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Monday, September 25, 2000 

Eagles' offense revives in  win over Presidio 

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 23, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles got their offense back on track on the  first series of the night against the Presidio Blue Devils, and  while they're still not running on all cylinders, they had more than  enough the rest of the way to score a 37-8 win over Presidio on Friday at  Eagle Stadium. 

After being blanked at home the previous week by Alpine, the Eagles came out and went on a 15-play, 64-yard drive covering nearly seven minutes to open up the game. Daniel Terrazas capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, while fullback Matthew Levario picked up 34 of his 40 yards on the night in the drive, most of them off quick hitters up the middle.

Levario was starting in place of Jason Carrillo, who would come on in the second period and have a couple of big runs of his own, including a 23-yarder for a touchdown on the way to a 104-yard rushing night, the first 100-yard effort of the season by an Eagles' back.

Aside from the trap plays, the Eagles continued to have their best success running to the left behind linemen Joel Matta and Tony Trujillo, which is where Terrazas went on his opening score and where Omar Luna went to finish things off, with a 13-yard TD run with 3.5 seconds to play.

"We don't just run that way on purpose, but that's the better side of our offensive line," said coach Gary Grubbs, who was without three linemen on Friday, in Chris Deishler, Sebero Jaquez and Micah Huffman. "We're playing a lot of kids on the right side because we've had injuries, and we're trying to spell Trent Riley. A lot of kids had a chance to play and on those traps the right side had a lot to do with that."

Pecos' other offensive touchdown was a 10-yard pass early in the final period from Richard Rodriguez to Jason Gonzales, while Rodriguez got his own touchdown in the first period, picking off a Ricky Carrasco pass and dashing 16-yards down the right sideline three plays after Terrazas' touchdown.

"The defense was solid tonight. I thought the kids did a good job," said Grubbs. Pecos held Presidio to 29 yards total offense in the first half, though the Blue Devils did miss some chances to move the ball on short passes, as Carrasco threw low a couple of times to open receivers and had three passes dropped as part of a 9-for-26 night through the air.

"We knew they liked to throw the lob a lot so we played off them, and got a pick (Rodriguez' second interception, in the second quarter) when they tried for a touchdown," Grubbs said. Presidio finally did get a receiver behind the Eagles defense in the closing minutes of the game, as a scrambling Carrasco hit Oscar Covos for a 38-yard touchdown to spoil Pecos' chances at a shutout.

"We blew some coverages. We had some kids who didn't get the right drops, but we also had a lot of subs in there at the end of the game," Grubbs said.

Offensively, the Eagles picked up 350 yards on the night, 199 of that in the first half, though the turnover problems from the past two week's 26-20 and 6-0 overtime losses to Fort Stockton and Alpine remained. Pecos had five fumbles on the night, losing four, with the last, a Terrazas fumble returned 30-yards by David Neri, setting up the Blue Devils' only score of the night.

"We've got to cut down on turnovers. When we get into district, we've got to turn that stuff into points," said Grubbs, who saw his team turn the ball over inside the opposing team's 20 yard line for the third time in the past two games.

Aside from his 34 yards rushing on the opening series of the night, Levario also had a good night kicking the ball, going 4-for-5 on extra points and booting a 35-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, following a strange play in which lineman Gilbert Rodriguez caught a Richard Rodriguez pass for an 8-yard loss.

Although it was a completed pass, the officials stopped the clock with 1.8 seconds left, then had the time moved back to four seconds and did not wind the clock, giving Levario the chance to boot his second field goal of the year.

"I don't remember what the official said, but he said it was the correct call,' said Grubbs. The field goal was set up by a 38-yard pass from Rodriguez to Peter Juarez, one of seven different Eagles to catch a pass in Friday's game.

The win lifted the Eagles back to the .500 mark, at 2-2 on the season, while Presidio lost their first game in three tries, after going winless during the 1999 season. Pecos will now go to Monahans for their final pre-district game next Friday against the Loboes, who were idle this week. It will be the first regular season meeting between the longtime rivals since 1997, with Monahans coming in looking to even its record at 2-2, after a win over Seminole and losses to Snyder and Greenwood.

"We've still got a long ways to go. We've got a big rivalry against Monahans, and we're going to have to improve when we play them next week," Grubbs said.

Two of Pecos' four other District 2-4A rivals also won their games on Friday in big fashion. San Elizario rolled over Deming, N.M. by a 49-6 final score, while El Paso Mountain View routed Santa Teresa, N.M., 56-6. Clint and Fabens lost, but played close games against El Paso Cathedral and El Paso Parkland, both of whom already owned two wins over District 2-4A schools. Cathedral edged the Lions, 30-27, while the Wildcats were beaten by Parkland, 24-19.

at Pecos
Pecos                        14   10    0   13    - 37
Presidio                       0       0    0     8     - 6

           First Quarter
Pec. - Terrazas 5 run (Levario kick), 6:51.
Pec. - R. Rodriguez 16 interception return (Levario  kick), 8:28.

       Second Quarter
Pec. - Carrillo 23 run (Levario kick), 9:30.
Pec. - FG Levario 35, 12:00.

       Fourth Quarter
Pec. - J. Gonzales 10 pass from R. Rodriguez  (Levario kick), 2:29.
Pre. - Covos 38 pass from Carrasco (Garza pass  from Carrasco), 9:50.
Pec. - Luna 13 run (kick failed), 11:57.

                                         Pre             Pec
First Downs                            6               19
Rushes-Yds                    22-54         54-266
Passing Yds                        90                78
Passes                          9-26-2         8-17-0
Punts-Yds                      6-23.7         2-17.5
Fumbles-lost                 3-2     5-4
Penalties-Yds             4-35             3-25     


RUSHING- Presidio, Carrasco 6-42, Hernandez  8-16, V. Medrano 3-5, Covos 1-2, Neri 4-(-13. Pecos,  Carrillo 15-104, Luna 11-47, Terrazas 11-40, Levario  7-40, Rodriguez 7-29, Sparkman 1-5, Torres 2-1. 
PASSING - Presidio, Carrasco 9-26-2-90.  Pecos, Rodriguez 8-16-0-84, Torres 0-1-0-0. 
RECEIVING - Presidio, Neri 3-14, Garza 2-17,  M. Medrano 2-16, Covos 1-38, V. Medrano 1-4,  Hernandez 1-1. Pecos, Juarez 2-44, Edwards 1-20, J. Gonzales  1-10, Luna 1-9, Plummer 1-9, Montoya 1-5, Navarrette  1-5, G. Rodriguez 1-(-8). 

Bears use turnovers to beat Cougars

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 25, 2000 -- With about 2:30 left to play in the first half the Balmorhea Bears  were tied at zero with the visiting Dell City Cougars. When the whistle blew  to sound the end of the half the Bears were up 20-0 and never looked back.

When the game was over the final score was 46-6 and the Bears' record improved to 2-2 on the season.

For two quarters, however, the Cougars gave the Bears a run for the money in a game that saw nine turnovers. But Balmorhea's defense came out strong and shut Dell City's offense down for four quarters.

The Cougars took the opening kickoff, lost yards on the first three plays of the game, and were forced to punt.

Billy Lozano had a good return and brought the ball back to the Cougar 36 but the Bears were called for an illegal block downfield and that seemed to set the tone for the first half.

The Bears then fumbled on their first offensive play from scrimmage, but held the Cougars again and took the ball back on downs.

Although the Bears had trouble finding the end zone for a while, the offense did manage to move the ball against the Cougar defense. At the end of the night the Bears had racked up 359 yards of total offense, with 258 yards of that on the ground.

Balmorhea's Arturo Rodriguez killed a second quarter Cougar threat when he intercepted a pass in the end zone. The interception was ruled a touchback and the Bears took over on their own 20.

That seemed to be the spark they needed although three plays later when the Bears faced 4th-and-6 from their own 29, Rodriguez had to come through a second time, hauling in a pass rambling to the Cougar 35 for first down yardage.

Kevin Baeza then took what looked like a busted play and turned it into big yardage when he ran around the right end, picked up two good down field blocks and wound up 4 yards short of the end zone. From there, Billy Lozano got the call on first and goal and bulled his way down to the one, and then Jesus Flores took another inside handoff into the end zone for the games first touchdown.

The points after kick failed and the score remained 6-0, but on the ensuing kickoff Dell City fumbled, with Arturo Rodriguez recovering the ball on the Cougar 27.

On second down Baeza broke a tackle and ran 14 yards into the end zone. The points after attempt failed again and the Bears were 12-0 with 1:11 left in the half.

A kickoff and two snaps later the Cougar quarterback mishandled the snap and Balmorhea lineman Logan Humphries fell on the ball on the Cougar 17 with 30 seconds left.

Jesus Flores got the cal on second down somersaulted into the end zone from the four-yard line. This time the points after kick was good and after a two-and-a-half minute flurry of scoring were up 20-0.

The Bears added another three touchdowns in the opening eight minutes of the third quarter before Coach Ennis Erickson let off on the throttle and got his second string some game time.

The loss was the first of the season for Dell City after two opening wins, but the Cougars will get another shot at the Bears at home on Oct. 13, in the District 8-A six man opener for Balmorhea.

Before then, the Bears will host former district rival Grandfalls this Friday at 7:30 p.m., in what could be a preview of the first round of the six-man football playoffs. Grandfalls lost their first game of the season on Friday, 44-42 to Floyd, N.M. on the game's final play.

Eagles zoom past Wildcats

PECOS, Sept. 25, 2000 -- A little adversity appeared to work wonders for the Pecos  Eagles volleyball team Saturday afternoon in Fabens.

Coming off a district-opening home loss to Clint and with one of their starters out and another hampered by injury, the Eagles went into Fabens and played their best game in three weeks, blowing out the Wildcats by a 15-4, 15-5 final score.

"It was nice to just go in there and take care of business and get out," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, who was without senior hitter Ashley Salcido due to a back injury, while setter Dee Dee Molinar was bothered by an elbow she injured in practice on Friday.

"Dee Dee played the first game, but after that she said she was hurting. I sat her out, and we only had four rotations in the second game, so she never had to set," Granado said. Jessica Rodriguez did most of that on Saturday, and had 12 assists, while Philly Fobbs had 11 kills.

"They (Fabens) really don't have any height. Philly was pounding the ball on them and they were just running from the net," Granado said. "I just hope she continues like that, because she was all our offense."

Granado said the back line did a good job handling Fabens' hits and serves to set up the offense on Saturday. The Wildcats led only twice, at 1-0 in the first game and 4-2 in the second. The Eagles would go up by a 12-2 score in the opening, and ran off eight straight points in Game 2 to wipe out the Wildcats' brief lead.

"I was proud of the way they adjusted to the 5-1 (offense) with Jessica when Dee Dee couldn't come back in." Granado said. "It seemed like they were more relaxed. They played with emotion and got excited."

The win lifted Pecos to 19-7 on the season, while Fabens fell to 4-10, with both teams moving to 1-1 in district play. The Eagles remain a game behind Clint and El Paso Mountain View, after they downed Canutillo and San Elizario in their matches on Saturday.

The Eagles will be at home for both their games this week, hosting Canutillo at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and then facing Mountain View on Saturday afternoon.

Bears drop home match to Mustangs

PECOS, Sept. 25, 2000 -- Too many events, too few girls may have been the problem for  the Balmorhea Bears volleyball team on Saturday, as they dropped a  three-game decision at home to the Marathon Mustangs.

The Bears beat the Mustangs in the first game, 15-10, but then fell to Marathon in the final two games by 16-14 and 15-3 scores, after having a shot at match point twice in Game 2.

"The main problem we had last week was homecoming. All 10 on the team were involved in something," said Bears' coach Gary Gallego. "I could tell halfway through the week they were more involved in homecoming than volleyball."

"I'll take responsibility for the loss. I gave them two days off for homecoming and it showed up in the way we played. We only had a 52 percent service percentage," he said.

Still, the Bears did win the opening game, and jumped out to an 8-0 lead in Game 2 before things began to fall apart.

"We had match point at 14-13 after Celina (Rodriguez) scored five straight service points, with two aces. But then she served one into the net and after we got the ball back another of my girls served it into the net," Gallego said. "Then Marathon put in this girl, Jennie Gonzales. It was the only time she came in in the entire match, but she had three service aces and they won."

"In the third game we were emotionally drained," he added. "We had a busy week with homecoming, and with the post game dance some of them stayed up late."

Rodriguez had 10 kills for the Bears, but the next best after that  was three by Delilah Nunez, who had been elected homecoming queen the night before. Terri Hernandez led the Bears with seven assists,  while Julia Garlick had 14 digs for Balmorhea.

"The effort was there, although we didn't win, and we'll be ready for district," said Gallego.

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