It's often difficult to find a positive following a rough loss. But Robstown head coach Rick Gonzalez made sure his team knew one thing.
“You will never play a another team that good,” he told the team. “I promise you, there is no one we will play this year that is that good. The team you played is special. And we did a lot of growing up tonight.”
The Cotton Pickers couldn't handle the strength and speed of the Refugio Bobcats Friday night. Ranked No. 1 in class 2A, the Bobcats dominated the 'Pickers in their home opener, grabbing a 72-0 win.
Robstown appeared to be ready for its stronger opponent, having success on their first few offensive plays. But a poor snap on a punt sailed out of the endzone for a safety.
The Bobcats took the early gift and never looked back, controlling every aspect of the game.
The Refugio offense racked up 711 total yards, with five different players scoring. Six of their ten touchdowns were on plays of more than 30 yards. Shiloh Whetsel had four touchdowns, while producing 204 yards rushing and 66 yards receiving. Quarterback Travis Quintanilla threw for 266 yards and five touchdowns. Lynx Hawthorne, who has verbally committed to Baylor, was the games leading receiver with 138 yards on five catches and three touchdowns.
The Bobcat defense held the 'Pickers to only 101 yards of total offense and forced two fumbles. Robstown's passing game continued to struggle as they only completed one pass for nine yards.
The 'Pickers started freshman David Molina at quarterback. Gonzalez pointed out that it was the first game of the season that his team had the same quarterback play for an entire game.
"Our young quarterback did very well tonight," Gonzalez said. "If we can take something positive out of this, its that we've found our leader on offense. He did a lot of growing up tonight."
The 'Pickers will enjoy a bye next week, as many players were hobbled from a physical game.
“Two years ago, we made this schedule with that in mind,” Gonzalez said. “By design, we felt we could play Refugio, have a bye week, then go to the next one fresh. This is going to be the turning point of our season.”
Robstown will continue to look for their first win on the season when they return to action on Sept. 23, to face the Sinton Pirates. The Pirates (1-1) defeated Rio Hondo last week, 35-32.
“It's going to be a battle of wills,” Gonzalez said.