REFUGIO - Refugio junior Isaiah Perez was throwing up on the sideline during the fourth quarter.
Shiner running back Chad Neubauer rushes the ball in the first half against Refugio.
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But Perez made Shiner feel ill in overtime.
Perez ran 25 yards for a touchdown on Refugio's first play in overtime to lift the No. 1 Bobcats to a 34-28 District 15-2A, Division I opening win over the No. 7 Comanches on Friday night at Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium.
"I had drunk too much before the game," Perez said. "But I started feeling better and getting going again."
Perez rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown, and had 121 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. The junior also intercepted a Shiner (5-1) pass on a two-point conversion attempt and the Bobcats improved to 6-0.
"This game tested us perfectly," Perez said. "There is no better test than that in the world. There can't be."
The two Top Ten teams were meeting for the first time and played up to their ranking.
The lead changed hands six times, neither team committed an official turnover, and the teams combined for only six penalties for 60 yards.
"What I like is our team battled and battled and battled and battled," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "I really didn't know how this young team was going to respond to adversity. I was real proud of the kids for stepping up."
Refugio tied the game at 28 with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Jaylon Mascorro to Tyler Castellano on a fourth-down-and-three play.
Refugio initially went for two points and scored on a pass from Robert Frazier to Mascorro. But the Bobcats were penalized for illegal motion, and Marcos Arredondo kicked his fourth extra point to tie the game.
"The main thing is with these kids, you can tell them all you want, but until they actually experience - experience is what teaches young kids," Herring said. "When they experience and they pull through, the next time they're down seven with 4 minutes left - we already did this against the No. 7 team in the state."
Shiner running back Tyler Patek is tackled by Refugio's Jacobe Avery in the first half.
Herring's 100th win at Refugio came at a price. All-state center Joe Richard Castellano suffered a knee injury right before halftime and the Bobcats went into the dressing room trailing 20-14.
"I think the deer in the headlights look was because we lost our center and he's a three-year all-state stud," Herring said. "I think maybe because the game was close was a part of it, but a lot of it was because our all-state center was hurt so badly."
Shiner went at Refugio with its running game. Chad Neubauer rushed for 182 yards - 142 in the first half - of the Comanches' 334 rushing yards and scored one touchdown.
Shiner pulled out all the stops, scoring on a 19-yard pass from running back Tyler Patek to quarterback Blake Michalec, and on a 57-yard reverse run by Justin Stovall.
"I thought our guys played as hard as they could," said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. "I've been in Shiner a long time and I don't think - I mean we've always played hard, don't get me wrong - I thought they sold out each and every play and we gave it everything we got and you could just see at the end we were a little bit more worn down than they were."
Shiner went four-and-out on the first possession in overtime, throwing three straight incomplete passes - including a fourth-down throw where Mascorro separated Stovall from the ball with a ferocious hit.
"We had to get a stop because they were pounding the ball," Mascorro said. "I was waiting for a slant the whole game."
Refugio called F Power Right on its first play, and Perez shook off three tackle attempts and went into the end zone standing up.
"It was just the defense came out and held in overtime," Perez said. "They gave us one more chance in overtime and that's what we needed."
GAME STATISTICS (from the Victoria Advocate Digital Edition)GAME SUMMARY: Refugio 34, Shiner 28 (OT) Refugio Bobcat Stadium SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 OT -- Final Refugio 14 0 7 7 6 -- 34 Shiner 6 14 8 0 0 -- 28 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter Shiner: Chad Neubauer 16 run (kick failed), 8:12 Refugio: Isaiah Perez 51 pass from Jaylon Mascorro (Marcos Arredondo kick), 7:04 Refugio: Perez 40 pass from Mascorro (Arredondo kick), 1:21 Second Quarter Shiner: Blake Michalec 19 pass from Tyler Patek (pass failed), 4:24 Shiner: Dadrian Taylor 23 pass from Michalec (Patek run), 0:46 Third Quarter Refugio Mascorro 15 run (Arredondo kick), 10:23 Shiner: Justin Stovall 57 run (Michalec run), 3:14 Fourth Quarter Refugio: Tyler Castellano 48 pass from Mascorro (Arredondo kick), 3:14 Overtime Refugio: Perez 25 run (no try) TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Refugio First Downs 19 17 Yards Rushing 50-334 33-155 Yards Passing 47 212 Passes 9-4-2-0 21-14-3-0 Punts 39.75 38.75 Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 2-30 4-30 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Blake Michalec 8-42, Chad Neubauer 25-182, Dadrian Taylor 1-7, Justin Stovall 1-57, Tyler Patek 14-48. Refugio: Isaiah Perez 14-111, Tyler Castellano 2-11, Austin Moya 3-(-2), Jaylon Mascorro 13-35. Passing Shiner: Blake Michalec 8-3-28-0, Tyler Patek 1-1-19-0. Refugio: Jaylon Mascorro 21-14-211-0. Receiving Shiner: Blake Michalec 1-19, Chad Neubauer 1-1, Dadrian Taylor 2-27. Refugio: Isaiah Perez 6-121, Tyler Castellano 3-63, Anfernee Friar 1-6, Austin Moya 1-2, Johnathan Rosas 1-12, Robert Frazier 1-4, Timmy Soto 1-4.