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Refugio doesn't want to give Danbury a pass

By MIKE FORMAN
Nov. 21, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.

Refugio running back 6 Isaiah Perez leaps over a Nixon-Smiley defender as he races toward the end zone during their Class 2A, Division II bi-district game at Memorial Stadium.

IF YOU GO

Class 2A, Division II Area

Danbury Panthers vs. Refugio Bobcats

7:30 p.m. Friday, El Campo Ricebird Stadium

REFUGIO - Jason Herring is determined not to let Danbury rain on Refugio's postseason parade.

Inclement weather may be in the forecast for Friday's Class 2A, Division II area playoff game.

But the Refugio coach has taken steps to make sure the Bobcats (10-1) are prepared when they face the Panthers (10-1) at 7:30 p.m. at Ricebird Stadium in El Campo.

"I saw coach Herring in the hall," said Refugio quarterback Travis Quintanilla. "He said, 'We're going to be out there Hoss with a wet ball and we're going to dip it in buckets and they're going to be soaking wet and you're going to have to get used to it,' and that just fired me up. That's the dedication we have here in Refugio."

The dedication and hard work has brought Refugio into the second round of the playoffs for the eighth straight year, and has put Quintanilla on the cusp of breaking Graham Harrell's state record for career touchdown passes.

The senior comes into the game having thrown 165 touchdown passes and needs two more to tie the record.

"It is pretty close," Quintanilla said. "It's going to be right there in the back of my head no matter what. I'm going to pretend like it's every other game at the beginning of the season.

"This was my goal to get these records," he continued. "I knew I wasn't going to break it in one game. I knew it would be multiple games. Now the game is here and I am just going to pretend like it's just coming at the beginning of the season. I trusted coach Herring that the records are coming and let's just play football and win a championship."

The Bobcats hope they don't need Quintanilla, who has passed for 3,382 yards and 47 touchdowns and is 486 yards short of tying the state record for career passing yards, and their offense to overcome Danbury's prolific passing attack.

The Panthers, whose only loss came to top-ranked East Bernard, are led by quarterback Spencer Seman, who has passed for 2,833 yards and 33 touchdowns. Danbury has three receivers with 35 or more receptions on the season.

"Ingleside was the last team we played that really tried to chunk it a bunch," Herring said. "We'll have to make plays. Whether you can cover or not, you're going to have to make plays when you're there."

Refugio lost to Lago Vista on a long pass play and was victimized by Nixon-Smiley in last week's bi-district playoff win. But the Bobcats believe those mistakes are correctable.

"You just have to work on your technique and believe in yourself because they're going to catch passes," said senior defensive back J.B. Brown. "You have to let the play go and continue playing."

Refugio plans to do whatever it takes regardless of the weather.

"I'm not concerned from a scheme standpoint," said Refugio defensive coordinator Armando Huerta. "There have been some times where we put ourselves in a difficult position by not doing a job or whatever. It has been a case where it hasn't been something unexpected. We've always been prepared to handle the situation, we've just got to do a better job of executing."

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