I have to talk about this group because just like RH that year both teams were returning a good number of players....
The way I saw it was that RH and PI in '98 were supposed to contend for the district title.
We had beaten La Feria the year before and Raymondville was beatable as LF had beaten them in the past and so had PI....so RH felt could do really well against them.
Anyway, I felt that if PI used Roel Martinez at HB, Ruben Castillo at FB, and Hoshino at TB that would've been a hellacious backfield.
Castillo was a beast on both sides of the ball.
Manny Martinez had come back from a torn up knee and surprisingly was playing like he had never gotten hurt.
Benny Martinez was better on defense rather than offense.
That senior group had won district throughout Jr.High and a few ended up on varsity as sophomores that went to the third round losing to Sealy.