REFUGIO'S BIG GUNS: The offensive weapons that could beat Cisco

Dec. 16, 2011 at 6:16 a.m.

From left, Lynx Hawthorne, Draigon Silvas, Shiloh Whetsel and Travis Quintanilla.

From left, Lynx Hawthorne, Draigon Silvas, Shiloh Whetsel and Travis Quintanilla.   Frank Tilley for The Victoria Advocate

Refugio can beat you any number of ways. At any given time, there are 11 athletes on the field for the undefeated Bobcats, who will square off against Cisco at noon Friday in the Class 2A, Division II state championship in Arlington. Here are four of the key players on offense that the Bobcats will turn to for a big game Friday against the Loboes as they seek their first state title in almost 30 years.



Shiloh Whetsel is one of the elder statesmen of the offense. He has been one of the most prolific offensive weapons for the Bobcats this season, doing it both as a running back and a receiver. In his final season with the Bobcats, he's certainly putting up big numbers - 25 rushing touchdowns on 112 carries and 1,440 rushing yards. Whetsel has 30 receptions this season for 492 yards and another seven touchdowns, the second most on the team behind Lynx Hawthorne's 63 catches.



Travis Quintanilla's arm has been a big part of why Refugio has made it this far. The sophomore has stepped up in a big way to pass for 50 TDs this season with just six interceptions. His 3,573 passing yards lead the area. Having targets with a ton of talent helps - and Quintanilla has no shortage of them all over the field - but it takes a good quarterback to find them regularly. He's completed 173 of 262 passes this year, more than 66 percent.



Silvas, along with Shiloh Whetsel, gives the Bobcats a strong backfield to rely on when they run into talented secondaries. The junior isn't the receiving threat that his backfield counterpart is - he has 11 catches for 165 yards and two TDs - but he is a bruising running back who gives them a physical presence. Silvas has 127 carries for 1,394 yards and 20 touchdowns.



Hawthorne has been one of the most prolific wide receivers in the area, if not the state, this season. His 63 catches and 1,667 receiving yards are the most in the area, and his 24 TDs are more than double anyone else in the area at this point. The senior, who transferred from Weimar over the summer, gave the Bobcats a reliable and talented receiving target, and another big play threat. This will be his last high school game - he is graduating midterm and heading to Baylor, where he will take part in spring drills with the Bears.



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