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United South Panthers
5 OFFENSE, 6 DEFENSE
SEAN VAN DE
MERGHEL, JUAN SERGIO GONZALEZ,
BENJAMIN CABELLO, GERARDO RAMIREZ,
RUPERTO CON TRERAS, JESUS GARCIA, JUAN
DE LUNA, GREG GARCIA, JOSE MUNIZ, LUIS
ORTIZ, DAN TE MADRIGAL
KEY PLAYERS: Jesus Posada (Sr., RB); Isaac De La
Fuente (Sr., DB); Marco Briones (Sr., TE); Hector Ferreyro
(Sr., DL); Gustavo Rodriguez (Sr., OL); Allan Martinez
(Jr., LB); Marck Reyna (Jr., DB); Omar Barajas (Sr., LB);
Marvin Martinez (Sr., RB); Lorenzo Soliz (Sr., DB)
Isaac De La Fuente
1 Edgardo Hernandez WR Sr.
2 Marco Briones TE/FB Sr.
3 MarvinMartinez RB Sr.
4 Isaac De La Fuente DB Jr.
5 Omar Barajas OLB Sr.
6 Andrew Davila WR Sr.
7 Lorenzo Soliz CB Sr.
8 Ulises Nunez QB Sr.
9 RichardVasquez DB Sr.
10 Ismael Contreras QB Jr.
11 Juan Castro WR Jr.
12 Jesus Posada RB Sr.
13 Anthony Charles WR Jr.
14 Marck Reyna CB Jr.
15 Richard Diaz WR Jr.
20 Gabriel Segura RB Sr.
21 Edgar Cavazos WR Sr.
25 Romeo Rodriguez OLB Jr.
31 Cesar Contreras LB So.
32 Brandon Guerra DB Jr.
34 RobertSandoval OLB So.
35 BraulioHernandez LB Sr.
41 Juan Ramos TE/FB Sr.
43 AllanMartinez LB Jr.
50 KyleCalderon DL Sr.
51 JuanGonzalez LB Sr.
52 MiguelGuantos DL Sr.
55 HectorFerreyro DL Sr.
56 EduardoDuarte DL Sr.
60 JosueHuerta OL Jr.
65 FranciscoNieto DL Sr.
67 OscarCastellon DL Sr.
70 JoseOnofre OL Sr.
71 KevinFacundo OL Jr.
72 Juan De Luna OL Jr.
73 KevinReyes OL Jr.
74 JuwanArce OL Sr.
76 ErikHuerta OL Sr.
78 AngelPerez OL Jr.
79 GustavoRodriguez OL Sr.
81 Julian Zertuche WR Sr.
88 Thomas Ibarra WR Sr.
Juan De Luna
AUG. 26: AT S. A. WAGNER
SEP. 2: AT HARLINGEN
SEP. 9: VS. FLOUR BLUFF
SEP. 16: AT SOUTH SAN ANTONIO
SEP. 22: VS. S. A. SOUTH WEST
OCT. 7: VS. UNITED
OCT. 14: AT EAGLE PASS H.S.
OCT. 20: VS. DEL RIO
OCT. 28: AT ALEXANDER
NOV. 3: VS. L.B. JOHNSON
Fourth-year head coach Sergio Salinas has een his United South program turn the corner
in a big way under his watch as
the Panthers have emerged as a
consistent playoff contender, now
United South is looking for more as
the 2016 approaches.
Last year’s team was three points
away from potentially sharing the
district title and then in the playoffs
as a heavy underdog the Panthers
lost a heartbreaker to then
unbeaten McAllen Memorial.
“We were close last year, but we
know close isn’t good enough. We’ve
stressed all off-season that it’s the
small things that make the difference from being a champion and not
being a champion, so every day we
want to make sure we are doing the
things to get those points back and
make up the difference this year in
2016,” said Coach Salinas.
The Panthers ground-based
attack brings back its primary
weapon in tough running Jesus
Posada who ran for 1,024 yards
and 11 touchdowns a year ago.
“Jesus is a special kid, hard
worker, disciplined and great
character and a three year starter
for us. Once he gets hit he’s going
to fight for more yards, he’s got
great effort and tenacity. He’s a
reflective of our team as a whole,
he sets the tone for us,” said the
Laredo United South HC.
A big question mark for a team
that relies on the run will be the
offensive line, which graduated
four of five starters from 2015,
“We will be young but they are
the heart of our offense, the kids
have had a good spring, they need
to keep getting better each day.
We want them doing summer
strength and conditioning as a unit
and building that bond, they are
inexperienced but we are excited
about their potential.”
While the young offense finds
their groove expect the Panthers
early on to rely on their defense
which brings back seven starters
including several key contributors
from a year ago.
Junior LB Allan Martinez stepped
in for a senior starter lost for the
season due to injury and the USHS
defense didn’t miss a beat as
he tallied 74 tackles, 2. 5 sacks
and had an interception. When
asked about Martinez Coach
Salinas replied, “Allan, took on a
leadership role on the defense as a
sophomore, which for us is tough,
but he did a great job. He’s got
great smarts, knows all the other
positions on the defense. He’s our
coach on the field and is vital to our
success. He’s a slippery guy, he’s
hard to block and is always around
the ball, we are glad he’s on our
team and not playing for someone
De La Fuente is the emotional
leader of the defense and a big
play waiting to happen, as the hard
hitting safety had 61 tackles a year
ago and had a hand in an amazing
13 turnovers a year ago.
“Isaac is our downhill big hit
guy, he plays the game with such
passion, we feed off his energy.
He’s always flying around and when
our defense needs a big play, more
often than not Isaac is involved,”
The Panthers have put together
a tough non-district slate that
includes San Antonio Wagner,
Harlingen and Corpus Christi Flour
Bluff, Salinas hopes that slate will
have his team battle tested.
“I really believe in playing a tough
non-district schedule. I want to play
good teams so we know where we
stand and what we need to correct
going into district play and when
we get to the playoffs those are the
kinds of teams you have to beat to
advance so we need to be ready for
that in non-district.”
What was once a down-trodden
program, the attitude and mentality
around the United South program
is different now as this group
of seniors won eight games as
freshman and a district title at the
“Our kids don’t know anything
about where the program was, they
show up now and even when we are
underdogs we expect to win. We are
going to scratch and claw and fight
for every inch, we want to be the
kind of team that other teams hate
to play,” said Salinas.
With that kind of turnaround and
toughness you can bet that in 2016
the United South Panthers will be a
thorn in the side of many teams in