BY ARMANDO GARZA |
SAN BENITO — It’s been said, “When the why is clear, the how is easy.”
To that effect, there’s absolutely zero lack of focus in San Benito and the Greyhounds certainly made it look easy on Friday night.
In front of a big Homecoming crowd, the Greyhounds looked every bit the part of the Rio Grande Valley’s No. 1 team, quickly trouncing Harlingen South 48-16 at Bobby Morrow Stadium.
San Benito (7-0 overall, 4-0 District 32-6A) continued its march toward perfection by overwhelming South (1-6, 0-4) with its tried-and-true recipe: big plays offensively and its usual-stifling defense. The ‘Hounds got another boost Friday as fellow district frontrunner Harlingen fell to Weslaco East while Brownsville Hanna upended Los Fresnos.
“They were ready to go all week,” San Benito head coach Dan Gomez said of his squad afterward. “Our coaching staff does a good job of keeping them sharp throughout the week and letting them know that the most important task is the one at hand, that this is the most important game.”
A week after blowing out Brownsville Rivera, the hits kept on coming against the struggling Hawks and it appeared War Dog had no intentions of looking ahead.
Abraham Porras drilled a 38-yard field goal to open the scoring and San Benito quickly made it 10-0 as Erick Retta hooked up with wideout Isaiah Trevino for a 16-yard score. Already a dangerous weapon prior to this season, it was a statement night for the senior Trevino, who has skyrocketed to become one of the area’s most explosive targets. Trevino finished the game in the third quarter with seven receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns.
“I thought we all just felt ‘together’ (tonight),” Trevino said. “As the season’s gone on, we feel we’re becoming more of a team and we’re executing. We’re working hard in practice, and it’s all coming together.”
There’s no denying the connection Trevino has with Retta, who himself is known as one of the Valley’s premier signal-callers in just a season and a half at the controls. Against South, Retta had just one incompletion and threw for 220 yards with the three TDs in just over two quarters of work.
“First of all, I have to give credit to our linemen because without them there’d be no connection at all,” Trevino said. “But it all goes back to the offseason. Both of us knew that we wanted to have a big season, so every day we’d throw routes to make sure we had that connection.”
Not just a precision passer, Retta ran up the gut untouched for a 14-yard score and then a 21-yard Retta-to-Trevino pass made it 25-0 after the QB’s two-point run with 10:34 left in the second quarter.
On a five-game losing skid coming in, South showed no quit and got on the board via a 42-yard field goal with 4:32 to go in the half, but the ‘Hounds answered quickly on a 14-yard dash from Marcelino Morales to take a 32-3 lead into intermission.
In the third, the Hawks’ Cristian Cortez hauled in an 8-yard TD pass, however, on the point-after attempt, San Benito’s Ryan Castillo scooped up a blocked kick and raced the other way for two more points, putting the tally at 34-9 ‘Hounds with 7:09 left. Trevino’s third and final score, a 36-yarder, came on the next possession. Backup running back Frankie Garcia scored the ‘Hounds’ final TD late in the third, while South’s Emilio Quiroz ran in the final score of the night with under two minutes to go.