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Monday, October 2, 2000

Eagles' struggles in Monahans continue

Staff Writer

MONAHANS, Sept. 30, 2000 -- Like the Bermuda Triangle or some great black hole in space, the  first quarter of games in Monahans continues to suck away all the  hopes of the Pecos Eagles.

For the seventh straight time over the past 15 years, the Eagles went into Monahans and found themselves down by at least two touchdowns in the opening quarter of play. Friday night, it was an 87-yard touchdown pass by the Loboes on their first play from scrimmage, and an improvised TD pass from quarterback Scott Moore to Chris Smith that left Pecos down 14-0 just 6 1/2 minutes into the game. But it would be an ill-fated reverse by Pecos and the aftermath that sealed the Eagles' fate just before halftime, as the Loboes scored a 34-8 victory.

"They outplayed us, and they outcoached us," said head coach Gary Grubbs after the loss. "We can't make those kind of mistakes and expect to win. We can't go out there and spot somebody 20 points like that. We have good kids, but that's a lot of work for anybody to do."

Being without cornerbacks Peter Juarez and Ricky Plummer (ineligible for the next three weeks) didn't help matters for Pecos going into the game, and Monahans came right out and capitalized, when Moore dropped back and threw a 20-yard pass to Ruben Silvas, who then outraced the Eagles' secondary down the right sideline the final 67 yards for the touchdown, 24 seconds into the game.

Moore would end up throwing for 144 yards in the first half on 6-for-10 passing, though Grubbs said the Eagles' secondary didn't shoulder all the blame for those numbers.

"That's a total team problem when somebody throws the ball, not just the secondary. The linebackers have responsibilities and the defensive line has responsibilities," he said.

Monahans' second touchdown came when Moore scrambled left on 1st-and-10 at the Pecos 24 and found Smith open 10 yards downfield, and he was then able to tightrope his way along the left sideline into the end zone. It capped an eight-play, 68-yard drive for Monahans, which then added a two-point conversion pass from Moore to Smith, after kicker Josh Box missed on his first extra-point try.

The Eagles then dodged a bullet after they failed to run fast enough after Box's short kickoff, allowing Jamar Gonzales to recover it at the Pecos 29. Smith gained 12 yards on a quick pitch, but the Eagles then held and Box missed on a 32-yard field goal attempt.

They weren't as lucky the next time, as Monahans used up over six minutes to drive 54 yards for their third touchdown and a 21-0 lead midway through the second period. A 4th-and-1 run by Smith near midfield as the first period ended kept the drive going, and Pecos' defensive line then let Moore escape an apparent sack and run for seven yards and a first down on a 3rd-and-5 play at the Eagles' 15. Pecos then missed a chance to recover a Smith fumble at the 1-yard-line, and he scored his second touchdown of the night one play later.

The Eagles still had a chance to get back into the game. After Daniel Terrazas returned Box's kickoff to near midfield, Tye Edwards stole an apparent interception by Noah Miles and turned it into a 14-yard reception and Pecos' first first down of the night.

Monahans was flagged on the next play for spearing Richard Rodriguez and three plays later the Eagles' quarterback followed Moore's lead, scrambling to his left from the 13-yard-line before finding Alex Garcia alone in the back of the end zone. Pecos then caught Monahans napping on the extra point try, with Rodriguez able run straight ahead with the snap and leap into the end zone, cutting the lead to 21-8.

That was with 5:20 left in the half, and after Pecos stopped Monahans on downs and forced a punt, Jason Carrillo ripped off a 15-yard gain on the Eagles' next play. Two plays and a Monahans penalty later, the Eagles faced a 3rd-and-3 from their own 39 when disaster struck, as Garcia and Omar Luna ran into each other on a reverse handoff, causing a fumble that was recovered by Smith at the Pecos 31 with 1:31 left in the half.

It took all but seven seconds to do it, but the Loboes got to the end zone before halftime, scoring on a quarterback sneak by Moore to give them back their three touchdown lead.

Neither quarterback would make it into the second half. Rodriguez took a shot on a five-yard run as time expired in the half, while Moore was run over playing free safety on a 31-yard run by Carrillo to open the second half. Garcia, who hadn't played quarterback since being injured three weeks earlier against Fort Stockton, came on and had a 12-yard gain and 7-yard deflected pass completion to Edwards on the series, but was stuffed at the line by Miles and Chris Vasquez on a 4th-and-1 at the Monahans 25, giving the ball back to the Loboes.

Miles took over from Moore at quarterback and fared better, leading Monahans to their final score of the night, a four-yard TD pass to Matthew Morgan with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third period. The Loboes stayed mostly on the ground during the drive, with Smith running for 48 of his 119 yards rushing in the 10-play, 75-yard series.

Overall, Pecos managed just 134 yards in total offense to 386 for Monahans, and ran only 34 offensive plays, to 61 for the Loboes, who improved to 2-2 on the season.

The Eagles fall to 2-3 and will get this Friday off, before trying to get things back together on Oct. 13 when they host Clint in their District 2-4A opener. The Lions fell to 1-3 on Friday with a 39-12 loss to El Paso High. In other 2-4A games, San Elizario edged El Paso Bowie, 30-26, El Paso Burges edged El Paso Mountain View, 16-13, El Paso Austin defeated Canutillo, 20-7, and Fabens wiped out Santa Teresa,, N.M., 68-0.

at Monahans

Pecos                                 0        8       0       0     — 8

Monahans                        14     14        6       0   — 34

First Quarter
Mon. - Silvas 87 pass from Moore (kick failed), 0:24.
Mon. - Smith 24 pass from Moore (Smith pass from  Moore), 6:34.

Second Quarter
Mon. - Smith 1 run (Box kick), 4:48.
Pec. - Garcia 13 pass from R. Rodriguez (R.  Rodriguez run), 6:40.
Mon. - Moore 1 run (Box kick), 11:53.

Third Quarter
Mon. - Morgan 4 pass from Miles (kick failed), 7:19.

                             Pec            Mon
First Downs                     10             18
Rushes-Yds                   29-99         47-224
Passing Yds                     35            162
Passes                       3-5-0         9-14-0
Punts-Yds                    4-33         3-28.3
Fumbles-lost                   3-2            1-0
Penalties-Yds            3-30           4-40     


RUSHING - Pecos, Carrillo 12-65, Luna 8-14, R. Rodriguez 2-0, Garcia 4-9, Terrazas 1-4, Levario 1-0, Torres 1-(-3). Monahans, Smith 16-119, Riley 10-61, Barnes 5-13, Moore 4-8, Jordan 1-6, Heald 1-5, Miles 1-5, Greenfield 7-4, Vasquez 1-2, Ramos 1-1.

PASSING - Pecos, R. Rodriguez 2-2-0-27, Garcia 1-2-0-8, Torres 0-1-0-0. Monahans, Moore 6-10-0-144, Miles 3-4-0-18.

RECEIVING - Pecos, Edwards 2-22, Garcia 1-13. Monahans, Silvas 3-96, Morgan 2-14, Smith 1-24, Melius 1-14, Riley 1-8, Greenfield 1-6.

MISSED FIELD GOALS - Monahans Box 32 (WL).

Win lifts Pecos  into tie for first

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 2, 2000 -- Pecos Eagles volleyball fans finally got a chance to see the  Eagles play a district match at home the way they usually play on the road, as  they made quick work of the El Paso Mountain View Lobos and earned  a tie for first in the District 2-4A standings.

The Eagles trailed only at the very outset of Saturday's match at the Pecos High School gym, as they handed the Lobos their first district loss, 15-2, 15-4. The late-afternoon game went about as fast as Pecos' victory the previous Saturday in Fabens did, and coach Becky Granado said the team started preparing for the game at about the same time they're usually starting out their weekend trips to the El Paso area.

"We've been up here since 10 o'clock this morning," she said. "We went to eat for a little while, then we came back and watched the games against Clint and Fabens. They haven't been home, and I think that kind of helped as far as staying focused."

The Eagles had fewer problems getting to balls and setting up shots that they have had in their recent home matches, while the Lobos, who came into the match off a three-game win over Clint on Tuesday, appeared tentative from the start, and saw their problems increase as the games went on.

A bad spike by the Eagles at the start gave Mountain View a 1-0 lead, but five straight unforced errors by the Lobos followed, and then a Kayln Lara ace serve and a block by Philly Fobbs on Martha Alvarez made it 7-1, Pecos. El Paso got it's other point off a spike over the back line by Fobbs, but after the Eagles regained serve she would score four more times off kills in the 7-0 run that closed out the match.

Pecos then quickly scored the first nine points of the second game, as Mountain View's defense fell apart. Becky Dominguez and Alexa Marquez had aces during the run, but the other seven points were all off unforced errors, before the Lobos finally settled down and got on the board.

Diana Gonzalez had a kill for Mountain View, but Fobbs would come back and score off her own spike, then bounced a shot off the head of Mountain View's Alvarez before blocking a tip attempt by Marlena Garcia.

"We worked on our defense and on passing free balls, so I feel like they were ready," said Granado. "They were very focused after they found out that Mountain View beat Clint. It gave us a chance to control our own destiny."

The win gives the Eagles a 3-1 record in district and a 21-7 overall mark going into a pair of trips to the El Paso area this week. Pecos goes to San Elizario on Tuesday and then opens the second half of their 2-4A schedule with a trip on Saturday to Clint.

Pecos also won Saturday's freshman match, 17-15, 15-8, while Mountain View took the junior varsity game, by 10-15, 15-12, 15-8 scores.

Bears end losing streak to Cowboys

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 2, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears improved their season record to 3-2 Friday  night with a 62-38 win over the Grandfalls Cowboys, the Bears' first win  over the Cowboys since 1995.

Grandfalls came into the game off a loss to Floyd, N.M., but still ranked No. 6 in last week's six-man football poll. They had also won their last two games over the Bears in Balmorhea, but lead by running back Billy Lozano, who had 121 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, the Bears posted three touchdowns in the first quarter and lead 20 to 6 before the whistle blew.

Grandfalls did not fold up their tents and go home though and posted two quick touchdowns in the second quarter to narrow Balmorhea's lead to 20 to 18 in what looked like a tide-turning round of scoring and solid defense.

That tide ebbed a few plays later as the Bear offense found its rhythm again and posted two more touchdowns to close the first half and put a damper on the Cowboy comeback.

At the half the Bears lead 34 to 18 and did not relinquish that lead for the rest of the night although Grandfalls came out gunning again in the third period and scored two more touchdowns to Balmorhea's one before the Bears turned up the heat one more time in the fourth quarter.

Leading 41 to 32 the Bears added their final three touchdowns in the last 10 minutes of play to put the game away, while a stingy Bear defense only allowed the Cowboys into the end zone once in the final period and that on the final play of the game. Lozano caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Ivan Rodriguez two minutes into the final period, and the Bears put the game away with two scored in the closing minutes, one-yard run by Urviano Baeza and a 28-yard run by Adriel Ramon. Grandfalls' James Stocks then scored the last of his three touchdowns on a 41-yard run, with 10 seconds left in the game.

Just by looking at the game stats the game looks a lot closer than the score indicates.

Grandfalls managed to pound out 345 yards on 38 carries against the Bear defense and picked up another 82 yards passing while Balmorhea managed 163 yards in the air and 258 on the ground.

In total yardage the Cowboys actually out gained the Bears by six yards but the Bear defense managed to cause four turnovers compared to one fumble and one interception for the Cowboys. Balmorhea also had one of their best passing efforts in a while, throwing for 163 yards on 7-for-13 passing.

Friday's game could be a preview of the first round of the six-man football playoffs, after Grandfalls and Buena Vista were moved out of District 8-A and into District 7-A this season Balmorhea is expected to battle with Sanderson and Dell City for the two District 8-A post-season berths, while Grandfalls is favored to win the District 7-A title over Sands, who beat the Bears in overtime back on Sept. 8.

Balmorhea will close out their regular season against Sanderson, which defeated Grady this past Friday night. Meanwhile, the Bears will take this week off before beginning district play at Dell City on Oct. 13. Balmorhea won a non-district game at home on Sept. 22 over Dell City, 46-6, and the Cougars were beaten again on Saturday by Panther Creek, 56-6, in a game played at Imperial.

Netters down Wildcats in 2-4A opener

PECOS, Oct. 2, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team again used the strength of their girls' team  in singles and doubles play to come away with a win Saturday over the  Fabens Wildcats, in the District 2-4A opener for both schools.

Pecos dominated the girls' side last year in winning a tiebreaker over Fabens for the Region I-4A playoff berth behind Clint. This time, they got a little more help from the boys' side, where the boys won five of nine matches to help the Eagles win by a 12-7 final score.

"We pretty much dominated on the girls side. On the boys side we had three split set matches we lost, so we may have to work on our boys' endurance," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas, who added the Eagles got two of their 12 wins by default. "Fabens was short on the boys' side, so they had to default two of their doubles matches."

Although they had enough boys to fill all six seeds in singles play, Fabens forfeited the No. 3 doubles match to Phillip Salcido and Michael Orona, while the Eagles' mixed doubles team of Whitney Lamb and Allen Almunia also won their match by default.

The boys' on-court wins came in doubles from Trent Graham and Jay Dannelley, 7-6, 6-3 over Adrian Zavala and Lee Mathewson, and Orlando Mendoza and Stephen Lamb, 6-4, 6-2 over Orlando Olmas and Ariel Medeles. In singles, Dannelley had Pecos' lone win, 6-4, 6-4 over Matthewson.

The girls won the top five seeds in singles play, as well as the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. Rebecca Wein and Brenda Fuentes won their singles matches over Daisy Gonzales and Ana Garcia after beating Gonzales and Monica Andrade in doubles play. Natalia Ornelas defeated Andrade in singles and teamed with Kristina Dominguez to down Garcia and Samirah Ihmud in doubles. Dominguez defeated Ihmud in her singles match, and Prescilla Levario picked up the other win for Pecos, defeating Dyanna Montoya.

With only four of their six district rivals fielding teams again this season, the Eagles have only two more district matches, both at home, against El Paso Mountain View and Clint the next two Saturdays. After that, they'll go to San Elizario for the District 2-4A tournament on Oct. 20-21.

Ornelas said Pecos' scheduled match this Tuesday at home against Monahans has been cancelled, so Saturday's match with Mountain View will be the Eagles' home opener for the 2000-2001 season.

Pecos (12) at Fabens (7)
Boys Singles

Trent Graham lost to Adrian Zavala, 6-1, 6-1; Jay  Dannelley defeated Lee Matthewson, 6-4, 6-3; Orlando Mendoza  lost to Steven Ornelas, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6; Stephen Lamb lost to  Rudy Trejo, 7-6, 1-6, 7-5; Phillip Salcido lost to Orlando  Olmas, 6-2, 6-0; Michael Orona lost to Ariel Medeles, 6-2, 4-6,  6-3.

Girls Singles
Rebecca Wein defeated Daisy  Gonzales, 2-6, 6-3; 6-3; Natalia Ornelas defeated Monica  Andrade, 6-0, 6-4; Brenda Fuentes defeated Ana Garcia, 3-6, 6-3;  6-2; Kristina Dominguez defeated Samirah Ihmud, 6-1,  6-4; Prescilla Levario defeated Dyanna Montoya, 6-3,  6-2; Elizabeth Carreon lost to Melissa Salcido, 6-3, 6-0.

Boys Doubles
Graham and Dannelley defeated  Zavala and Matthewson, 7-6, 6-3; Mendoza and Lamb  defeated Olmas and Medeles, 6-4, 6-2; Salcido and Orona won  by default.

Girls Doubles
Wein and Fuentes defeated  Gonzales and Andrade, 6-4, 7-5; Ornelas and Dominguez  defeated Ihmud and Garcia, 6-1, 6-2; Levario and Carreon lost  to Montoya and Salcido, 6-4, 6-2.

Mixed Doubles
Whitney Lamb and Allen Almunia  won by default.

Pecos splits with Montwood in opening meet

PECOS, Oct. 2, 2000 -- The 2000-2001 swimming season opened with a split on Saturday  for the Pecos Eagles in El Paso, as the boys came out on top while the  girls lost their dual meet against the Montwood Rams.

The Eagle boys scored a 104-68 win over Montwood in El Paso on Saturday, while the girls were beaten by the Rams, by a 99-71 margin.

"A lot of the freshmen had faster times than before, but that's just because of the sheer number of workouts they've had," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse. "The others had about what I expected for this meet."

Unlike last year, when the boys won every race in their first two dual meets, on the way to a fifth place finish at state in February, Montwood won four of the first races on Saturday, before Pecos finished things off by winning the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, with Tye Edwards and Jason Lopez taking the 100 yard backstroke and 100 breaststroke.

"Overall we did a good job. I think some people had their eyes opened as far as what they're going to have to do to get back where we were last year," Morse said.

Lopez had a 1:07.66 time in winning the breaststroke, while Edwards swam a 1:00.96 to win his race, after earlier winning the 100-yard freestyle with a 53.34 time. The Eagles' other first place finisher was Cortney Freeman, who won the 50 free in 24.84, and Pecos also took the 200 medley relay, with a 1:51.24 time. The 200 freestyle relay team swam a 1:40.99 and the 400 freestyle team had a 3:40.87 time.

Lopez also placed second in the 100 yard butterfly, while among the other swimmers for the boys, Grant Holland was second in the 200 medley and fourth in the 100 butterfly; Randall Reynolds was second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 free; Patrick McChesney was second in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free; Daniel Quintana was third in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free; Will Oglesby was third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 50 free; Trey Edwards was third in the 500 free; Gary Garcia was third in the 100 yard backstroke and fifth in the 200 medley; K.W. Winkles was third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 medley; John Parent was fourth in the 100 freestyle and fifth in the 100 backstroke; Clayton Cox was sixth in the 50 free and Adrian Puertas was sixth in the 100 breastroke.

Depth again was a problem for Pecos on the girls' side, Morse said, though both the Eagles and Rams were able to field two relay teams in each of the three races.

"I would have liked to have seen the girls pull it out, but they had a couple more swimmers and a little more depth than we had," she said. "Our girls are again a very young team and we have a long way to go to improve, but I feel that by the end of the year, the girls will be where we want them to be."

Like the boys, the latter half of Saturday meet was also better for the Eagle girls. As they picked up their only three first place finishes on the day in the final three individual events. Jo Ann Wein won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:22.74 and took the 100-yard backstroke in 1:14.25, while Rachelle Eisenberg won the 100 breaststroke with a 1:21.06 time.

The Eagles' three relay teams all placed second to Montwood's squads, while Sarah Flores earned a pair of second place finishes in the 200 medley and the 100 butterfly. Earning thirds on the day were Eisenberg in the 50 freestyle, Lauren Wein in the 200 free and 100 backstroke, Kelsey Holt in the 100 free, Jennifer Minjarez in the 500 free and Rebecca Reynolds in the 100 breaststroke.

Minjarez was fourth and Holt placed fifth in the 200 free, Reynolds was fifth in the 100 free; Misty Cason was fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 backstroke Betsy Lujan was fifth in the 200 medley, Ashley Carrasco was fifth in the 100 fly and sixth in the 200 medley, and Chyloe Martin was sixth in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke.

Morse said she would change her lineup a little for this Thursday, when the Eagles host Odessa Permian in the first of three home swim meets this season. They'll swim against the Panthers starting about 7 p.m., after diving competition is held at 6 p.m.

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