EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TEXAS FNF CUSTOM COVER PROJECT SCHOOL
San Diego Vaqueros
SAN DIEGO, TX
3A DIV. 1
4 OFFENSE, 7 DEFENSE
DAVID VALDEZ, JOEL LUNA, REY
RAMIREZ, ROLANDO GARCIA, JUAN
MENDIETTA, CELSO OLIVEIRA, JOSE
VASQUEZ, JOSE BARRERA
KEY PLAYERS: Rafael Saenz (Sr., DB); Juan
Gonzalez (Sr., DL); Rene Corona (Sr., DL); Javier
Rodriguez (Sr., RB); Kevin Oliveira (Sr., RB); Ryan
Ochoa (So., QB); Rolly Trigo (Jr., LB); Jose Guerra (Sr.,
LB); Orlando Bernal (Sr., LB); Joseph Araujo (So., OL)
1 Ryan Ochoa So.
2 Matt Perez Sr.
3 Abel Casas Jr.
4 Javier Rodriguez Sr.
5 Ryan Broines Jr.
6 Kevin Oliveira Sr.
7 Keith Bratten Jr.
8 Jeremy Ramirez Jr.
10 Rafael Saenz Sr.
11 Roel Lopez Sr.
12 Martin Cruz Sr.
21 Rolly Trigo Jr.
23 Brendan Uribe Sr.
27 Jose Guerra Sr.
28 Juan Gonzalez Sr.
32 Orlando Bernal Sr.
33 Adrian Vera Sr.
34 Sabastian Gonzalez Jr.
52 Joseph Araujo So.
55 Abel Tunchez Sr.
57 Ricardo Garcia Sr.
59 Chris Alaniz So.
60 Eliazar Gonzalez Sr.
66 Sonny Alaniz Jr.
67 Michael Salaiz So.
70 Marcos Alaniz Sr.
78 George Hughes Jr.
79 ArturoArriaga Sr.
82 Rene Corona Sr.
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS:
Dr. Samuel Bueno
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:
ASSIS TAN T PRINCIPAL: David Salinas
ATHLE TIC TRAINER: Lacreta Bowen
AUG. 26: AT GEORGE WEST
SEP. 2: VS. HEBBRONVILLE
SEP. 9: AT WEST OSO
SEP. 16: VS. ORANGE GROVE
SEP. 23: AT TAFT
SEP. 30: OPEN
OCT. 7: VS. SAN TA ROSA
OCT. 14: AT FALFURRIAS
OCT. 21: VS. SANTA GERTRUDIS
OCT. 28: AT BISHOP
NOV. 4: VS. LYFORD
In nine seasons at the helm, Head Coach Bo Ochoa has quietly built a consistent winner in Duval County as the
Vaqueros are 60-28 under Ochoa’s
The goal now is to not just win
district titles, but to become a
consistent contender in Region IV.
The 2015 concluded with a 6-5
record, but the Vaqueros lost a close
bi-district game to Mathis 22-8.
“We felt like we were in that
game the entire way, a break or
two goes our way and maybe we
find a way to win, Mathis was a
great team and won our region,
so it shows the kids coming back
that we can compete with the best
in our region. I think it gives us
confidence going into 2016,” said
For San Diego to get it done,
they’ll rely heavily on a defense
that should be one of the best
in the region, if not the state as
seven starters are back. That
group is led by book ends up from
defensive ends Juan Gonzalez and
Rene Corona, the pair are returning
all-district players and three year
starters. Their consistent ability to
pressure the opposing quarterback
in addition to being solid against the
run gives SDHS a luxury few Class
3A teams in South Texas possess
and makes their defense extremely
hard to game plan against.
San Diego has a solid group at
linebacker as well, led by Javier
Rodriguez who is a four-year letter
winner for the Vaqueros, and he’s
joined by hard-hitting Orlando
Bernal and Rolly Trigo who is back
to 100 percent heading into his
junior season after battling injuries
a year ago.
Rafael Saenz will anchor the San
Diego defensive backfield, Coach
Ochoa calls him “the quarterback
of our defense.” “Our defense is
full of seniors who have a ton of
experience and who play all out,
they can help us on offense and we
are solid in the special teams, that
is really big as well.”
For years San Diego relied
heavily on the ground game as they
based out of the Slot-T offense, but
a year ago Coach Ochoa decided
to switch over to a spread attack,
there were some growing pains for
sure, most notably in the season’s
final three games where SDHS aver-
aged just twelve points per game.
However, a full off-season
running the spread should pay big
dividends in 2016 and despite just
four returning offensive starters
Coach Ochoa feels his offense will
be much improved, “We felt like
switching to the spread benefitted
the athletes we currently had in
our system, last year was our first
year experimenting with the spread
offense. I feel having a year under
our belt will lead to more points
being scored and us being able
to take some pressure off our
defense. The kids are understand-
ing the terminology and concepts
that can make us more explosive,”
said Ochoa. The offense will center
around the talents of versatile
Kevin Oliveira at running back, the
Vaqueros fastest player also saw
time under center at QB last year
and totaled 10 touchdowns and
over 800 yards rushing, he’ll be
the primary weapon as San Diego
breaks in some young skill players.
The community of San Diego
in far South Texas is crazy about
football and crazy about their
Vaqueros and it shows up every
Friday night mentioned Coach
Ochoa, “We are so lucky to have
tremendous support. We are
blessed to have several employees
throughout the school district be
San Diego alumni. We are also
blessed to play in community where
football is important, the town and
school loves Friday nights both at
home games and on the road.”
Coach Ochoa and his staff have
had several themes for their team
this off-season as they strive for
success in the fall, “To me success
comes with several factors. We
preach to the kids about being on
time, being loyal, playing the game
with class and most important
being disciplined. We believe in our
hearts we can make a state cham-
pionship run. The players know that
what you do now is going to prepare
us for the long run ahead of us. Our
team motto is “ALL IN” this truly
means the world to our kids,” said
the San Diego HC.
The pieces of the puzzle are in
place for a special 2016 in San
Diego, Texas as with many small
schools the Vaqueros will have to
stay healthy and of course get a few
breaks along the way but a deep
playoff push past Thanksgiving is in
reach for San Diego in 2016.