Bobcats bamboozle Bulldogs with blinding speed
by Billy D. Swinney
Nov 25, 2011 | 1811 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Refugio Bobcats will face off with the Poth Pirates Friday night in Victoria Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. following the Cats’ area championship victory against the Three Rivers Bulldogs last Thursday night in Sinton. Celebrating the area championship are, from left, Matt Galvan (50),  Jake Heryford (11) with the trophy, and Ruben Ortiz (76). See page 14A for more game action.
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SINTON — The Refugio Bobcats advance to the regional round of the playoffs Friday night in Victoria following a 56-25 thrashing of the Three Rivers Bulldogs Friday night at in Sinton. The Cats will face off with the Poth Pirates.

The Bobcats scorched the playing field in Sinton, amassing more than 500 yards of total offense. The defense had their toughest test yet this season spending nearly 40 minutes on the field, but they never let the Bulldogs take the momentum of the game.

The Bulldogs kicked an on-side kick and recovered the ball at the opening of the contest and drove to the end zone in the opening drive to make it 6-0 halfway through the opening period. It would be the last lead of their season.

The high-scoring Bobcat offense answered back quickly with Malcolm Franklin rushing 12 yards for Refugio’s first score of the night. Adolfo Cordero booted the extra point to put the Cats in the lead for good.

The Bobcats extended their lead near the end of the first period with Shiloh Whetsel sprinting for a 10 yard touchdown. Cordero added the point after to make it 14-6 going into the second quarter.

After a good defensive stand the Bobcats went into the end zone once again, this time off the legs of Cory Brown as he punched in from 6 yards out.

The Bulldogs would shrink the gap by six with 40 seconds left in the first half. Not to be outdone the Bobcats marched the ball 55 yards in just 36 seconds and capped off the drive with a 9-yard TD pass from Travis Quintanilla to Lynx Hawthorne to make the score 28-12 at the half.

Three Rivers started the third period with the ball and closed the distance once again, tacking six more points to their side of the score. The Bobcats responded quickly with Draigon Silvas splitting the Bulldog defense for a 41-yard score to make it a 35-18 ballgame.

The Bulldog offense would have possession of the ball for the rest of the third but the Refugio defense would deny them passage to the end zone with defensive plays by Chase Whetsel, Jake Heryford, and John Wesley Shipp.

Three Rivers would eventually find the end zone at the beginning of the final period putting 7 more points on the board making the score 35-25.

The Bobcat offense then exploded, scoring on their next three possessions. The first with Draigon Silvas rumbling in from 32 yards out. Shiloh Whetsel would add the icing to the cake with a 46-yard scamper for a touchdown, then catching a 16-yard strike from Quintanilla to end the Bulldog’s season by a score of 56-25.

Draigon Silvas posted 172 yards on 10 carries with 2 touchdowns on the night while Shiloh Whetsel rolled up 153 yard on 8 carries.
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