The Bobcat offense ruled the skies with more than 300 passing yards and the defense was relentless, leaving the Seahawks with sub-zero rushing yardage in the first half.
“We wanted to throw the ball more this week, and it really worked well for us.” said Head Coach Jason Herring. “I’m really proud of the way the second team played tonight as well.”
The Bobcat defense was all business after the opening kickoff, keeping Rivera’s offense in full reverse with a mugging of the quarterback by Marquise Brown and Bryan Castellano.
Ultimately, Bryant Lewis showed the Seahawks what their night was going to be like as he snagged an interception at the Refugio 38-yard line. The Cats plowed through the Seahawk defense and in less than two minutes running back Terence Smith found the end zone with 8:55 on the clock in the first quarter.
Cristian Padron, who’s left foot could be a candidate for a world wonder, booted the point after to make it 7-0. Then the defense really poured it on, sacking the Rivera QB for losses twice in four downs.
The first sack occurring on 2nd down for a seven-yard loss with Justin Padilla dealing the blow. The second on 4th down with Sean Dukes doing the duty. The ball, turned over to Refugio on downs and rested on the 50-yard line.
One play is all it took for Aaron Perez to find Connor Lowrie on a TD reception that would cover the 50 yards with 6:22 in the first period. Padron made it 14-0 with his magic foot and the bludgeoning of the Rivera offense continued.
Sophomore Jake Henderson performed the honors, sacking the QB once again on the Seahawks next series. A short Rivera punt would again put the Bobcats on the 50.
The Cats systematically moved the ball towards the goal line and running back Shiloh Whetsel finished off the dive with a 2-yard romp for a touchdown. Padron added the point and the score would stand at 21-0 going into the second quarter.
After a non-productive series, the Seahawks punted the ball back to the Cats and they started from their own 36.
The Bobcat offense steam-rolled their way to the Seahawk 1-yard line and Draigon Silvas took it the rest of the way, diving into the end zone with 8:34 left in the second period. Padron chalked up another successful point after to make the score 28-0.
Riviera’s offense wouldn’t spend too much time with the ball as Lewis stepped into another Seahawk passing attempt for a second interception and returned it to the Riviera 20-yard line. The next play Perez connected with Whetsel on 20-yard TD reception with 8:08 in the 2nd period. Padron made it 35-0.
On the ensuing kickoff Gino Dodge leveled the Seahawk returner at the Rivera 6-yard line. Senior defensive lineman Danny Hernandez moved them back even further with a sack of the Seahawk quarterback.
The very next play, Marquise Brown snagged an interception and returned the ball 20 yards for another Refugio score with 6:50 until the half. Padron tacked on another to make the score 42-0.
More mayhem was introduced to the Seahawk’s offense with Dukes and Castellano making great defensive plays. Castellano recovered a Riviera fumble on the Refugio 37. Three plays later, Smith roared into the end zone for another score. Padron sealed the first half scoring at 49-0.
Refugio’s second team took over duties in the second half, starting with the ball on their own 30-yard line. After moving the ball to the 50, Brian Medina rocketed to the end zone with a 50 yard run with 11:10 in the third period. Padron made the extra point to make the score 56-0.
Riviera scored on the next series of downs to make it 56-7. With the Bobcat defense’s blood boiling, the Seahawks paid for it on their next possession. Gino Dodge and Richard Tuttle ground up the Riviera offense on the first two plays of the series then Dodge returned for a huge sack of the QB forcing a punt.
The Cats received the punt at their own 17 and meticulously picked apart the Seahawk defense. Medina capped off the drive with a scamper from 25 yards out with 1:35 left in the 3rd quarter. The extra point was unsuccessful and the score remained 62-7 till the end of the period.
The Bobcat defense held once more at the beginning of the final period and the offense soon found themselves back in scoring range.
Senior wide receiver Quentin Bellows caught a 25-yard touchdown pass with 9:55 left in the contest. Padron made the point after to make the score 69-7.
The Refugio defense kept the pressure on for the rest of the game with Josh Villarreal, Ruben Ramirez, and Jake Heryford pounding on unsuspecting ball carriers.
Sophomore Logan Myers also made a key defensive play late in the fourth. Rivera scored again with four seconds left in the game to make it 69-13.
The Bobcats travel to Freer Friday to try to keep their undefeated record.
Kickoff is at 7:30p.m. Refugio player of the game: The entire Bobcat defense for holding the Seahawks to negative rushing yards in the first half. Got sacks? You betcha!