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Bobcats spread wealth against Hallettsville

By MIKE FORMAN
Sept. 4, 2010 at 4:04 a.m.

BELOW: Hallettsville receiver Christian Wood-Dvorak, right, fights for the ball as Cameron Sternadel attempts to strips the ball out of his hands.

REFUGIO -- Refugio coach Jason Herring stays in close contact with his offensive coach in the press box.

Herring isn't searching for plays to run, he wants to know how many touches his running backs have gotten.

Refugio's ability to get the ball in the hands of its playmakers paid off in a 70-26 win over Hallettsville on Friday night at Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium.

The No. 2 Bobcats improved to 2-0 behind the rushing and receiving of Shiloh Whetsel, Terrence Smith and Draigon Silvas.

Whetsel carried eight times for 144 yards and three touchdowns and caught one pass for 14 yards. Smith rushed six times for 80 yards and one touchdown and caught one pass for eight yards. Silvas carried nine times for 69 yards and two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.

"I heard (former Texas Tech coach) Mike Leach at a clinic two or three years ago," Herring said. "He has a coach in the box with all the positions and their names and every time they touch the ball he puts a mark.

"I realized after last week's game that Terrence had only three carries and I didn't even know it. My coach is telling how many touches Shiloh, Terrence and Draigon had. That helps me because the more we spread the ball around the harder we're going to be to defend. You need to use your weapons."

Refugio's backs helped it roll up 549 yards of offense and score three touchdowns in each of the first three quarters. The Bobcats had six scoring drives of six plays or less.

"They can't key on all of us," said Whetsel, who scored on runs of 53, 1 and 45, the two long runs coming on fourth down reverses. "As long as we have more points than the other team that's all that matters."

"I just do what it takes to win," added Smith, who scored Refugio's first touchdown on an 18-yard run. "Draigon scores and he does what he has to do. When I get the ball, I do what I have to do to score."

The Bobcats never punted and also scored on a 55-yard pass from Aaron Perez to Cory Brown on their first play of the third quarter.

Refugio got help from the defense, which had three interceptions and scored on a 55-yard fumble return by Danny Hernandez and a 25-yard interception return by Marquise Brown.

"I think we were trying to get everybody the ball and have a good game," said Silvas, who scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards. "We had a little trouble at the beginning, but the second half we came out and did what we had to do."

Hallettsville (0-2) had success throwing the ball and scored the game's first touchdown on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Braden Kahanek to Trevor McGee.

Kahanek passed for 219 yards and four touchdowns. McGee caught five passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns and Christian Wood-Dvorak had six catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

"We lost eight starters that should be here with us right this minute," said Hallettsville coach Tommy Psencik. "When you lose eight in 2A ball it's a lot. I'm proud of our kids. We're going to get better."

Refugio is also looking to improve, but mostly on the defensive end.

"Hallettsville's always played us tough, Herring said. "We've got to get better in the secondary and we've got to get better at defense. If we can learn to defend the pass, our run defense is awesome. They moved the ball until we went to a nickel. If we can ever learn to stop the pass in base defense we're going to be a really good football team."

Refugio has scored 120 points in its first two ballgames, which will make up for a lot of defensive shortcomings.

"We're real blessed to have so many weapons," Herring said. "And being able to two-platoon that gives us a huge advantage. After a big win over Rice you almost always have a letdown and Monday and Tuesday we didn't practice very well. I got after the kids and we had good practices on Wednesday and Thursday. What I told the kids it's got to be 24/7 all the time, and until we learn that we're going to struggle early."

NOTES: The stadium was named in honor of Refugio graduate and long-time public address announcer Jack Sportsman in a ceremony at halftime.

The teams combined for 96 points, 900 yards and 50 first downs.

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