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Refugio expects test in rematch with Poth

By MIKE FORMAN
Nov. 24, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.
Updated Nov. 25, 2011 at 5:25 a.m.

Refugio's Shiloh Whetsel is tackled by Three Rivers' Charlie Johnston during the first quarter of last Thursday's playoff game in Sinton.

Refugio knew it was headed for a rematch in the Class 2A, Division II regional playoff game.

The Bobcats (11-0) probably figured Schulenburg would be waiting for them on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Victoria.

Refugio had to rally from a halftime deficit to beat Schulenburg 42-35 in last year's quarterfinals.

But Poth (11-0) spoiled the scenario with a 33-28 area playoff win over the Shorthorns last week at Memorial Stadium.

"As coaches just talking we thought it could be either one," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "I think it was two even teams. I think it could have gone either way, but Poth made a few more plays."

Refugio defeated Poth 34-19 in last year's regional game. But the Bobcats led 20-19 in the fourth quarter and had to stop a two-point conversion attempt to maintain the lead.

"All Poth does is win," Herring said. "They are very, very scrappy, very disciplined, very well coached and they get after it. You can tell the unity on their team is second to none."

Herring was impressed by the Pirates' ability to make plays at critical times against Schulenburg.

"It's a typical Poth team," he said. "Very disciplined, they execute flawlessly, they don't make mistakes, they're not going to beat themselves and if you them, they're going to pound it right at you. They run the spread to pound the football."

Refugio had a taste of being pounded in its 56-25 area win over Three Rivers.

The Bulldogs rushed for 340 yards and did a good job of keeping the ball away from the Bobcats.

"It motivates us," said Refugio linebacker Jake Heryford. "We want to go out there and we feel like we have something to prove this week. Everyone is saying that we're not a good defense. We want to go out there and play lights out and show everyone what we are."

The Bobcats offense had few problems on offense against Three Rivers, scoring on eight of their nine possessions.

"The only thing right now is we've got to get better defensively," Herring said. "Offensively we clicked on all cylinders."

Refugio learned last year against Poth how thin the margin of error is in the playoffs.

"The atmosphere is way different," said Refugio linebacker Richard Tuttle. "It's no so calm. It's win or go home."

NOTES: Poth will be the home team. ..Tickets will be $5 at the gate...The winner will play the winner of Saturday's East Bernard-Sonora game in the quarterfinals...Wimberley-Sweeny will play a Class 3A, Division II regional game at Memorial Stadium on Friday at 2 p.m.

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