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2012 LSG Team Preview — Harlingen Cardinals

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — Harlingen Cardinals

Team: Harlingen Cardinals (32-5A)

Colors: Red/Black/White

1st varsity season: 1913

Enrollment: 2,826 -- 2nd largest in the district out of 9 schools

2012 Schedule:
San Antonio Johnson
@ San Benito
Brownsville Rivera **
@ Brownsville Lopez **
Los Fresnos **
@ Brownsville Pace **
Brownsville Memorial **
@ Brownsville Porter **
Harlingen South **
@ Brownsville Hanna **

Coach: Manny Gomez (5 years) 54-10 (#2 All-Time in Harlingen history); 54-10 All-Time Coaching Record

Returning Lettermen: 24

Returning Starters: Offense: 2 Defense: 3

Key Players:
* LB Nathan Prado 124 tackles 2nd Team All-State (TSWA) & 2nd Team All-Texas
* DB Omar Hunter 1st Team All-District
* LB JR Gilbert Bermea 1st Team All-District
* RB Victor Cruz
* QB JR Brandon Garza
* QB Omar Dumont-Hunter
* OL Rey Gonzalez
* OL JR D.J. Davis
* OL John Hallet

Notes:
* Have now had 3 consecutive 1 loss seasons
* 31 game regular season winning streak

  • Mike Says: The Cardinals are the pride of the Rio Grande Valley. They have had a lot of success lately and they will continue that this year. Even though they only have 5 total starters coming back they will be strong at the linebacker position with Prado heading up that group. They should win this district easily again. Their closest district game last year was a 28 point victory over Edinburg. Look for them to go 9-1 or 8-2 in the regular season and win the district championship. They will be a Division I team in the playoffs and could go to the Regionals.
  • Chris Says: Harlingen is one of those teams that I have really enjoyed watching the past few years.  This team plays with a lot of emotion and sheer determination.  The Cardinals should roll through district again this year and be sitting strong come playoff time.  Harlingen should be able to stay alive in the plays through at least three rounds.

Last Years Record: 13-1 overall 7-0 District

2011 Games:
vs Corpus Christi Carroll (4-7) (W 72-0)
vs San Benito (9-3) (W 49-7)
vs Abilene (10-4) (at Heroes Stadium, SA) (2OT) (W 45-44)
vs Edinburg (6-5)* (W 42-14)
at Harlingen South (2-8)* (W 69-7)
at PSJA North (7-4)* (W 48-7)
vs Edinburg North (3-7)* (W 35-14)
at Edinburg Economedes (0-10)* (W 65-26)
vs Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (3-7)* (W 56-0)
at PSJA Memorial (6-5)* (W 49-7)

Playoffs: Division I Quarterfinals
vs Los Fresnos (8-3) (at Harl. Boggus Stad) (W 66-14) Bi-District
vs Del Rio (9-3) (at SA Comalander) (W 37-34) Area
vs San Antonio Warren (11-2) (at CC Buccaneer) (W 53-28) Regionals
vs San Antonio Madison (10-5) (at Kingsville) (L 27-42) Quarterfinals

History:
* 12 year winning steak
* 38 of last 40 seasons were winning seasons
* 60-19-5 vs. San Benito in the "Battle Of The Arroyo"
* 42-32-2 all-time vs. McAllen
* All time record: 613-287-37 67.40% 937 games
* Playoff Appearances: (35) 1929,1930,1931,1932,1947,1949,1950,1972,1973,1976,1984,1985,1986,1987,1988,1989,1990
1991,1992,1994,1995,1996,1997,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
2011

Championship History: No Championship Games

Last 5 year record: 54-10

Last 10 year record: 96-27

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