Pettus Eagle Hunter Tomlin and Refugio Bobcat Lynx Hawthorne both earned the honor with outstanding games helping their teams to victories.
Banquete can’t wait for Refugio’s Lynx Hawthorne to graduate in December. They — and the rest of the Bobcats’ opponents — have seen more than enough of the 6-1, 185-pound wide receiver who’ll join the Baylor Bears in the spring. His seven catches for 230 yards and four touchdowns (3, 67, 34, and 56 yards) helped top-ranked Refugio (10-0, 7-0) win its 51st straight regular-season game, a 55-14 thumping of Banquete last week.
The winning streak is the fifth-longest in state history. Hawthorne was the top target for QB Travis Quintanilla, who wound up with 416 passing yards and six scores.
If anything, Hawthorne is even better in the classroom. His 95 percent academic average has him among the top five in his class. He’s a member of the National Honor Society, the PALS mentoring program and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Lynx is a real blue-collar kind of player,” says Coach Jason Herring. “He comes to work every day and simply takes care of business. He never seeks the limelight. If he catches two balls or 10, it doesn’t make any difference. He’s incredibly unselfish.”
To understand Hunter Tomlin is to understand his resolve. After a horrific knee injury in basketball as a sophomore, he knew what it would take to return to being a major force in football. It took an incredible amount of rehab, but he did it.
The key man for the Eagles, he has emerged as one of the state’s top small-school players. He gave a command performance in last week’s 49-25 win over Agua Dulce.
On only 11 touches, he scored six times, including three TD runs (4, 67, and 14 yards), two TD catches (61 and 37 yards), and an 86-yard punt return that broke open a close contest. For good measure, he made 20 tackles (six of them solos) on defense.
“We just can’t get him off the field,” says Coach Steve Marbach. “He does so much.”
The 5-11, 170-pounder is an icon around Pettus, having earned all-district honors in football, baseball and basketball. He’s also on the golf team and qualified for the state track meet in the long jump. The owner of a nifty 3.35 GPA, he’s a member of the local FCA chapter and the Eagle Athletic Mentor Program, which motivates elementary school children.
“I knew before Hunter was in junior high that he’d be a special player one day,” Marbach says.
“He’s so explosive. Every time we’ve needed a lift, he delivers. He worked so hard after his injury. He lifts weights religiously and really is the textbook definition of resolve.”