Home Features 2016 Playoffs High-potent offenses Refugio, Crawford clash in Arlington for 2A Division I crown

High-potent offenses Refugio, Crawford clash in Arlington for 2A Division I crown


Offense, offense, offense.

If you like anything from that first sentence, this is the game for you.

Crawford (14-1) will meet three-time state champion Refugio (14-1) on Thursday afternoon for the right to be called 2A Division I state champions in a game that is almost certainly going to see a blur of scoring all-game-long.

After dropping their opening game of the 2016 campaign to Tolar, Crawford has rolled off 14 straight wins behind 42.9 points per game to put themselves in position to capture their third state championship in school history. The Pirates used two 60+ yard plays during their state semifinal win against Abernathy a week ago.

On the other hand, Refugio comes into this game with the most recent state title of the two teams with their championship in 2011. Refugio is led by their run game and play-action passing, a mirror image of Crawford’s offensive scheme.

However, the Bobcats will not stand down from a challenge and are heavily confident entering this game with their scoring average of 47 points per game.

“We’ve faced teams like them before,” Refugio WR D’Mond Lafond said to KIII-TV news this week. “I think we will be more prepared than most people think.”

Refugio’s senior class will look to get their elusive state title after deep playoff runs each of the last three years. In 2013, the Bobcats lost to Cisco in the Class 2A Division II state championship, while in 2014, they were upset by Mason in the third round and in 2015 lost to Canadian 61-20 in the 2A Division I state championship.


Both teams will combine for more than 70 points but it will be Refugio who makes the least amount of mistakes in this one to win the state championship. The Bobcats have more experience in these high pressure games than Crawford, which will be evident as the game winds down to the end.

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