This was the 25th meeting of these teams in what has been named the “Bird Bowl” between the Harlingen Cardinals and Harlingen South Hawks. Last years meeting came down to a last second 53 yard field goal that clinched Harlingen’s 20th victory in the Bird Bowl series.


Joe Reyna


Riley Sauceda


Riley is a two-year starter at slot receiver. He set a school record for receiving yards in a game, with 233 yards on 12 receptions, last month against Mission Veterans. Riley is also an All-District Varsity basketball point guard and a pole vaulter on the varsity track team. He is a member of several student organizations including National Honor Society, the Student Council the PTSA and ELL Peer Support. Riley is also a faithful member of LifeLine Worship Center and plans to attend Rice University in Houston next fall.
Juan Pablo Garcia

Harlingen South

A receiver for the Hawks, Juan maintains a 3.95 GPA and has been on the Honor Roll throughout his high school career. He plans on attending UTSA where he will begin the pre-pharmacy program.


Rey DeLeon


Rey was a two-year starter and captain for the ’93 & ’94 Cardinals and played in the first two Bird Bowls. Named to the all-district and All-Valley teams, he helped lead the Cardinals to a district championship and a trip to the state quarterfinals. He is now the co-Defensive Coordinator for the Cardinals.
Frank Achtsam

Harlingen South

Frank was a part of the first two wins that Harlingen South had in the Bird Bowl. As an offensive guard, he helped pave the way to victory in 1998 & 1999. His senior year, Achtsam was named first team All-District, first team All-Valley, first team all-area and second team all-state. He has been an assistant football coach at South since 2006.


From the opening kick, this game was all Harlingen as they jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead led by the duo of Daniel Ramirez (QB) and Joe Reyna (WR), who connected for three touchdowns in the first half. The Cardinals of Harlingen cruised to a seemingly easy victory over their cross town rival Hawks with a final score of 36-7.