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Refugio community rallies behind Bobcats for state championship

By JR Ortega
Dec. 14, 2011 at 6:14 a.m.
Updated Dec. 15, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.

REFUGIO - Kathy Bostic shouts "Yeah!" as her grandson Cory Brown saunters across the shiny, wooden Refugio High School gym floor in a John Wayne-esque strut.

"Do it for grandma!" she pushes on, her voice becoming hoarse with each deafening cheer.

Just then, a tear rolls down her cheek; welcome to Bobcat country, where football fever is at its highest for the team's state championship game Friday against the Cisco Loboes.

Not even standing room was available as fired up students and residents packed the high school gym for a community pep rally, Wednesday night.

The team will be leaving early Thursday morning to Arlington, where they'll face the Loboes for the title at Cowboys Stadium.

"I think we're all proud of our Bobcats and our community," said Rhonda Odom, a devout Bobcat fan who will be caravanning Thursday night to watch the game.

All around Odom was a sea of black and orange. Some sat and some stood, but all cheered and clapped as the each football player made their way to their seats on center court.

Cheerleaders chanted, helping keep the fever pitch high.

"These are our future Bobcats," the emcee said as a row of young Bobcats walked forward.

Across them, today's football team - many who will be playing their last game Friday.

Again, the crowd went wild.

This is common for Refugio, said Christine Hill, who was raised in the small town.

"They've got a lot of young talent coming up," she said. "This is what Refugio looks forward to - it's football."

A couple of feet away, Jessica Valencia, the mother of a cheerleader, stands against the railing cheering, just like her daughter.

Valencia is a life skills teacher, and cannot help but become excited about her Bobcats, she said.

"When they're out on the field they aren't looking at the scoreboard," she said. "They just want to play."

Like most people in the gym Wednesday night, Valencia could feel the strong sense of community.

This support, she feels, has helped the Bobcats come so far.

"It's their turn," she said, smiling. "These boys deserve it."


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