Refugio senior kicks way into record book
Nov. 11, 2013 at 5:11 a.m.
REFUGIO - Refugio's Adolfo Cordero didn't start kicking a football until his freshman year in high school.
Cordero played soccer growing up and admits it took him awhile to make the transition.
"It was kind of hard at first," he said. "I had to practice a lot. You've got to work on your steps and how you focus. You've got to focus a lot."
The hard work paid off for Cordero, who has set a state record for career extra points as a senior.
Cordero has converted 272 point afters and has eclipsed the previous record of 263 held by Cade Foster of Southlake Carroll.
"My dad would always tell me to be happy with you have right now," Cordero said, "and to think about it later."
Cordero set the individual season record for extra points with 105 as a sophomore in 2011 when Refugio won the Class 2A, Division II state championship.
Cordero had 102 extra points last season, which is No. 2 on the single season list ahead of Refugio's Cristian Padron, who had 100 in 2010.
Cordero has 65 extra points this season heading into Friday's bi-district game against Nixon-Smiley at Memorial Stadium in Victoria.
"It feels good to get credit," Cordero said. "Of course, when I started on varsity, Travis (Quintanilla) started, too, and a lot of my touchdowns come from him."
Cordero is quick to pay tribute to this season's deep snapper Darrin DeLeon and holder Dana Franklin, and deep snapper Colton Carroll and holder Brett Davis, who worked with him the last two years.
"He's the first kicker that I've had who had to take over as a sophomore," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "All the other kickers - it ended up being their senior year whenever they had to kick for the varsity.
"Adolfo started out as a young kid. Obviously, he was bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and a little nervous. His confidence has gotten a lot better. He's got a lot better command of where he wants to put the football."
Cordero works on kicking every day during practice and often gets advice from his father, Carlos.
"I played a lot of soccer with my dad," Cordero said. "He's played soccer all his life. That helps you get the rhythm and go through the motion."
Herring admits Cordero has benefited from Refugio's high-scoring offense but insists that shouldn't detract from the record.
"It's no different than any other record," Herring said. "Garrett Gilbert was at the right school when he was throwing for Lake Travis. The Southlake Carroll kicker held the record because he was at a school that scored a lot of points. It's all relative. Every record, you're a product of the system. Anything that you accomplish that's all-time in Texas, I don't care what it is if it involves football, it's a dang good accomplishment."
Cordero also kicks off for the Bobcats and has kicked two field goals this season.
Herring said he won't hesitate to attempt a field goal of up to 35 yards.
"He's a lot of the reason we've been so successful," Herring said. "We've had great special teams the last three years."
Around the area
Hallettsville (10-0) was the lone area team to finish the regular season undefeated. The Brahmas have won an area-best 23 consecutive regular-season games. Louise (0-9) was the lone area team to finish the season winless. The Hornets have lost 11 consecutive games. Bloomington ended its district-losing streak at 64 games with a 41-0 District 15-2A, Division II win over Natalia. The Bobcats' streak ranks fifth overall in state history. The record is held by Huntington with 73 consecutive losses. Edna's DeOntae Jones filled in at running back for an injured Marquis Broussard and rushed for 317 yards in the Cowboys' 46-42 District 14-2A, Division I loss to Rice Consolidated. Jones also had 35 receiving yards and scored five touchdowns. Hallettsville (14-2A, Division I), Refugio (16-2A, Division II) and Ganado (15-1A, Division I) were outright district champions. Flatonia shared the District 13-1A, Division I championship with Thorndale.
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at advosports.com