SAN ANTONIO - Refugio coach Jason Herring gave Anthony Delgado specific instructions when they worked on a halfback pass in practice.
Shiner running back Dadrian Taylor #3 heads for the end zone past a Refugio defender on a breakaway touchdown run.
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Herring told the junior, who had come back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee to join the varsity before the playoffs, to throw it to his mother in the stands if the receiver was covered.
But throwing the ball away wasn't an option for Delgado after Refugio called timeout facing fourth-and-goal at the Shiner 6 in the fourth quarter and trailing 14-10.
"The last thing I told him - I said I've ripped your butt all week long and said if it's covered throw it out of bounds," Herring said. "Right before we broke out of the huddle, I said, 'Remember all that I told you - it's not true now. It's fourth down, so you've got to throw it.'"
Delgado took a pitch from quarterback Jaylon Mascorro, rolled to his left and just before being hit by a Shiner defender threw the ball toward the end zone where Robert Frazier grabbed it out of the air and held on for the touchdown.
"When I got the pitch, I saw the dude on Robert Frazier and I knew I had to throw it because it was fourth down," Delgado said. "I threw and hoped for a touchdown. I was pretty nervous. I tried to just fit it in there."
Delgado's touchdown pass proved to be the difference in Refugio's 17-14 Class 2A, Division I quarterfinal win over the Comanches on a chilly Friday night at Alamo Stadium.
The Bobcats improved to 12-2 by avenging a 30-19 loss to Shiner (13-1) in the District 15-2A opener, and moved into the semifinals.
Refugio will play Lovelady, a 14-7 winner over Shelbyville, at 7 p.m. Friday (December 11, 2015)in Georgetown.
"On a night there was a lot of adversity, I'm real proud of the kids finding a way to win," Herring said. "That's what champions do."
Refugio relied heavily on its defense on a night when its and Shiner's offense struggled to move the ball.
The Bobcats had 267 yards offense to 213 for Shiner, but had trouble getting into the end zone.
Shiner quarterback Brandon Cerny confers with his father and head coach Steven Cerny during a break in the action vs. Refugio at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.
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"I told you our defense has been playing great all year," Herring said. "We've really gotten consistent lately. To hold them to one first down in the first half and the long run. They're a great defense too. That's what this was. Everybody's thinking our offense played terrible. There are two great defenses on the field. There are two great offenses too, but the defenses were better tonight."
Shiner took a 7-0 lead on its first series on an 85-yard touchdown run by Dadrian Taylor.
Taylor, who carried 15 times for 124 yards, added a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
"We laid it all on the field," said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. "I was very proud of them. The defense played just spectacular. You know their defense is good. They're solid. They had a little bit more size, a little more speed than us. But you know we didn't quit. We got that score after they did.
"Unfortunately, we gave up that one big pass," he added. "They had an athlete that just outran us. We had good coverage, so what do you do about that?"
Refugio was limited to a 32-yard field goal by Marcos Arredondo in the first half and struggled in goal-line situations.
"The defense has done that all year," Cerny said. "Coach (Billy) Turek - he's the master. He does a good job of mixing things up. He doesn't show the same looks. Not only that, the kids really answered."
Refugio's defense scored the Bobcats' first touchdown in the third quarter when Jacobe Avery recovered a Taylor fumble in the end zone.
"I was ready and waiting for him to come outside," Avery said. "All of a sudden the ball came out of his hands and I had it."
But the Comanches answered, driving 64 yards in eight plays before Taylor put them on top 14-10 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats answered with Delgado's touchdown pass that was set up with a 53-yard pass from Mascorro to Frazier.
Shiner came back on its next possession and quarterback Brandon Cerny converted a fourth- and-1 at its own 38.
The Comanches drove to the Refugio 31, where they called timeout before a fourth-and-5 play with 3:28 left in the fourth quarter.
After Shiner returned to the field, Refugio called a timeout before Cerny threw a short pass to Taylor, who was tackled 3 yards short of a first down by Nate Smith.
"We were expecting a little trick play since before we called a timeout they motioned out," Smith said. "We were a little bit nervous. I knew if our guys could hold it up maybe I could capitalize on the play and I did."
The Bobcats were able to run out the clock behind three runs for first downs by Mascorro.
"Our defense, dude, this is a team win," Herring said. "Every point we needed to win - the field goal. What little offense we were able to muster, the defense, Jaylon there at the end, the O-line. It was a team win."
Shiner running back Dadrian Taylor #3 slips through the clutches of #13 Austin Moya in the first half of the quarter final game at Alamo Stadium. Refugio quarter back Jaylon Mascorro and the Refugio Bobcats made a comeback late in the second half to defeat the Shiner Comanches 17-14. [ NOTE: click on any photo to enlarge ]
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GAME STATISTICSsource: https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/sports/games/results/football/shiner-at-refugio/6218/ Refugio 17 vs. Shiner 14 December 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Alamo Stadium, San Antonio SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Shiner 7 0 0 7 -- 14 Refugio 0 3 7 7 -- 17 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Dadrian Taylor 85 run (Chad Neubauer kick), 6:47 Second Quarter R - Marcos Arredondo 32 FG, 6:47 Third Quarter R - Jacobe Avery fumble recovery in end zone (Arredondo kick), 3:02 Fourth Quarter S - Taylor 6 run (Neubauer kick), 11:35 R - Robert Frazier 6 pass from Anthony Delgado (Arredondo kick), 9:27 TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Refugio First Downs 9 17 Penalties 3 1 Penalty Yards 18 5 Attempted Passes 6 30 Completed Passes 1 15 Passing Interceptions 0 1 Passing Touchdowns 0 1 Passing Yards 2 197 Rushes 40 28 Rushing Yards 211 72 Rushing Touchdowns 2 0 Fumbles 1 2 Fumbles Lost 1 0 Punts 5 4 Punting Yards 197 162 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Passing Player Comp Att Pct Yd Int Shiner Brandon Cerny 1 5 20.0% 2 0 Refugio Jaylon Mascorro 14 29 48.2% 191 1 Anthony Delgado 1 1 100.% 6 0 Rushing Player Rush Yd Y/R Shiner Brandon Cerny 13 48 3.69 Chad Neubauer 10 41 4.10 Dadrian Taylor 15 124 8.26 Ty Boedeker 1 -2 -2.0 Refugio Daidrin Dukes 3 -10 -3.3 Isaiah Perez 10 32 3.20 Jaylon Mascorro 19 46 2.42 Omri Oliver 3 12 4.00 Robert Frazier 1 2 2.00 Receiving Player Recv Yd Avg Shiner Dadrian Taylor 1 2 2.00 Refugio Daidrin Dukes 3 12 4.00 Isaiah Perez 2 15 7.50 Les Rhodes 4 35 8.75 Omri Oliver 1 29 29.0 Robert Frazier 5 86 17.2 D'Mond LaFond 1 20 20.0