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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Eagles strong on ground in 2-2 tie with Mustangs

Pecos Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis expected the Andrews Mustangs would be able to throw the ball on the Pecos Eagles going into the two teams’ scrimmage Saturday morning at Eagle Stadium. Which is what the Mustangs did do against the Eagles. But Willis also thought his team would be able to run the ball on Andrews, and that’s what Pecos was able to do, in what turned out to be a 2-2 tie for the teams in their first preseason scrimmages.

The Mustangs were able to move the ball on the Eagles in their first offensive series, scoring on an 18-yard touchdown pass with their first team unit, then scored on a 36-yard TD pass with their second group on the last of their four 10-play series in the scrimmage. But the Eagles came back and marched down the field on their first possession to score on an 11-yard run by Luis Ortega, then scored two plays into their second 10-play series on a four-yard run by Donnie Myles, who set up the score with a 66-yard run on the previous play.

“Cowboy’s run was just Cowboy,” Willis said of Ortega’s score, as he broke two tackles just outside the 5-yard-line and then dragged three Mustang tacklers into the end zone. He ended up with 22 yards on six carries, while Myles ran for 106 yards on nine attempts.

“Donnie looked good in the open field,” Willis said of the senior, who also caught two passes for 29 yards working with both the first and second-team units.

While the Eagles scored on the ground and the Mustangs in the air, Pecos did have success throwing the ball, while Andrews had some success running it. Quarterback Eddie Vela opened the scrimmage with a 12-yard pass to Robert Nunez and was 3-for-4 for 38 yards overall, while running for 39 yards on eight carries.

Pecos ended up with 67 yards passing on 5-of-8 attempts and 176 yards on the ground off 28 attempts, while Andrews had 91 yards rushing on 23 carries and 135 yards through the air, on 8-for-17 passing.

The Mustangs fumbled the first carry of the scrimmage away to the Eagles after an 8-yard gain, then saw a drop cost them a chance at a score on the second play before going 70 yards on seven plays for their TD. Pecos took nine plays to cover the 70 yards for their touchdown, surviving a fumble on a counter run thanks to an offsides penalty on Andrews.

“We didn’t have too many penalties, which was something I was happy about,” said Willis. Pecos was penalized four times, all four coming with the second team offensive unit in the game. Two cost the group a chance at another score on the second series, as they came around an 11-yard run by Myles and a nine-yard run by quarterback Miguel Estrada.

Willis said Andrews coach Blaine Springston told him a few of the Mustangs starters didn’t play in the scrimmage, but he said the Eagles also were able to move the ball despite seeing a different defense than what they had expected.

“We may have had some miscommunication on the phone. They did some things we didn’t expect from talking to them, since neither team had any film on the other,” he said, but added, “Offensively we must be doing something right. One of the older officials was complementing us and said our kids were really getting after it.”

Willis said the Eagles had been working more on rushing defense than on passing defense going into the scrimmage, so he expected Andrews would find some openings in the secondary. “Overall, I was impressed with our defense, and the way we were flying to the football.”

Pecos’ junior varsity and freshman teams also scrimmaged Andrews on Saturday, prior to the varsity matchup. The ninth grade scrimmage was similar to the varsity match-up, as Pecos scored once on the ground with their first and second team units, while Andrews had a long touchdown pass and a long TD run, both during the second series, as the teams finished in a 2-2 tie.

Hector Ramirez had a four-yard run for one score, and Joseph Ontiveros scored on a two-yard run for the ninth graders’ other TD. In the JV game, Andrews scored once on the ground and twice in the air for a 3-1 win over Pecos. Wesley Tremble’s 35-yard TD run accounted for the Eagles’ only score.

All three Eagle teams will scrimmage together again on Friday, when Pecos travels to Coahoma to take on the Bulldogs. Willis said the scrimmage would start with the ninth grade game at 4 p.m.

Pecos falls short as Alpine rallies for win

The legs were willing, but the arms were not in the end for the Pecos Eagles volleyball team on Friday night, as they missed a chance to avenge their loss three days earlier to the Alpine Bucks.

The Eagles did pick up their first win of the 2005 season Friday afternoon, winning at home over the Fort Davis Indians in four games before facing the Bucks, who also scored a four-game win over the Indians. Alpine had swept Pecos at Wink on Tuesday and also defeated Pecos in a 20-minute scrimmage the previous Friday.

This time, the Eagles made sure that wouldn’t happen right away, as they won the opener from the Bucks, 25-22. Alpine came back to win Game 2 by a 25-14 score, then took Game 3 by a 25-23 margin. But the Eagles responded with a 25-22 win, and then led Alpine by a 13-6 score in the deciding 15-point Game 5.

But while the Eagles were able to get to more balls than the Bucks to rally in Game 4 and then build their lead in Game 5, they couldn’t get the hits down when they needed them at the end of the match, allowing the Bucks to rally for a 19-17 victory.

Despite the loss, coach Debbie Garcia was happy with her team’s improved effort over Tuesday at Wink, and with the 25-14, 25-21, 12-25, 25-18 win over Fort Davis to start Friday’s dual meet.

“It was a big improvement from Tuesday,” she said. “I thought we did a better job today with our coverage. We were getting to a lot of balls.”

Garcia said she did alter the lineup a bit for Friday’s matches. “We changed the rotation for the first game against Fort Davis. Adriana (Armedariz) started at left back (line) and played all around this game, to see if we could get some more hitters up at the front,” Garcia said. Teamed on the front line with Brittany Rodriguez, both had 13 kills and one block in the match with the Bucks.

“Brittany had a wonderful game,” Garcia said. “We just need to get a little more from our other hitters.” She had three kills and a block at the start of Game 5, when Pecos went out to a 10-4 lead.

Even after Rodriguez moved off the front line, Pecos maintained their margin for a while, getting to within two points of winning at 13-7 on a dink shot by Bianca Baeza. But Alpine then scored seven points in a row, going over the shorter Pecos front line several times for points, while taking advantage of some bad hits by the Eagles.

A bad spike by Amalie Herrera got the Bucks to match point, but Herrera then tied the game with a spike off blocker LaToya Simples, who then hit a shot out to give the Eagles a 15-14 lead. The teams then traded errors, including back-to-back missed serves by Alpine’s Hanna Dodson and Pecos’ Jenny Palomino. A controversial hit out of bounds by the Bucks’ Leann Bartlett gave Pecos one more chance to win, at 17-16, but Bianca Esparza was called for a net violation, Bartlett dinked a shot over Pecos’ front line and Jessica Florez then misplayed a set to give the Bucks the win.

In the earlier win over Fort Davis, the Eagles pulled away from the Maidens midway through the first game, then held off a rally in Game 2 that saw a 23-14 lead cut to 24-21. Fort Davis used that momentum to jump out at the start of Game 4 and lead all the way, while the Eagles were able to shake off a series of mistakes at the end of that game and put the Maidens away in Game 4, as they led all the way in that victory.

The Eagles closed out the first game with a 9-2 run, with Rodriguez and Herrera scoring off kills during that stretch. A kill by Rodriguez in Game 2 put the Eagles ahead to stay at 13-12, and Rodriguez also had a couple of blocks for points on the Maidens’ Sarah Medley during an 11-3 run. The Eagles did little on offense in the fourth game, but got points off a back line save by Jessica Trujillo and a spike by Baeza at the outset of Game 4 while jumping ahead by an 8-3 score, then took advantage of unforced errors by Fort Davis to close out the match.

The Eagles will have another home match on Tuesday, when they host Kermit, before going to Monahans this coming weekend for the Sandhills Tournament. Pecos will open play at 11 a.m. on Friday against Dalhart, while the JV begins with an 8 a.m. match versus Midland High. The freshmen open their tournament on Thursday, with pool round play against Andrews at 4:30 p.m.

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