Bobcat stars named MaxPreps All-American
by Kenda Nelson
Jan 19, 2012 | 2228 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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As a sophomore quarterback, Travis Quintanilla proved that he had the poise and maturity to lead the Cats to the 2A, Div. II State Championship.
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REFUGIO — Three Bobcat all-state players were named to the second team of the MaxPreps U.S. Air Force Small Schools All-American Teams.

Travis Quintanilla, quarterback, and Lynx Hawthorne, wide receiver, were named to the offensive team and Donald Trevino, defensive lineman, was selected for the defensive team.

“I’d be shocked if one team had three All Americans,” said coach Jason Herring.

The players were key to the 2011 state championship title, the Bobcats’ first since 1982.

“In all my 18 years of coaching and two state championships, this is the first time I’ve had a player selected for a national title, much less having three selected,” Herring said. “What an honor for these three of these young men. It’s extremely special because these young men were selected out of the entire United States.”

Quintanilla, a sophomore all-state quarterback, earned most valuable player of the Texas Class 2A, Div. 2 State Championship Game against Cisco from the Associated Press and South Texas Offensive Player of the Year honors from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

On the season, he threw for 3,944 yards and 53 touchdowns while completing 190 of 265 attempts. As a starting quarterback, Quintanilla has never lost a game.

Senior wide receiver Hawthorne is bound for Baylor University. At 6-1 and 185 pounds, Hawthorne caught 72 passes for 1,786 yards and 25 touchdowns on the season. In addition to being selected to the all-state team, Hawthorne is also a Caller-Times All-South Texas pick.

All-state senior lineman Donald Trevino is the state defensive player of the year and a member of the Caller-Times All-South Texas squad.

Called the heart and soul of the team by Herring, Trevino tallied 167 tackles on the season, 14 for losses.

“I don’t know whether having three All-Americans on the same team is some kind of a record, but I’ve never seen it on any of the teams I’ve ever coached,” Herring said.

MaxPreps also listed the Bobcats 21st in the state and 145th in the nation.

“We are extremely happy for Travis, Lynx and Donald,” Herring said. “They are all tremendous football players and tremendous kids!”

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