Two future Longhorns are still alive in the Texas state playoffs. Four-star wide receiver Jordan Whittington is the lone 2019 commitment left. He and Cuero trounced Geronimo Navarro 48-23 on Saturday night in San Antonio to advance to the Class 4A Division II semifinals. Four-star junior quarterback Hudson Card and Lake Travis outlasted Converse Judson in a Class 6A Division I clash.
Whittington does everything for Cuero. He starts on offense and defense. It was the fourth consecutive year that Cuero faced Navarro in the Region IV playoffs. Whittington finished with 101 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. He also had two catches for 24 yards.
Cuero will face Silsbee in the state semifinals. The game takes place Friday in Katy’s Legacy Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Cuero is 13-1, while Silsbee enters the game at 10-4 and fresh off an upset win over West Orange-Stark. Whittington missed the first half of the regular season with a groin injury. He’s now two wins away from a title.
“The personal goals don’t matter much anymore. I know where I’m going to college and I’ll be an All-American in an all-star game. It’s all about the team and winning this championship,” Whittington said. “We’re playing great football and relying on our community to push us through.”
Card and Garrett Wilson, the No. 1 player on the 2019 Fabulous 55, were too much for Judson. Card passed for 309 yards and four touchdowns, three of which were to Wilson. The five-star wide receiver that’s committed to Ohio State finished the game with six catches for 137 yards and that trio of scores.
“He makes me look good,” said Card of having Wilson as an outlet. “Last year’s playoff run was special, but it is different now that I’m the quarterback taking all the snaps. It feels like my team to lead and we’re excited about the next challenge.”
Programs around the country, including Texas, hoped the retirement of Urban Meyer would put Wilson back on the market. He admitted that schools called and that he listened, but he still plans to sign with Ohio State during the early period on Dec. 19.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t listen to a couple of schools,” he admitted. “I’m happy with the direction of the Ohio State program and that’s where I’m signing.”
That next challenge is Galena Park North Shore. The two Class 6A titans face off at 2 p.m. on Saturday in NRG Stadium. North Shore is undefeated and knocked off defending state champion Cy-Fair behind five rushing touchdowns from 2020 five-star running back Zachary Evans. Evans holds an offer from the Longhorns and is the most coveted player in the Lone Star State.