The Bloomington Bobcats (1-8) came to Refugio’s Bobcat Stadium last Friday night and the Refugio Bobcats dealt them a devastating 70-0 loss. Ranked the No. 1 Class 2A team in the state and an overwhelming favorite to win the gam,e, the Refugio Bobcats took the District 30AA crown.
The end result was another lopsided district win and a perfect 5-0 record, the second straight undefeated 10-0 regular season under Coach Jason Herring. The win set up a bi-district match with Tidehaven Thursday night at 7 in Victoria Memorial Stadium.
Bloomington opened the game by taking the kickoff at its 23 and three plays later and a minus five yards, punted to Refugio at its 33. Refugio quickly notched its first score in four plays as quarterback Kyle Hendley hit Irvin Fox with a 15-yard pass in the end zone. Eric Martinez tacked on the extra point, giving Refugio a 7-0 lead at 8:03 left in the initial period.
Bloomington went three and out again on its next possession and again had to punt. Refugio set up at its 18 where Hendley hit Jourdan Ortiz on the first play with a pass good for 33 yards. That play was followed by a 23-yard run by Terrance Smith.
Add in a roughing the passer penalty and Refugio was again knocking on Bloomington’s door. An 11-yard pass play to Ortiz put the ball at the Bloomington one and Smith added the TD on a run. The score upped to 14-0 with Martinez’ kick.
Reeling from the two quick scores, Bloomington again could not move and punted to Refugio at its 25. Three plays later quarterback Aaron Perez found Brian Rameriz on a pass and 69 yards later another score was posted. Martinez kicked the PAT to give Refugio a commanding 21-0 first quarter lead.
Refugio’s next score came following a Bloomington punt to the local’s 22-yard line. That drive took seven plays with the big pass play from Hendley to Bryan Castellano, good for 36 yards. Hendley capped the drive with a one-yard scoring pass to Ortiz and Martinez made it 28-0 with his successful kick.
Coach Herring had been experimenting with several different kickoffs during the game and this time Martinez executed an almost perfect onsides kick. He pooched-kicked the ball to the left sideline and Cory Brown recovered the ball to give Refugio good field position at the Bloomington 40.
Three plays later Refugio was again on the scoreboard. Ortiz made another great sideline catch of a Hendley pass at the Bloomington nine-yard line. On the next play Hendley hit Brown in the end zone for the TD. Martinez made the conversion and Refugio led midway through the second quarter, 35-0.
That wasn’t the end of the scoring for the half as Refugio would tally three more times in the next few minutes of play. The locals had again set up after a punt at their 48. Ortiz made another big 39-yard reception to get the Refugio offense to the Bloomington seven. Fox then took a pass from Hendley into the end zone for a TD. With 4:00 left in the half Martinez made the score 42-0 and more was to come.
On Bloomington’s next possession a pass was intercepted by Ysidro Gonzales to give Refugio the ball at the Bloomington 12. Two plays later Smith ran in from the one. Martinez kicked the PAT, and Refugio led 49-0.
As if that wasn’t enough, Bloomington would make another blunder on its next possession that led to a Refugio score. Farrell Flowers intercepted a pass and Refugio set up at its 33. Three plays later Ortiz made another outstanding catch of a Perez pass good for 26 yards and a touchdown. Martinez put the nail in the coffin with his kick and the locals had their biggest halftime lead ever at 56-0.
On top of that, halftime stats showed Refugio with 20 first downs while Bloomington netted only one. Refugio had amassed 464 total yards of offense while the tough Refugio defense held the visitors to 23 net yards.
In the second half Coach Herring would once again unload his bench. Surprisingly Bloomington would get the ball on an onsides kick to start the second half but the Refugio reserves came through, holding them scoreless and even tacking on two more scores.
The Refugio subs would score near the end of the third quarter as they drove 70 yards. Despite Perez having a 61-yard touchdown run called back due to a penalty, the locals would come back and score on a 36-yard run by Danny Hernandez. Flowers added a two-point conversion on a run and Refugio now led 64-0.
Refugio’s last score of the game came midway in the final stanza after Brian Hobbs recovered a Bloomington fumble. Starting at the Refugio 31, Richard Tuttle made 19 yards on a run. A 15-yard penalty moved the locals to the Bloomington 35 and there Hernandez broke loose on another scoring run to make the final score 70-0.
Final statistics had Refugio leading in first downs 26-7 and total yardage 608-102. Hendley had another good night passing for four TDs and 201 yards on 12 of 14 completions.
Perez also had a good night passing for one TD and completing four of six for 145 yards. Refugio receivers are very good but it is Ortiz who led the way with nine of 11 catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Refugio is once again making an appearance in the playoffs, its 30th in the last 31 years. The Bobcats will be in Region IV, Division II and will be playing Tidehaven (5-4) for the bi-district title and a chance to advance further in the playoffs.
Refugio and Tidehaven have met four times in the past with Refugio winning all of the games. The two last met in 2001 with the Bobcats winning 51-6.