Silvas dominates early as Refugio advances
COLUMBUS - The role Refugio coach Jason Herring had envisioned for Draigon Silvas against Rogers changed, but it hardly mattered.
Silvas scored five touchdowns in the first half and the Bobcats ran away with a 76-35 Class 2A, Division II area playoff win over the Eagles on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
"Draigon is the best team football player you'll ever coach," Herring said. "He doesn't ever say a stinking word. It's 'Coach where do you want me? What do you want me to do?' You know what the game plan was tonight? It was for Draigon to block 90 percent of the time. It just worked out that way. The job for him was to start at middle linebacker and block. Draigon's never going to be selfish and he's always going to do what's best for the team."
Silvas ran for four touchdowns and went 70 yards on a screen pass from quarterback Travis Quintanilla for another score. He also had 10 tackles from his linebacker position as Refugio built a 42-7 halftime lead.
"I go out there and do what I got to do and whatever happens, happens," Silvas said. "Numbers they matter, but then again they don't because as long as I'm on the field I'm happy. Everything's all right as long as I'm playing and we win and go get another ring."
The Bobcats took a step in the right direction improving to 11-0 and advancing to the regional round against Lexington, a 42-25 winner over Poth. The regional game has been scheduled for Friday at San Antonio's Farris Stadium.
Refugio had 700 total yards of offense. Quintanilla completed 18 of 22 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns, Marcus Thompson had seven receptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns and Louie Whetsel added four catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 69 yards and one touchdown.
"I thought we hit on all cylinders offensively, but I thought the difference in this game was the defense," Herring said. "Our offense has a chance to be pretty good when we get the ball back. I think we held them to four first downs in the first half and our first team defense only gave up seven points.
"No doubt the offense was hitting on all cylinders, Travis played great and Marcus played great, but the key to this game was the defense because what they want to do is three yards and a cloud of dust and keep you off the field. This win goes to the defense."
Linebacker Jack Gumm had 10 tackles and defensive end Devin LaFrance had nine as Rogers (9-3) had 196 of its 393 rushing yards in the fourth quarter against the Refugio reserves.
"Our D-line dominated the line of scrimmage the whole game and against the slot-T that's the main thing is to dominate the line of scrimmage," Gumm said. "That's what they did and we fit around them."
Refugio scored on six of its seven possessions in the first half and five of its seven in the second half.
"We knew we were going to be pretty quick getting the ball off and those screen passes turned out wonderful," Quintanilla said. "They helped us out. I mean just a little pass off to Draigon and he was off to the races. I still looked at the score, but I had confidence in our defense to stop them so give it up to them."
Rogers' Carson Skala rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a pair of touchdown passes. But most of the yardage came after the game was out of reach.
"Both weeks we practiced real hard and we said we weren't going to struggle and we weren't going to come out flat on the open week," Gumm said. "We came out here with a lot of swagger and we did it."