Advocate editorial board opinion: Refugio's residents rise to back their team
If you look closely, and are traveling through Refugio, you'll see lots and lots of the colors orange and black. Those are the colors of the Refugio Bobcats, who have advanced to the semifinals on the way to a state championship.
We noticed a kind of nervous anticipation permeates the air there, too. This prelude to the Bobcats' rematch with the Lexington Eagles has a lot to do with last year's semifinal game when the Eagles emerged the winner over Refugio, 45-24.
So many fans are calling it a "rematch" or "revenge" game.
Burger King, which sits across the street from Refugio High School, has all of the Bobcats' team members' photos on the wall.
Bryan Castellano, 19, works at the burger place and said, "Pretty much the town will be there. It's a revenge game."
Castellano was on the Bobcats team last year when the Bobcats played the Eagles. He was an outside linebacker and tight end.
"I'm going to the game. I think (the Bobcats) have it over them anyway. The offensive line is doing their thing this year," he said.
Castellano said he remembers his years with the team, making it to semifinals and being stopped by Rice Consolidated (freshman), Blanco (sophomore), Daingerfield (junior) and Lexington (senior). He feels the Bobcats won't be stopped this year.
Like most people in Refugio, Castellano plans to go to the game. He is taking his fiancée, his mom and a couple of friends.
Tyler McNabb, 20, is another Burger King employee who said this year in Refugio is not normal because the Bobcats are playing the same team at the semifinals as last year - a deja vu that might turn out differently.
"It is a rematch of last year's game. Everybody is very excited, and they think we can get to state this year," he said.
Refugio Tax Assessor-Collector Ida Turner had her own assessment of this year's rematch.
"I think everybody has remained positive. I think we are going to go all the way (to state) this year," Turner said.
Turner is a big fan of the Bobcats. For the past 21 years, she has rented a charter bus or two and carried Refugio residents to the game.
"I already have people asking for next week's game. They're really riled up this year about this team," she said.
We are excited about Refugio, too. And we wish the team, coach, school and residents well. Seems to us, the Bobcats are hungry for a state title, and we all know that means they are a team that will not go down easily.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.