By PETE BANDA
If there were any questions about the 2016 version of the San Benito Greyhounds, they were at least partially answered last Thursday night in their week one game against regional powerhouse Laredo United. Despite losing all but one offensive starter from a year ago, the ’Hounds managed to put up a whopping 47 points against the United Longhorns, winning in overwhelming fashion 47-21.
While the offense shone, the defense was just as dominant. Headlined by a five sack, one interception performance by defensive end Ryan Reza, the Greyhound defense forced a total of four turnovers and racked up nine sacks against a Longhorn offense that was nothing short of explosive last season. Linebackers Richard Moreno and Emilio Garza started off their seasons with impressive games as well, combining for 27 tackles, three sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
New signal caller Eric Retta continued his great play from the last couple of scrimmages, throwing for 220 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 75 yards and another score on the ground. The junior quarterback looks to be in line for an impressive season after completing more than 70% of his passes.
Continuing their stacked non-district schedule, the Greyhounds will welcome the San Antonio East Central Yellow Jackets to Bobby Morrow stadium on Friday night for what should be one of the more exciting games of the week. East Central is fresh off a 40-21 victory of San Marcos where they forced three turnovers of their own.
If San Benito expects to win, they will need another big game from Retta and co. The Yellowjackets allowed nearly 400 yards of total offense to San Marcos, which could set up a shootout in San Benito’s home opener.