SAN ANTONIO – Austin Ochoa wasn’t perfect in Refugio’s Class 2A, Division I regional playoff game against Shiner, but he came close.
Refugio quarterback Austin Ochoa runs into the end zone for a touchdown during Friday’s ( November 30, 2018 ) Class 2A regional playoff game against Shiner at Dub Farris Athletic Complex in San Antonio. all photos by Angela Piazza, Victoria Advocate chief photographer
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Ochoa ran for six touchdowns and passed for one to lead the Bobcats to a 56-41 win over the Comanches on Friday ( November 30, 2018 ) night at Farris Stadium.
The Bobcats improved to 11-2 and moved into a quarterfinal rematch with Mason, a 52-14 winner over Brazos.
“I would have said you’re insane,” Ochoa responded when asked what he would have told someone who predicted such a big night. “My linemen were doing a great job. Basically, I was just trying to find a hole and run through it.”
Ochoa took every snap at quarterback but one and also played linebacker.
But that didn’t stop the junior from carrying 21 times for 306 yards and scoring on runs of 4, 65, 2, 13, 52 and 64 yards.
Ochoa also completed all 13 of his pass attempts for 235 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jake Tinsman.
“Austin put the team on his back and willed us to a win,” said Refugio coach Jason Herring. “It was one of the most outstanding single-person performances I’ve ever seen.”
Refugio needed every bit of Ochoa’s performance to hold off the Comanches (11-2).
Shiner fought back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit and pulled within one touchdown three times.
“It was just neither side could stop each other and they had more explosive plays,” said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. “We got down in the first half, but we knew we were still in it. We crawled back and they would answer. Our defense has been solid all year so you’ve got to give them credit. They did something up there that was working.”
After scoring to complete a 14-play drive to open the third quarter, Ochoa scored to on drives of 6, 2 and 1 play in the fourth quarter.
“They’re a good football team defensively, and offensively they’re tough,” Ochoa said. “We knew it was going to be a fight. Coach told us it was going to be a battle back and forth. Whoever came out physically and mentally strong in the fourth quarter was going to win the ballgame.”
Shiner’s Donyai Taylor evades tackle by Refugio during Friday’s ( November 30, 2018 ) playoff game at Dub Farris Athletic Complex in San Antonio.
Ochoa accounted for 541 of Refugio’s 620 yards, and his only miscue of the game came when he lost a fumble in the third quarter.
“The Ochoa kid is special and our offensive line came to play tonight,” Herring said. “Our defense has been carrying us all year, it’s about time our offense carried the defense. That’s what good teams do. Tonight, I felt like our offense carried us.”
Shiner had 279 yards and scored on big plays of its own.
Donyai Taylor had an 82-yard kickoff return, Doug Brooks had touchdown runs of 32 and 67 yards, Tyler Mikes threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Cole Patek, Zane Rhodes hooked up with Patek on a 31-yard touchdown pass, and Devin Lehnert ran 29 yards for a score on a reverse.
“We never quit. We never quit in Shiner,” Cerny said. “That’s what we talked about at halftime. We’re going to lay it out on the field and give everything we’ve got. We kept battling, but they just kept getting big plays so quick and it was demoralizing.
“We knew they’re quarterback was a great athlete,” he added. “They hadn’t used him all that much. We worked that play over and over. It was just something was happening that we can’t explain. You have to give them credit. They played a great game.”
The Bobcats felt the same way about the Comanches.
“Their kids never quit,” Herring said. “Coach Cerny is a first-class guy, their community is first class, their kids – I can’t tell how awesome their kids are. They don’t ever, ever quit no matter what it is. It’s a shame anybody had to lose this game.”
Thanks to Ochoa, the Bobcats will keep playing.
“It was a battle,” said Ysidro Mascorro, who scored Refugio’s first touchdown on a 4-yard run. “But that’s what we expected and we knew if we could survive their first halftime punch. They came out strong, but we kept it coming. They were getting tired and we were getting tired, but we kept our heads up and kept each other up. And No. 15 (Ochoa) went off. 15 went off. That kid right there is a player.”
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GAME STATISTICSsource: Victoria Advocate Digital Edition, December 2, 2018 Refugio 56. Shiner 41 November 30, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Farris Stadium Athletic Complex, San Antonio SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Shiner 7 7 7 20 -- 41 Refugio 0 28 7 21 -- 56 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Cole Patek 20 pass from Tyler Mikes (Conner Winkenwerder kick). 0:09 Second Quarter R - Ysidro Mascorro 4 run (Diego Garcia kick). 10:31 R - Jake Tinsman 32 pass from Austin Ochoa (Garcia kick). 5:33 R - Ochoa 4 run (Garcia kick), 2:13 S - Donyai Taylor 82 kickoff return (Winkenwerder kick), 2:00 R - Ochoa 65 run (Garcia kick), 1:38 Third Quarter R - Ochoa 2 run (Garcia kick). 5:43 S - Doug Brooks 32 run (Winkenwerder kick), 3:58 Fourth Quarter S - Patek 31 pass from Zane Rhodes (Winkenwerder kick). 1 1:52 R - Ochoa 13 run (Garcia kick), 9:23 S - Brooks 67 run (Winkenwerder kick), 4:12 R - Ochoa 52 run (Garcia kick), 3:57 S - Devin Lehnert 29 run (bad snap), 4:21 R - Ochoa 64 run (Garcia kick), 3:57 TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Refugio First downs 16 25 Yards rushing 37-256 38-385 Yards passing 123 235 Passes 8-15-0 13-13-0 Punts 3-128 - Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2 Penalty-yards 4-35 8-75 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Doug Brooks 11-131, 2 TDs; Donyai Taylor 13-53; Zane Rhodes 8-38; Devin Lehnert 1-29, 1 TD; Tyler Mikes 4-5. Refugio: Austin Ochoa 21 -306. 6 TDs; OJ Campbell 5-47; Ysidro Mascorro 6-30. 1 TD; Jake Tinsman 3-14; Naaji Gadsden 1-1; Team 2-(-9). Passing Shiner: Mikes 7-14-0 92, 1 TD; Rhodes 1-1-0 31, 1 TD. Refugio: Ochoa 13-13-0 235, 1 TD. Receiving Shiner: Cole Pafek 3-68, 2 TDs; Lehnert 3-41; Taylor 142; Rhodes 1-4. Refugio: Tinsman 8-137. 1 TD; Campbell 2-13; Ethan Perez 1-63; Gadsden 1-15; Michael Fircva 1-7.