Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, September 29, 2000
Pecos hosts Mountain View,seeks tie for first
PECOS, Sept. 30, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles get a rare Saturday home match
this weekend, and get a chance to get back into a tie for first place in
the District 2-4A standings, when they host the El Paso Mountain View Lobos
in freshmen, junior varsity and varsity matches.
Play will start with the ninth graders at 2 p.m., and the JV and
varsity contests beginning at about 3:30 and 5 p.m. in the new PHS gym.
For the first two seasons of district play, the Eagles have played all but
two of their Saturday matches in the El Paso area, and have only lost once,
last season at Clint. In contrast, the Eagles have lost three times at home
during that same span, including their district opener 10 days ago against the Lions.
"Maybe I should load them on a bus and drive them around a while
before we play on Saturday," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, whose team
bounced back from their loss to Clint with a strong effort last Saturday at Fabens,
then were a little less sharp at home on Tuesday, but still posted a 15-8, 15-8
win over Canutillo.
One of the road games the Eagles didn't play on Saturday was last
year against Mountain View. The referees didn't show up that day, and Pecos
had to make the 180-mile trip back to El Paso at the end of the season to face
the Lobos, who were battling San Elizario for the final District 2-4A playoff berth.
This year, the Lobos can take a big step towards winning the 2-4A
title with a victory in Pecos on Saturday. After a three-win season in 1998,
Mountain View lost a playoff for third last year, and so far in 2000 are 3-0 in
district, having knocked off Clint in three games on Tuesday, 15-9, 12-15, 15-5.
Junior Diana Gonzales is the Lobos' leading hitter and was a first-team
all-district pick last season, while setter Diana Cineseros also earned
all-district honors as a sophomore. Both have been on the varsity since Mountain
View's 3-21 season in 1998, and the Lobos have two other regulars back from
last year in Laura Torres and Marlee Garcia.
The Eagles may be without hitter Ashley Salcido for the third
straight game due to back problems, though Granado said Pecos was able to
get through the first six-weeks grading period unharmed.
Swimmers open season at EP Montwood
PECOS, Sept. 30, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' swimming team opens its 2000-2001
season by taking a trip out to El Paso on Saturday for a dual meet against
the Montwood Rams, the first of three dual meets to kick off the new season.
The trip to El Paso is one of two on Pecos' schedule this year,
one less than the Eagles faced having to make when they were
realigned into District 1-4A with El Paso High, El Paso Burges, Bowie,
Ysleta, Parkland, Riverside and new Class 4A school El Paso Chapin.
Pecos, the only District 2-4A school with a swim team, appealed that move
and were allowed to stay in District 3-4A with Monahans, Fort
Stockton, Andrews, Big Spring, Seminole and Abilene Wylie.
The Eagles come into the season as the defending District 3-4A
and Region I-4A champs on the boys' side, and finished fifth last
February in the first-ever Class 4A Swimming and Diving Championships
in Austin. Pecos' girls were second both at district and regional
to Monahans last season.
Montwood placed third in District 2-5A last season, and like the
Eagles fared better in the boys' division at district and regionals. Coach
Terri Morse said she would have about 80 percent of her team available
"They're not doing diving, so I'm not taking the ones who
only dive." she said. "Eventually, I'll have about 37 on the team, but
I have a few right now who are in other sports."
After Saturday, the Eagles will have their home opener
next Thursday against Odessa Permian, then host Fort Stockton in a
dual meet two weeks later. This year's Pecos Invitational is scheduled
for Nov. 10-11, and the District 3-4A meet will be on Jan. 26-27 at
JV suffers strange loss to Loboes
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Sept. 30, 2000 -- Things got a little chippy and/or a little strange
at Eagle Stadium and Crockett Middle School Thursday, as Pecos' eighth
grade and junior varsity teams dropped games to the Monahans Loboes.
Over in Monahans, things were just rough, period, for
Pecos' freshman football team, while Crockett's seventh graders
fared much better, splitting a pair of low-scoring games against the
Loboes' junior high squad.
The JV ended up having two of their linemen ejected on what was
a game-tying interception for Pecos, and Monahans then ran up
the middle for a 43-yard touchdown following a turnover in their
26-20 victory. Over at Crockett, the Eagles and Loboes had words at the
finish of the `A' game, won by Monahans 26-12, after they took Thursday's
`B' game, 24-12.
Up in Monahans, the Loboes beat Pecos' freshmen, 51-13, while
the seventh grade `A' team blanked Monahans, 6-0, and the `B'
team dropped a 14-6 decision.
None of the Pecos coaches could figure out what happened on
Erza Varela's 32-yard interception return for a touchdown. Peter
Juarez passed to John Saenz for the tying two point conversion, but by
then linemen Hugo Rodriguez and Tomas Valles had been tossed from
the game, over the strong protests of the Pecos coaches who said
neither player did anything wrong.
The ejections were part of a strange night as far as the
scoring went. Juarez and Ricky Plummer hooked up on a 29-yard TD pass
in the second period, but then Monahans scored two times in
the final five seconds of the half, both on passes over the middle to the
tight end. The first came on a 11-yard fourth down play and the second
off a 32 yard pass as time expired, after the Loboes recovered an onside kick.
The Loboes tacked on another TD after an interception early in
the third period, before the Eagles tied the game on the recovery of
a blocked punt in the end zone by Robert Natividad and
Varela's interception return.
Monahans led all the way in the eighth grade games. Pecos' `A'
team scores came on a 10-yard Jacob Marquez run and a TD run by
Robbie Saldana, while the `B' team got both their touchdowns on runs by
Rashad Terry, the last covering 94 yards in the closing minute of play.
The freshmen fell behind Monahans 36-0 at the half
before each team scored two touchdowns in the final two periods. Oscar
Parada ran in a touchdown and Joe Marruffo caught a TD pass for the
"We came alive in the second half, but we were just too slow
starting," said coach Steve Cross, who added that due to grades, the freshmen
and junior varsity teams would probably be combined for the next three weeks.
The seventh graders got the only score in the `A' game on a
10-yard TD pass from Joshua Anchondo to Isaac Gutierrez, while Javier
Mendoza threw four yards to Genaro Reyna for the `B' team's touchdown.
"They got up on us early. They scored in the first three minutes
of the game," coach Robbie Ortega said of the `B' team's loss. In the `A'
game, "We played real well, except that penalties and dropped passes
killed our drives. The defense played real well, and kept Monahans at
bay. They didn't move the ball on us."
Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eagles' varsity goes to Monahans to take
on the Loboes. Monahans is 1-2 on the season and had last week off, after
a 42-7 loss at Midland Greenwood on Sept. 15. Pecos is 2-2 following
their 37-8 win last Friday over Presidio, and tonight's game marks the
halfway point of the season for the Eagles. They'll take next week off,
then resume play with their homecoming and District 2-4A opener on Oct.
13 against the Clint Lions.
This is also the first week of the season that all six District 2-4A
teams are in action. Clint goes to El Paso High, while Canutillo hosts El
Paso Austin, Fabens plays at Santa Teresa, N.M., El Paso Mountain View
goes to El Paso Burges and San Elizario is at El Paso Bowie.
Clint (1-2) at El Paso High (2-1): The Lions run a
little more this season than they have in the past, but they still
try to outscore you to win games. Last Friday, they almost
did that to Cathedral, cutting the lead to 28-27 before a
blocked extra point was returned for the game's final two points
in a 30-27 victory. Jesus Grijalva has become the Lions'
main rushing threat, running for 259 yards in two-plus games.
El Paso High may be the surprise of District 1-4A
this season. They routed Canutillo in their opener and last
week defeated El Paso Austin by a 31-14 final score. The
Tigers ran for 317 yards last week, with Christian Valenzuela
and Manny Pacillas both gaining about 100 yards on the night.
El Paso Austin (1-2) at Canutillo (1-2):
The Golden Eagles took last week off after a 28-17 loss to El Paso
Burges, which intercepted a Julian Lopez pass on the final play
of the game and returned it for their last touchdown.
Before then, Lopez had thrown for 166 yards and two
touchdowns, but Canutillo was held to just 47 yards rushing by
Austin upset El Paso Ysleta two weeks ago, 21-7, as
Irving Campbell ran for 230 yards. Last week, Campbell
got himself run off the field in the first quarter
for unsportsmanlike conduct in their loss to El Paso High.
Fabens (2-2) at Santa Teresa (0-3): Will Vicente
Macias go into district play in two weeks with over 1,000
yards rushing for the season? That's about the only big
question surrounding tonight's game. Santa Teresa has
played three 2-4A teams _ Canutillo, San Elizario and
Mountain View _ and has been outscored 115-6, with just over
half that total coming a week ago in their 56-6 loss to the
Lobos. Macias has run for 693 yards in four games this year.
Macias ran for 244 yards against District 2-4A favorite
El Paso Parkland last week, and overall Fabens gained
375 yards on the ground against the Matadors. But just
like last season, the Wildcats couldn't finish off their
drives and were beaten by a 24-19 score. The Wildcats
allowed just over 330 total yards to the unbeaten Mats, who
had put up 35 points on Mountain View and San Elizario
earlier this season.
El Paso Mountain View (1-2) at El Paso Burges
(1-2): Outside of their win over Canutillo, the Mustangs
have gotten hammered by Class 5A schools El Paso
Hanks (42-14) and El Paso Montwood (35-3) in their other
two games. Burges scored first last week on a 42-yard
Danny Pacheco field goal, but were outgained on the night
by Montwood, 402 yards to 138. Against Canutillo, quarterback Willie Mata ran for one touchdown and
threw for two others.
Mountain View bounced back with last week's rout
of Santa Teresa after opening losses to El Paso
Cathedral and Parkland. Jose Garcia ran for 113 yards last
week, while Arturo Muniz has throw for 521 yards in three games.
San Elizario (2-1) at El Paso Bowie (2-1):
Two years ago, the Eagles showed things were changing with a
win at Bowie, their first-ever victory over a Class 4A
opponent. Last year, San Elizario won the District 2-4A title
and after an opening loss to Parkland, has routed Santa
Teresa and Deming, N.M., in their last two games by a
combined 87-6 score. Frankie Tapia ran for 140 yards in last
week's rout of Deming, a game that turned around when
the Wildcats fumbled away the ball on the San Elizario
6-yard-line in the second period, down 14-6.
Bowie has struggled through two rough years, but put
up 49 points on Clint two weeks ago and last Friday
beat rival El Paso Jefferson, 31-14. Ricky Tuda has run
for 403 yards in the past two games, and the Bears held
the Silver Foxes too just 100 yards in total offense a
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