Bobcats draw attention of ESPN
Oct. 31, 2011 at 5:31 a.m.
REFUGIO -- Refugio leads the nation in scoring and it may be one of the few high school teams in the nation with crews from ESPN at its games.
But as dominant as the Refugio has been in District 16-2A, Division II play and despite its No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press state poll, the Bobcats have yet to wrap up an outright district championship and the top seed in the playoffs.
Refugio can assure itself a first-round bye with a win over Banquete on Friday night at Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium.
"It gives us a good opportunity to to get ready for the playoffs," said junior defensive back Cameron Sternadel. "We're going to treat this just like a playoff game. It will give us a chance to turn it on and get ready for the playoffs."
Refugio has scored 599 points this season and it has not gone unnoticed.
An ESPN crew was on hand for the Bobcats' game against Santa Gertrudis Academy in Kingsville last week and will be back for Friday night's game.
The crew taped the Bobcats in the locker room before the game and Refugio coach Jason Herring wore a microphone during the game and will do so again this week.
"It's neat for the kids," Herring said. "But it's a huge distraction."
Distractions have become commonplace for the Bobcats this season, but they haven't let them carry over onto the field.
"We try to stay a team the whole time and never let anything come into our locker room," Sternadel said. "We know if we stay together that will really get us where we want to go."
Refugio has made no secret of its desire to win a state championship and Herring admits it's been difficult to gauge his team's progress toward its goal.
"I think we're playing real well, but I'm going to be honest I've still got the question in the back of my mind of how good we are," Herring said. "We're pretty cotton-picking good on offense. We're really explosive and we've got a lot of weapons. We're fast. Our offensive line has come around tremendously.
"I think we're much better on defense, we've given up 54 points all year long. I'm still worried about defense. It's obvious we haven't lined up against a Schulenburg or East Bernard. Our success in the playoffs is going to fall squarely on our defense's shoulders. They're going to have to get us the ball so we can get some snaps."
A win Friday night will allow Refugio to start preparing for what it hopes will be a long postseason run.
"A lot of coaches don't like having a bye, I do," Herring said. "It's going to give us two weeks to work on the teams we need to work on. It gives us a chance to heal up and a chance to fine tune for our final push in the playoffs."
Following are the area's different playoff scenarios heading into the final week of the regular season.
Victoria East is the top seed and Gregory-Portland is the second seed in Division I. Calhoun is the top seed and Beeville is the second seed in Division II.
Angleton is the top seed and Lamar Consolidated is the second seed in Division I. Rosenberg Terry is the top seed and El Campo is the second seed in Division II.
Gonzales is the top seed in Division II unless it loses to Cuero, Pleasanton defeats La Vernia and Yoakum beats San Antonio Sam Houston. In that case, Gonzales would be the Division I representative. The Yoakum-Sam Houston winner is in. La Vernia is in with a win. Cuero must defeat Gonzales and have Sam Houston beat Yoakum or Plesanton defeat Yoakum to get in. La Vernia would be the Division I representative if it makes the playoffs. Sam Houston would be the Division I representative if it makes the playoffs and La Vernia does not.
Columbia is the top seed in Division I. Wharton is the top seed in Division II. The Needville-Sweeny winner will be the second seed in Division II.
Sinton will be the Division I representative if Mathis beats Rockport-Fulton or the top seed in Division II if Rockport-Fulton defeats Mathis. Ingleside will be the top seed in Division II if Mathis beats Rockport-Fulton or the second seed in Division II if Rockport-Fulton defeats Mathis. The Rockport-Fulton-Mathis winner is in and the loser is out. Rockport-Fulton would be the Division I representative and Mathis would be the second seed in Division II.
District 14-2A, Division I
The Hempstead-Edna winner gets the top seed and a first-round bye. The loser will be the second seed. Hallettsville is the third seed.
District 14-2A, Division II
Poth is the top seed and gets a first-round bye. Stockdale would be the second seed with a win over Dilley or the third seed with a loss to Dilley. Dilley would be the second seed with a win over Stockdale. If Stockdale defeats Dilley and Karnes City beats Three Rivers, Nixon-Smiley would be the third seed. If Stockdale defeats Dilley and Three Rivers beats Karnes City, Three Rivers would be the third seed.
District 15-2A, Division II
East Bernard is the top seed and gets a first-round bye. Schulenburg would be the second seed with a win over Boling or the third seed with a loss to Boling. Boling would be the second seed with a win over Schulenburg. If Schulenburg defeats Boling - Boling would be the third seed if Bloomington beat Danbury; Weimar would be the third seed with a win over Tidehaven and a Danbury win over Bloomington; Danbury would be the third seed with a Tidehaven win over Weimar.
District 16-2A, Division II
Refugio would be the top seed and get a first-round bye unless it loses by 15 points or more to Banquete. In that case, Refugio would be the second seed and Riviera the third seed. If Refugio beats Banquete, Riviera would be the second seed and Banquete the third seed.
Division 15-1A, Division I
Ganado will be the top seed and get a first-round bye. Shiner will be the second seed and Yorktown will be the third seed.
Division 16-1A, Division I
If Ben Bolt beats Kenedy, it will be the top seed and get a first-round bye. La Villa would be the second seed if it defeats Charlotte and Ben Bolt defeats Kenedy and Kenedy would be the third seed. If Kenedy defeats Ben Bolt and La Villa beats Charlotte, Kenedy, Ben Bolt and La Villa would be tied for first and points would determine the seeding. If Ben Bolt and Charlotte win, Kenedy, La Villa and Charlotte would be tied for second and points would determine the second and third seeds.
Division 16-2A, Division II
Falls City is the top seed and has a first-round bye. Pettus is the second seed. Bruni would be the third seed with a win over Woodsboro. If Woodsboro beats Bruni and Benavides defeats Runge, Woodsboro, Bruni and Benavides would tie for third and points would determine the representative. If Woodsboro beats Bruni and Runge defeats Benavides, Woodsboro would be the third seed.
TAPPS Division I, District 2
San Antonio Holy Cross, Austin St. Michael's, San Antonio Central Catholic, San Antonio Antonian and Brownsville St. Joseph are in.
TAPPS Division IV, District 3
Shiner St. Paul, Hallettsville Sacred Heart, Bryan Brazos Christian and Austin St. Dominic Savio are in. If Brazos Christian defeats Sacred Heart and St. Paul beat St. Dominic Savio, the seeding will be Brazos Christian, St. Paul, Sacred Heart and St. Dominic Savio. If Sacred Heart defeats Brazos Christian and St. Paul beats St. Dominic Savio, points will determine the top seed.
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361- 580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.