Editor, County Press
The Refugio Bobcats avenged last year’s loss to Lexington in the semi-final round of the Class 2A, Division II playoffs by pounding the Eagles, 63-33, in San Antonio’s Heroes Stadium Friday.
Coach Jason Herring’s game plan to go to the air paid off.
“They play a real high risk, reward defense by putting nobody in the middle of the field,” Herring said. “So you’ve got to make them pay, and my little sophomore pup and all the receivers executed exactly like they practiced. It was lights out.”
Sophomore all-state quarterback Travis Quintanilla completed 15 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns.
All-state wide receiver Lynx Hawthorne was Quintanilla’s prime target.
In the first quarter of action, Hawthorne snagged a 51-yard pass and took the ball to the end zone. Adolfo Cordero’s kick was good and the Bobcats were up by seven with only 43 seconds off the clock.
Lexington turned the ball back to the Cats on downs following tackles by Justin Padilla and Richard Tuttle.
The Bobcats capitalized again. Following runs by Draigon Silvas and Hawthorne, Shiloh Whetsel ran up the middle, turned on the afterburners and scored on an 18-yard run. Cordero kicked the point after and Refugio was up by 14-0 with 2:14 ticked off the clock.
In the second quarter, Lexington’s Jason Washington caught a 21-yard pass from Kogan Garrett, but the extra-point kick was no good and the Bobcats led 14-6.
Refugio hit pay dirt three more times before the half – first on a 10-yard pass and then on a 44-yard throw from Quintanilla to Hawthorne. Both Cordero kicks were good and the Cats led 28-6 with 5:18 left in the first half.
Lexington would score once more in the second quarter, but the two-point conversion failed and Refugio went to the locker room at the half leading 35-12.
Lexington put two touchdowns on the board in the third quarter and Refugio answered with one of its own.
Refugio took advantage of a Lexington fumble recovered by Jack Gumm, setting up another scoring opportunity. Hawthorne, the all-state receiver, made a finger-tip catch deep in Eagle territory. Cory Brown carried the ball into the end zone in the next play. The Bobcats led 42-12
Early in the fourth quarter, Silvas ran 92 yards for a touchdown. The Cordero kick was good, with the clock at 11:42.
Two minutes later, Silvas squeezed through a hole and ran 20 yards to score. Again, Cordero’s kick was good with 9 minutes left in the game.
Lexington got on the scoreboard one final time with 6:58 left in the quarter.
Whetsel put the final seven points on the board with a 30-yard run.
The point-after kick by Cordero was good for the 63-33 victory.
“We don’t lose to the same team twice,” Quintanilla said.
Herring said the difference between this year’s team and last year’s is the boys’ selflessness.
“Cory Brown blocks unlike anyone I have ever seen in my whole life,’ Herring said.
“He’s one of those dudes that doesn’t have to get the ball 10 times a game, but he’ll get 10 pancakes a game.”
Herring also commended Lynx Hawthorne and Juan Ramirez for stellar individual blocks.
“Selflessness has been the key to the whole year,” Hawthorne said.
The Bobcats meet the Cisco Loboes in the state championship game at noon on Friday in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Both teams enter the fray with 14-0 records on the year.