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The San Benito vs. Harlingen rivalry has been one of the most intense rivalries in the nation for decades now. The rivalry is so intense the Washington Post write an investigative piece in the early 1990s analyzing why this rivalry was so heated. In the end, it may not matter why there is so much hatred in this rivalry. All that matters is what happens on the field.


Jaime Galvan
Harlingen High School


Ralph Soto

Harlingen High School

Ralph plays defensive back and is a 2-year lettermen on the football team. He maintains a 4.28 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and a faithful member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Ralph plans to attend Baylor University.
Joseph Garza

San Benito High School

Joseph plays defensive tackle and maintains a 3.8 GPA. He is the epitome of a student-athlete. Joseph plans to attend the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.


Named by locals as the Battle of the Arroyo, the San Benito and Harlingen High School rivalry is a must-watch for any high school football fan in Texas. This rivalry—one of the nation’s most intense—did not disappoint, with an exciting Friday night showdown featuring great plays from both teams. San Benito made a risky fourth down gamble, bringing them to an early 7-6 lead. However, two touchdowns from the Cardinals in the first and another in the second raised the stakes quickly; they held a 21-7 lead at halftime. Despite valiant effort from San Benito defense—and another touchdown from them in the 4th quarter—the Cardinals offense was unstoppable. Two more touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters brought the home team to a 35-13 win. The U.S. Marine Corps named senior quarter Jaime Galvan as the game MVP.