Special to the County Press
REFUGIO — The Bobcats systematically dismantled the Freer Buckaroos with another record-breaking score of 91-6.
The Cats dominated the field on both sides of the ball the entire evening with their bone-crushing defense and a high-powered offensive attack which gained more than 600 yards on the night.
Refugio’s offense covered 205 yards of real estate in the first quarter on their way to 4 scores, the first on a 24-yard rushing touchdown by Shiloh Whetsel, making the score 6-0.
The second end-zone visit was made by Draigon Silvas on a 56-yard romp. A two-point conversion would make the score 14-0 with 7:16 left in the first period.
Quarterback Travis Quintanilla took to the air for the next two scores, first with a 60-yard bomb to Lynx Hawthorne and another to Malcolm Franklin for 10 yards. Adolfo Cordero provided the extra points sealing the first quarter at 29-0.
In the second period, Malcolm Franklin looked to the end zone again on a 32-yard touchdown run to extend Refugio’s lead by six more points.
On Refugio’s next possession, a fumble was recovered by the Buckaroos and returned for a touchdown making the score 35-6 with 9:10 left on the clock in the first half.
The Bobcats answered back quickly with Quintanilla hooking up with Hawthorne for his second touchdown on the evening - this time from 23 yards out. Cordero’s kick was good making it 42-6.
Shiloh Whetsel would also garner his second score of the night, taking the ball 42 yards to make the score 49-6. The Bobcat defense was relentless in the first half with punishing tackles and big hits coming from John Wesley Shipp, Cory Brown, Donald Trevino, and Jake Heryford.
The Bobcat offense continued to roll in the third period starting with a 23-yard rush for a touchdown by Quintanilla. Shiloh Whetsel picked up his third touchdown of the game plowing 38 yards for the score to extend the lead 63-6 with 7:01 left in the third quarter.
Then Quintanilla found Hawthorne yet again from 14-yards out. Cordero booted the extra point to make it 70-6.
The Quintanilla and Hawthorne combination reared its head again just before the end of the quarter, this time on a 35-yard connection to make the score 77-6 going into the final period.
Chase Whetsel provided the only offensive score by the Bobcats in the 4th quarter on a 12-yard rushing touchdown with 7:26 left to go in the game. Cordero punched the ball through the uprights to make the score 84-6.
The defense continued pounding the Buckaroos with Jacob Solis, Jaeren Hollins, Isa Silva and Justin Padilla creating a lot of pandemonium in the Freer offensive backfield.
Defensive specialist Jack Gumm added the icing to the cake with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth to make the final score 91-6.
The Bobcats head back on the road this week to Hebbronville on Friday to try and continue their winning ways.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Hebbronville.