As the playoffs approach the Cats are looking better and better each week.
“We are improving with each and every game, “said head coach Jason Herring. “We’re not leveling off and we’re not going down, we are climbing higher.”
With every passing minute of the game, the Bobcats proved those words to be true.
Premont started the game with possession of the ball but the Bobcat defense would deprive them of that the very first play from scrimmage, recovering a fumble on the Cowboy 21-yard line.
Two plays later Draigon Silvas plowed into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown, running right behind the blocking machine John Wesley Shipp. Cristian Padron provided the extra point to make it 7-0 only 30 seconds into the game.
After Jake Heryford, Logan Koonce and the rest of the Bobcat defense took turns pounding the tar out of Premont ball carriers, the Bobcats took possession again at their own 28. The Cats moved the ball down to the Premont 38 where scoring machine Terrence Smith got the call.
Doing his best Earl Campbell imitation, Smith ran smack over Premont defenders for a 38-yard score with 8:26 left in the first quarter.
A freakish interception would keep the Bobcat offense at bay for the rest of the quarter but the defense made ‘em pay.
Jake Henderson and Danny Hernandez combined for a sack. Gino Dodge, who was everywhere in Premont’s face all night, recorded a sack as well.
Premont capitalized on a Bobcat fumble and scored early in the second quarter to make it 14-7. The Bobcats wouldn’t flinch as they scored on their next three possessions.
The first, a 54 yard TD reception from Aaron Perez to Shiloh Whetsel to make it 21-7. Then a 48 yard scramble by Silvas for his second score of the night to extend the lead, 28-7.
Wide receiver Cory Brown capped off the 2nd period coring with an 11-yard catch to make the score 35-7 going into the half. Also in the second quarter, more of the same from the Bobcat defense. Seferino Vargas, Justin Padilla, Bryant Lewis, Heryford, and, you guessed it, Gino Dodge wreaked havoc throughout the Cowboy offense.
In the third quarter the Bobcat defense guaranteed that the Premont punter would get plenty of playing time as Dodge and company kept the pressure on. Offensively the Cats poured it on, moving the ball incredibly easy through the Premont defense.
A 54-yard TD run by Smith early in the third would make it 42-7. Silvas would score twice more, once on a 5-yard run then Perez connected with him on a 51-yard TD pass late in the quarter to make the score 56-7.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Bobcats capped off a 74-yard drive for yet another score with Travis Quintanilla connecting with Jack Gumm on an 11-yard TD strike just seconds into the fourth period. Cristian “Magic Legs” Padron tacked on the extra point to make it 63-7.
The Bobcat defense hardened even more with Michael Jimenez, Brian Medina, Jon Jon Medina, Daniel Loveday, Clifford Lynn and Andre Firova causing paralysis to the Cowboy offense.
Firova also recorded a fumble recovery in the fourth period. The Refugio offense sealed the deal with Quentin Bellows snagging a 27-yard TD reception to make it 70-7.
Premont would score again late in the game but the damage was done and the Bobcats would leave with a 70-14 win.
Refugio Player of the Game: Gino Dodge who was in on just about every play by the defense. Opposing defenses? They’re what’s for dinner!
Next up for the Bobcats will be their final home game of the regular season as they host the Santa Gertrudis Pride for Parents Night.