Refugio, now No.3 in Class 2A ranks, is 6-0 for the season and 1-0 in District 30-2A.
Refugio would open the game by taking the kickoff to its 23. The Cats started a seven play, 77 yard march that culminated with quarterback Kyle Hendley passing to Jourdan Ortiz who caught the ball with the defense swarming around him. Ortiz turned away from the pursuit and raced down the left sideline for Refugio’s initial touchdown.
Eric Martinez kicked the first of his five extra points to give Refugio a 7-0 lead early in the first period.
Refugio kicked off to the Bulldogs and they set up at their 20. They moved the ball in seven plays up to midfield but the tough Refugio defense forced a Bulldog punt.
After taking the Bulldog punt and setting up at their 13, the Cats moved quickly to score their second TD. On the first play, Ortiz took a handoff on a double reverse and found Brian Ramirez downfield and hit him with a perfect pass to the Cat 45.
On the next play Hendley hit Christian Espindola with a pass to the Dog 20. Five plays later Ortiz added the touchdown on a run around right end. Martinez made it 14-0 with his kick at 2:22 left in the first quarter.
Martinez, who is becoming a very long and accurate kicker, pooched a high on-sides kick to the Banquete left side and Refugio recovered it at the Bulldog 37. However, on the first play the ball was fumbled back to the Dogs and they were in business at their 33.
Moving into the second stanza the Dog offense cranked up and moved to the Bobcat 38 but hit a stone wall in the Cat defense and were forced to give up the ball on downs.
On the first play Hendley found Irvin Fox behind the Dog defense and hit him in stride with a perfect pass good for 62 yards and a TD. Martinez did his thing and the Cats were up with a comfortable lead.
Although Refugio threatened to score two more times, the attempts failed and the half ended with a 21-0 Refugio lead.
The second half began with Banquete taking the kickoff and moving on a lengthy drive from their 38 to the Cat 29. Once again the tenacious Bobcat defense forced the ball to be turned over and the Cats started another scoring drive.
The offense began the drive with big plays including a 28-yard run by Terrance Smith and an 11-yard gain on a screen pass from Hendley.
The drive was capped by Aaron Perez who threaded his way through the Bulldog defense for a touchdown from the 11-yard line on a quarterback keeper. Martinez’s kick made it 28-0 midway through the third quarter.
By now Refugio backup players were getting into the game and they, too, forced the Dogs to punt on their next possession. Refugio took over at its 42. A 17-yard pass play to Charlie Henderson who moved to the Bulldog 24.
Perez hit Ortiz on a screen pass and Ortiz carried it home for the TD. Martinez kicked his fifth PAT of the game and Refugio was way up at 35-0 with 7:46 left to play.
Banquete would come back on its next possession and score. They put together an 80-yard drive and marched the distance in 12 plays to score on a one-yard run by Jordan Hernandez. The PAT try failed and the game ended with Refugio taking its sixth win of the season 35-6.
Once again Refugio has rolled over another opponent. This time Refugio dominated both sides of the ball.
Refugio led in total yardage gained, 427-174. The Cats had 18 first downs compared to the Bulldogs’ 13. The offense is good and with both Hendley and Perez in the action, gives the offense different looks.
Hendley had another good passing night and hit on 12 of 18 passes for 229 yards and two TDs. Perez hit on two of four passes for 26 yards and one touchdown. Smith led in rushing with 74 yards on nine carries followed by Perez with 47 yards on six carries.
The Bobcat defense gets better with each game. The Cats are tough, aggressive, and fast. Just like the offense, there are too many unsung heroes in a total team effort.
In six games, Bobby Arcand leads in solo tackles with 26 and total tackles with 65, and 39 assisted tackles. Bo Adams has tallied 61 total tackles, 40 assisted tackles and 21 solo tackles, with two forced fumbles. Dylan Klare has forced 13 tackles for a loss, 11 hurry ups, and 42 total tackles.
Coach Jason Herring has his team rolling into district play. Since last year Herring’s teams have lost only one game, to Rice-Consolidated, 7-6, in a game that clearly should have been won by Refugio. His record at Refugio is now an outstanding 19-1.
This week Refugio travels to Odem to take on the Owls. The Owls are coming off a 28-7 win over Bloomington and have always played Refugio tough so look for a good game.
Refugio leads the series 21-6 and, last year, the Cats won 49-7. Game time is 7:30 p.m.