WESLACO — When Weslaco East senior linebacker Freddy Cardenas first started playing football, he was shifty and good at avoiding contact.

His dad, Alfredo Cardenas Jr., taught Freddy how to play football when Freddy was 7 and knew his son needed a different approach.

“He was like, ‘No, just go smash them in the mouth,’” Freddy recalled. “That is what I brought here today. I have to thank my dad for that.”

East coach Michael Burget expressed a lot of gratitude for that lesson, as well. That instinct Freddy learned is what Burget says East football is all about.

Click here for the full story and find more high school sports coverage on RGVSports.com.