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for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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