Special to the NEWS
Every year, the Battle of the Arroyo between Harlingen and San Benito is a huge matchup, but this year means just a little bit more as both teams are tied atop District 32-6A with 2-0 records.
The 85th edition of the rivalry game will be played at Bobby Morrow Stadium next Friday. But before that, fans can grab a unique piece of memorabilia and help local athletes in the process.
The San Benito Quarterback Club will hold a drawing for a beautiful football helmet emblazoned with the Greyhound logo on one side and the Cardinal logo on the other. The one-of-a-kind helmet will go to a lucky winner at next week’s game.
Tickets for the special item will go for $2 each or three for $5, and San Benito athletic coordinator Ramiro Partida said the money will be put to good use.
“The Quarterback Club had this idea and it’s awesome,” Partida said. “The money will be used to help kids with scholarships and banquets, so it’s all for a good cause.”
Tickets will be sold at the Harlingen-San Benito freshman and junior varsity games this week as well as Friday’s varsity game.
Partida said the cooperation of Harlingen helped make the helmet truly special and a must-have for local football fans.
“When the idea came up, I called Coach (Manny) Gomez at Harlingen and he was all for it,” Partida said.
For more information on tickets or the drawing, contact the San Benito athletic office at (956) 361-6587.