Refugio football holds first in-person workout since pandemic outbreak

REFUGIO, Texas — The defending state champions are back in the gym.

Reigning 2A Division I state champions Refugio held their first in-person workout of the summer on Monday, and their first since the COVID-19 outbreak. Athletes from seventh all the way through twelfth grade participated in weight lifting and strength and conditioning with safety precautions in place.

“I’m thrilled that they’re letting us open it up a little bit, we’re being extra cautious. We’re keeping great social distance, we’re even requiring masks,” said head coach Jason Herring at the training session. “We’re trying to make sure that safety’s number one.”

Refugio captured its fifth state title in program history with their win over Post High School in December. Herring said despite its successes, the program prides itself on taking an unwavering approach.

“We don’t ever change our goals,” said Herring. “If we win it, great, we enjoy it, we celebrate it but we go to work immediately. If we don’t win it, we go to work immediately just without the celebration.”

Monday’s training began at 2:30 pm and ran until 8:00 pm.