Cardinals open spring practice; Hawks, Falcons set to start Wednesday with new head coaches

HARLINGEN — The official start of the 2016 high school football season is still several months away. However, the Harlingen Cardinals are already hard at work preparing for that day.

On Monday, under the watchful eye of coach Manny Gomez, the Cards began spring practice as they have for the past couple of years.

Gomez did not always allow the Red Birds to take advantage of spring ball since participating in it forces teams to begin practice a week later come August.

However, recently, Gomez has taken advantage of the opportunity to work out his squad before summer vacation begins.

Last season, the Cardinals finished at 10-3 overall and 6-1 in District 32-6A to clinch a share of the league title and advance to the playoffs where they went three rounds deep before losing a hard-fought game to Smithson Valley.

While the Cards will lose a few key players on defense this offseason, including end Charlie Moreno and tackle Travis Barnes, their offense should be in good hands with quarterback Jesse Castro and running back Leo Tienda set to return for their senior seasons.

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