Refugio blasts Riviera to open district play
REFUGIO - J.B. Brown was on the freshman team the last time he had a game like he did against Riviera.
Brown ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a touchdown to lead Refugio to a 76-0 win over the Seahawks in the District 16-2A, Division II opener on Friday night at Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium.
"When we play games like this, we think more of games in the playoffs," Brown said. "We just want to strive for perfection and try and do better. We try and play at a higher level every week."
Brown caught a touchdown pass of 31 yards from Travis Quintanilla and returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown in the first half before running 11 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
"J.B.'s a real special kid," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "He can play every position on the field. He's brilliant really, smart, a straight-A kid. He starts in our secondary and runs the show back there. He can play F, he can play H, and he can play Y. He's a very sharp kid. He's one of those kids you love to have on his team. He can play anywhere and he's a real talent."
Herring could say the same about a number of his players, as the top-ranked Bobcats improved to 4-0. Refugio has won 19 straight games, 55 straight regular-season games, 35 consecutive home games and 31 straight district games.
"I thought we played pretty good football, but we still need to get cleaner," Herring said. "It needs to get better because the kids' mindset coming in isn't where it should be. No disrespect to them. It just felt different."
Refugio did pretty much what it wanted on offense, rolling up 716 yards. The Bobcats scored on their first play from scrimmage on a 52-yard pass from Quintanilla to Marcus Thompson.
Quintanilla completed 13 of 21 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns before sitting out the entire second half.
Thompson had five catches for 125 yards. Freshman running back Isaiah Perez rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and Draigon Silvas had 97 yards and two touchdowns.
"We knew what they got and we knew what we have," Quintanilla said. "So we just went with what we've seen and went with the pass in the first half."
The Bobcats led 55-0 at halftime and played mostly reserves the entire second half.
Refugio never punted, but hurt itself by losing four fumbles, including two in the end zone, and being penalized nine times for 100 yards.
"We constantly have to preach it, but I'm going to be honest with you, they're 15-, 16, 17-year-old kids and they're not going to. You just got to hope they maintain the best they can," Herring said.
Refugio limited the Seahawks (1-3) to 12 net yards and six first downs, three of which came by penalty.
"We can take some good away from this," Herring said. "We'll be able to study the film and work on what we need to improve on."