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2012-11-29 / Sports

Eagles vs. Refugio Game 3

by Mike Organ

For the third year in a row, Lexington and Refugio face off in the biggest game of the 2A-DII playoffs. Lexington won game 1 in 2010 decisively 45-24 at the Berry Center near Houston. In 2011, Refugio ended Lexington’s title hopes with a 63-33 win. What will the 2012 game bring forth?

This rematch has been in the back of everyone’s mind, since 2011. Lexington played poor pass defense and Refugio put forth their best effort of the season to top the Eagles. Refugio has been ranked #1 in the division all season long. Lexington played a killer non-district schedule, losing two games to teams still in the state playoffs (Navasota and Cameron). Another Eagle opponent, Franklin, is still in the playoffs. Refugio, on the other hand, has two opponents still in the playoffs, 3A Ingleside and Lago Vista.

Refugio has been ranked #1 all season long with Lexington beginning the year #2, prior to the two losses. The Eagles have worked their way back near the top, defeating all comers since Navasota, which is ranked #1 in 3A.

The Bobcats returned six starters on both offense and defense from last season’s state champions. The #1 returnee for the Cats is quarterback Travis Quintanilla, who was Offensive Player of the year in 2A-DII. Quintanilla passed for almost 4,000 yards last season and 53 TD’s. He passed for 10 TD’s in an 80-0 defeat of Taft this season (a feat that earned Refugio and Coach Jason Herring some very negative publicity around the state for running up the score). In a little defense of Refugio, do you down-rate a team for being good? The Bobcats also return offensive and defensive linemen that have been very important in this season’s 11-0 team.

Lexington returned five offensive and seven defensive starters from their state semifinalist team of 2011. Quarterback Kogan Garrett’s rushing totals have been less, at this point in the season, compared to last season, but his passer rating is a lot higher and would be even better, except for several drops. The Eagle offensive line has been getting better as the season progressed. The multiple offenses from the spread formation have kept Eagle opponents guessing all season long.

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