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One year ago, as Jaylon Mascorro was leading his team from behind center, one would never think a decision made shortly after the season’s end would pay such huge dividends in Thursday’s 2A Division I State Championship in Arlington.

Refugio will know that Mascorro, who moved over to running back, sacrificed his play caller role for Jacobe Avery, the future of the Bobcats going forward.

Mascorro, who holds a host of offers from major universities around the country, not only rushed for 99 yards in the title game, but showed promise running in between the tackles and showing breakout speed at his 6-2, 225-pounds stature. This type of play has been present all season, with the backfield star rushing for 1,811 yards this season and 28 touchdowns coming in to Thursday. Not only will college coaches love the athletic talent that this Refugio senior possesses, but they will be sure to note the sacrifice made in the offseason to help his team capture state glory again.

Although the Bobcat may have been overshadowed on the day by an amazing rushing performance from Avery, one could not help but think the attention that Mascorro gained when Refugio would run the read option or play action sets opened the QB keeper lanes for the young quarterback. That type of presence is what the top coaches will relish having in their team. Along with the versatility and being coachable, Mascorro looks like a top prospect and will be a busy man heading into next fall.

After amassing an incredible regular season, and for that matter career, he helped erase the memory of last year’s loss in the championship game to capture a title in his last game in Orange and White.

He will forever be remembered for his accomplishments on the field and not necessarily relishing the on-camera interviews after, but it just might be the contributions off the field that have coaches at the next level swooning over this Refugio great – and he might have to get ready for more of those interviews.

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