The three-hour bus drive did not bother the Cats as they broke through the gates and never looked back.
The seventh grade Bobcats took the field first and after winning the toss the Cats made their presence felt offensively and defensively. On the very first offensive play Kobe Green went down the field untouched for Refugio’s first score with the 2-point try successful.
The Bobcats overwhelmed the Longhorns the remainder of the night. After holding Hebbronville to 3 and out the Bobcats would burst through the Longhorn line and Nick Villarreal blocked the punt attempt.
The very next play Isaiah Perez went the distance for a Bobcat score. After a good 2-point conversion, the Bobcats flexed their defensive muscles, stopping the Longhorns again on offense.
Defensively, the Refugio would rely on a host of players in dismantling the Hebbronville attack. Standouts include Darrion Cuellar, Isaiah Perez, Kobe Green, Omri Oliver, Nick Villarreal, and Michael Valdez.
With a dominant rushing attack the Bobcats called on Les (Third) Rhodes who would weave in and out of the Longhorn defense. The seventh offensive line of Ronnie Lucich, Nick Villarreal, Christian Mascorro, Trevor Niemann, and Shawn Lee provided all the protection and blocking the Bobcats needed.
Later Rhodes received a nice pass from Kobe Green and took it in for another Bobcat score. Refugio’s seventh graders were not complacent with the lead and added 2 more scores through the air via Green to Omri Oliver.
The Bobcats cruised to a 48-0 win over the Hebbronville Longhorns.
Refugio’s eighth grade continued where the seventh graders left off by going up on the Longhorns quickly.
Eli Oliver furnished the Bobcats’ first touchdown through the ground as was the case all night long. Hebbronville’s eighth grade offense moved the ball on the Bobcat defense but came up empty handed every series.
Leading the defensive charge for Refugio was J.R. Castellano, Marcus Sanchez, Eli Oliver, Anfernee Friar, Chase Whetsel, and Nate Smith.
After excellent defensive holds, Whetsel pounded the Longhorn defense for 2 more rushing TDs before the half.
The first 2-point conversion tries were successful passes from Whetsel to Tyler Castellano and Whetsel to JT Moya.
After the half the Bobcats added 3 more scores through their ground assault. Supplying punishing blocks were Nate Smith, Ryan Whitehead, Joe Castellano, Marcus Sanchez and Oscar Nanez.
Chase Whetsel scored twice in the second half and Eli Oliver added another to propel the Bobcats to the victory.
Both junior high squads are 2-0 and have held opposing teams to a total of 18 point in two games.
“Please continue to support these young Cats,” said Coach Anthony Quintanilla.
“Thank you once again for all the efforts you afford our student athletes.”
Both teams will host the Skidmore–Tynan Bobcats today at Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium.