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Refugio wins state championship, 36-35

By JR Ortega
Dec. 15, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.

Chartered buses for the Refugio football team leave early Thursday morning for Arlington. Players with the Bobcat team are looking forward to seeing Cowboys Stadium despite the six-hour trip to the  Arlington

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REFUGIO - The name "Refugio" peeked from the light fog shrouding the city water tower as two large charter buses roared into Refugio Elementary School parking lot Thursday morning.

"Go, Cats, go!" shouted a line of school children when the buses came to a stop.

The sound of the bus engines decompressing echoed in the parking lot as Bobcat football players had their faces pressed against the windows, staring out, waving.

Come late Thursday, the Bobcats would be practicing in Arlington for their big state finals game Friday against the Cisco Loboes.

Leslie Foss walked steadily with her video camera around the children as football players introduced themselves to the kids.

"This is the most excitement this town sees," she said. "This is what it's all about - the inspiration and dedication they put forth."

Third-grader Luke Tanner Solomon couldn't have been more excited about taking a break from schoolwork to see the Bobcats up close and personal.

"I think it's really exciting that they're going to state and all that," he said.

His favorite player is running back Shiloh Whetsel.

"He's a really good player and he runs really fast," he said.

Izak Canchola, a fifth-grader at the elementary school, is also a proud Bobcat fan.

He will be at Cowboys Stadium Friday cheering on the Bobcats to a victory he sees them very much achieving.

Izak's father was in the state championship in 1982 and when he plays for the Bobcats in a few years, he wants to be in a state championship as well.

But for now, he can root on today's Bobcats.

"They're going to whoop Cisco," he said.

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