Originally published on Thursday, April 26, 2012
REFUGIO - Jake Henderson beat Jason Herring to the punch.
The junior walked up on the stage in the Refugio High School auditorium and grabbed his head football coach in a bear hug.
Herring was the one doing the hugging as the Bobcats received their rings Thursday afternoon for winning the 2011 Class 2A, Division II state football championship.
Herring embraced every player as they made their way to the stage and were handed their ring by assistant coach Drew Cox.
"This is what dreams are made of," Herring said. "This is what you work every single day and you spend your whole life preparing for a chance to do this. It means so much for the community and the kids."
Refugio set a state record by scoring 891 points on the way to a 15-0 record and the school's third state title and first since 1982.
"It's a feeling I never had before," said senior defensive lineman Donald Trevino. "The whole season, the long wait all the working out, the weights that we lifted, it was so worth it."
The players were joined by a large crowd of parents, fellow students and fans and watched video highlights of the season before classmate Ally Cosetti sang "The Boys of Fall," before they were presented their rings.
"It was just old times with my teammates," said senior Shiloh Whetsel. "I'll never get to play with them anymore. This is my last year, but I ended it the only way possible. This is the perfect way to end my senior year."
The Bobcats enjoyed their state championship run, but the underclassmen are looking forward to next season.
"It gets me pumped up because coach Herring is already pumped up for next year," said sophomore quarterback Travis Quintanilla. "Hopefully, we can go back to back."