2A D1 Regional Finals Pits Mason and Refugio Friday Night

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SAN ANTONIO – Refugio has been before and it’s relying on that mix of confidence and experience to help get past a scary Mason team Friday night.

We’ve been here 11 years in a row, in my 11 years we’ve always made it to December football,” Refugio coach Jason Herring said. “We’ve made four of the last five state championships, we won’t be nervous and we’ll be ready to go.”

This year, it’s got a tough matchup with the Mason Punchers for the fourth straight time. The Bobcats took the last two.

The Punchers are a perfect 13-0 in 2017, led by quarterback Otto Wofford. In last weeks win, the Puncher quarterback ran the ball a mere three times, scoring once and racking up 101 yards. He was one of three Punchers with over 100 yards rushing on the night.

Wofford transfered in from Wimberley and has impressed this year. His play has earned coach Herrings respect.

“Yah he’s a stud,” Herring said. “Obviously he was the starting quarterback at Wimberly. I think if he’s good enough to play at Wimberly, he’s real special at 2A football. He can run and throw, he’s a real good football player.”

Mason’s defense has been amongst the best in the state. Allowing seven or less in every game this year, it’s been destined to meet up with the Bobcats. Herring says the defense is different from years before, but that doesn’t make it worse.

In fact, it might make it more dangerous.

“[They’re] Lighting quick, probably not as big as they’ve been in the past,” Herring acknowledged. “They’re real fast and real quick and they get a lot of people to the football.”

The game will be played at the Alamodome Friday night at 7:30. It’s nearing the end of playoffs and despite the big game Friday, Herring said his kids won’t falter under pressure.

“They [the players] understand that when you get to this level, there are eight teams left and on any Friday night any of them can win the state championship,” Herring said. “They’re all loaded, they’re all well coached and they’re all very good football teams.”

Editors Note – Mason coach Kade Burns was reached out to for an interview, but was unavailable. 

Gerald Tracy is an assistant editor of Texas football for TexasHSFootball, covering prep football in the San Antonio region. Follow Gerald on Twitter, @GTracySports, and read more of his content here.


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