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Monday, October 2, 2000
Eagles' struggles in Monahans continue
By JON FULBRIGHT
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.
Pecos 0 8 0 0 — 8
Monahans 14 14 6 0 — 34
Mon. - Silvas 87 pass from Moore (kick failed), 0:24.
Mon. - Smith 24 pass from Moore (Smith pass from Moore), 6:34.
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.
Mon. - Morgan 4 pass from Miles (kick failed), 7:19.
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
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
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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
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
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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,
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.
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
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.
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
"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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