Hawthorne wins state, set for Baylor

ARLINGTON, Texas – Three-star athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Refugio, Texas) played his final game in a Refugio jersey Friday afternoon. He ended his high school career on top, as the Bobcats won the Texas Class 2A Division II state championship.

Shortly after celebrating with teammates, he focused his attention on his next-level goal – excelling in the Big 12. Hawthorne, a receiver for Refugio, committed to Baylor in May and could see time on both sides of the ball for the Bobcats. The 6-foot, 185-pound sparkplug reconfirmed his commitment with the Bears and will graduate high school early to enroll at Baylor in time for spring workouts.

“I’ve been solid since Day 1. Baylor’s where I want to be,” said Hawthorne, who caught four passes for a game-high 119 yards and a touchdown as Refugio edged Cisco (Texas), 36-35, at Cowboys Stadium.

“I love the coaches and the players there. Oh, and a Baylor Bear winning the Heisman [Trophy] kind of helps out, too.

Hawthorne helped Refugio compile an eye-popping 891 points for the season (59.4 points per game). The mark was 13 points short of the national high school record, held by the 2001 Albemarle, N.C., team. Refugio, however, has the all-time record for points for a 15-game season. That Albemarle team played 16 games.

Hawthorne and his team was a part of an Outside The Lines story focusing on Refugio’s multiple games with final scores so high they proved to be controversial. The Bobcats scored 60 points eight times this season and once scored 82 against Kaufer (Riviera, Texas) and 91 against Freer (Texas).

Now, Hawthorne will focus on putting up big numbers for a Baylor program currently preparing to face Washington in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. While he hopes to make a name for himself on the football field, his mission will be to excel as a student-athlete. He has an interest in college, similar to his father Kent Hawthorne, who is the defensive line coach at Refugio.

“To play with Robert Griffin would be a good reason to go,” Lynx Hawthorne said, “but I’m really going for education. I’m trying to get out of school and do something with my life. Football isn’t a guarantee, that’s for sure.

“I’ve thought of 100 different things, but to be honest, there’s no way I can leave football behind. Even if I was working in a cubicle every day of my life, I’d wonder what I would have done if I were a coach. I love watching my dad coach and seeing how he impacted kids’ lives. I wouldn’t mind giving it a try on the college level.”

Hawthorne was an all-state receiver for Refugio this season. He also was a defensive back and the team’s punter.