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7 things to take away from the 2013 high school football season

Dec. 25, 2013 at 6:25 a.m.
Updated Dec. 26, 2013 at 6:26 a.m.

Refugio's JB Brown, center, attempts to gain yardage in the game against Cisco at ATT&T Stadium.

The 2013 high school football season came to an end at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Shiner and Refugio made it to their respective state finals only to fall short of a state championship.

Here's a touchdown and extra point look at the season.

1. Two out of three isn't bad

I was asked before the season what teams had the best chance to reach the state championship games.

My answer was Hallettsville, Refugio and Shiner.

Refugio made the Class 2A, Division II state final before losing to Cisco 56-36. Shiner advanced to the Class 1A, Division I state final before losing to defending state champion Stamford 41-28.

Hallettsville missed a two-point conversion and lost 28-26 to eventual Class 2A, Division I state champion Cameron Yoe in the quarterfinals.

Calhoun was the most pleasant surprise. The Sandcrabs made it to the Class 4A, Division II semifinals for the first time since 1960 before losing 56-21 to Brenham.

This was the first season two area teams advanced to the UIL state final since 2004 when Shiner won the Class 1A championship and Cuero made it to the Class 3A, Division I championship game.

2. Best games

Refugio's 73-72 win over Rogers in overtime in the Class 2A, Division II regional playoffs would be hard to top. The game featured 10 lead changes and a number of momentum swings before Adolfo Cordero kicked the game-winning extra point.

Hallettsville's 41-35 Class 2A, Division I bi-district win over Lago Vista and the Brahmas' 28-26 quarterfinal loss to Cameron Yoe were among the most exciting games. Hallettsville won the Lago Vista game with a flea flicker in the final minute and lost the Yoe game when a two-point conversion pass late in the fourth quarter fell incomplete.

Shiner's 14-13 Class 1A, Division I area playoff win over Mason didn't lack for drama. The Comanches got a defensive stop on fourth down late in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

3. Records and awards

Refugio quarterback Travis Quintanilla came into his senior season with one state record. He threw 10 touchdown passes in a game as a junior. He finished his career with four more records.

Quintanilla broke Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert's records for passing yards in a season and a career and Ennis' Graham Harrell's records for touchdown passes in a season and a career. Quintanilla's totals for the season were 5,557 yards and 68 touchdowns. His career totals are 14,223 yards and 186 touchdowns.

Refugio kicker Adolfo Cordero set a state record with 308 career extra points.

Quintanilla, Goliad's Dalton Sturm and Yoakum's Tre'Vontae Hights each won the Ford Built Tough Texas High School Football player of the Week award in their respective classifications.

4. Streaks

Refugio had won 63 straight regular-season games and 39 consecutive games at Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium until a 45-39 loss to Lago Vista on Sept. 13.

Hallettsville extended the area's longest regular-season winning streak to a school-record 23 games.

Bloomington ended its 64-game district losing streak that extended back to Nov. 8, 2002, with a 41-0 District 15-2A, Division II win over Natalia on Nov. 8. The streak was the fifth longest in state history.

5. Something always happens

The biggest surprise was the resignation of Louise athletic director and head football coach Danny Villanueva during the season. Villanueva cited personal reasons for the resignation, which came when the Hornets had an 0-4 record and were preparing to play Ganado in their final non-district game.

Assistant Oscar Castillo took over as the interim coach. Louise finished the season at 0-9 and has lost 11 consecutive games.

6. Changes ahead

The classification numbers have already been revealed by the UIL. Bay City, Beeville, Schulenburg, Refugio and Kenedy will drop to a lower classification for the next two years.

The districts will be announced when the UIL releases its realignment in February.

7. Early crystal ball

The teams with the best chance of making it to the 2014 UIL state final should be Hallettsville in Class 3A, Division I and Refugio in Class 2A, Division I.

Want a surprise team - watch Cuero, which advanced to the Class 3A, Division II regional playoffs and will be a Class 4A, Division II team.

Don't count out Hallettsville Sacred Heart or Shiner St. Paul in TAPPS Division III.

Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or mforman@vicad.com, or comment on this column at advosports.com

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