With the win, the Bobcats continued an undefeated path and moved to 8-0 for the season and 3-0 in District 30-2A play. Taft fell to 2-5 and 1-2.
The Greyhounds were never really in the game. The Cats only had to run one play from scrimmage to gain a 16-0 lead by midway in the opening period.
The Hounds took the opening kickoff and set up at their 20 after Eric Martinez boomed the ball out of the end zone. Three plays later, the Hounds faced a punting situation.
A bad snap to the punter caused the Hound receiver to pick up the ball and retreat into the end zone where he was gang tackled by the Cat defense giving Refugio a safety and a 2-0 lead.
The free kick to Refugio was taken at the Taft 47 and on the first play, quarterback Kyle Hendley hit Jourdan Ortiz with a pass and he rambled down the left sidelines 47 yards to pay dirt. Martinez kicked the PAT and Refugio was up 9-0 with 10 minutes showing on the clock.
Refugio kicked off and this time the Hounds moved the ball. Starting at their 20, the Hounds moved to the Cat 28 where they passed. The ball went backwards over the receiver’s head making it a lateral and an alert Irvin Fox picked the ball up and, with a few blockers helping, loped into the end zone for a 62 yard touchdown. Martinez’s kick then made it 16-0.
On Taft’s next possession, the Hounds once again moved the ball but they had to punt from the Refugio 44 after the Cat defense stalled the drive.
Refugio took possession at its 27 and started another scoring drive. The big play in the drive was a 24-yard pass play from Hendley to Christian Espindola to the Taft six-yard line. There Charlie Henderson scored on a run but a pass attempt for a two-point conversion failed, giving Refugio a 22-0 lead going into the second quarter.
On Taft’s next possession the Hounds would face a much-more pumped up Bobcat defense which would force another Hound punt. Refugio took over at its 50-yard line and started another TD march. Nine plays culminated with quarterback Aaron Perez going into the end zone from eight yards out on a keeper. Martinez made it 29-0 with his kick and Refugio was firmly in command.
On its next kickoff the Cats tried an onside kick and barely missed getting the ball. Taft started at its 38 but after three plays and losses caused by Bobby Arcand, Jacob Garcia, Taylor Henning and Fox , the Hounds found themselves having to punt from their own 20.
Refugio gained good field position at the Taft 44 and despite two penalties, moved to the Hound 14-yard line. Cory Brown took off to the right on what looked like a run but pulled up and tossed a TD pass to Ortiz. Martinez kicked the conversion and Refugio went to the locker room at halftime with a 36-0 lead.
The Bobcats took the second half kickoff and ended up at the Taft 23 after an excellent return by Damien Crayton. Four plays later Hendley passed to Fox for a 12-yard touchdown but it was nullified by a penalty. On the next play, Ortiz scored on a 16-yard pass from Hendley. The lead lengthened to 43-0 after Martinez’s successful conversion kick.
Following the kickoff Taft again failed to move the ball and was forced to punt.
Coach Jason Herring began substituting freely but those reserves were forced to punt on their possession.
The Hounds took over at their 25 and after a lengthy march scored on a three-yard run by Ricky Torres. The conversion failed and the score now stood at 43-6.
Refugio’s final score of the night came on its next possession. The Cats started at their 39 and, with the aid of successful pass plays to Brian Hobbs and Brent Williams, moved to the Taft 26.
Perez then took the ball on a QB keeper and zipped up the middle on a 26-yard scoring jaunt. Martinez kicked Refugio’s final point to make the score 50-6.
Taft took the ensuing kickoff and moved from its 35-yard line in 12 plays to score. The touchdown came on a 15-yard pass from. R. J. Garza to Noe Cuevas as time ran out in the game. Daniel Trevino kicked the extra point and Taft went home with two scores in a 50-13 game.
Taft led in first downs18-14 but those came on their last two scoring possessions against the reserves. Refugio lead in total yardage gained 319-163.
Skidmore-Tynan is now the next district opponent for Refugio. The Bobcats will travel there this Friday night to take on S-T. The team is coming off a 21-14 win over Bloomington.
Skidmore is 4-4 on the season and 2-1 in District 30-2A play and originally one of the contenders for the district crown.
Refugio and Skidmore have played each other 15 times in the past with Refugio winning 14 of those games and winning last year, 57-14.