team.”
Though Lang and Barta haven’t played varsity football together before, they still have a history together in football.
“We played JV [junior varsity] together,” Lang noted. “We already have a little chemistry.”
Lang already has his sights set on winning their pool at the state tournament in College Station June 28 before winning the whole event June 29.
Only several weeks removed from baseball season, Barta has quickly started to find a rhythm with his receivers, specifically Lang.
“It was a lot of fun,” Barta said. It helps us be more of a team. He’s [Lang] gonna be one of our better players this year. It helps us get ready for the season. I feel like I could get better at some things, but I feel like I did pretty good.”