LONE STAR LEGEND: Quintanilla breaks record in OT win


Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:29 a.m.
Updated Nov. 30, 2013 at 5:30 a.m.

Refugio High slotback Marquis Brown breaks a tackle against Rogers High at Ken Pridgeon Stadium in Houston.

Refugio High slotback Marquis Brown breaks a tackle against Rogers High at Ken Pridgeon Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON - Refugio quarterback Travis Quintanilla couldn't even begin to describe what had transpired Friday night at Pridgeon Stadium.

All Quintanilla knew is the Bobcats had somehow persevered and come away with a 73-72 Class 2A, Division II win over Rogers in overtime.

"I don't know what was going through my head," Quintanilla said. "I knew we got a second chance and there's a second chance for something. I'm just glad we got that extra shot."

Quintanilla threw for 712 yards and six touchdowns, easily breaking the state career passing mark held by Garrett Gilbert.

But all that mattered was Isaiah Perez's 1-yard touchdown run and Adolfo Cordero's extra point kick in overtime that provided the winning margin.

As a result, Refugio improved to 12-1 and moved into the quarterfinals for a rematch with East Bernard, which defeated Poth 42-7.

"I really wanted the win instead of getting the yards," Quintanilla said. "I knew we had to push the win. But thank God."

The game went to overtime after Jackson Sodek's 2-yard run with 2 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 66. But Blake Hoelscher's missed his fourth extra point, giving Refugio new life.

"That's my first overtime game ever," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "I've never had to do an overtime game and it stunk as much as I thought it would stink.

"I'm just proud of our kids. We kept fighting, their kids kept fighting. That's what it's supposed to be like. It's supposed to be a 12-round slugfest. It's a shame somebody had to lose that game. Hats off to our kids for never giving up."

Rogers got the ball first in overtime and scored on a 2-yard run by Brody Malovets. The Eagles (12-1) went for two points, but Malovets was stopped short of the goal line by J.B. Brown.

"I was thinking just one more stop, please just one more stop and it came down to us scoring," Brown said. "It was nerve-racking. I thought we had them stopped. They just kept coming back and I respect them more than any team I ever played."

Quintanilla connected with Marquis Brown for 21 yards to the 4-yard line on Refugio's first play in overtime. Perez was stopped for no gain before Tyler Castellano ran for 3 yards to the 1.

Perez bulled over on the next play and after a Rogers timeout, Cordero's kick split the uprights.

"Sixteen, 17, 18-year old kids aren't supposed to handle that," Herring said. "Our kids handled it great."

Quintanilla threw for 409 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He threw for three more in the second half, but also fumbled twice and threw one of his two interceptions.

"Those fumbles were crazy," Quintanilla said. "That was the reason the game was on the line. It's a blessing we were able to win."

Perez also scored on a 6-yard run, Castellano added a 15-yard touchdown run, and freshman Jaylon Mascorro had an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Bobcats also got a safety when Rogers snapped the ball out of the end zone on a punt attempt.

Quintanilla threw touchdown passes of 6 and 16 yards to Perez, 9 and 21 yards to Dana Franklin, and 5 yards to Devon LaFrance.

The Eagles rushed for 602 yards . Rogers running backs Brody Malovets and Jackson Sodek and quarterback Colton Maiorka each rushed for over 150 yards.

"It's terrible for both sides," Herring said. "No one's supposed to lose a game like that, but somebody has to and I'm grateful that the football gods were smiling on us tonight."



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