DISTRICT 16-2A, D-II: Refugio expected to run away with title
By BY ALBERT ALVARADO - AALVARADO@VICAD.COM
Aug. 25, 2011 at 3:25 a.m.
Refugio have literally been running away with district titles.
The Bobcats look to win their seventh straight outright district title, returning 11 starters and will again look to make a long playoff run.
Two key offensive returners are back for Refugio. Running backs Shiloh Whetsel and Draigon Silvas look to have big years again this year.
The pair of backs put up nearly identical numbers last season as Whetsel rused for 1,010 yards and 21 touchdowns, and Silvas ran for 1,005 yards and 20 scores.
"Most coaches would be fortunate enough to coach either one of them in a career and here we get to coach both of them," said Refugio coach Jason Herring said.
The two backs will be need help an offensive line with two new starters, who will be seeing their first varsity action in the season opener against Rice Consolidated.
The district's leading receiver in Cory Brown returns for Refugio after getting 510 yards and 10 scores last year.
The Bobcats dominated District 16-2A, Division II last season, going 7-0 and winning by a combibined score of 467-61. The Bobcats scored at least 54 points in every district game last year.
Their last district loss came to Skidmore-Tynan in 2006. The 2003 season was the last where the Bobcats didn't win at least a share of the district title.
In 2010 the Bobcats reached the Class 2A semifinals for the second consecutive season. Refugio returns six starters on offense and five starters on defense.
Refugio has made it to at least the quarterfinals the last four years and Herring said there were some things the team learned from the 2010 playoff loss to Lexington.
"The difference between getting to the semis and getting to the state championship and winning sometimes is just one play here or there, or an injury or the draw," Herring said.
Coach: Jason Herring
Years at current school: 5
Record at current school: 53-4
Years as head coach: 14
Overall record: 122-42
Last year's record: 13-1, 7-0 district
Last playoff appearance: 2010, semifinals
Returning starters: WR Cory Brown, RB Shiloh Whetsel, RB Draigon Silvas, WR Connor Lowrie, OL Matt Galvan, OL J.W. Shipp, DL Donald Trevino, DE Justin Padilla, DE Sean Dukes, DB Cameron Sternadel, DB Marcus Thompson.
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The Bobcats will have another dynamic player on offense with the addition of former Wiemar quarterback Lynx Hawthonre.
Hawthorne joined Refugio after his father Kent resigned as Weimar's head coach and took a position at Refugio at a defensive line, powerlifting and track and field coach.