Simply put, it didn't feel like the Battle of The Arroyo we have all become accustomed to.
In fact, it wasn't much of a 'battle' at all.
By the end of the second quarter Friday night, the San Benito Greyhounds (10-0) had already scored 5 touchdowns and were up 36-0 over the Harlingen Cardinals in the 89th annual Battle of the Arroyo.
From the sidelines, former 'Hound record-breakers Randy Reza and Ernie Tamez, along with defensive standout Rey Tamez, watched as the 2017 edition of the San Benito 'War Dogs' attempted to do what no team had done since they last hit the field back in 2005: Go undefeated on the season, win a district title, and most importantly, win the Battle of the Arroyo.
San Benito quarterback Erick Retta and running back Tyrone Harper continued to be the driving offensive force behind the 'Hounds elusive attack with touchdowns early on, while swing-player Ryan "The Hammer" Reza provided big plays both on the offensive and defensive side of the field.
Reza, who ironically is the little brother to former quarterback Randy Reza, hauled in an impressive one-handed touchdown in the second quarter to bring the score to 21-0.
"I just want to see him and his teammates finish what we didn't get to finish back then," said big brother Reza as he watched his little brother head to the locker room for halftime, slapping him a high five along the way.
Reza and his teammates went on a legendary run back in 2005 but were devastated by injuries early in the postseason. Most notably, a torn ACL Reza suffered on a bootleg play that essentially ended his season and football career. The 'Hounds went two rounds deep into the playoffs that year before being pummeled by San Antonio Smithson Valley in San Antonio.
As the second half kicked underway, two things became very evident early on: There was no running water at Bobby Morrow Stadium and there was no running game on the part of the Harlingen Cardinals offensive unit.
Plagued by numerous injuries this year, a struggling 5-5 Cardinal squad failed to get any momentum going throughout the entire game.
And when the smoke cleared and the whistle blew, the scoreboard revealed an ending to the Battle of the Arroyo we rarely see, a blowout 53-0 victory for the San Benito Greyhounds.
The win was merely icing on the cake for the 'Hounds who had already clinched at least a share of the District title the week prior.
San Benito is now set to take on Edinburg North in the first round of the playoffs, however, the details of that game are yet to be announced.