Refugio's Quintanilla, St. Paul's Hollenbach win Ford Tough award


Sept. 12, 2012 at 4:12 a.m.
Updated Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:13 a.m.

Travis Quintanilla of Refugio, right, was named Ford Tough player of the week.

Travis Quintanilla of Refugio, right, was named Ford Tough player of the week.   Angeli Wright for The Victoria Advocate

The start of the 2012 football season was a memorable one for Refugio quarterback Travis Quintanilla and Shiner St. Paul running back Adam Hollenbach.

Quintanilla's passing and Hollenbach's running not only led their respective teams to impressive wins, they also were named the 2012 Built Ford Tough Player of the Week for Week Zero and Week 1.

Quintanilla won the Class 2A award after passing for a personal-best 502 yards and five touchdowns in Class 2A No. 1 Refugio's 62-27 win over Class 3A Ingleside.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior completed 26 of his 38 passes to seven different receivers.

Quintanilla went on to throw for 343 yards and six touchdowns in the Bobcats' 56-0 win over Edna in Week 1.

Quintanilla was named the Class 2A Offensive Player of the Year by the Texas Sports Writers Association last season after passing for 3,954 yards and 53 touchdowns during Refugio's 15-0 run to the Class 2A, Division II state championship.

"Travis is simply the hardest working kid I know," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "As talented as he is, you'd never guess he was the starting quarterback for one of the state's most successful programs.

"He's a quiet, mild-mannered kid who lets his actions speak for themselves. Honestly, he has already exceeded all of our highest expectations."

Hollenbach won the private school award by excelling in multiple areas during St. Paul's 60-21 win over Pettus.

The 5-10, 160-pound senior carried 17 times for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He also kicked two extra points, ran for a two-point conversion and had four tackles on defense.

"Adam has been our leader for the last four years," said St. Paul coach Jake Wachsmuth. "He ran for 1,700 yards as a freshman and has simply gone on from there, getting better every year. He's exactly the kind of kid you want to lead your program. Everyone knows he has mounds of talent, but he won't let anyone outwork him."



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