2011-12-15 / Sports

Refugio Revenges 2010

With 63-33 Victory in Semi-Final Contest
by Mike Organ

Refugio gave a good case for their #1 ranking as they ended Lexington’s season with a 63-33 win. Refugio started early and kept up the pressure all night long. Each and every Lexington challenge was answered by the Bobcats. The game was played at beautiful new Heroes Stadium of the Northeast San Antonio ISD.

Lexington won the coin toss and chose to defer until the second half. After the opening kick off was returned to the 42-yard line, the Refugio offense went to work. On the third play, the Bobcats ran a play that would be repeated many times during the night. A long 47-yard pass completion to Lynx Hawthorne moved Refugio to the Lexington eight yard line. A fumble, a pass for one yard, and a run for two, forced a field goal try. The kick hit the upright and bounced off to the left.

Lexington’s offense went three and out, followed by a 31-yard Zach Lay punt put Refugio on their own 48. A one-yard run and a 51- yard pass to Hawthorne put Refugio in the Eagle end zone. The kick was good on the third try after two penalties. Refugio led 7-0.

Kogan Garrett rushes for some of the yardage he compiled during last Friday’s game. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Kogan Garrett rushes for some of the yardage he compiled during last Friday’s game. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Jason Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 10 yards to the Lexington 22. Once again the Eagle offense went three and out. Lay punted 44 yards to the Bobcat 25. Refugio lost eight-yards in three plays. They punted 22-yards to the 39 where Lexington set up business.

An incomplete pass on first down, but a personal foul for roughing the passer, moved the ball to the 29. A rush got nothing. Garrett threw a beautiful pass to the end zone on second down, but it was dropped. A third down pass was incomplete, as was the fourth down pass. Refugio took over the ball at their own 24.

The Bobcats used a different attack on this possession. A short pass for eight got a first down. A 43-yard run by Shilo Whetsel was stopped by Collin Wiggins at the Eagle 21. On third down, Whetsel broke free for an 18-yard TD romp. Refugio led 14-0.

After the kickoff return was stopped at the Eagle 24, Cash Flot ran for 30 yards on first down to move the ball into Bobcat territory. Garrett then passed to Washington for 13 yards. Garrett then passed to Washington for 21 yards and an Eagle touchdown. The PAT kick was wide left leaving the score 14-6.

Refugio took the kickoff out to the 24, but a block in the back moved the ball to the 14. An 11- yard rush got them to the 25. Then came another bomb as the Bobcats hit a 57-yard pass play to the 15 of Lexington. Hawthorne caught his second TD pass two plays later. Refugio led 21-6.

Eriq Mitchell returned the kick off to the Lexington 30. A three and out followed and then a 16- yard punt put Refugio with the ball at the Lexington 49. A long pass to the Bobcats’ Hawthorne between two Eagle defenders resulted in a 56-yard touchdown. Refugio led 28-6.

Lexington answered with a 51- yard drive for a score. Garrett passed to Washington for 20 yards. A Garrett rush for nine yards was followed by two short carries. Garrett then burst into the end zone from 11 yards out. The PAT pass failed leaving the score 28-12 with 1:01 left in the first half. Most thought the half was basically finished. NOT Refugio.

After returning the kickoff to their own 30, the Bobcats went to work. A 22- yard pass to Hawthorne followed by a 47-yard strike to another receiver put them at the Lexington one. A Whetsel run finished the scoring for the first half with Refugio ahead 35- 12.

Lexington was getting the ball to start the second half and had been moving the ball against the Refugio defense. A.J. Flot slipped picking up the ball at the four-yard line. Three plays netted four yards, followed by a 31- yard punt. Refugio took two plays to score. A 37-yard pass play and a twoyard pass made it 42-12 with a dagger started into the Lexington hearts.

Lexington got a big 33-yard pass play from Garrett to A.J. Flot, putting the ball at the Refugio 45. On second down Garrett broke for a 12-yard gain, but a helmet to the football caused a fumble and a Bobcat recovery. The Eagle defense held forcing a punt. The punt rolled dead at the Eagle three. A personal foul against Refugio placed the ball at the Eagle 18. Lexington took six plays to go the 82 yards. The big play in the drive was a 57-yard pass from Garrett to Washington. The final 10 yards was a pass from Garrett to a diving Zach Lay in the back of the end zone. Chase Hibbeler’s kick was good, making the score 42-19.

Refugio came back passing the ball. It worked well until a ball bounced off a receivers hand and into Eriq Mitchell’s. What followed was Lexington’s most impressive drive of the night. Garrett to Wiggins for seven, Garrett off tackle for six, A.J. Flot for five, Garrett to Washington for five, Garrett to Washington for 10, Garrett to A.J. Flot for 40, and then Garrett to Lay for the final eight. The PAT run failed and the score was 42-25.

Lexington appeared to have gotten a break when the Refugio kick returner stepped out of bounds at the eight yard line. But……. Refugio’s Draigon Silvas broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and went 92 yards for the score. The dagger was beginning to draw blood with the score 49-25.

Lexington was now in fourdown territory all over the field. Lexington could not move the ball past their 33 yard line in four downs. Refugio took the ball and scored in three plays. 56-25 and the blood was beginning to flow from the dagger.

Lexington got a quick score on four plays topped off by a 30-yard run by A.J. Flot. Garrett threw to Murray for the PAT to make the score 56-33. Refugio got another score to finish up the 63-33 loss by the Eagles.

Statistically Lexington had some good numbers. Garrett passed for 311 yards and rushed for 51 yards. A.J. Flot rushed for 62 yards. Flot had 81 yards receiving, Washington caught six balls for 122 yards and a TD. Zach Lay snagged three for 27 yards and two TDs.

Defensively Antonio Washington was in on 11 tackles, six unassisted and five assists. Josh Murray had six tackles, Todd Glass seven, Oscar Sauceda six, and Jason Washington four.

In his talk to the team following the game, Coach Jason Holcomb thanked the seniors for their leadership throughout the summer and the season. He said, “We are extremely proud of what you have accomplished. Not many people thought you could make it this far this year. You have learned that hard work and enthusiasm for your cause will take you a long way in life. The staff and I have enjoyed coaching you and watching you grow for the last 12 years. Thanks for a great season.”

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