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Refugio wins state 2A, Div. II championship
by Kenda Nelson
Dec 23, 2011 | 1649 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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In the toughest gridiron battle of the year, the Refugio Bobcats remained linked to win the 2A Division II State Championship, 36-35, over a relentless Cisco team.

Cisco hit pay dirt first with a 22-yard run by Hayden Lewis, followed by a kick by Zack Wilks to make the score 7-0.

Baylor recruit Lynx Hawthorne answered with a touchdown on a one-yard pass. Adolfo Cordero’s kick was good and the teams were tied, 7-7.

Cisco took the lead again in the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run but the kick was no good. Cisco led, 13-7.

The Bobcats answered with Quintanilla throwing to Marcus Thompson from 11 yards out. Cordero’s kick was good and the Bobcats took back the lead, 14-13, at the half.

Cisco came back in the third quarter to score, putting the Loboes up, 19-14. Six plays later, Draigon Silvas scored on a 5-yard run and Refugio was up again, 22-19.

Quintanilla connected with Cory Brown for a 48-yard touchdown. With another good Cordero kick, the Cats were ahead, 29-19.

With 8:34 remaining in the quarter, Refugio’s Jack Gumm (12) recovered a fumble to set up a 5-yard touchdown run that put the Bobcats up by 36-19 with 8:34 seconds in the final quarter of play.

Just as Bobcat fans breathed a sigh of relief over a nice lead, the Loboes proved they were not done yet.

Mason Reed (10) ran 86 yards for a touchdown on the kickoff return which gave the Loboes the impetus to chip away at the Bobcats’ lead.

The Cats went three and out on the next series.

With bone-crushing strength, the Loboes fought their way back into the end zone on a 2-yard run by Hayden Lewis (11). The score put the Loboes within striking distance and Bobcat fans were back on the edge of their seats.

The Loboes honed in on quarterback Travis Quintanilla and the Cats went three and out again.

On the punt, all-state receiver and the Bobcats punter, Hawthorne dropped back out of the end zone, giving up the safety and two points, narrowing the lead to one.

“I knew that we had struggled slowing them all night,” said coach Jason Herring. “We had a three-point lead, so we could have punted from the end zone and they would get the ball on the 35 or 40. Or, we could take the safety and give the two points and, hopefully, kick it where they had to drive 60 or 70 yards and it worked out great.”

Hawthorne got a good boot on the ball on the free kick, but Cisco wasn’t ready to throw in the towel.

On a fourth-and-three from the Refugio 43 with 58 seconds on the clock, all-state linebacker Jake Heryford stopped Lewis a yard short of the first down and Refugio took over the ball.

Cisco still had two remaining timeouts and took them back-to-back. Needing at least a first down to keep the ball in their hands, Quintanilla handed off the Draigon Silvas (28) who bulled his way for the first down.

Quintanilla took a knee and the final seconds clicked off for the win.

Travis Quintanilla was named most valuable offensive player, hitting 20 of 25 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns.

Cory Brown was named most valuable player on defense. He had 10 tackles, five of them solos , and also made six receptions for 110 yards.

The Bobcats now hold the record as the team with the most wins in 2A history. The Cats have made the playoffs for the 20th season in a row.

With 43 playoff appearances, the Bobcats have the most in 2A history and the fifth overall.

The last time Refugio went undefeated with no ties in an entire season was 1947.
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