Refugio Football Celebrates State Title

Bobcats' First-Ever 16-0 Season


With all the winning Refugio football has done over the decades, the Bobcats still hit a milestone Wednesday night.
In winning their fifth state football championship, beating Post at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, they achieved their first-ever 16-0 season record. After the Antelopes scored the game’s first seven points, the Bobcats reeled off 28 unanswered points. Quarterback Austin Ochoa, named the game’s offensive MVP after rushing for all four Refugio touchdowns. Ochoa ran for 108 yards and he threw for 201 yards. The Antelopes passed for one yard in the game. Bobcat sophomore Javon Williams, named defensive MVP. Bobcat football wins its third state title this decade to go along with the 2011 and 2016 crowns. Our Sean Coffey talked with head coach Jason Herring.

“They’re an unbelievable group of kids. Great character, they listen to us, they trust us. There’s never been a group of kids that deserved to win state more than this bunch. I mean that. They fought their guts out, they came back when we were down and out week after week after week after week. On paper, probably not the most talented team, but we beat a lot of — you win region four, you’ve gone through a gauntlet. I’m telling you. Shiner can play, all those teams can play. So, I’m just real happy for the community but I’m mostly happy for these kids because they deserve it. It’s all about the kids.”
Refugio football will be in our top five area sports stories of 2019. That series starting next week.

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