For those present, many of whom reside in and around Harlingen, Texas, it was a long-awaited collision course for these two teams. In 2014 San Benito upset Harlingen by scoring over 20 points in the last 5 minutes of the game to claim victory. “This is going to be a battle tonight.” –Coach Lucio said.


Jr. Gaitan
San Benito


Daniel Funk


Daniel is a Varsity Lettermen in football and baseball. He is a member of the national honor society, the FCA and a volunteer for his church, Leaves and Fishes, and the Humane Society.
Joseph Patrida

San Benito

Joseph is a 2 year Letterman on the varsity football team and a 4 year letterman in baseball. He was 2nd team All District Offensive Tackle for the 2014 season. Joseph is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Club and San Benito FFA. He plans to pursue a degree in Pharmacy or Engineering at the University of Texas or Texas A&M.


Johnny Jackson


Johnnie was a 3 sport 3 year starter at Harlingen High. He led the cardinals to 3 consecutive Battle of the Arroyo victories. Johnnie played at the University of Houston setting an NCAA record by taking 3 interceptions back for touchdowns in a game against the University of Texas. Johnnie went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers as a defensive back and special teams performer, helping the Niners win Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos. Johnnie is a principal in Houston where he now lives with his family. Accepting the award on Johnnies behalf is Coach Lucio.
Jason Monemayor

San Benito

In the 1995 “Battle of the Arroyo, Jason Montemayor hauled in a 44 yard fourth quarter TD strike from then QB Eddie Benavidez on a hitch and go play. The reception helped the Hounds defeat the Cards 15-6 in San Benitos first victory over Harlingen in nearly 30 years! Jason Played in the “Battle of Arroyo” his Junior and Senior year. Jason now works as a border patrol agent.


With 1:39 left to go, San Benito scored to close to within 21-20 in the 87thBattle of the Arroyo. Boot the extra point to tie and go to overtime? Nope. Coach Dan Gomez and the ’Hounds’ staff went for the two-point conversion and the win. That’s when J.R. Gaitan (MVP) hit Juan Salas in the corner to stun the Boggus Stadium crowd and earn a 22-21 victory for the ’Hounds in one of the most dynamic victories in the long-running series. The win gave San Benito consecutive wins over Harlingen for the first time since 2006-07 and, after last year’s furious 25-21 rally, this year’s game had some late-game magic of its own. San Benito’s win closes the series to 58-22-5. Many felt last year’s 20-point thrilling comeback would be hard to top.