Bobcat spirit remains strong despite loss (w/video)
Dec. 19, 2013 at 6:19 a.m.
Updated Dec. 20, 2013 at 6:20 a.m.
ARLINGTON - Carol Anderson held her 3-year-old daughter, Ally, in her arms inside AT&T Stadium, waiting for the Refugio Bobcats.
"I'd follow them to the end of the earth," said Anderson, 41. "Always have, always will."
The Bobcats descended upon the Dallas Cowboys' turf Thursday night to battle the Cisco Loboes for the Class 2A, Division II state championship.
Anderson was there with her family to see No. 44, Quincy Brown.
"He's so stoked about it," Anderson said.
The Bobcats have a younger set of players on the team compared to years past, said Loren Castellano, 15.
Loren's younger brother, Austin Moya, 15, is among the youngest players on the team.
"I'm nervous but excited to see the outcome," Loren said.
This was Refugio's second time in three years and sixth time overall to reach the state championship.
Shelby Summerville, 12, leaned over a stadium railing wearing a shirt with the words "Told ya' we'd be back" printed on the back.
Shelby traveled with other Refugio fans in a limousine to the Arlington game.
"Everything is closed back home because everyone is here," Shelby said. "Football is taken very seriously."
One of her traveling companions, Raquel Owens, 46, said she has a good feeling about the young team.
"Their youth is one of their strengths; it makes them more determined," Owens said. "With the seniors gone, they're ready to make their mark."
Gloria Cockerill, 26, was first in line with other fans waiting to enter the stadium's lower seating area.
"It's been a long season," said Cockerill, Refugio Coach Will Cockerill's wife. "We're ready for them to get that ring."
The mother of four said she's also excited about spending more time with her husband.
"We're ready to enjoy some time with Daddy," she said, holding her 8-month-old son, Clay.
A few rows down, Amelia Lara was with her family waiting to see her grandson Austin Moya play.
Austin's uncle Gary Valenzuela, 57, flew in from Virginia to watch the game.
"I'm proud of the fact that he's a freshman on the varsity team," Lara said. "I skipped my dialysis appointment to see him play."
After the second quarter, the Cisco Loboes began to picked up steam.
"I'm a nervous wreck," said Raquel Flores, quarterback Travis Quintanilla's mother.
During the start of the fourth quarter, Julianna Castellano, 12, buried her head into bright orange pom-poms.
The Loboes pinned the Bobcats down in a 56-36 win.
Jackie Gonzalez, 18, held up a heart-shaped poster after Refugio's defeat.
"Words cannot describe how proud - not only me - but how proud the whole crowd is," Gonzalez said. "I don't care what the score is on the board; our boys did great tonight."