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Monday, October 30, 2000
Pecos shuts down Canutillo, 24-6
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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
"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
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.
Canutillo 6 0 0 0 - 6
Pecos 7 7 0 10 - 24
Pec. - Terrazas 34 run (Levario kick), 5:03.
Can. - E. Garcia 61 fumble return (kick failed), 7:53.
Pec. - Terrazas 1 run (Levario kick), 0:40.
Pec. - Terrazas 11 run (Torres pass from Garcia), 5:50.
Pec. - Safety, Rios tackled in end zone, 11:40.
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
RUSHING - 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.
MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.
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
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
"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
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)
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.
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.
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,
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.
Whitney Lamb and Salcido lost to Guerrero and Orozco,
Cleburne (17) vs. Pecos (2)
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.
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.
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,
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.
Whitney Lamb and Salcido lost to Katie Galvin and
Joe Beck, 6-2, 6-2.
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