Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, September 21, 2001
Freshmen, Jr. highs post Thursday wins
By JON FULBRIGHT
The Pecos Eagles sub-varsity football teams managed to avoid most of
the rain Thursday and picked up three wins in four games, playing the
Van Horn Eagles, Presidio Blue Devils and Odessa High Bronchos.
Pecos' junior high purple teams' games at home against Presidio were canceled,
which allowed those teams to avoid the downpours that hit Pecos about 4 p.m.
and lasted on and off for 2 ½ hours. Instead, the purple teams went
to Van Horn, where the seventh graders won their first game of the season,
28-6 over the host Eagles, while the eighth graders got their second straight
win, 24-12 over Van Horn.
Pecos' freshmen caught the end of Thursday's rain at the start of their
game against Presidio, and struggled with fumble problems for a while before
finally beating the Blue Devils' junior varsity, 20-0, for their third shutout
of the season. The weather cleared up by the time the Eagles' JV got to play
around 8:15 p.m., and they saw Odessa High's sophomores use a series of big
plays to score a 27-12 victory over Pecos.
Three of OHS' four scores came on plays of 40 yards or more, including
a 43-yard touchdown run on their first offensive play. The Bronchos took
a 14-0 lead in the first period before Pecos scored on a 1-yard run by Joe
Maruffo, but Odessa High scored on a 4th down, 49-yard pass play
just before halftime for a 20-6 lead.
The Broncos' last score came after a bad punt snap gave them the ball
on the Pecos 1-yard-line, and the Eagles' final TD came in the fourth period,
on a 24-yard run by Bino Barreno. The loss left the JV with an 0-3-1 record.
The freshmen improved to 2-1-1 after their second straight shutout, to
go with a scoreless tie in their season opener against Carlsbad. Adam Ybarra
and Jack Bradley scored on runs of 35 and 40 yards in the second period,
and Booker Fobbs caught a 21-yard TD pass from Saul Pina in the fourth period.
The seventh graders are now 1-1-1 following their win in Van Horn. Luis
Ortega had a pair of touchdown runs and Isaiah Rayos and Jesse Hanks also
scored for the Eagles, while the eighth grade purple team improved to 2-1
with their second straight road win. Josh Anchondo scored twice, and Julio
Orozco and Eddie Vela had the Eagles' other scores.
Today, the Eagles' varsity will make the long trip down Highway 17 to
Presidio, for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Blue Devils. Pecos will be trying
to even their record at 2-2 on the season and solve their defensive problems,
which has seen them allow over 800 yards to Alpine and Fort Stockton the
past two weeks. Presidio will be seeking their second straight win, after
taking last week off when Anthony joined other El Paso area schools in canceling
their game due to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 in New York and Washington,
Pecos has played one more game than two of their district rivals, Canutillo
and Fabens, and two more games than Clint, El Paso Mountain View and San
Elizario due to those cancellations. All those teams except for Canutillo
will be playing tonight, with Clint facing El Paso Cathedral, Fabens taking
on El Paso Parkland, Mountain View meeting Santa Teresa, N.M. and San Elizario
hosting Deming, N.M.
Deming, N.M. (1-2) at San Elizario (0-1): Actually, the Eagles
have yet to play a full game this season _ their opener against Parkland
was called in the third period due to thunderstorms on Aug. 31, they were
idle the following week and off due to the attacks last Friday. The rest
probably helped San Eli, as leading receiver Jaime Reyes was hurt in the
33-8 loss to Parkland. But coach Joe Carrillo said running back./linebacker
Joe Carrillo was probably gone for the season with a neck injury.
Deming allowed Fabens over 400 yards in offense two weeks ago in a 42-0
loss, though they were able to move the ball at times on the Wildcats. Matt
Allison ran for over 100 yards and Dan Feltman threw for over 100 in the
EP Cathedral (0-3) at Clint (1-0): The Lions opened with a 28-14
win over Anthony, getting their winning scores in the final period, while
Cathedral is struggling, but getting better _ after a 51-0 loss to Midland
Trinity and a 33-7 defeat at Mountain View, they lost to Parkland 29-6. Clint
quarterback Tony Alvarado and receiver Royce Hickman teamed up for 92 yards
through the air in that game, though the key for the Lions this season will
be how much improvement they show on defense.
Santa Teresa, N.M (0-2) at EP Mountain View (1-0): The Lobos lost
a lot of players to graduation, but didn't show it in their season opening
win over Cathedral, as running back Joey Amaya and quarterback Eddie Gonzales
both had 100 yard games.
Meanwhile, Santa Teresa allowed Canutillo's Hector Saldivar to run for
246 yards in a 44-7 loss back on Aug. 31. The Desert Warriors were also held
to minus-9 yards total offense that night.
Fabens (2-0) at El Paso Parkland (2-0): The Wildcats' Vicente Macias
ran for over 340 yards two weeks ago against Deming, after gaining just 78
in their season opener against Tularosa, N.M. But defensively, Fabens has
had problems surrendering yardage, though so far it hasn't translated into
allowing many points.
Parkland's Michael Jefferson, who burned Pecos in the playoffs last season,
returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a pass for another score against
San Eli, but was held to just one reception two weeks ago by Cathedral. Even
with that, quarterback Melvin Lucas still threw for nearly 100 yards in the
Pecos changes scenery for Fabens rematch
The Pecos Eagles will be hoping a slight change of scenery helps produce
better results the second time around against the Fabens Wildcats, when they
play their District 2-4A home volleyball opener against Fabens on Saturday
The Eagles will take on the Wildcats in the old Pecos High School gym
around 4:30 p.m., after the Eagles' freshmen and junior varsity teams take
on Fabens at 2 and 3 p.m. The games were moved to the old gym after the contest
was switched back from Fabens to Pecos, because the Eagles' junior high purple
and gold volleyball teams will be hosting their own tournament all day Saturday
in the new PHS gym.
Pecos already has faced Fabens once in the new gym this season, in the
third place game of the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament on Sept. 25. In that
match, the Eagles won the first game, 15-3, only to see Fabens come back
and take the final two games by identical 15-4 scores.
The results were the same for Pecos this past Tuesday at Clint, though
the scores were a little closer. The Eagles beat the Lions in the first game,
15-13, then lost the final two games, 15-1 and 15-9 to fall to 7-16 on the
season. Fabens is 13-4, but had to battle to pull out a 16-14, 11-15, 16-14
win over Canutillo in their district opener on Tuesday.
Coach Becky Granado said Pecos played well on defense against Clint, but
couldn't generate enough offense and had problems with their serves. "We
missed 10 serves, and there's no way you can get any momentum going when
you miss that many serves," she said.
Serves were also a problem for Pecos last month against Fabens, though
the Wildcats also had their own problems getting their serves over the net
at times. Meanwhile, Pecos' blockers had trouble stopping the Wildcats' middle
hitter Stacy Macias along with 5-foot-5 outside hitter Jessica Antunez, who
out-jumped the Eagles at the net in the final two games.
With road games next week at Canutillo and El Paso Mountain View, the
Eagles need a win on Saturday to avoid falling into a big hole in seeking
their sixth straight trip to the playoffs. Mountain View beat San Elizario
in their opener and face Clint this afternoon, while San Eli meets Canutillo
today in the other 2-4A match-up.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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