The Refugio Bobcat Jr. High football season rolled on as did the wins as they hosted San Diego then travelled up to Karnes City coming away with victories in both contests.
Refugio’s Ethan Perez ran in a score from 25 yards out. San Diego wouldn’t take long to answer scoring on their first play of scrimmage tying the game up at six all.
The tie would not last long as Ethan Perez took the Vaquero kick out 80 yards to pay dirt for the Bobcats putting them up 12-6. After a defensive play by Nathan Meza and a fumbled snap, it seemed as if the Bobcats had the Vaqueros pinned deep in their territory.
However, San Diego found an opening in Refugio’s defense, connecting on a long pass to set up their next score, bringing the game back to a tie at 12 in the second quarter.
The Bobcats answered quickly as Ethan Perez would connect with Allen Perez twice through the air capping off a 42-yard series, and Zavien Wills adding the 2-point conversion making it 20-12.
Refugio would force a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the Bobcats would make the Vaqueros pay as it scored on the next play. Again, the Perez-to-Perez link was on as Allen would haul in a 35-yard pass from Ethan and also another 2-point conversion to bring the score to 28-12.
Refugio would force a three and out then would march down to the goal line with Ethan Perez punching in from one yard out.
After another defensive stand, Meza took two handoffs to reach the end zone as Wills caught the conversion, putting the Bobcats up 42-12.
Ethan Perez would find Aaron Arredondo for the Refugio’s final score and Meza added the conversion run to bring the score to 50-18 final.
The seventh grade squad faced off against the Karnes City Badgers the following week, taking a close one 26-20.
“These amazing young Bobcats exemplify a unique character of unyielding passion for the game and enormous heart to take on any obstacle placed in front of them. Being proud doesn’t do justice to the emotions I feel for these most excellent young men,” said coach Anthony Quintanilla.
The stingy defense took the field forcing the Vaqueros to punt on their first offensive series. Ysidro Mascorro found the end zone for the Bobcats first as he sprinted 54 yards. Jared Kelley would find Mikey Firova at the edge of the end zone for the 2-point conversion.
The defense forced another Vaquero fumble and set up the offense with great field position.
Firova, Kelley andJaden Hubbard would supply the offensive fire power on the drive with Kelley pulling the read for the next Bobcat score.
He would then find Robert Montalvo for the 2-point conversion reception and extending the lead to 16-0 in the first.
Another defensive stand forced another turnover on downs. Mascorro punched in a 35-yard score, and Hubbard added the conversion run, tallying up a 24-0 lead for the half.
In the third, Firova and Kelley would hook up again putting the Cats up 32-0.
The Vaquero offense couldn’t seem figure out the Bobcat defense as they would be held to another three and out. The offensive line paved the way for a 35-yard reverse touchdown by Firova.
The Refugio defense ended the night 79-yard strip and score by Alex Rodriguez while Benny Zuniga took a jet sweep in for the conversion, leading to the final score of 46-0.
Next up, the Karnes City Badgers came to Refugio, and the Bobcats took care of business.
Mascorro would put up the first score for the Bobcats as he took the first handoff 51 yards for a touchdown, and Naaji Gadsden added the 2-point conversion.
With multiple Refugio defenders in the backfield on almost every snap the Badgers defense was forced to punt.
Kelley found Hubbard on a quick outside screen from 13 yards as he crossed the pylon, and Gadsden walked in untouched for the conversion.
Another Badger punt then saw Kelley finding a wide open Robert Montalvo for a 60-yard throw and catch while Firova added the conversion.
Refugio would only have one offensive series in the second half, but would score three more times in the half.
The Bobcat defense suffocated the Karnes City offense the whole game not allowing one first down for the Badgers.
On the lone offensive drive of the second half, Kelley took a QB keeper 45 yards for the only offensive score in the half.
Gadsden got his first official touchdown as he took a 75-yard punt return to the house with Kelley running the conversion in.
To end the night, Irvin Perea recovered a fumble and would race 40 yards to the end zone as time expired ending the game with a 44-0 win over Karnes City.
“Thanks for all those who have come to support our outstanding student/athletes and the Refugio athletic program,” Quintanilla said. “Please find your way out to Banquete as the Bobcats look to take on the Bulldogs this upcoming week.”