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HISTORY! Refugio heading to state final with rout of Lexington

By MIKE FORMAN
Dec. 10, 2011 at 6:10 a.m.

Refugio's defense players #44 David Trevino and #12 Jack Gumm celebrate after a play and bang their helmets togetherFRANK TILLEY/FTILLEY@VICAD.COM

SAN ANTONIO - Refugio quarterback Travis Quintanilla spent the last half of the fourth quarter watching his teammates from the sideline.

Quintanilla had already done more than enough work in three-plus quarters.

The sophomore passed for 393 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to a 63-33 Class 2A, Division II semifinal win over Lexington on Friday night at Heroes Stadium.

The win avenged a 45-24 loss to Lexington in last year's semifinal and lifted Refugio (14-0) into the state final for the first time since 1987.

The Bobcats will go for their first state title since 1982 when they take on Cisco, a 35-28 winner over Corsican Mildred, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington next Friday at noon.

"I was telling myself to be real calm so I had my timing at the beginning so I could get my momentum," Quintanilla said. "This was probably the best game I ever played and I was thinking in my head, 'Let's go to state.'"

The Bobcats will go to the final with a state record for points in a season with 855, breaking the record set by Big Sandy in 1975.

Refugio eclipsed the scoring record before halftime thanks in a large part to Quintanilla, who completed 15 of 21 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns in the first two quarters.

"We knew in order to win this game, we were going to have to throw the football because they're so cotton-picking good on the run," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "If you've got five in the box, they've got six. If you've got seven in the box, they put eight.

"They play a real high risk, reward defense by putting nobody in the middle of the field. So you've got to make them pay, and my little sophomore and all the receivers executed exactly like they practiced. He was lights out. Way beyond his years. He had a great year, but that just topped it off. That's crazy for a sophomore to play like that."

Quintanilla completed 10 passes to Lynx Hawthorne for 201 yards and touchdown catches of 51, 10 and 44 yards in the first half.

"This whole week in practice we knew it's going to come down to it's man on man," Hawthorne said. "It's beat the guy in front of you. So just get open and put the ball where it's supposed to be. For Travis, that was a hell of a game."

Quintanilla also threw four passes to Malcolm Thompson for 153 yards and hooked up with Cory Brown on a 2-yard touchdown pass in the second half.

"We practiced a lot because they were playing man and I had to lead him so he could run under the ball," Quintanilla said. "They had to use their legs this game and they sure did a good job."

The Refugio defense also performed well against what had been a high-powered Lexington (11-3) defense.

Lexington quarterback Kogan Garrett passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns, but was held to 57 yards rushing.

"When the game was close and we were able to play our scheme that we worked on, we did great," Herring said. "I'm not going to lie and tell you we were going to score 63 on Lexington and beat them, 63-33. I would have told you, you were crazy. Those last touchdowns didn't bother me. When it mattered, we stoned them."

Quintanilla threw only 11 passes in the second half, as Refugio turned to its running game, which produced five touchdowns.

Draigon Silvas carried only eight times for 140 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yard run. Shiloh Whetsel ran for 67 yards and three touchdowns.

"They had too many big plays and we didn't stop them in the passing game," said Lexington coach Jason Holcomb. "They just heaved it deep, made plays and ran away with it."

Refugio will get to make a run at a state title for the first time in 24 years.

"All I know is we're going to Arlington, baby," Herring said. "We're going to Arlington. Now we've got to go win that rascal."

MORE ABOUT THE GAME

- See the box score: Refugio 63, Lexington 33

- For more: Simple math for Bobcats as they set scoring record

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