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Pipelines: Dec. 19 could be football’s longest day
by By Andy Pate Jr. Special to the County Press
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The Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium awaits the Refugio Bobcats in a rematch with Cisco for the 2A Division II state title in football.
Contributed photo The Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium awaits the Refugio Bobcats in a rematch with Cisco for the 2A Division II state title in football.
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REFUGIO – It’s a good thing the Refugio Bobcats will be playing in the last of the four games scheduled for Cowboy stadium on Thursday, with their game’s start against Cisco set for an 8 p.m. kickoff..  

This way, there should be ample room in the 80,000-seat facility for their fans, and there’ll be no need to worry about whether the Bobcats will cause delays in the other three games.  

Bobcat contested games, the ones that are not pushovers, they usually last for about three hours of total clock time; the Waskom game went three-and-a-half.

This rematch of the 2011 championship, if need be, could extend close to Cinderella’s midnight deadline, with every bit of the same anxious anticipation about the outcome.

And need there may be.  For 24/7 over two years now, ever since their 36-35 loss to the Bobcats in the 2011 title match, the Cisco Loboes have been plotting their revenge and drawing up diagram after diagram on how to defend against the Flingling Brothers of Refugio,  the three ring aerial circus of Texas high school football.  

There’s no telling in advance as to how long it will take for the multiple Cisco diagrams and the Bobcat counterattacks to unfurl.  

At center ring, of course, will be Refugio’s Travis Quintanilla and his acrobatic receivers, who’ve taken to super record levels their assigned task of providing aerial transportation for an oval-shaped piece of inflated pig skin to arrive safely at least one inch beyond its destination.

In a second ring will be director Jason Herring and his very able assistants, arguably the most successful cadre of Texas High School football coaches over the past seven years.

Then, to complete the Refugio side of events,  there will be the third set of Bobcat performers, the supporting cast of young linemen and backs, in particular Jim LeFond and his wrecking crew, which has risen to unprecedented defensive heights in the second halves of their last two games.

Cisco, on the other hand, is more of a War Machine than a circus ensemble. 

From the air and on land (from the sea, too, if one were available) they attack and defend with a vengeance, scoring at a little under a 51 points-per-game pace, while allowing just under 12 ppg. 

The Loboes narrowest margin of victory in their 15-0 season has been their 27 point win (41-14) over Abernathy in the regionals round.  

Five Star Lobo General, quarterback Colton Kent, has not been intimidated by Quintanillas’s record-setting year.  Indeed, he has amassed his own set of impressive 2013 statistics:  24 touchdowns rushing, 26 passing, with a 71.7-percent rate of completion.  

Then there’s Four Star Lobo General Mason Reed. Refugio fans remember him all too well.

He almost single-handedly brought Cisco from behind to grab the title in 2011.  Reed is Captain of the Loboes defense, but he also provides offensive punch, having rushed for 973 yards, second only to Kent’s 1,616, and just ahead of the 823 yards tacked on by Landon Lewis.

If both teams come close to matching the scoring ability they have shown to date in the time usually required, the game’s length could set a championship record..

And if that’s the case, and you arrived before 10 am. to watch the first game and stayed for the rest, you will have witnessed what undoubtedly will have been the longest-ever day of championship football in Texas.

In Bobcat land, there’s only one way, of course, for it to be the perfect day, when it’s the Fat Lady in Orange and Black who sings the day’s last song.
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