“Refugio is the number one team in the state for a reason. They are very talented at the skill positions and are also very impressive in their offensive and defensive fronts,” said S-T head coach Russell Joy.
The Refugio juggernaut scored three first period TDs, two through the air and one rushing TD, to jump out to a 21-0 lead after the first 12 minutes. The scoreboard kept changing throughout the second period as the home team was firing on all cylinders. The Refugio boys added five more TDs before the halftime buzzer called a halt to the proceedings. It was all but over at 56-0 at the break.
Refugio, getting ready for another shot at a state title, kept its offense in gear with two touchdowns in each of the second half quarters. The final was a 84-0 win for the undefeated squad.
Refugio amassed a total of 639 yards on offense with 410 yards through the air. QB Travis Quintanilla hit 10 of 12 attempts for 293 yards and five touchdowns. Brett Davis came off the bench to throw an impressive 10 for 10 for 117 yards and four scoring strikes.
The Refugio boys rushed for 229 yards on 21 carries. The speedy running backs were led by Draigon Silvas’s 80 yards on six totes. No Refugio runner got more yards than Silvas, but the ’Cats averaged better than 11 yards a carry for the game.
Refugio is more than just an offensive powerhouse, however, as their defense is also a force to be reckoned with for opposing teams. Refugio allowed the S-T running game just 35 yards on the night on 42 attempts. QB R.J. Estrada was two of seven in the passing department with one interception. The S-T passing game added 64 yards to the offensive stat sheet.
Donovan Encinia ran for 47 yards on 29 rushes. Estrada was trapped behind the line of scrimmage for a negative 23 yards. Nathan Magana went two yards in two totes, and Ryan Lakso had four carries for nine yards to complete the S-T rushing stats.
Brandon East had one reception for the S-T offense for 26 yards, and Jonathan Hernandez hauled in the other completion for an additional 38 yards.
Under new head coach Joy, the Bobcats struggled at times this year under a new system and new coaches, but a foundation for the upcoming years has been set.
“I am very proud of our team for the way they handled the season. It’s very difficult to come in during the summer and implement a new offense and new defense, and it’s extremely hard on seniors who have been doing something different for five years,” Joy said.
“Several guys were asked to move positions in order to try to fit people into our scheme, but the guys worked hard and pressed forward all season.”
The underclassmen will get right back at it and begin preparation for next year.
“Next year’s season began last Friday night for the underclassmen. We now have to go to work at getting our strength and conditioning program to the level that we need it to be at,” Joy said.
The Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats ended with a 3-7 record and were 3-4 in district play.