Colored rock map of Texas at I-20 in Pecos. Click for Travel Page

Pecos Enterprise

Site Map
Pecos Gab


Real Estate
Economic Development

West Texas
Area Newspapers

News Archive
Photo Archive
Pecos Country History

Smokey Briggs
Jon Fulbright
Peggy McCracken
Rosie Flores

Other Sites


Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas


Thursday, September 6, 2001

Bears opening at home  against No. 2 Panthers

The Balmorhea Bears have a chance to make a statement early in the 2001 football season Friday night, when they play their home opener against the Whitharral Panthers, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Whitharral is the state's No. 2 ranked team in six-man football, behind only Panther Creek, and won their season opener over Happy last Friday by a 52-7 final score. Balmorhea, meanwhile, is unranked, but is expected to battle No. 4 Sanderson for the District 8-A six man title this season.

"It could be (a big game) as far as the polls go, but we'll see in the long run what takes place," said Bears' coach Ennis Erickson, whose team opened their 2001 season last Friday with a 46-0 win at Imperial.

The Bears grabbed 18-0 and 32-0 leads after the first two quarters, and then scored their final two touchdowns in the fourth period, to end the game under the 45-point rule. Five different Balmorhea players had touchdowns last Friday, and the Bears' defense held the Longhorns without a pass completion.

Doing that against Whitharral figures to be a lot tougher. Panther's passer Jordan Barker threw for three scores a week ago, two of them to Brandon Hoskins of 24- and 26-yards. Will Kristinek also had a touchdown pass in the victory, and ran for another score.

"They seem to like to pass more than in the past," said Erickson, whose team will be facing the Panthers for the third year in a row. They rallied from an 18-point second half deficit two years ago to defeat Whitharral on the final play of the game, 35-34, but were shut out by the Panthers last season in Whitharral, 45-0. The Panthers ended up reaching the state semifinals before losing to Highland.

Eagles jr. high football teams open seasons

The Pecos Eagles' junior high football teams will open their 2001 seasons this afternoon, with games against the Fort Stockton Cubs in Pecos and Fort Stockton.

Pecos' freshmen and junior varsity teams will also be playing tonight, with the ninth graders at home and the JV on the road, as both teams look for their first victories after season-opening ties a week ago.

The Crockett Middle School seventh graders will join the JV in making the drive down U.S. 285 to Fort Stockton. The gold team will play at 4 p.m., followed by the purple team at 5:30 at the Fort Stockton Middle School Field. Pecos' eighth graders will be at the Crockett field for their gold and purple games, also starting at 4 and 5:30 p.m., while the freshmen and junior varsity teams will begin their games at 6 p.m. at the high school fields.

The JV made it only a little over halfway through their season-opening game at Kermit a week ago, as thunderstorms stopped play with the teams tied at 8-8. Jose Reyes passed to Lionel Abila for the Eagles' lone touchdown, with Beno Barreno getting the tying two-point conversion after Kermit had taken an 8-0 lead.

Pecos' freshmen ended up in a scoreless tie last Thursday at Carlsbad, after beating the Cavemen freshman squad in a scrimmage game, 2-1, two weeks earlier. Tonight's game is the first of four straight home games for the ninth graders.

Lifestyle | Opinion | News | Return to top

State News
San Angelo Standard Times
Abilene Reporter News
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Morning News
Texas Press Association

National News
USA Today
York (Pa.) Daily Record
Sister Paper to Pecos Enterprise

Search Entire Site:

Pecos Enterprise
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.

324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321

Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium.
Copyright 2000 by Pecos Enterprise
We support Newspapers in Education