REFUGIO – Quarterback Austin Ochoa wasn’t concerned when Refugio didn’t score during the first possession of its scrimmage against Bishop.

The Bobcats managed four first downs, but Ochoa was sacked three times by the Badgers’ blitzing defense.

“We just had to see what they were bringing up to us,” Ochoa said. “We adjusted in the second round and we did what we do.”

The Bobcats, ranked No. 1 in the preseason Class 2A, Division I poll, scored three touchdowns in their final 10 plays Friday night at Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium.

Ochoa threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Perez, Eziyah Bland ran 13 yards for a touchdown and Ysidro Mascorro added a 15-yard touchdown run. Jordy Martinez was successful on his three extra point kicks.

“We just have to perfect our offense and what we’re doing,” Ochoa said. “We just have to get it 100 percent right.”

The Bobcats started and finished strong on defense, limiting Bishop to one first down on its two possessions.

“We’re not perfect yet,” Mascorro said. “We’ve got to get perfect. It’s about fundamentals and bringing the energy.”

Refugio coach Jason Herring was disappointed with his team’s start, but happy with the way it rebounded.

“They got after us the first few plays,” he said. “We ran the ball, but we didn’t pass protect very well. We needed to see this because we’ve been practicing against each other and no matter who you’re playing Friday night competition is going to be better than you can emulate.

“I’m real proud of the way we finished, scoring three in the last 10,” he added. “Most of all I thought the defense was the bright spot. That’s where we have the most new kids. I was anxious to see where our defense was at. I’m real, real pleased that the defense looked so good.”

Refugio will head to Odem on Thursday for its final scrimmage. But the Bobcats’ biggest priority is their season opener at Tidehaven.

“It’s about time,” Mascorro said. “It’s been a long time since we played anyone. It was pretty fun. But a scrimmage is just a glorified practice.”

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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