Refugio, Edna expect playoff atmosphere
Sept. 5, 2013 at 4:05 a.m.
A number of Edna fans have questioned athletic director and head football coach Mike Pierce about scheduling Refugio.
The Cowboys and Bobcats squared off during the 2008 and 2009 seasons with Refugio winning both games.
The series resumed last season, and even though Refugio ran off with a 56-0 win, Pierce has no regrets.
"You're not going to get good unless you play good people," he said. "People ask me why we're playing them, and it's because it's going to make us a better football team.
"Every year that we've played Refugio, it has made us a better football team," he added. "You're going to go out and prepare like it's a playoff game because that's how they treat every game."
Edna (1-0) and No. 4 Refugio (1-0) are expecting a playoff atmosphere when they meet Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Edna's Cowboy Memorial Stadium.
"I love playing Edna because they simulate playoff games," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "When Edna walks on the field, they'll have the same amount of talent that a Lexington does or an East Bernard does. They've got big ol' strong, physical kids and kids who can run."
The Bobcats had 583 yards of offense in their season-opening 32-20 win over Ingleside.
Quarterback Travis Quintanilla passed for 266 yards, and Tyler Castellano (133) and Isaiah Perez (116) led a rushing attack that produced 317 yards.
But Refugio struggled inside Ingleside's 20-yard line and failed to score on four attempts from the 1-yard line.
"We had almost 600 yards of offense, and that's right up there with one of the best nights we've ever had," Herring said. "The problem was we got in the red zone four times in the first half and got no points. That's the sign of a young team. We've got to learn to finish drives. "
Edna also struggled on offense at times but got a solid defensive effort in a 27-14 win over Needville.
The Cowboys limited the Blue Jays to 211 total yards and scored a special teams touchdown on Marquis Broussard's 60-yard punt return.
"Our defense is a really good defense," Pierce said. "I really like what they're doing. We did some good things on offense. The big thing is we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot on offense. We played within what we're capable of doing and coach (Josh) Lovelady, our offensive coordinator, did a good job of calling plays."
Edna's defense is likely to face a much stiffer test this week, which comes as no surprise to Pierce.
"Their kids have played a lot of football games in their high school career," he said. "They have an answer for what you do defensively and offensively. They have pretty much seen everything that you can throw at them."
Herring had mixed emotions about his team's response against Ingleside and is anxious to see how far it has progressed.
"At times, we looked like a really good football team," Herring said. "At times, we looked fairly young."