Lovelady lost to Refugio in the state semifinal Friday night in Georgetown 46-28.
Refugio got on the boards first with a field goal and then got the first touchdown of the night when their quarterback, Jaylon Mascorro, busted through with a 49-yard touchdown run to give the Bobcats a 10-0 lead. That's how the first quarter would end.
Lovelady didn't hang their heads after that and instead fired right back in the second quarter. Emanual Williams got a hand off and never looked back. Williams booked Lovelady's first points with a 86-yard touchdown. The Lions trailed 10-7.
Lovelady eventually took a 14-10 lead when quarterback Lee Holsey connected to Courtell Mcquirter for a 66-yard touchdown pass.
Refugio then caught a spark to take back the lead with back-to-back touchdowns. Mascorro threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Les Rhodes in order to take a 17-14 lead. Then the Bobcats struck again when they were able to convert a fumble into a score. That gave Refugio a 24-14 edge.
Right before half, Lovelady's Holsey threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Murray. Lovelady trailed 24-21 entering the third quarter.
The second half turned out to be all Refugio when Daidrin Dukes posted the first score with a screen pass from Mascorro. Bobcats lead 31-21 and finished the third quarter with a 16-yard touchdown from Isaiah Perez. Bobcats were able to shutout Lovelady in the third quarter to keep it 38-21.
Refugio then opened up the fourth quarter with the first touchdown again when Mascorro found Rhodes for the score. They successfully went for two and made the score 46-21.
Lovelady made noise one last time with under six minutes left to play and got their last touchdown of the night to make it 46-28.
The Lions' season now ends at 14-1, the best record in program history.
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