Refugio came in as the No. 1 state-ranked team in Class 2A football. Sporting an undefeated season record, the locals went to 9-0 and 4-0 in District 30-2A, insuring them of another playoff birth and probably another uncontested district title.
Refugio kicked off to S-T to open the game. Skidmore could not move and after three plays was forced to punt.
Refugio took over at the S-T 50, and with quarterback Kyle Hendley directing the offense, moved in just five plays to score on a six-yard pass to Joudan Ortiz. Eric Martinez came on to kick the extra point, making it 7-0 early in the first.
Following the kickoff, Skidmore set up at its 20 and on the first play fumbled the ball over to Refugio at the 22-yard line. Hendley then passed to Brian Ramirez for 17 yards on the first play and then capped off the short drive with a five-yard pass to Irvin Fox for the touchdown. Martinez made it 14-0 with his kick and the rout was on.
Refugio would score on all six of its possessions in the first half as the passing was sharp and accurate, the receivers were running excellent passing routes, and the defense was rock solid.
Skidmore’s next possession came to a quick end as Bryant Lewis intercepted an S-T pass and made a great return to the S-T 42. Alternate quarterback Aaron Perez hit Ortiz with a perfect pass good for 20 yards on the first play.
The drive was finished off with another perfect pass from Perez to Ramirez which was good for 15 yards and a TD. Martinez continued to be perfect his PAT kicks and the score went to 21-0 through the first quarter.
Moving into the second stanza, Refugio was again in possession after Skidmore was forced to punt. Refugio set up at its 34 and, using a big 40-yard gain on a pass from Hendley to Fox, moved again in just five plays to score on a 10-yard pass from Hendley to Coy Brown. Martinez kicked the extra point and the score went to 28-0 with 11:16 left in the half.
Skidmore would go three and out again on its next possession. The Refugio defense was just too tough to crack. The hosts punted and Refugio took over at its 37. Seven plays later, Brian Castellano scored on a 16-yard run off left tackle. The score grew to 35-0 on Martinez’s PAT kick.
On the ensuing kickoff Skidmore set up at its 18, ran three plays and again punted.
Refugio would start at its 41 and with its longest drive of eight plays scored on a two-yard run off right tackle by Charlie Henderson. Martinez would add the final point to give Refugio a commanding 42-0 lead at halftime.
Refugio dominated the first half with 18 first downs to two for Skidmore. Refugio also amassed 297 yards of total offense to 28 for Skidmore.
In the second half, Coach Jason Herring rested his starters and gave his reserves some playing time. Refugio and Skidmore would battle back and forth throughout the half with neither team making much headway.
Skidmore finally broke the ice early in the fourth period with a nine-play drive that culminated in a five-yard run for a touchdown by Adam Perez. Gavin Vandover kicked the extra point to make the final score, 42-7.
For the game, total stats showed Refugio with 19 first downs to S-T’s 11. Refugio had 332 yards of total offense while Skidmore had 155 yards.
Hendley passed for 152 yards on 12 of 14 completions and Perez hit 10 of 19 passes for 92 yards. Ortiz, Ramirez, and Fox were the leading receivers with 78, 53, and 45 yards respectfully.
Friday night Refugio will host another Bobcat team, this one from Bloomington in the last district game for each team before the playoffs.
A win here will assure Refugio of another uncontested district title. Bloomington is coming off a 42-14 loss to Banquete. The two teams have met 22 times before with Refugio victorious in all those games.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. in Bobcat Stadium.