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Monday, October 30, 2000

Pecos shuts down Canutillo, 24-6

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 28, 2000 -- The Canutillo Golden Eagles looked a lot like last year's  Pecos Eagles Friday night. But this year's Pecos Eagles were looking  better than that, which was more than enough to get the home team a  24-6 victory at Eagle Stadium. 

Pecos' problem in a lot of games last year was a good defense effort couldn't overcome their problems on offense. That's been the story of Canutillo through their first three District 2-4A games including Friday night, when they held Pecos to just 193 yards total offense, but were completely shut down at the other end, managing just 66 yards of their own and a minus-1 yard on offense in the second half.

"Coach (Charlie) Bunch, coach (Elias) Payan and coach (Joe) Flores had a good game plan for them as far as shutting the door on the things they like to do," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs. Canutillo managed just 38 rushing yards on 33 carries, while quarterback Julian Lopez was only 2-for-10 passing with a pair of interceptions, while suffering five quarterback sacks on the night.

"We did a good job in pressuring the quarterback," Grubbs said. The Eagles went with the blitz several times to get at Lopez, with Daniel Terrazas and Trent Riley each coming up with a pair of quarterback sacks, while lineman Cesar Coria was also in on two of the sacks.

Coria, Terrazas and Jason Gonzales finished off the night on defense by trapping Noel Rios in the end zone for a safety with 1:20 to play. Rios, who had run for 203 yards in the Golden Eagles' last two games, managed only 14 on 14 carries Friday night.

But on the other side of the ball, Canutillo was causing problems for the Eagles as well. Pecos had little success running up the middle until late in the game, and quarterback Alex Garcia was sacked three times, while throwing for only 14 yards on 3-for-7 passing.

"We just did enough to win," Grubbs said. "They've got a good defense, and they `slow-played' on us when we ran the option or veer, which is really hard on the quarterback. But coach Payan made some good adjustments at halftime."

The Eagles and Golden Eagles have only been playing each other for three years, but weird scoring plays have become a staple of the series, and Friday was no exception.

Terrazas ended up running for 114 yards and all three of the Eagles' touchdowns on the night, but he had to run about an extra 50 yards to get the game's first score, midway through the opening quarter.

After a shot punt by Eddie Hita set Pecos up at the Canutillo 34, Terrazas had an option pitch from Garcia on a sweep to the right bounce off his shoulder pad and back towards the 45-yard line. He picked it up, dodged a couple of Canutillo tacklers, and then got outside the containment, beating linebacker Jesse Silvas to the outside for the score. Matthew Levario added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Even stranger was Canutillo's touchdown. After an 11-yard run by Terrazas set Pecos up with a 1st-and-10 at the Golden Eagles' 43, Garcia and Omar Luna collided on a handoff attempt. Both players disappeared into a pile at the 40 yard line, which is where everyone's eyes were focused until the back judge began running towards the south end of the field, trailing linebacker Eric Garcia, who had stolen the ball and emerged from the crowd undetected, on the way to a 61-yard touchdown run.

"He actually took it from Alex, but Alex thought the whistled had blown, but it didn't, and everyone else also thought it had blown," Grubbs said.

Hita missed the extra point to keep Pecos ahead, 7-6, and the Eagles would add another touchdown in the first half, as the result of another turnover.

This time, it was an interception by Richard Rodriguez that got things going. He stepped in front of a Lopez pass for Hita at the Canutillo 40 and returned it two yards to the 38. From there, alternate running plays to Luna and Terrazas netted 26 yards, and a second down sweep by Terrazas got 11 more to the Canutillo 1, from where he went over the right side of the line on the following play.

Levario's kick made it a 14-6 game, and that's where it stayed until midway through the final period, when Pecos went on an 11-play, 58-yard drive to get an insurance score.

Canutillo's defense had given their offense a chance to tie the game just before that, when Octavo Ramirez picked off a throwback option pass from Rodriguez to Garcia and returned it to the Eagles' 30-yard-line. But the Golden Eagles were immediately flagged for illegal procedure and then on a 4th-and-9 and operating out of the shotgun, a low snap bounced past Lopez, and he was tackled by Coria at the 42-yard-line.

The Eagles then survived a busted play of their own on first down, with Garcia running for four yards on a missed handoff. Pecos got another break when defensive back Chris Fernandez dropped a slant pass from Garcia to Peter Juarez at the 27-yard-line, and the Eagles stayed on the ground for the rest of the drive after that near-interception.

They finally got a couple of good runs up the middle by Luna and Terrazas, though it was another toss outside, to Terrazas, that got the touchdown, as he broke a couple of tackles before going in from 11 yards out.

"They play a lot more man coverage and our receivers were having a hard time getting open," said Grubbs. "But we really didn't have to throw the ball tonight."

The win put Pecos at 5-3 on the season and 3-0 in district, tied for first with El Paso Mountain View, which routed Clint on Friday, 55-6. The Eagles will host the Lobos next week, with the winner clinching a playoff spot.

Pecos closes its regular season at San Elizario, while Mountain View hosts Fabens. The Wildcats bounced back from their 21-20 loss to the Eagles on Friday with a 56-27 win over San Elizario, as Vicente Macias ran for 314 yards, his second 300-plus yard game of the season.

at Pecos
Canutillo           6    0    0    0    -  6
Pecos           7    7    0   10    - 24

First Quarter
Pec. - Terrazas 34 run (Levario kick), 5:03.
Can. - E. Garcia 61 fumble return (kick failed), 7:53.

Second Quarter
Pec. - Terrazas 1 run (Levario kick), 0:40.

Fourth Quarter
Pec. - Terrazas 11 run (Torres pass from Garcia), 5:50.
Pec. - Safety, Rios tackled in end zone, 11:40.

                                       Can            Pec.
First Downs                         4               14
Rushes-Yds                  33-38         35-179
Passing Yds                      28               14
Passes                        2-10-2            3-8-1
Punts-Yds                      6-29             6-35
Fumbles-lost                   2-1               2-1
Penalties-Yds               7-40             7-55     

Canutillo, Ramirez 3-27, Salidvar 3-19,  Rios 14-14, Silvas 6-4, Lopez   7-(-26). Pecos, Terrazas  17-114, Luna 14-33, Lara 2-17, R. Rodriguez 1-6, Garcia  7-6, Herrera 3-5, Torres 1-(-2). 
PASSING - Canutillo, Lopez 2-10-2-28. Pecos, Garcia  3-7-0-14, R. Rodriguez 0-1-1-0. 
RECEIVING - Canutillo, Ramirez 1-27, Silvas 1-1.  Pecos, Luna 1-7, J. Gonzales 1-7,  Terrazas 1-0. 

Pecos to face Randall in playoffs

PECOS, Oct. 30, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles will be headed back to Lubbock for the second  year in a row Tuesday for the area round of the Class 4A playoffs. 

The Eagles will face the Canyon Randall Raiders at 7 p.m. at Coronado High School, with Pecos looking to advance past the area round of the Class 4A playoffs for the first time in a decade.

The Eagles will also be hoping to fare better this year than they did last season, when they lost to Hereford in the area round by 15-5, 15-6 scores, in a match that lasted only 38 minutes. Hereford went on to claim the Class 4A state title a year ago, and the Eagles avoided an area round rematch with the Whitefaces by defeating the Clint Lions, 15-4, 15-9, last Monday in a playoff at Van Horn to win the District 2-4A title for the second time in three years.

The win also earned Pecos a first round bye, while Clint defeated El Paso Riverside on Friday in the bi-district round of the playoffs, 15-12, 15-3, and will face Hereford on Tuesday night in Odessa.

Randall advanced on Saturday with a 15-8, 12-15, 15-11 victory in Lubbock over Andrews. Earlier last week, Randall won a three-game playoff match from Dumas to claim second place in District 3-4A, and last week's two wins lifted the Raiders' record to 23-9.

Still, coach Becky Granado thinks the Eagles have their best shot at getting past the area round in at least the last five years, after closing out district play with six straight victories to improve to 27-8 on the season.

"We're pretty evenly matched. I think our girls will have a slight advantage over them, if we get up there and play ball," she said.

Randall, on the other hand, will have played a tougher schedule going into the playoffs, having played five district games against Hereford and Dumas, which beat Pecos in the area round two years ago on the way to the Class 4A state championship. The Raiders' win last Tuesday marked the first time since the late 1980s that Hereford and Dumas have not finished in the top two spots out of District 3-4A.

"They're similar to us, I think. They've got two big blockers, but I don't think any of their hitters are as strong as Philly (Fobbs), and their back line is not as quick as I thought it was going to be," she said. "They let a lot of balls drop in back."

Stephanie Robinson and Kara Cornelius are the Raiders' main hitters, but Granado, who scouted Saturday's match, said neither did much hitting from the middle of the net.

"All they did was hit from the outside. They didn't hit from the middle," she said. "They reminded me a lot of Clint in that once Andrews started blocking them, they began to dink it over."

"Defensively, they should have a three-man block up against Philly, so she should have a chance to dink over them," Granado said, adding Fobbs will need help from Pecos' other hitters Tuesday night.

"As far as our offense goes, we'll have to hit down the line and cross court, and we'll have to hit over their shorter blockers, just like they're going to try and do to us," she said. "Hopefully, D'Andra (Ortega) and Michelle (Saenz) can stop them."

If the Eagles do win on Tuesday, they'll face a Saturday match-up against either former District 4-4A rival San Angelo Lake View or El Paso Burges, which advanced to the area round last Friday with a 15-9, 15-7 win over El Paso Mountain View, the third place finisher in Pecos' district.

Lubbock Coronado High School is located at 34th Street and Utica Avenue on the west side of Lubbock. Fans going to the game and driving in on U.S. 62-82 from Brownfield should veer right onto 34th Street just before the intersection of the Brownfield Highway and Slide Road and continue four blocks east, to the Coronado High School parking lot on the north (left) side of 34th Street.

Eagles fall to Burges, Cleburne at regionals

PECOS, Oct. 30, 2000 -- Not having to face Wichita Falls High School in the first round of  the Region I-4A tennis tournament meant a lot more wins for the Pecos  Eagles' tennis team on Friday morning, though not enough to get them  into a rematch with the Coyotes that afternoon.

The Eagles avoided facing Wichita Falls, and instead were paired up against the El Paso Burges Mustangs, who defeated Pecos by a 10-9 final score. That dropped the Eagles into a consolation bracket match against Cleburne, the team that did face the Coyotes in the first round, with Pecos losing at a 17-2 score.

As was the case in their District 2-4A matches against Clint, all of Pecos' wins came on the girls' side, with No. 1 girls seed Rebecca Wein picking up wins in both Friday matches, as did the doubles team of Natalia Ornelas and Kristina Dominguez.

"When we played Burges, their coach said we were looking better," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas. "We played them the last couple of years and were beaten by 15-3, 14-4 scores."

Wein defeated Cleburne's Lauren Dunahan by 6-2, 6-1 scores, while Ornelas and Dominguez downed Brittany Robstock and Melissa Whitlock, 3-6, 6-0, 7-5. Against Burges, Wein and Brenda Fuentes picked up a doubles victory by default, while Ornelas and Fuentes scored a three-set victory in doubles.

Priscilla Levario and Elizabeth Carreon also took their doubles match against Burges, while Levario, Carreon, Dominguez, Ornelas and Fuentes also won their singles matches.

On the boys' side, No. 1 seed Trent Graham and No. 6 seed Phillip Salcido were three-set losers against Burges, while in the match against Cleburne, a 6-2, 6-2 loss by Orlando Mendoza was the closest match of the afternoon for Pecos.

"We've got a young team," Ornelas said. "We've got a freshman player at No. 1 (Graham) going up against seniors. Next year, we'll have sophomores and juniors, and we'll be a lot stronger. Priscilla Levario is our only senior this year, and next year Bobby Sotelo will be the only senior."

Burges ended up losing to Wichita Falls in their quarterfinal match, and the Coyotes went on to take the Region I-4A title Saturday with a 10-5 win over Southlake Carroll and a 10-6 victory over crosstown rival Wichita Falls Rider. The win advanced Wichita Falls High into the Class 4A state semifinals, set for Nov. 3-4 at the University of Texas in Austin.

Results of Friday's matches are listed below:

El Paso Burges (10) vs. Pecos (8)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham lost to S. Ruvalcava, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1; Jay Dannelley lost to M. Mair, 6-1, 6-1; Orlando Mendoza lost to R. Guerrero, 6-1, 6-1; Stephen Lamb lost to R. Montes, 6-2, 6-1; Michael Orona lost to T. Haren, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2; Phillip Salcido lost to E. Tarin, no score available.

Girls Singles

Rebecca Wein defeated C. Orozco, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3; Natalia Ornelas defeated H. Jensen, 6-1, 0-2 (match suspended); Brenda Fuentes defeated K. Mackleroy, 6-2, 6-1; Kristina Dominguez defeated S. Montoya, 6-3, 6-4; Presiclla Levario defeated J. Amenzaga, 6-2, 6-1; Elizabeth Carreon defeated C. Torres, 6-0, 6-0.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Dannelley lost to Ruvalcava and Montes, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Mendoza and Lamb lost to Mair and Haren, 6-1, 6-1; Orona and Allen Almunia lost to Tarin and Martinez, 6-1, 6-2.

Girls Doubles

Wein and Fuentes won by default; Ornelas and Dominguez defeated Jensen and Montoya, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5; Levario and Carreon defeated Amenzaga and Torres, 6-0, 6-0.

Mixed Doubles

Whitney Lamb and Salcido lost to Guerrero and Orozco, 6-1, 6-4.

Cleburne (17) vs. Pecos (2)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham lost to David Mertz, 6-1, 6-0; Jay Dannelley lost to Joel Bailey, 6-1, 6-0; Orlando Mendoza lost to Michael Crosswhite, 6-2, 6-2; Stephen Lamb lost to Cason Wright, 6-1, 6-1; Michael Orona lost to Billy Wu, 8-2; Phillip Salcido lost to Zach Bailey, 8-0.

Girls Singles

Rebecca Wein defeated Lauren Dunnahan, 6-2, 6-1; Natalia Ornelas lost to Casey Moran, 6-0, 6-0; Brenda Fuentes lost to Brittany Robstock, 6-2, 6-2; Kristina Dominguez lost to Melissa Whitlock, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5; Prisiclla Levario lost to Melinda Calder, 8-1; Elizabeth Carreon lost to Jennifer Walker, 8-6.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Dannelley lost to Mertz and J. Bailey, 6-1, 6-1; Mendoza and Lamb lost to Crosswhite and Wright, 6-1, 6-1; Orona and Allen Almunia lost to Wu and Z. Bailey, 6-0, 6-0.

Girls Doubles

Wein and Fuentes lost to Dunahan and Moran, 6-2, 6-3; Ornelas and Dominguez defeated Robstock and Whitlock, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5; Levario and Carreon lost to Calder and Walker, 6-0, 6-1.

Mixed Doubles

Whitney Lamb and Salcido lost to Katie Galvin and Joe Beck, 6-2, 6-2.

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