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Silvas scores 3 TDs for Refugio

By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Aug. 27, 2011 at 3:27 a.m.


REFUGIO - Draigon Silvas has high standards and is rarely satisfied.

Silvas rushed 10 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns, caught one pass for 16 yards and had 10 tackles from his linebacker position to lead Refugio to a 26-7 season-opening win over Rice Consolidated on Friday night at Bobcat Stadium.

"It's just something that I do," Silvas said. "I'm just coming out here playing as hard as I can. I have very high expectations for my teammates, myself, my coaches. We play hard as a team and I'm playing as hard as I can to do what I've got to do."

The Bobcats, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, did what they had to do to win their 42nd regular-season game and 29th consecutive home game.

Refugio overcame a slew of mistakes with the passing of quarterback Travis Quintanilla and receiving of Lynx Hawthorne in the first half, before turning to the running of Silvas and Shiloh Whetsel in the second half.

"I think everybody saw on a wet field and it was really tough tonight, but I think you saw glimpses of what Lynx adds to us and how the little sophomore can chunk it," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "It helps open up the running game so much."

Rice Consolidated stayed close until the fourth quarter with a power rushing attack that produced 221 yards. The Raiders ran 65 plays to 36 for Refugio.

"They were more of a finesse team last year, and I mean that as a compliment," Herring said. "This year they're going to get behind those big hogs and run right at you and that's a great defense to keep our offense off the field."

After Rice Consolidated's Jimmy Foster recovered an errant shotgun snap at the Refugio 11-yard line, Everitt Grounds scored on a 4-yard run and Cristian Samaniego added the point after to pull the Raiders within 12-7 with 57 seconds left in the third quarter.

But Silvas responded with touchdown runs of 8 and 79 yards on Refugio's next two possessions.

"Draigon Silvas is a big-time player, Shiloh is a big-time player and when Hawthorne gets going they're going to have some weapons," said Rice Consolidated coach Brad Dumont. I was proud of our kids and I would love to play them late in the year, but that won't happen."

Hawthorne, who transferred to Refugio from Weimar, had three catches for 116 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown reception, in the first half. Silvas rushed for 121 yards and Whetsel added 46 yards in the final two quarters.

"We did get sloppy in the middle of the game," Whetsel said. "A lot of people say we're a second-half team and we came out the second half and did what we had to do to put points on the board."

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