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Thursday, October 12, 2000

Bears seek second win over Cougars

PECOS, Oct. 12, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears come off a bye week and come into their District 8-A opener Friday night at Dell City on a roll, after a pair of home field victories. But the Bears’ recent success could be quickly turned around if the Cougars can beat the Bears at home for the second time in as many years.

Early losses in district have plagued Balmorhea in each of the past three seasons. They came back two years ago to make the playoffs and advance to the state semifinals, but last season it was a 42-18 loss at Dell City that all but ended the Bears’ post-season hopes.

This year should be better, since the Bears and Cougars have already faced each other twice, once in an August scrimmage at Dell City and the second time just three weeks ago, in a non-district game at Balmorhea. The Bears ended up winning by a 46-6 score to snap a two-game losing streak, but the results were closer than the final score indicated.

Neither team had scored for the first 17½ minutes of the game when the Bears closed out the first half with three touchdowns. Two came after Dell City turnovers on runs by Jesus Flores and Kevin Baeza, while Flores also had the Bears’ first score.

Dell City threatened earlier in the game, but were stopped by an Arturo Rodriguez interception in the end zone. Balmorhea added three more touchdowns in the third period to break the game open.

Balmorhea gained over 250 of their 359 yards on the night on the ground against the Cougars, which was a reversal of last year’s lone meeting between the two teams.

That night, Dell City ran for over 300 yards and jumped out to a 22-0 lead, on the way to a 42-18 victory. Billy Lozano had a touchdown pass in the first half to get the Bears on the scoreboard, but Balmorhea wouldn’t get their final points until the closing minutes of the game.

After their win over Dell City, Balmorhea came back the following week and ended a four-year losing streak to Grandfalls, beating the Cowboys by a 62-38 final score. Lozano ran for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory, as the Bears broke open a 41-32 game with three fourth quarter touchdowns.

Dell City, meanwhile, has also lost to Panther Creek this season, but come into the game off a 44-6 win over El Paso Immanuel Baptist that gave Dell City the same 3-2 season record as Balmorhea. The Cougars are expected to be the Bears’ main competition for the playoffs, along with the Sanderson Eagles, who are idle this week, but are ranked No. 8 in the latest state six-man football poll. Balmorhea hosts Sanderson to close out regular season play on Nov. 10.

Junior highs play Panthers, JV faces Cranes

PECOS, Oct. 12, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles’ sub-varsity football teams will be in limited action today, but less limited than it figured to be at the start of the week.

Pecos’ junior high ‘B’ teams will be taking on Fort Stockton, the seventh graders for the second time this season and the eighth graders for the third time, and the second time in as many weeks. The games will start at 4 and 5:30 p.m. at the Crockett Middle School Field.

Meanwhile, Pecos’ freshmen game against Fort Stockton has been cancelled due to a lack of players, but the junior varsity instead will fill in their scheduled bye today with a 7 p.m. game at home against the Crane Golden Cranes, varsity head coach Gary Grubbs said.

The seventh graders lost their first meeting against Fort Stockton this season back on Sept. 7, and will try to do the same thing the `A’ team did last week, avenging their season opening loss to Fort Stockton with a win at home over the Panthers. The eighth grade `B’ team got their second win in as many tries last week over Fort Stockton, 12-0, though the `A’ team lost to Fort Stockton for the second straight time.

The JV will be trying to snap a four-game losing streak, after falling at Fort Stockton a week ago, 13-6. Players from both the freshman and JV teams played that night, and will do so again this evening against the Cranes.

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