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.
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 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.
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.
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.