“We played focused and everything clicked for us tonight,” coach Jason Herring said. “We will just keep getting better from here.”
The Bobcat defense stopped Robstown cold on their first possession of the game keeping them in negative yardage and posted their second safety in a game two weeks in a row.
With a lead of 2-0, the Refugio offense revved up the scoring machine again. In only 2 plays, the Cats were in the end zone with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Travis Quintanilla to Lynx Hawthorne. Adolfo Cordero booted the extra point to give the Bobcats a 9-0 lead with 9:34 left in the first quarter.
Two minutes later Shiloh Whetsel, who had 11 runs for 168 yards on the night, ran for a 48-yard rushing score. Cordero’s kick was solid and the Bobcats led with 16-0.
Not to be outdone, Wetzel’s younger brother Chase snagged a 33-yard pass from Quintanilla to give Refugio its third score of the night. After the extra point, the Bobcats lead was extended to 23-0 with 4:49 left in the first period.
Defensive standouts in the first quarter included Logan Myers, Donald Trevino, and JB Brown.
In the second period the Bobcats kept the scoreboard lit up with their high-powered offense. The first score coming off a beautiful 69-yard touchdown pass from Quintanilla to Hawthorne. Cordero’s extra point would make it 30-0 with only 5 clicks off the clock.
Draigon Silvas then got into the scoring act with an 11-yard touchdown scramble. Cordero supplied the icing to make the score 37-0.
The Bobcat defense kept the Cottonpickers well out of scoring range with great plays supplied by Justin Padilla, Cory Brown, Jack Gumm, Jake Heryford and Richard Tuttle.
Meanwhile the offense kept up the scoring with Chase Whetsel tallying his second score of the night with a 39-yard touchdown run late in the period. Cordero’s point after left the score at 44-0 going into halftime.
The third quarter didn’t get any better for the Cottonpickers with Refugio’s offense looking like a well-oiled machine. Taking the kickoff, the Cats moved 60 yards in 6 plays and capped off the drive with a 20-yard touchdown rumble by Malcolm Franklin. Cordero completed the scoring drive to make it 51-0.
After a gigantic defensive stance including players like Justin Franklin, Alex Valdez, and Isa Silva, the offense would only need one play to put more points on the board.
Quintanilla hooked up again with Shiloh Whetsel, this time for a 52-yard touchdown. The point after would strengthen the lead to 58-0 with 7:45 left in the third.
Quintanilla would polish the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Hawthorne. A point after would end the period with the Bobcats leading 65-0.
The Bobcats would only score once more in the fourth period on a 20-yard rushing touchdown by Dante Leal to seal the deal 72-0.
The Bobcat defense would provide a lot of fireworks of their own in the last quarter with major plays by Jaeren Hollins. Jason Amaro, Sean Dukes and Chris Stephens. Quintanilla had a superior night, completing 9 of his 16 passes on the night for 251 yards.
Four of those were to Lynx Hawthorne who posted 130 yards receiving.
The Bobcats have a week off before their first district match up against the Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats on Friday Sept. 23 in Skidmore. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.