San Benito Claims The Battle of the Arroyo

Battle of the Arroyo Trophy

SAN BENITO–The 85th edition of the Battle of the Arroyo turned out to be a classic game when San Benito erased an 18 point lead in the final 5 minutes of the game and won 25-21.

Battle of the Arroyo Player with Trophy

The victory put San Benito (4-2, 3-0)  in first place in District 32 6A. They are tied with Brownsville Veterans Memorial who plays Saturday night vs. Hanna. Harlingen (3-3, 2-1) find themselves in an unusual position as they are in second place looking up at the leaders in this district.

Battle of the Arroyo Coach Talking to Offensive Players

The win was engineered by San Benito QB Cristian Sierra who ran a hurry up offense and helped set up the three scores in the last 5:07 of the fourth qurarter. At first, it looked like the Greyhounds were only scoring points to make the game look respectable, but then Harlingen failed to move the sticks and recover an onside kick.

Battle of the Arroyo Coach Gomez

Greyhounds Coach Dan Gomez said his team never gave up and they executed one play at a time in the fourth quarter. They knew they could come back and the players finally put it altogether.

Battle of the Arroyo Harlingen Coach Coaching

San Benito looked strong early, but they couldn’t punch it in at the goal line when they fumbled in the 2nd quarter. They also fumbled on the opening kickoff and on a fake punt in the 3rd quarter that led to 14 points for Harlingen.

Battle of the Arroyo Harlingen Players

Harlingen Coach Manny Gomez looked stunned after the game, but he gave credit to the Hounds for the victory. He said San Benito made more plays and they lost some defensive backs. He added they competed and that’s what matters.

Battle of the Arroyo Tempers Flare

The Battle of the Arroyo has been dominated by Harlingen, including last year’s 54-0 win by the Cardinals. At the end of the game, tempers flared between both coaches and players.

Harlingen players and coaches didn’t appreciate the celebration by the Greyhounds. There was pushing and shoving and both sides had to be separated. Luckily, cool heads prevailed and both sides calmed down.

Battle of the Arroyo Players Listening to Coach

San Benito will play Brownsville Veterans Memorial next week in a game for first place, while Harlingen takes on Los Fresnos.

Los Fresnos team

Los Fresnos 42 Harlingen South 23–Los Fresnos (4-2, 2-1) bounced back from a tough loss last week and won easily against Harlingen South (2-4, 1-2). Special teams play by the Falcons helped them to an early lead as they blocked a punt and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Vets Memorial Players After Game vs. Hanna

Brownsville Veterans Memorial 51 Hanna 42–Veterans Memorial (5-1, 3-0) and Hanna (1-4, 0-3) put on an offensive show and the Chargers outlasted the Eagles, beating them 51-42.

Vets Memorial talking to players vs Hanna

Hanna went up 7-0 after a bad hike on a punt and they punched it in and an upset looked possible for the Eagles. Vets Memorial started running the ball and put up 24 straight points. They were led by Derrick Rodriguez, Carlos Garza and Marcus Castillo.

Hanna Players After Game vs Vets Memorial

The Eagles bounced back behind QB Andy Lopez who led them on two drives to make the game competitive. Hanna refused to give up and kept matching Vets Memorial score for score. They trailed 31-29 and 38-36, but just couldn’t stop the explosive Chargers offense.

Vets Memorial Crowd with Flag

The win by the Veterans Memorial sets up a game vs. San Benito next Saturday that will be for first place in the District 32-6A. Hanna will play Lopez next Friday night. Both games are at Sams Stadium.

Rivera 24 Lopez 9–Rivera (1-5, 1-2) won its first game of the year after playing the toughest opening 5 games by any team in the RGV. They used a rushing attack to beat Lopez (0-6, 0-2), who remained winless on the year.

PSJA SW Ref Touchdown

PSJA Southwest 21 Porter 14–Porter *2-4, 1-2) blew an opportunity to win its third game of the season over PSJA Southwest on Thursday night at Sams Stadium in a District 32-5A game.

After the Javelinas (4-2, 2-1) drove on its first drive to take an early lead, they went flat and coaches couldn’t explain why.

Porter Coach PSJA SW Loss

Porter kept up with PSJA Southwest when they scored on its first drive. They had a chance to go ahead at Half, but fumbled near the goal line. Those turnovers and mistakes ended up hurting Porter.

PSJA SW Coach Talking to Players

In the second half, both teams exchanged touchdowns and Porter was tied in the fourth quarter. PSJA Southwest then put together a long drive, followed by an 11 yard TD run by Hector Pecina with 1:22 left in the game. The Cowboys didn’t have enough time to answer and lost.

Scoreboard Photo

Other games:

PSJA 42 Pace 14 (Thursday)

Port Isabel 61 Progeso 7

Orange Grove 41 Raymondville 23

Rio Hondo 19 West Oso 6

La Feria 36 Grulla 17

Zapata 37 Hidalgo 19

Lyford 21 Santa Rosa 6

SA Christian 42 St. Joseph’s Academy 22

London 49 Santa Maria 8

Three Rivers 38 La Villa 10

Brownsville Veterans Memorial vs. Hanna (Saturday)

Manuel HSSM Photo

Manuel De La Rosa works for High School Sports Magazine and covers football teams in Cameron and Willacy County. If you want to see his Twitter feed, go to mannydelarosa68 or Manuel De La Rosa on Facebook and Instagram. He also posts video and post game interviews on his You Tube Channel. He can be reached at


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