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Monday, October 16, 2000

Eagles roll over Lions, 46-7

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PECOS, Oct. 14, 2000 -- A balanced attack is nice to have, but if you can just run over your opponent, why bother passing?
That's pretty much what the Pecos Eagles did Friday night to the Clint Lions -- run, run and run some more, as they racked up 491 yards on the ground on the way to a 46-7 homecoming victory over the Lions, in the District 2-4A opener for both teams.
Daniel Terrazas became the first Pecos running back in five years to go over the 200 yard mark in a single game, rushing for 272 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while Omar Luna also went over the 100 yard mark, gaining 119 and scoring a pair of touchdowns on only 10 carries.
"As we game-planned for them, we saw some things we thought we could take advantage of," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs, as the Eagles were able to run pitches and sweeps against a tight Clint defense effectively for almost the entire night.
The running game was strong enough to allow Pecos to throw the ball only three times all night. Alex Garcia completed two of those passes, for 50 yards, with his lone miss an intentional spike into the ground to stop the clock near the end of the first half.
He completed a 17-yard pass to Richard Rodriguez on the next play, but it was his first completion that provided the biggest down note on the night for the Eagles. Garcia hit Jason Carrillo with a slot pass near midfield, and the sophomore cut back past a Lions defender at the 30 and appeared headed for a touchdown when he grabbed his left hip and collapsed at the 20 yard line.
Trainer Joel Birch initial diagnosis was a hip flexor injury, which will keep Carrillo out indefinitely. Grubbs said X-rays on Carrillo was scheduled for today.
Carrillo came into the game as the Eagles' leading rusher, but had been nursing hip and knee injuries for the past four weeks. Omar Luna scored on a 20-yard run on the next play, and Pecos already had scored their first TD of the night a few minutes earlier, on a 53-yard run by Terrazas, who is normally a back-up runner on offense.
"Daniel was going to carry the ball a lot anyway," even before Carrillo's injury, Grubbs said. "We had problems getting Daniel the ball in the past because he had problems cramping up while playing offense and defense. But he's doing a better job with his conditioning this year."
Terrazas' first score came on a straight dive up the middle, while in the second quarter, it was a pitch he was just able to grab from Garcia that got him around the right end for a 77-yard TD run, giving the Eagles at that time a 19-0 lead.
Pecos did show a few lingering problems from their Sept. 29 loss at Monahans in the early going on Friday. Garcia fumbled on consecutive plays on the Eagles' first series, with Clint's Johnny Settle recovering the second one at the Pecos 38, and the Eagles also muffed two more punts Friday, with Ray Martinez recovering the first muff near midfield late in the first period. But unlike their loss to the Loboes, the Eagles' defense was able to shut down the Lions after both turnovers, and kept Clint's passing game in check most of the night.
"We gave up 133 yards passing, but he (Clint quarterback Tony Alvarado) was only 8-for-24 passing, and we did a good job tackling after they caught the ball," Grubbs said. Alvarado hit just two of his first nine passes, and the Eagles kept state-leading receiver Domingo Lozano under control for most of the night.
Grubbs blamed the strong crosswinds for the Eagles' problems handling punts, and in the second half Pecos elected to go without a return man on any of kicker Julio Munoz' efforts. "Because of the way the wind was blowing we didn't think he could net more than 20-25 yards on a punt, and we decided not to put the kids in a situation where they might drop a punt," he said.
Both punt muffs came on plays where the Eagles were also hit for 15-yard roughing the kicker penalties. The second, when Luna came up the middle and hammered Munoz, set up the Lions' only score of the night, a three-yard run by Manny Estrada with 38.5 seconds left in the half.
"We thought that we could block it because they only had their punter 10 yards back. We thought we could put pressure up the middle and Omar almost got it," Grubbs said. A 28-yard sideline pass from Alvarado to Bobby Morales and an offsides penalty against the Eagles helped set up Estrada's score.
Munoz would botch a punt snap in the third period, setting up Pecos at the Clint 13-yard-line for their fifth touchdown of the night, a two-yard Matthew Levario run. Before then, Terrazas had gone over the 200 yard mark with a series of runs on Pecos' first possession of the second half, and capped it off with a one-yard TD run to give the Eagles a 25-7 lead.
Luna went over 100 yards late in the third period, taking a pitch around the left side for a 60-yard TD run, and Terrazas was one block away from reaching the 350-yard mark in the fourth quarter, as he was caught by Clint's Martinez just in time to prevent a 95-yard TD run midway through the final period. The Eagles ended up taking the ball in anyway, as Rodriguez took over at quarterback from Garcia and scored on a 33-yard keeper to cap a 14-play drive with 2:59 to play.
The 541 yards in total offense is the first time Pecos has gone over the 500 yard mark in a game in over 20 years, while for Clint, it came a week after they allowed El Paso Burges 474 yards in losing by the exact same 46-7 score. And just to show how much things can change from one week to the next, Burges was held to 91 yards total offense on Friday, in dropping a 52-7 decision to El Paso Riverside.
The Eagles will try to keep that kind of turnaround from happening to them this coming Friday, when they travel to Fabens for an 8:30 p.m. game against the Wildcats. Fabens won its first-ever District 2-4A game Friday after two years of narrow losses, by a 27-13 score over Canutillo, while El Paso Mountain View routed San Elizario, 42-0, in the other district opener.
at Pecos

Clint                 0    7    0    0    -    7
Pecos            13    6   20    7    - 46
            First Quarter
Pec. - Terrazas 53 run (Levario kick), 5:39.
Pec. - Luna 20 run (kick failed), 7:31.
        Second Quarter
Pec. - Terrazas 77 run (run failed), 7:32.
Cln. - Estrada 3 run (Rivera kick), 11:22.
           Third Quarter
Pec. - Terrazas 1 run (pass failed), 5:34.
Pec. - Levario 3 run (Levario kick), 8:26.
Pec. - Luna 60 run (Levario kick), 10:59.
           Fourth Quarter
Pec. - R. Rodriguez 33 run (Levario kick), 9:01.

                                 Cln       Pec.
First Downs               13          15
Rushes-Yds         39-59    50-491
Passing Yds           133           50
Passes               8-24-0       2-3-0
Punts-Yds           6-27.5          0-0
Fumbles-lost            0-0          3-2
Penalties-Yds        3-22        4-45

Rushing - Clint, Estrada 23-59, Alvarado 9-14, Martinez 7-12, Munoz 1-(-26). Pecos, Terrazas 19-272, Luna 10-119, Levario 6-37, R. Rodriguez 4-34, Lara 3-21, Garcia 4-10, Carrillo 1-2, Sparkman 1-2.
Passing - Clint, Alvarado 8-24-0-133. Pecos, Garcia 2-3-0-50.
Receiving - Clint, Lozano 5-75, Morales 2-42, Chairez 1-2. Pecos, Carrillo 1-33, R. Rodriguez 1-17.
Missed Field Goals - None.

Eagles win  short game after long trip

PECOS, Oct. 16, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles took a very long trip to play a very short game, but the results were worth the eight-hour drive to Canutillo and back on Saturday.

The Eagles came close to posting a rare shutout on the Canutillo Golden Eagles, before settling for a 15-0, 15-4 win over Canutillo that left Pecos tied with Clint for the lead in the District 2-4A standings.

The game itself took only a half hour to play, and Eagles’ coach Becky Granado said after shutting out the Golden Eagles in Game 1, “The score was already 14-0 when they scored,” in the second game. “They scored four points on our own mistakes. They served to us and we let it drop and we started hitting the ball out.”

At the same time, she said Pecos didn’t need much effort to get their points on Saturday.

“All we had to do was just serve,” said Granado. “In the first game, Philly (Fobbs) got us started. We scored six straight points, and didn’t even have to go through a full rotation.”

“We didn’t have to work too hard to get our points,” she said. “I don’t know what happened to Canutillo. They didn’t play us like they did here (in a 15-8, 15-8 loss). They were just out there,” she said.

Fobbs led Pecos with 7 kills, though Granado said offensively, “it was tough to score any points because they kept giving us everything. All we had to do is serve.”

The win, coupled with Clint’s 15-8, 15-9 win over El Paso Mountain View, leaves the Eagles and Lions tied for first place, both with 6-2 records. Pecos is 24-8 on the season and will head to El Paso on Tuesday to face Mountain View, while Clint hosts Fabens, which lost to San Elizario on Saturday, 15-4, 15-11.

Pecos also won Saturday’s freshmen match over Canutillo in two games, while the junior varsity lost to the Golden Eagles by 15-4, 15-13 scores.

Second half scores help Bears rout Cougars

PECOS, Oct. 16, 2000 -- It took the Balmorhea Bears a little longer to pull away from the Dell City Cougars this time around, but the Bears were able to shut the door on the Cougars in the second half of their game Friday night in Dell City and come away with a 51-18 win in the District 8-A six man football opener for both teams.

The Bears played a shutout game with the Cougars in Balmorhea last month, before breaking away for 20 late first half points on the way to a 46-6 non-district victory. This time,  Balmorhea appeared ready to take control at the outset, jumping out to a 16-0 first quarter lead, only to see Dell City answer with two touchdowns of their own, plus a field goal, in the second quarter.

Balmorhea also scored another TD during the period, and it was the three extra-point kicks by Urvano Baeza that allowed the Bears to remain ahead at halftime, 24-18.

That’s the way it stayed for the first 8 ½ minutes of the third period, until the Bears finally broke through with a Adriel Roman touchdown run to wide then lead to 30-18. Roman would then add a 20-yard TD run two minutes into the fourth quarter, while Billy Lozano scored on a 31-yard run just 15 seconds later, after a Dell City turnover, to put the game away.

“We just played better overall,” said Bears’ coach Ennis Erickson, whose team had gone to Dell City a year ago and lost by a 42-18 score. He said Lozano had a strong night on offense both running and passing the ball, while Arturo Rodriguez had a pair of interceptions and Jerry Mendoza also picked off a Dell City pass in the win.

Balmorhea scored on their first possession of the night, on a 16-yard run by Isaiah Rodriguez. Baeza added the two-point kick, and then got both the extra point kick and the touchdown late in the first period, on a four-yard run.

Dell City got on the scoreboard in the second period, thanks to an 18-yard run by Mason Templeton, who also added the extra-point kick. But Balmorhea answered right back, as Rodriguez returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Baeza’s kick made it 24-8, but the Cougars answered that score immediately, as Templeton passed 41 yards to Bobby Rodriguez for a touchdown. Dell City missed that kick, but after getting the ball back and driving inside the Bears’ 10-yard-line, Templeton would nail a 25-yard field goal after Balmorhea’s defense stopped Dell City’s bid to cut the lead to as little as a point.

Lozano would end up running for 122 yards on the night and throwing for 94 of the Bears’ 124 yards in passing, while Jourmain Matta had four of Balmorhea’s five receptions on the night for 114 yards, most of that on a 65-yard touchdown reception from Logan Humphries midway through the final period, which completed the scoring for the Bears.

The win improves Balmorhea’s season record to 4-2 and more importantly, gives the Bears a leg up over Dell City (3-3) in the race for the six-man playoffs. Balmorhea now comes home Saturday to face the Marathon Mustangs.

“It’s still real early,” Erickson said, about the Bears’ playoff chances after Friday’s win. The Bears get a bye week after facing the Cougars, then close out the regular season with Sierra Blanca and Sanderson.

Pecos earns top see with win over Clint

PECOS, Oct. 16, 2000 -- Tennis matches are only for seeding purposes the first three weeks of the District 2-4A fall schedule, but the Pecos Eagles look to have put themselves in good position to earn a third straight trip to regionals following Saturday’s 10-9 win over the Clint Lions at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

Reversing the results of two years ago, when Pecos used a sweep of their boys matches to edge out Clint. This time it was a sweep on the girls’ side that carried the Eagles to victory.

“It was lopsided. We won all the girls matches, while they won on the boys’ side,” said Eagles’ coach Bernadette Ornelas, adding that the different turned out to be Clint’s lack of players on the girls’ side.

“They only brought five girls, so they had to forfeit some matches,” she said. The Lions lost a girls singles and doubles match by forfeit, and also had to forfeit the lone mixed doubles match scheduled Saturday.

All of the Lions’ wins on the boys’ side were straight set affairs, while on the girls’ side, the closest match was a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win by Prescilla Levario over Laura Lozano. Clint failed to score more than three points in any other set on the girls’ side, while in the boys’ division, the Eagles managed more than three points only two times, in a 6-1 7-5 loss by Jay Dannelley to Alvaro Chacon and a 6-3, 7-5 loss by Stephen Lamb to Steve Baca.

The victory gave the Eagles the No. 1 seed for Thursday’s District 2-4A Tournament, which will determine the qualifiers for Region I-4A play on Oct. 27-28 at Wichita Falls. Pecos will play El Paso Mountain View starting at 9 a.m. CDT at San Elizario, while Fabens will host Clint in the other semifinal match. The winners of the morning matches will play for the District 2-4A title Thursday afternoon.

Clint (9) at Pecos (10)
Boys Singles
Trent Graham lost to Martin Renteria, 6-0, 6-3; Jay Dannelley lost to Alvaro Chacon, 6-1, 7-5; Orlando Mendoza lost to Jesus Ortega, 6-0, 6-2; Stephen Lamb lost to  Steve Baca, 6-3, 7-5; Michael Orona lost to Hugo Gines, 6-0, 6-0; Allen Almunia lost to Daniel Sosa, 6-0, 6-0.

Girls Singles
Rebecca Wein defeated Laura Loera, 6-2, 6-1; Natalia Ornelas defeated Lisa Corral, 6-0, 6-0; Brenda Fuentes defeated Sara Elizondae, 6-1, 6-0; Kristina Dominguez defeated Stephanie Marmalejo, 6-1, 6-1; Prescilla Levario defeated Laura Lozano, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; Elizabeth Carreon won by default.

Boys Doubles
Graham and Dannelley lost to Renteria and Chacon, 6-2, 6-2; Mendoza and Lamb lost to Ortega and Baca, 6-3, 6-2; Orona and Almunia lost to Gines and Sosa, 6-1, 6-1.

Girls Doubles
Wein and Fuentes defeated Corral and Elizonde, 6-0, 6-2; Ornelas and Dominguez defeated Loera and Marmalejo, 6-1, 6-3; Levario and Carreon won by default.

Mixed Doubles
Albert Almunia and Whitney Lamb won by default

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