Athletes Of The Week: Refugio Football

Our Athletes Of The Week, Refugio's State Champs

This year may have marked the Bobcats’ fourth state championship appearance in five seasons, but they don’t take anything for granted.

Head coach Jason Herring believes the team’s penchant for dramatic wins through both the season and playoffs benefits them in the most important games of the year.

“If they didn’t blink in those two games, and then the other night against San Augustine then I don’t think they’re gonna blink. I don’t think the moment’s gonna bother these kids at all. They’re focused, they’re ready to go. “

Those games Herring referred to were the Bobcats’ comeback from 28-6 down against powerhouse Mart in September, and their epic win over Shiner in the regional semifinals. Refugio’s seniors know, having found so many different ways to win this year, what that means for their resiliency.

Said offensive lineman Corbin Brown, “I think it has only helped us, because now we know what we can do. Like you said, we’ve won all these different ways so we know what we can do. “

Said quarterback Austin Ochoa, “We’ve been playing ballgames and we’ve been winning ballgames. And we just need to finish this last game and get the win.”

Those seniors also understand the expectations that come along with playing football in the town of Refugio. The program’s legacy of excellence comes with a burden of pressure to perform.

Said running back Ysidro Mascorro, “It’s kind of a lot of pressure. I mean, it’s either state or bust with every year that comes. So you either win state, and even if you go to state and lose it’s still your goal not accomplished.”

Herring says it’s a badge of pride ingrained in the town’s athletic youth from an early age.

“You know, it’s just part of the deal from the time these kids are itty bitty kids. They’re dreaming of being Bobcat football players.They grow up in a community where it’s important, and expectations are high. Our kids see it as expectations and normalcy. Our kids expect to be good, they expect to win, and they expect to be contending for state championships.”

Sean Coffey, Newscenter 25 Sports