REFUGIO, Texas — The excitement is building as the Refugio Bobcats prepare to face the San Augustine Wolves Thursday in a 2A Division I State Semifinal.
For a third-straight week, Refugio is facing an undefeated team.
How do they feel about that?
Our Action 10 News team traveled to Refugio to speak to the team and they say it's going to a lot of effort to beat the competition.
However, the Bobcats have been training very hard in practice and players also say staying focused is going to help.
A win against San Augustine puts Refugio in the state championship games.
Head Football Coach Jason Herring shares his advice to the players before they hit the turf.
“I tell them, don't blink, don't blink and miss this moment, there's only a few times in life where you have the chance to do something special," he said. "You talk about a state championship all season, but it's so far off; it's not tangible. Now it's tangible, it's next Wednesday.”
The team has had an outstanding 14-0 season.
“Just having good practices and staying focus helps me get ready,” said Bobcats wide receiver/safety Michael Firova.
Teammates also say they have waited for this moment for a long time.
“We talked about it since we were little kids," said senior Thomas Keyes. "Seventh grade we said we were going to make it and we're just trying to everything in our power to get there and get the job done."
Herring also said the hard work these young athletes have put forth doesn't go unnoticed.
“This is a great group of kids, great character, great heart, they never give up," Herring said. "Awesome, awesome group of kids to coach. One of the best groups of young men I've had to coach in 28 years."
The game will take place in Houston, but if you can not make it to the game, it will also air live at 7 p.m. Thursday on our sister station KDF as part of Thomas J. Henry's Game Night South Texas.