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Monday, November 13, 2000
Eagles rout San Eli, host Parkland in playoffs
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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'
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
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
Pec. - Terrazas 34 run (Levario kick), 1:22.
Pec. - Luna 54 run (Levario kick), 3:36.
SE - Reyes 25 pass from Solis (pass failed), 0:07.
Pec. - Terrazas 2 run (Levario kick), 7:17.
Pec. - Terrazas 57 run (Levario kick), 0:29.
Pec. - Terrazas 26 run (pass failed), 3:13.
Pec. -Torres 30 run (Levario kick), 6:09.
SE - Muela 3 run (kick failed), 1:51.
Pec. - Tores 52 run (Levario kick), 4:02.
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.
MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.
Boys win Pecos meet, girls second
By LEIA HOLLAND
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,"
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
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
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
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
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
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
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
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
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
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
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
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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