The win assures the Bobcats of a place in the playoffs with a 4-2 district record with one game remaining on Friday night – a road game against Kingsville Academy.
“Friday’s win was a hard-fought, well-earned victory for our boys. They played like a team for four quarters of football,” said head coach Dan Garza.
“We are very proud of their efforts, but we still have another significant game in front of us vs. Kingsville Academy.”
The ‘Cats opened the scoring as Zach Mengers finished a drive with a 14-yard scamper from his quarterback spot. Sonny Hernandez then stepped into the end zone from eight yards out. Mengers hooked up with Rene Jimenez on a 22-yard scoring strike for the ‘Cats’ third TD in the first period. Hebbronville scored once in the opening quarter but the Bobcats took the 19-7 lead.
The scoring slowed over the second period. S-T managed to get three more points on the board with a 35-yard field goal off the foot of Gavin Vandever. The Longhorns pulled a little closer to the Bobcats with another TD but failed on the extra point to make it a 22-13 game at halftime.
All the scoring in the second half was in the third period as the two defenses really got down to business after the intermission. S-T scored on a three-yard run by Jeremy Byrd and Vandever made good on the PAT kick to put 29 points on the ‘Cats’ side of the board.
The Longhorns got one final TD and a two-point conversion in the third period but the S-T defense blanked Hebbronville over the final 12 minutes to preserve the victory.
Hebbronville out-rushed the Bobcats 257 to 209 yards, but Mengers hit for 144 additional yards through the air to help gain the win. Sonny Hernandez led the Bobcat ground game with 14 carries for 118 yards. Byrd went 64 yards on 10 carries.
Mengers rushed 10 times for eight yards. Vandever covered 12 yards on three tries and Donovan Encina had five yards on one tote.
Derek Boggess hauled in two passes for 54 yards. Jimenez also caught two passes for 35 yards. Vandever made one catch, good for 32 yards, and Hernandez had one reception for 13 yards.
Kingsville Academy is coming off a 76-0 shellacking at the hands of No. 1-ranked Refugio and is still looking for its first district win.
“A win on Friday vs. Kingsville will secure a second place spot for our Bobcats. Kingsville has some solid skilled players in key positions and has competed well against district opponents,” Garza said.
“We will have to stay focused and realize fully the significance of a win vs. Kingsville to come out on top this Friday.”
The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.