“This is exactly what we needed going into a bye week of the playoffs,” said head coach Jason Herring. “A little bit of resistance and competition really helped us mentally on what is to come.”
The Bulldogs staunch defense had their sights set on the Bobcat rushing machine, but failed to remember Refugio has a quarterback with a good arm and Lynx Hawthorne, a receiver who runs like a deer.
Quarterback Travis Quintanilla was responsible for more than 400 yards of passing on the night. And 236 yards were to the capable hands of wide receiver Hawthorne.
Hawthorne caught 7 passes on the night and 4 of them were for touchdowns. By the end of the first stanza, the Bobcats made it clear that the passing game was going to rule the night. With two passing scores, one 2-yard touchdown pass to Hawthorne and an 89-yard barn burner to Marcus Thompson, the Cats were up 14-0.
The second quarter took on the appearance of a prize fight with both teams trading blows and scores in the most evenly matched quarter of play the Bobcats have had all season.
Running back Draigon Silvas snagged the first score of the period on a 3-yard rushing touchdown. The Bulldogs bounced back quickly with a score of their own to make it 21-7.
To answer back, Quintanilla just reloaded his cannon and shot a 67-yard touchdown pass to Hawthorne. The Bobcats made a successful two-point conversion to elevate the lead to 29-7.
The Bulldogs tightened the difference with another score before the half, but the Bobcat defense would keep them out of the end zone for the rest of the night.
Defensive mountain Logan Myers kept the Dogs in the doghouse with several great plays. John Wesley Shipp also had a couple of outstanding tackles and an interception to notch on his belt.
Cameron Sternadel and Chase Whetsel stirred up trouble in the Bulldog offense as well.
The Bulldogs had really slowed the Bobcat Running game in the first half but in the third quarter Draigon Silvas showed up for his second touchdown of the game, this one from 46 yards out.
Silvas ripped up 121 yards on 17 carries on his way to two scores on the night. To wrap up the third quarter scoring Quintanilla zeroed in on Hawthorne for a 34-yard touchdown strike to make the score 43-14 going into the final period.
The running game was quietly subdued by a tough Bulldog defense but the Bobcat defense showed their mettle as well. Jacob Solis, Jack Gumm and Jarred Contreras contributed punishing blows to the Bulldog running attack.
Meanwhile, the Bobcat air assault continued. Quintanilla found Hawthorne once more on a 56-yard touchdown pass and spread the fun around by lobbing a 48-yard TD pass to Chase Whetsel near the end of the game, making the Bobcats the sole owners of the district championship by a sound 55-14 thumping of a good football team in the Banquete Bulldogs.
The Bobcats will have a first round bye this week to wait and see who their opponent will be in the second round.
The Bobcats will take on the winner of the Coleman vs. Three Rivers contest that will take place this Friday. The Bobcat Area match-up will be announced in next week’s edition.
Bobcat Trivia Question of the week: Who was the Bobcats first ever opponent in a high school football game? (HINT: The year was 1931 and the Bobcats were soundly beaten 93-0)
Last week’s answer: The Bobcat’s were playing Yorktown in the 1970 season and were thrashing them 51-0 at the half. Yorktown would not return to the field after halftime and the Cats went on to win the 2A State Championship that same year.