Our coverage of our Laredo area football teams takes us east tonight to Hebbronville, where the Longhorns are tired of just making the playoffs, now it's about winning those postseason games.
In three out of the past four years the guys at Hebbronville have finished off the season as district champions, and the only one they didn't, the Longhorns still finished second. All that winning has put a bit of a target on their backs.
"Anytime you have some type of success, everybody is going to be coming after you, so we expect that every year." (RJ Montalvo, Head Coach)
While Hebbronville has had a lot of regular season success, over those four years they've won only two playoff games and their losses included a one point heartbreaker last year in the open round.
"Every day I wake up, I come to practice 100% that still haunts me to this day that we lost." (Ryan Saenz, Defensive Lineman)
"We try not to dwell on it, but it leaves a bad taste in your mouth of course the way it ended but we just keep going forward and not thinking about that anymore." (Montalvo)
"We can't look back on what happened last year, we just got to keep moving forward. Move past district and let's go make a run." (Isaac Dominguez, Running Back)
The bad news, district MVP and quarterback Zach Trevino won't be on the field. The good news they get to move forward with their run heavy offense and an embarrassment of riches in the backfield, not only bringing back the district offensive player of the year in Oscar Salazar, but Dominguez and former Bruni standout John Vela. The Longhorns know all that talent won't do them any good if they aren't ready to leave it all out on the field come Friday nights.
"It all starts in practice, the hard work, we go 100% in practice, we go 200% in the game." (Saenz)
"We need to finish off all four quarters, conditioning a lot more and we just have to put that full game together." (Montalvo)
If they can put it all together than their simple goal will be fulfilled.
"Win district, make a run. Real important, it's the last time we're going to be out here, so it's real important." (Oscar Salazar, Running Back)