The Cats opened up their 2011 season making a few mistakes but still overcame a tough adversary in the form of the Rice Consolidated Raiders to the tune of 26-7.
“I’m proud of them because we played sloppy and still beat a very good football team,” said Jason Herring, head coach.
In spite of a few mishaps, the Bobcats put up some great numbers in their opening victory. The Bobcat defense stopped the Raiders cold on the first drive holding them to negative yardage. After a lost fumble and the defense coming up with an interception, the Bobcat offense exploded with quarterback Travis Quintanilla targeting wide receiver Lynx Hawthorne on a 74-yard pass for the first score of the night. Kicker Adolfo Cordero’s extra point try came up short leaving the score 6-0 with 6:05 left in the first quarter.
Refugio’s defense went right back to work with the likes of Donald Trevino, Cameron Sternadel, and Jack Gumm disrupting the Raider offense. The Bobcat offense then continued their business traveling 71 yards in just nine plays capping the drive off with a 6-yard touchdown scamper by Draigon Silvas. A two point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score 12-0 with 11:34 left in the second period.
The Raiders put seven points on the scoreboard in the third quarter to make the score 12-7, but the Bobcat “D” would allow no more.
Defensive End Sean Dukes became a quarterback hunter recording one sack and continuing to pursue the Raider quarterback for several plays. Defensive specialists Justin Padilla, JB Brown, and Ryan Castillo also pounded the Rice ball carriers.
The Bobcat offense snapped the chain in the final period to put the game away, first with an 8-yard touchdown run by Draigon Silvas with 10:43 left to go in the game. Cordero started kicking on all cylinders booting the extra point to make it a 19-7 ball game.
A turnover on downs by Rice gave Silvas another opportunity late in the period as he left Raider and Bobcat alike behind on a 79-yard tear to the end zone. Cordero split the uprights once again to complete the win 26-7.
The Bobcats begin their road trips this Friday traveling to Halletsville to take on the Brahmas.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.