The No. 1 ranked undefeated Refugio Bobcats’ 41-7 defeat of the undefeated Poth Pirates this past Friday night answered that question.
The playoff match drew more than 10,000 fans to Victoria’s Memorial Stadium. Whatever competition was lacking in the district season, the Cats were tested by Banquete and Three Rivers in the first two games of the playoff season, allowing head coach Jason Herring to make the adjustments for a deeper run into the playoff season.
“The Three Rivers game gave us exactly what we needed to make adjustments to the defense to take on strong offensive teams like Poth and the teams we face down the road,” said head coach Jason Herring. “I’m really proud of the way the team stepped it up and handled a good football team like Poth.”
Refugio struck first in the first quarter on the legs of Draigon Silvas as he rushed for a 13-yard touchdown with just over 9 minutes in the first period. The extra point was no good and the score stood at 6-0.
The Pirates bounced back quickly on a near similar drive and scored four minutes later to make it 6-7. It would be their last visit to the end zone this season as a new Bobcat defensive scheme pounded the Pirates for the rest of the contest.
The Bobcats scored once more in the first quarter with Shiloh Whetsel taking the ball in from 3-yards out. A two-point conversion found its way into the end zone to make the score 14-7.
The only score of the second quarter was made by Jack Gumm on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Travis Quintanilla early in the period. Adolfo Cordero booted the ball through the uprights to make it 21-7.
Both defenses would be tough in the second quarter but it would be the Bobcat defense that ruled the field with spectacular plays by the likes of Chase Whetsel, Jake Heryford, Richard Tuttle, and Justin Padilla.
The Cats drove the ball 64 yards in 9 plays for the only score of the third quarter with Draigon Silvas capping off the drive from 4 yards out. Cordero popped the point after through to make it 28-7 with 7:29 left in the third period.
Both the defense and the offense would make amendments to the score in the fourth quarter.
The first touchdown was made defensively as Justin Padilla intercepted a Pirate pass and returned it for a touchdown early in the period. The point-after was good for a 35-7 lead.
Shiloh Whetsel rambled in from 5-yards out with under a minute to play to put the final score at 41-7.
The Bobcats will continue their quest for the title as they face the Sonora Broncos this Friday at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 pm.