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Refugio rolls to shut out over Edna

By MIKE FORMAN
Sept. 8, 2012 at 4:08 a.m.

Refugio quarterback Travis Quintanilla hands off to Louie Whetsel during the first half. Whetsel had four touchdowns and the Bobcats shut out Edna, 56-0, on Friday.

REFUGIO - Refugio has not had much competition in the last two seasons so the Bobcats have become accustomed to competing with themselves.

Refugio's defense matched another productive night by the offense and the Bobcats ran off with a 56-0 decision over Edna on Friday night at Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium.

"We're playing more for a purpose," said John Wesley Shipp, who plays offensive tackle and middle linebacker. "It's not always a competition but sometimes if it helps it will be a competition between offense and defense whoever has the better game. This game even though the score was 56, I think the defense might have had a bit of a better game."

The No. 1 Bobcats (2-0) limited the Cowboys (1-1) to 168 yards and did not allow a first down in the first or third quarters.

"I'm really excited about our defense," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "We've not had bad defenses, but our offense has gotten all the credit over the years. We're playing as good defensively as we've ever played since I've been here. I think as long as we can do that, the sky's the limit."

Edna reached Refugio territory on four of its 13 possessions, but penetrated the 20-yard line on only one possession, getting to the 19 before turning the ball over on downs.

"They did a really good job defensively stopping what we do," said Edna coach Mike Pierce. "We didn't do a very good job of blocking on offense, but that had a lot to do with what they were doing defensively."

The Bobcats had four sacks and forced three fumbles, recovering two.

"As a team, we did pretty well," said defensive end Devon LaFrance. "If one of us missed a tackle, the rest of us were there. I think we can do better and we will do better."

Refugio was more than productive enough on offense, rolling up 634 yards and punting only once.

Quarterback Travis Quintanilla passed for 343 yards and six touchdowns, including three to Marcus Thompson and two to Louie Whetsel.

Whetsel was sick for much of the week, but still accounted for 322 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. Whetsel caught touchdown passes of 7 and 76 yards, and had touchdown runs of 83 and 86 yards.

"I missed the past three practices and I came to school today just dying," Whetsel said. "I came out here knowing I was going to have half the reps, I had to share them. I couldn't breath. It was an awful week."

The biggest downer for Refugio was an undetermined knee injury suffered by running back Malcolm Franklin in the fourth quarter.

"I feel like we started out really well," Whetsel said. "We lost a really big back and it's going to be a big impact to our offense. But just being Refugio, we'll bounce back pretty good."

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