Andy “Putt Putt” Pate, thank you for the article on Aug. 1, in the Refugio County Press, concerning the Bobcat football history.
I really enjoyed the article and bet that lots of other folks and fans in Refugio did too. Football games between rivals seem to always create an abundance of excitement and expectations for the players, coaches and fans for both teams and perhaps none more than the games between the Bobcats and Beeville Trojans.
And, as you point out, history and motivation are a big part of these games as well.
The 1931 and 1946 Bobcat losses to the Trojans are important in the history between these rivals, but it is also important to remember the 1954 game which was won by the Bobcats 27-0.
The Trojans were picked to win state that year and outweighed the Bobcats by an average of 20 pounds per player. The Trojans were a big and talented team but thanks to the great scouting reports compiled by then line coach Dave McCoy, the Bobcats were well prepared and motivated for the game.
This game has been referred to the perfect game in that the Trojans were shut out and did not make a single first down.
The Bobcats who played both offense and defense in this game included Jasper Gonzales, Edward Clarkson, Phillip Young, Reymundo (Mundo) Rocha, Gale Oliver, Joe (Rod) Rodriguez, David Jaso, and Jimmy Roberts, while Marcus Edwards, Buzzy Murphy and Jimmy Williams played offense and Mickey Wilson and Buster Wallace played defense.
All of these Bobcats were pretty good players, but the main stand outs were the line anchor man (center) Reymundo (Mundo} Rocha, Gale Oliver, Jasper Gonzales, and Phillip Young.
These fine players blocked and opened up a bunch of holes for Jimmy Roberts, Jimmy Williams and myself to run through.
Although our offensive and defensive line players were smaller than that of the Trojans, they still controlled the line of scrimmage play throughout the entire game.
This was a fun game and a rival game not to forget. This could very well be the only Bobcat game where the opposing team was shut out and did not make a first down.
I am excited for the 2013 Bobcat players and coaches and hope to see them play again this year, especially during the playoffs. I am sure that the coaching staff will, as they have done in the past, prepare, motivate and keep the Bobcats focused.
Putt Putt, it was nice to see you at the game last year and hopefully will see each other again in the fall. Take care and keep the pipelines open and running. Best wishes to the Bobcats and coaching staff.