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Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000

Eagles wear out Jackets, 25-6

Staff Writer

KERMIT, Sept. 2, 2000 -- Endurance got the best of size Friday night, and the Pecos  Eagles got a good test of the pass defense as well in their season-opening  game against the Kermit Yellowjackets. 

The Eagles wore Kermit down over the course of the game, and were able to pick off quarterback Jason Jones four times on the night, on the way to a 25-6 victory in the season opener for both teams.

"I thought our conditioning was excellent, because by the fourth quarter we wore them down," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs, as Pecos racked up 284 yards on the night running the veer offense.

Alex Garcia handled the ball most of the time, and had some numbers that were a big turnaround from last season, when his rushing totals spent the season in negative yardage. Garcia came on for Richard Rodriguez on the third series of the night and gained 67 yards on nine carries, including a two-yard touchdown run in the third period, while going 8-for-11 (with two drops) for 57 yards and a touchdown, of four yards to Tye Edwards in the second period.

"Alex came in and did a good job," said Grubbs. "I don't think Richard did a bad job. At the first of the game Kermit was a little pumped up They were coming at us hard and I decided to make a change.

"What I was proud about with Richard was he didn't get his head down and came back on defense and had a pick and could of had another one," he added.

Rodriguez' interception was the first of three in the fourth quarter for Jones, the last two by Peter Juarez, who got in front of tight end Saul Figueroa in the end zone for his final one late in the game to kill the Jackets' last scoring threat.

The biggest interception, though, was the one by Trent Riley in the first quarter. He reached out and snared a pass over the middle meant for Brandon Combs at the 24 yard line to kill Kermit's first scoring threat of the game, after Jones had hooked up with Manny Munoz on a 29-yard reception two plays earlier.

A personal foul penalty set the Eagles back to the 15, but they were able to then march 85 yards in 13 plays for their first score of the season. Omar Luna, who led all Eagle rushers with 76 yards on 17 carries, got 28 of that on a run up the left side late in the first period, and Garcia followed up with an 11-yard pass to Tye Edwards on 3rd-and-8 to keep the drive alive.

The Eagles' quarterback kept it himself for 20 yards down to the Kermit 1 to open the second period, but the Eagles ended up losing three yards on the next two plays before Garcia faked a handoff on fourth down and found Edwards wide open on the right side of the end zone. That was were Jason Gonzales was as well on the extra point, as Kermit failed to shift over to cover the receiver and Garcia hit him for the two point conversion.

The blown coverage was forgotten by the Jackets a few moments later, when Norman Castillo burst through the right side of the line, broke two tackles at the Pecos 32, and then cutback and outraced the Eagles' secondary to the end zone for a 75-yard score. Andy Garcia was then stopped just short of the goal line on an extra-point reverse play, keeping the Eagles ahead by two.

Pecos would have more problems inside the Kermit 20 as the half wound down. Daniel Terrazas deflected a Munoz punt out of bound at the Kermit 40 and a 26-yard run by Luna helped get Pecos a first down at the Kermit 9. But three plays netted only four yards, and Matthew Levario then shanked a 22-yard field goal attempt.

The Eagles would get another chance four plays later, when Jones fumbled the snap and Terrazas recovered at the Kermit 18 with 1:33 left in the half. Pecos got a first down when Munoz was flagged for interference on Juarez in the end zone, but the Eagles were then set back 10 yards on a holding call.

Two runs by Garcia and Jason Carrillo got the ball down to the 6 where the Eagles used their final time out with 21 second left. Pecos then gambled and lost, but then won, as Luna was stopped at the four by Kermit's line, but the Eagles were able to run their field goal unit into place, and this time Levario connected from 22 yards out as time expired.

"We've improved in that (kicking) area," said Grubbs. "We've got a weapon in Matthew Levario. He missed his first one because he was a little nervous out there, but he hit that second one as time was running out, and he was looking right at that scoreboard."

The late score seemed to fire up the Eagles for the third period, though their first possession ended with tight end Pifi Montoya fumbling away the ball on a pass from Garcia at the Kermit 37. But on the next series needed only seven plays to march 73 yards to the end zone. Garcia got around the left side for a 29 yard gain, and Terrazas and Carrillo both went the same way for 15 yard gains before Garcia finished the drive off with a two-yard quarterback sneak.

"We're a little bit stronger on the left side of the line," Grubbs said. "Tony Trujillo is just a sophomore, but he did a good job, and Joel Matta is doing a good job. We still blew some assignments, but we're much improved from last year."

Down by 12, Kermit coach Glen Jones then gambled and lost on a 4th-and-2 play from his own 28, when Munoz threw a pass to Figueroa out of punt formation, but it was batted away by Gonzales. The Eagles took advantage to score their final touchdown of the night five plays later, on a five-yard run by Carrillo, who wound up with 67 yards rushing for the game.

"The kids are really excited right now, and this could be a really good start for us," said Grubbs, whose team will travel to Fort Stockton next Friday night. The Panthers opted not to schedule a `zero week' game, so this will be their 2000 season opener.

Four of the Eagles' five other District 2-4A rivals also opened their seasons on the road Friday, with pre-district favorite El Paso Mountain View suffering a 27-20 upset defeat at the hands of El Paso Cathedral. San Elizario lost to El Paso Parkland in a battle of last year's District 1-4A and 2-4A champs, 35-15, while Canutillo blanked Santa Teresa, N.M., 21-0 and Fabens downed Tularosa, N.M., 22-7.®MDBO¯

at Kermit

Pecos                   0  11  14   0  -25
Kermit                  0    6    0   0  -  6

Second Quarter

Pec. - Edwards 4 pass from Garcia (J. Gonzales pass from Garcia), 1:49.

Ker. - Castillo 75 run (run failed), 2:52.

Pec. - FG Levario 21, 12:00.

Third Quarter

Pec. - Garcia 2 run (Levario kick), 7:02.

Pec. - Carrillo 5 run (Levario kick), 11:40.

                                         Pec                 Ker
First Downs                       10                     9
Rushes-Yds               49-223           23-148
Passing Yds                      61                   99
Passes                       9-12-0            7-22-4
Punts-Yds                   5-31.2                3-27
Fumbles-lost                    4-2                 3-2
Penalties-Yds                6-58               5-57


RUSHING - Pecos, Luna 17-76, Garcia 9-67, Carrillo 17-67, Terrazas 2-16, Juarez 1-(-1), Rodriguez 2-(-2), Levario 1-(-2). Kermit, Castillo, 10-108, Davila 3-22, Garcia 7-19, Mijango 1-1, Jones 2-(-2).

PASSING - Pecos, Garcia 8-11-0-57, Rodriguez 1-1-0-4. Kermit, Jones 7-21-4-99, Munoz 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING - Pecos, Edwards 3-30, Montoya 3-18, Juarez 1-5, Luna 1-4, Carrillo 1-4. Kermit, Munoz 4-75, Figueroa 1-13, Cervantes 1-9, Davila 1-2.

MISSED FIELD GOALS - Pecos, Levario 22 (low).

Bears rout Longhorns in season opener

Staff Writer

BALMORHEA, Sept. 5, 2000 -- Coach Ennis Erickson's young Balmorhea Bears displayed some  new looks Friday night as they easily put away the Buena Vista Longhorns  one play into the second half. 

Leading 42-0 Balmorhea's Isaiah Rodriguez took the second half opening kick and weaved his way through the Longhorn defense to the end zone. That gave the Bears a 48-0 lead and the game was called on the 45-point rule.

"I was pleased," Erickson said of his team's performance. "We tried a few new things. Some worked and some didn't. Overall our execution was pretty good."

Erickson said that this year's team is younger and smaller than last years.

The Bears have just three seniors on this team, Billy Lozano, Rudy Guebara, and Chris Barragan.

"We're a little smaller than last year, but we are just as quick," Erickson said.

Most promising about this group is their willingness to work together.

"Last year we had more of a group of individuals. This year's team looks more like a team," Erickson said.

Against the Longhorns, the Bears looked like a team.

After a couple of seesaw possessions by both teams the Bears finally broke loose with a 40-yard pass reception. Lozano then reeled off a nine-yard run to put the Bears in scoring position.

Facing first-and-goal at the 11-yard line Lozano recovered a loose ball on a busted play and pitched to Jerry Mendoza who darted into the end zone for the first points of the night.

A solid Bear defense that allowed only three Longhorn first downs gave the offense plenty of opportunities to find the end zone.

Balmorhea started their next drive from their own 15 after a good Longhorn punt. Three plays later the Bears were looking at a fourth and one situation when Isaiah Rodriguez took the pitch from Adriel Roman and took off down the right sideline and found the end zone 36 yards later.

After Lozano missed the extra points attempt on the first touchdown Erickson substituted sophomore Jourmain Matta who kicked the ball through the goal posts for the second points after attempt.

Matta went three for five on points after kicks on the night, a good improvement from Balmorhea's points after kick attempts last year.

Leading at the end of the first quarter 14-0, the Bears exploded in the second quarter for four touchdowns.

After another Longhorn punt Lozano took the pitch on first down, broke a tackle and scored from 54 yards out.

A couple of plays later the Bear linebacker Chris Barragan recovered a fumble and handed the ball back to the offense on the Longhorn 13 yard line.

On the second play from scrimmage Isaiah Rodriguez ran the ball in over left tackle. Matta tacked on the points after to run the score to 30-0.

Lozano scored again on the next Bear possession capping off a solid drive with a four-yard touchdown run.

A good Longhorn punt downed the ball on the Bear one-yard line near the end of the second period.

With first down and looking at 79 yards of real estate to cover for a touchdown the Bear offensive line opened a big hole in the Longhorn defense and Adriel Roman scampered through it, dodged a linebacker and raced into the end zone for the final score of the first half.

Isaiah Rodriguez iced the game when he ran the opening kickoff of the second half in for the final score.

The Bears will have a much tougher test this Friday, when they travel to Whitharral to take on the No. 2-ranked Panthers. Balmorhea beat Whitharral last season on a touchdown and two-point conversion with no time left in the season opener for both teams.

Pecos hosts VH, Dell city after Seminole losses

PECOS, Sept. 5, 2000 -- After doing so well in tight contests the first two weeks of  the 2000 volleyball season, those type of games went mostly against  the Pecos Eagles over the weekend at the Seminole Invitational.

The Eagles advanced to the championship bracket with a 3-3 mark in pool round play, losing their three games to San Angelo Lake View, Midland Lee and Pampa by a combined four points. Then on Saturday, the Eagles couldn't get game point from the Andrews Mustangs for the second time this season, falling in the fifth place semifinals, 15-5, 16-14 after a 15-8, 15-11 loss to Lubbock Coronado.

"Against Lubbock Coronado, we didn't do much. We couldn't get anything going," said Eagles coach Becky Granado. "Against Andrews in the first game we started out the same way, but in the second game we kind of picked it up a little, but we just made too many mental mistakes.

"We had some good rallies and got to some balls I didn't thought would drop, but we had Andrews down (14-13) and couldn't put it away," she said.

On Friday, Pecos split a pair of 15-14 matches with Lake View, while splitting with Pampa, 14-15, 15-6 and Lee, 15-4, 13-15. Coronado and Lake View both ended up losing in the semifinals in two games, to Midland High and Hereford, with the defending Class 4A champs ending up winning the tournament over the Bulldogs, by 15-7, 15-9 scores.

The losses dropped Pecos' season record to 13-4 going into today's match at home against Van Horn and Dell City. Granado said she hoped the team would play better at home today.

"We looked physically tired (at Seminole)," she said. "We'll see how we do today. I gave them the day off Monday to give them time to rest. Hopefully, we'll come out and play better today."

The match with Dell City is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start, and Granado said Dell City and Van Horn would play next before the two Eagle teams play at about 7:30 p.m.

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