Refugio HS competes for state championship months after Hurricane Harvey

A town devastated by Hurricane Harvey watched their high school football team compete for a state title in Arlington.

Refugio, which is about 50 miles north of Corpus Christi, was hit hard by Harvey in August. The whole town went without drinking water and power for weeks after the storm.

“Every building, every home, every business in our town sustained some sort of damage,” Superintendent Melissa Gonzales.

The Bobcats had a winning season even after their star quarterback was injured just a few weeks after Harvey hit. He said he’s proud of his team for moving on without him.

“It’s pretty hard to focus on more than one thing at a time, like where you're going to live and school work and then practice,” Casey Henderson said. "You have to fight through everything. You can't just give up because your house is destroyed or somebody gets hurt. My team has been through a lot and you see where they are right now."

Henderson’s home was among those destroyed. His coach led a fundraiser to help rebuild it.

One in eight students remain homeless in Refugio.

Unfortunately, the Bobcats lost 34 to 21 Wednesday night. The team from Mart, which is near Waco, won the 2A Division I state title.