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Cisco uses 28-point third quarter to avenge 2011 title loss against Refugio
ARLINGTON -- Cisco (16-0) took home its first-ever state championship with a 56-36 win over Refugio (14-2) in the Class 2A Division II State Championship game late Thursday at AT&T Stadium.
Senior quarterback Colton Kent accounted for six touchdowns and 355 total yards from scrimmage as Cisco’s big play offense rolled up 606 total yards. Refugio senior quarterback Travis Quintanilla in a losing effort did set the state record for touchdown passes in a season throwing his 67th and 68th touchdown passes, breaking the record set by Graham Harrell of Ennis.
Cisco put the game out of reach early in the second half scoring twice in the first 1:09 of the third quarter. On the first play of the quarter, quarterback Colton Kent sprinted 63 yards for a touchdown to give CHS a 35-21. After do-it-all senior Mason Reed recovered a surprise onside, two plays later he hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Kent and Cisco had a commanding 42-21 edge and CHS would never be seriously challenged again.
In the early going, Refugio jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on a five-yard run by Isaiah Perez, but a pair of first quarter interceptions thrown by Quintanilla enabled Cisco to take a 14-7 lead.
Cisco converted both turnovers into scores as Reed had a 50-yard catch and run from Kent and just two plays after the second interception Kent scored on a five-yard run to give Cisco their first lead.
Refugio would answer on their first play of the ensuing drive to tie the game at 14 as Tyler Castellano took a swing pass from Quintanilla 64 yards for the score.
Two big plays in the second quarter enabled Cisco to take a 28-21 lead at halftime as Kent hooked up with Kotie Hoover for a 73-yard touchdown and Reed broke off a 95-yard touchdown run.
Cisco's win avenges a loss to Refugio in the 2011 2A Division II title game, Cisco had lost in its four previous trips to the state championship game.