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Monday, November 13, 2000


Eagles rout San Eli, host Parkland in playoffs

Staff Writer

SAN ELIZARIO, Nov. 11, 2000 -- The first few minutes of the Pecos Eagles' game against the San  Elizario Eagles Friday night seemed easy. Almost too easy, as it turned out. 

The Eagles, shut out at San Elizario in their final regular season game a year ago, put 14 points on the scoreboard almost before anyone had time to settle into their seats. A 23-yard pass from Alex Garcia to Peter Juarez and a 34-yard touchdown run by Daniel Terrazas put Pecos ahead less than 90 second into the game, and just over two minutes later they scored again, on a 54-yard run by Omar Luna.

But things almost turned bad for Pecos after that, as San Elizario quarterback Bo Solis began hitting his targets like El Paso Mountain View's Arturo Muniz had the week before. Solis hooked up with Jaime Reyes on a 25-yard touchdown pass as the second quarter opened, and then drove San Eli to a 1st-and-goal at the Pecos 3 on the next series.

But that's where the similarity to last week's 27-21 overtime loss to Mountain View ended. Solis tried to hit Angel Muela in the end zone but was picked off by Richard Rodriguez, and the visiting Eagles proceeded to go on a 97-yard touchdown drive to regain the momentum as the half wound down. Pecos then rolled up three more scores in the third period and went on to a 48-12 victory.

"The first two times we had the ball we scored, and I think the kids just relaxed for just a second," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs. "But we went in at halftime and talked about coming out and putting a good second half together, which is what we did."

The Eagles were playing to earn the No. 1 seed out of District 2-4A in the Division II Class 4A playoffs, and with it home field advantage for next week's bi-district game against El Paso Parkland. They appeared well on their way to it after Luna and Terrazas scored, then appeared to be running into the same problems as a week ago, when the 6-foot-3 Reyes took the ball away from Juarez and Freddy Torres in the back corner of the end zone on the first play of the second quarter.

"We didn't defend the pass the greatest, but I thought we could score some more on them," Grubbs said.

Terrazas would score four times, three on runs of 25 or more yards, which helped him surpass the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season. The senior ended up with 185 yards on the night including his 34, 57 and 26-yard TD runs, while the other, a 2-yarder on 4th-and-goal, gave the Eagles a little breathing room, with a 21-6 lead at halftime.

"We were aiming at getting Daniel his 1,000 yards before the game, and we also wanted to get Omar as many carries as possible," Grubbs said. Terrazas' second score capped the 97-yard drive, 70 of which came on a quarterback option run by Garcia, one play after Luna ran for 13 on a 3rd-and-4 sweep at the 9-yard line, following Rodriguez' interception.

It was his second of the night, but after Rodriguez picked off Solis in the opening period the Eagles ran into penalty problems that stalled a couple of series, while Solis and the host Eagles got their passing game going.

A 25-yard screen pass to Albert Jacobo set up San Elizario's first score, and 26-yarder to Jacobo from Solis got their next drive inside the Eagles' 20, from where a run by Solis moved it down to the 5-yard-line. He was then sacked by Cesar Coria on the next play, but it was offset by a facemask call, which put the ball back at the 3 and set up Rodriguez' second interception.

Solis' protection began to break down as the half ended _ he was sent to the sidelines briefly on a blindside sack by Jose Loa _ and after hitting nine of his first 15 passes for 153 yards, was only 5-of-16 for 41 yards the rest of the way.

Terrazas, meanwhile, closed in on 1,000 yards with his 57-yard TD run up the middle 29 seconds into the third quarter. He went over that on his second carry of Pecos' next series, and celebrated with a 26-yard scoring run on the following play.

Up 34-6, Grubbs sent in the subs, a number of whom had been brought up from the freshmen and junior varsity teams, which ended their seasons last week. Oscar Parada wound up gaining 47 yards on 10 carries, while Torres, who was called up from the JV back in September, ended up as Pecos' second leading rusher with 90-yards, including touchdown runs of 30 and 52 yards in the third and fourth periods.

San Elizario, which got its last score against Pecos' second team defense, on an Angel Muela 3-yard TD run, was playing without junior Santiago Elizade, their leading rusher on offense and leading tackler on defense. He was held out by coach Joe Carrillo for disciplinary reasons, but Grubbs said offensively, "I really don't think that matters, because they still wouldn't have run the football on us."

San Eli ended up with just eight yards rushing, while Pecos had their second straight 400-yard night on offense, rushing for 431 yards on 45 carries.

The win improved Pecos' record to 4-1 in District 2-4A and 6-4 overall, while San Elizario, last year's district champs, ended their season with a 4-6 mark, 1-4 in district play.

The Eagles will now get to play their first home playoff game in a quarter century, against the 7-3 Parkland Matadors, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium. The winner will face either Andrews or Borger in the area round of the playoffs Thanksgiving weekend.

Parkland was the preseason favorite in District 1-4A, but had to survive a Saturday morning coin flip to earn one of the two available playoff berths behind El Paso Riverside. The Matadors and El Paso Ysleta won a three-way coin flip over El Paso High, after each team ended district with a 3-2 record.

Parkland routed El Paso Burgess on Friday, 38-17, after being upset last week by El Paso High. The Tigers got by El Paso Bowie, 38-29, while Riverside finished district unbeaten by routing Ysleta, 47-15.

Mountain View, meanwhile, won the District 2-4A title on Friday by routing Fabens, 55-21, and will host Ysleta in the Division I bi-district game, at 8 p.m. on Friday. Mountain View won at Ysleta in early October, 7-6. Fabens goes into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in Division II, and will play at El Paso Riverside on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

In the other District 2-4A game on Friday, Canutillo ended its season with a 42-7 victory over Clint, which lost nine straight games after beating Anthony in their season opener.

at San Elizario

Pecos 14 7 20 7 _ 48

San Elizario 0 6 0 6 _ 12

First Quarter

Pec. - Terrazas 34 run (Levario kick), 1:22.

Pec. - Luna 54 run (Levario kick), 3:36.

Second Quarter

SE - Reyes 25 pass from Solis (pass failed), 0:07.

Pec. - Terrazas 2 run (Levario kick), 7:17.

Third Quarter

Pec. - Terrazas 57 run (Levario kick), 0:29.

Pec. - Terrazas 26 run (pass failed), 3:13.

Pec. -Torres 30 run (Levario kick), 6:09.

Fourth Quarter

SE - Muela 3 run (kick failed), 1:51.

Pec. - Tores 52 run (Levario kick), 4:02.

Pec. SE

First Downs 13 12

Rushes-Yds 45-431 25-8

Passing Yds 23 194

Passes 1-8-0 14-32-3

Punts-Yds 2-37.5 6-24.8

Fumbles-lost 5-0 1-0

Penalties-Yds 7-55 2-10


RUSHING - Pecos, Terrazas 16-183, Torres 4-90, Luna 7-74, Garcia 4-74, Parada 10-47, Sparkman 2-13, Levario 1-8, Lara 1-2. San Elizario, O'Neal 8-30, Arrellano 1-6, Ortiz 1-3, Tapia 3(-1), Muela 2-(-4), Solis 10-(-26).

PASSING - Pecos, Garcia 1-7-0-23. Torres 0-1-0-0. San Elizario, Solis 14-31-3-194, Hernandez 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING - Pecos, Juarez 1-23. San Elizario, Jacobo 5-93, Muela 3-6, Reyes 2-48, Tapia 2-10, Acosta 1-27, Hernandez 1-10.


Boys win Pecos meet, girls second

Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 13, 2000 -- The Pecos High School Swim Team had another successful weekend  by taking first place in the boys division and second on the girls' side at  the Pecos Invitational.

The Eagle boys team won their division title by a margin of 200 points over second place Carlsbad High School, while the girls fell short of first place by 14 points, losing out to Abilene High School, with 217 points.

"They did a good job," coach Terri Morse said. "We've had a lot of people sick and in spite of that I thought they did good."

Sophomore Trey Edwards agreed with Morse and said the teams did well.

"I thought we did very good," he said. "It helped that we were at our own pool."

Morse said the meet ran smoothly and credited that to the parents and volunteers who helped run the meet and left her open to coach the kids without worries.

"We have excellent parents and volunteers that work in key positions and I would like to thank them," she said.

Aside from the swimming finals on Saturday, Morse said she was pleased with the divers who competed on Friday.

"I was really pleased with the way diving went," she said. "I thought our kids did an excellent job."

The girls' only diver Jenny Alvarez was able to place third in 1-meter diving with a score of 99.50 points behind the first and second place finishers from Andrews, Lee McDonald who had 114.25 points and Ashley Ham's 104.60 points.

For the boys' 1-meter diving Pecos took home second, third and fourth behind first place diver Tanner Jackson from Andrews who had 154.25 points.

Michael Juarez placed second with 146.20, Wesley Roberts placed third with 140.80 and Leroy Rodriguez placed fourth with 132.75 points.

Eddie Mata also placed eighth in that event.

Morse said she saw a lot of improvements in both diving and swimming but also she saw some things they need to improve, and hopes the kids keep up the work over the Thanksgiving holidays.

"We'll do everything necessary to keep it up," she said.

The girls' Pecos A relay of JoAnn Wein, Rachelle Eisenberg, Sarah Flores and Kelsey Holt started off the day by taking third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:10.78.

Carlsbad's A team took first in that event with a time of 2:02.43 while Pampa's A team placed second with the time of 2:07.26.

The Pecos B team of Misty Cason, Ashley Carrasco, Rebecca Reynolds and Betsy Lujan placed 10th.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Pecos A team of Lujan, Cason, Lauren Wein and Holt placed sixth while the B team of Carrasco, Chyloe Martin, Tina Grice and Jessica Minjarez placed 13th.

The Pecos A team of both Weins, Eisenberg and Flores placed third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:20.22. Abilene won with a 4:06.51 time and Pampa was second with a time of 4:11.75.

The Pecos `B' team of Lujan, Minjarez, R. Reynolds and Holt followed closely behind the A team to finish fifth.

Jo Ann Wein took home two third place finishes in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle.

She finished with a time of 2:17.54 behind Amy Bruton from Abilene and Rumika Mireles from Carlsbad in the 200.

In the 500 she finished with a 6:07.71 behind Andrea Branchetti from Pampa and Alexis Casas from Odessa High School.

Lauren Wein finished seventh in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Minjarez placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle and seventh in the 500-yard freestyle. Lujan was eighth in the 500 and Grice placed ninth. She also took home 13th place in the 100-yard butterfly.

Carrasco was the lone Pecos swimmer in the girls' 200-yard individual medley placing 13th. She also placed 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Eisenberg battled it out with Flores and Abilene's Kate Knight for the top three finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Eisenberg finished third in that race with a time of 1:18.93 while Flores placed second with a 1:18.17. Knight took first with a time of 1:16.67.

Eisenberg also placed eighth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Flores placed seventh in the 100-yard butterfly.

Cason was 15th in the 50-yard freestyle and 11th in the 100-yard backstroke.

Martin placed 30th in the 50 and 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle while Lara Weinacht placed 53rd and 35th in the same events.

Reynolds placed ninth in the 100-yard butterfly and 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Holt placed eighth in the 100-yard freestyle.

For the boys, Randall Reynolds won first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:26.95 ahead of Willie Griffin from Pampa who finished with a time of 5:35.97 and Casey Cope from Odessa who finished with a 5:36.65. Reynolds earlier finished third in the 200-yard freestyle behind Gregor Greiner from Abilene and Marcus Safar from Carlsbad.

Patrick McChesney followed close behind with a fifth place finish in the 200 and fourth place in the 500 while Daniel Quintana placed sixth and 10th and Trey Edwards placed 10th and eighth in the same races.

Tye Edwards finished second in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke. He had a time of 1:00.20 in the 100 fly, won by Abilene's Gregor Greiner with a 57.70. In the 100 backstroke, Edwards swam a 59.44 to finish behind Carlsbad's Safar, who won with a 58.39.

Jason Lopez won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.44 ahead of the second place Daniel Emery from Hobbs by three. Lopez also placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Grant Holland placed second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:18.32 between two Carlsbad swimmers who took first and third.

Holland tied for fourth placed with K.W. Winkles in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.89.

Winkles also placed seventh in the 200-yard individual medley while Gary Garcia was one spot behind in eighth place. Garcia also placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke while John Parent placed 10th in that event and 12th in the 200 individual medley.

Adrian Puertas also swam in the 200 individual medley placing 19th and placed 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Cortney Freeman placed third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.97 behind Zane Marcell from Abilene Cooper who finished first with a time of 23.62 and Big Spring's Douglas Willberg who finished second with a 23.73.

Freeman also placed third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.20 behind Marcell's 53.95-second place finish and John Lilley from Carlsbad who took first with a time of 52.52.

Will Oglesby finished 11th in the 50-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Max Key finished 12th both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke.

Clayton Cox placed 14th in the 100-yard freestyle.

Roberts placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the relays, the Eagles' team of Tye Edwards, Lopez, Oglesby and Freeman beat out Carlsbad for first place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:48.16.

The Pecos B team of Garcia, Winkles, McChesney and Mata placed fourth while the Pecos C team of Key, Roberts, Cox and Trey Edwards placed sixth.

The Abilene A team just out touched the Pecos A team of Holland, Randall Reynolds, Lopez and Freeman in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as the Eagles finished with a time of 1:39.20.

The Pecos B team of Parent, Garcia, Quintana and Mata placed eighth and the Pecos C team of Cox, Rodriguez, Puertas and Roberts placed 11th.

In the 400 freestyle relay Tye Edwards, Reynolds, Winkles and Holland climbed back to the top in the 400-yard freestyle relay to take first place with a time of 3:39.93.

The Pecos B team of Parent, Oglesby, Quintana and McChesney placed seventh with the Pecos C team of Mata, Key, Cox and Trey Edwards right behind them taking eighth.

The Eagles will have another chance to cut their times close to home when they travel to Monahans for the Monahans Invitational this weekend.

Diving is scheduled to start at 6

Sanderson wins title; Bears to face Grandfalls

Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 11, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears spotted district rival Sanderson  three touchdowns in the first quarter Friday night before they really  started playing. But in the end Balmorhea could not overcome the deficit  and lost the game and the district championship 58-34. 

In between the first quarter and the final gun though, the plucky Bears turned the game into a nail-biter for their fans and victory did not seem out of reach until the final seconds.

With Sanderson leading 24-0 at the end of the first quarter the Bears made a game of it in the second.

Three plays into the quarter the Bears punched it into the end zone for their first score, converted the points after kick and the score was 24_8.

Sanderson came right back behind the speed of running back John Benavides and capped the drive with a touch down pass on third down and 25 yards to go. The Eagles failed to convert the extra points kick and the score was 30-8.

Two series later, the Eagle quarterback pitched the ball into thin air on a sweep and Bear defender Jourmain Matta picked up the loose ball and rumbled down to the Eagle 16 yard line.

Two plays after that, the Bears punched the ball into the end zone. The points after kick failed and the score was 30-14 with 6:28 left in the half.

Balmorhea's Logan Humphries stopped the next Sanderson drive when he intercepted an Eagle pass at the Bear 17 yard line, but Balmorhea could not move the ball, and the Eagles drove down and scored again with 17 seconds left in the half.

Down 36 to 14 with little time remaining, the Bears proved that "quit" is not in their vocabulary. After taking the kickoff the Billy Lozano threw the ball 60 yards into a pack of Bear and Eagle jerseys in the end zone. Receiver Isaiah Rodriguez came down with the ball and the Bears went to their lockers trailing by less than two touchdowns.

However, that was as close as they would get to the Eagles or the district title, as Sanderson

managed to score twice to Balmorhea's once in the third quarter. Both teams scored once more in the fourth for the 58-34 final score, which gave Sanderson its second straight District 8 Six-Man champions with a final record of 9-1 and 4-0 in district.

Balmorhea finished the regular season with a record of 6-3 and 3-1 in district and will still make the playoffs.

Next week the Bears will play rival Grandfalls Cowboys in the opening round of the playoffs. Earlier this season the Bears beat the Cowboys 62-38. The site and time of the game had not been decided as of late this morning.

Sanderson, meanwhile, will face Ackerly-Sands in their bi-district game on Friday at Imperial. Sands defeated Balmorhea early this season, 33-31, but lost on Friday to Grandfalls in a game that decided the District 7-A six man football title.

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