Simple math for Bobcats as they set scoring record
Dec. 10, 2011 at 6:10 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO - Math teachers in Refugio might be teaching this algebraic equation in town for years to come.
792 points + x = state scoring record.
Friday, the Bobcats scored 63 points in their Class 2A, Division II semifinal victory over Lexington to break the state scoring record set by the 1975 Big Sandy Wildcats.
Previously, the record was 824 points, but that was eclipsed 25 seconds before halftime when senior running back Shiloh Whetsel dove in from a yard away to give Refugio a 35-12 lead into intermission.
"We knew we were on the verge and we had two games left and that it was possible," said Whetsel, unaware that his touchdown was the one that broke the mark. "It's unreal. I can't explain how I feel right now. It's better than what I even expected."
Big Sandy set the former record in 14 games on its way to a third straight state championship. Through 14 games the undefeated Bobcats have scored 855 points.
Some have alleged the Bobcats - and more specifically their coaches-have run up the score, or lacked class and couth in victory, especially after humiliating district opponents Riviera and Freer by a combined 173-12 in consecutive games.
Regardless of the various viewpoints on how Refugio achieved the record, no one doubts the caliber of the athletes wearing orange and black on Friday nights.
"He has no class. That's why people in South Texas tend to root against them, because they do stuff like that," said Lexington football coach Jason Holcomb about his counterpart.
"They have a very good ball team. He's got some kids who play their tails off. Those backs are outstanding, that quarterback did a great job. They did a great job up front on both sides of the ball and they did an outstanding job."
As nice as it might be compared to a team that had the late David Overstreet and current Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith on it, the Bobcats want something else that Big Sandy team was able to accomplish - a state championship.
"You can have great skill. But if you don't have kids up front, your skill turns very average," said Refugio football coach Jason Herring noting that without right tackle, John Wesley Shipp, right guard Logan Myers, center Matt Galvan, left guard Ruben Ortiz and left tackle Jake Henderson the record would not have been possible.
"Three of those are brand new. This is their first year playing varsity. Coach (Drew) Cox has done a great job, a great job molding those guys. They just bust open holes and pass protect for Travis (Quintanilla). You are only as good as you are up front."
It's not just the offensive line that open up holes for Whetsel and fellow running back Draigon Silvas. The final two Refugio touchdowns were set up because wide receivers Lynx Hawthorne and Juan Ramirez provided stellar individual blocks on the edge of the Lexington defense.
"Selflessness has been the key to the whole year. I mean that's what he's been preaching since Day 1," said Hawthorne, whose three receiving touchdowns give him 24 on the year.
"The difference between this year and last year is we have a lot of selfless players. To show you, Cory Brown blocks unlike anyone I have ever seen in my whole life. He's one of those dudes, he doesn't have to get the ball 10 times a game, but he'll get 10 pancakes a game."
Rice Consolidated is the only team that held Refugio below 40 points on the season, and that was a 26-7 win in the Aug. 26 the season-opener. Rice football coach Brad Dumont found it incredible just how many points Refugio has been able to score this year.
"The skill guys that they have, we've played a lot of good folks in the past 12 years and they had some of the best skill kids that we've seen in any game we played," said Dumont, who was an assistant linebackers coach on the last Refugio team to reach the state title game in 1987.
"The caliber of people they have played a good. Considering their district is not as strong as some others in Region IV, I knew they would score a lot of points."
The 1992 Southlake Carroll team is the only other squad in state history to score more than 800 points. The Dragons scored 803 points en route to a Class 3A championship.
"Losing wasn't a thought for me coming over here," said Whetsel about helping his team reach state for the first time in 24 years. "I did not want the feeling I had last year. It was a terrible feeling and this year we came out and got it done."
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