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Friday, September 28, 2001

Sub-varsity squads struggle against Monahans

Staff Writer

The Monahans Loboes used strong starts against four  Pecos Eagle football teams and a strong finish against another to come  away with wins in five of the six sub-varsity football games  played Thursday.

Playing at home, Monahans jumped out to early leads on Pecos' junior varsity and eighth grade teams, winning the JV game 37-21 and the eighth grade purple game, 24-16. Playing in Pecos, the Loboes rallied twice in the first half to take a 16-14 lead, then shut out the Eagles freshmen in the second half to win, 36-14.

The Loboes also won Thursday's seventh grade purple and gold games, by 32-0 and 46-0 scores, while the eighth grade gold team tied in Monahans, 6-6.

Jack Bradley had a 32-yard touchdown run in the first period, and Rashad Terry had a 46 yarder in the second period for the freshmen after Monahans' first score. But the Loboes then scored just before halftime, and stopped Pecos three times early in the third period after the Eagles had a 2 nd-and-1 inside the Loboes' 40-yard line, and added three more scores the rest of the way. The loss dropped the ninth graders to 2-2-1 on the year.

The JV fell to 0-4-1, as an interception return and a kickoff return for touchdowns proved to be the difference.

"We just haven't showed up for the first quarter," said coach Brian Gibson, who got a pair of touchdowns from Bino Barreno and one from Joe Marruffo, who also had a two-point conversion run.

The eighth graders are 2-2 after their loss, in which Monahans took a 16-0 halftime lead. Julio Orozco and Eddie Vela had Pecos' touchdowns, while Donnie Myles had the lone score for the gold team, which is 1-1-1 on the season.

The seventh graders were less advanced in running their offense than Monahans was, as the Loboes scored once on a pass and once on a reverse in the first half of the purple game, while the Eagles struggled with fumble problems. The loss left the seventh graders with a 2-2 mark, while the gold team is 0-2 after their defeat.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles varsity takes on Monahans in their 2001 homecoming game. It's also the last pre-district game for Pecos, which comes into play with a 2-2 season record after their 62-8 win a week ago in Presidio. Monahans is 1-2 after taking last Friday off, with their one win coming on the road at Seminole in-between a pair of home losses to Snyder and Midland Greenwood.

All five of Pecos' District 2-4A rivals are also in action for the first time this season. Four of those teams _ Canutillo, Clint, El Paso Mountain View and Fabens _ are looking to stay undefeated on the season, while San Elizario is seeking its first win of 2001 tonight.

Santa Teresa (0-3) at Fabens (3-0): Of all of the undefeated teams, the Wildcats have the best chance of staying undefeated against the Desert Warriors, who in two games against Canutillo and Mountain View have been outscored 85-8 and have yet to pick up 100 yards in total offense.

Fabens upset El Paso Parkland a week ago, 34-23, taking advantage of a series of Matador penalties and turnovers to rally from an early deficit. The down side of the game was Fabens allowed over 300 yards total offense for the third straight game. The upside, along with the final score, was the Wildcats won without needing a big night rushing from Vicente Macias, something they haven't been able to do the previous two seasons.

Canutillo (2-0) at El Paso Austin (1-1): Canutillo has been idle for two weeks due to a bye week and the cancellation of all El Paso area games on Sept. 14 due to the terrorist attacks on the United States. The Golden Eagles' Hector Saldivar is averaging better than 200 yards per game rushing, and gained 188 in their last game, a 22-7 win over el Paso High.

Austin also comes in off a victory over El Paso High, 34-7 a week ago. Austin running backs Irving and James Campbell combined for 223 yards rushing and four TDs last week.

El Paso Mountain View (2-0) at El Paso Burges (1-1): The Lobos have come out of the gate strong, but against two weak opponents. Like Canutillo, this will be their toughest test so far this season.

Joey Amaya has run for 311 yards in two games, and quarterback Eddie Gonzales threw for just under 100 yards in the Lobos' win over Santa Teresa. Mountain View's defense also has allowed just 82 yards in offense in two games. Burges had both a 100 yard rusher and 100 yard passer last week in their 27-20 win over Class 5A El Paso Montwood, as T.J. Freelon scored once on the ground and Carlos Harris threw for two other touchdowns.

Clint (2-0) at El Paso High (0-2): The Lions have had strong fourth periods in both their games so far to down El Paso Cathedral and Anthony, while the Tigers have not done well in the second half against Canutillo and Austin. Tony Alvarado threw for 133 yards last week and Manny Estrada ran for 115 yards in the win over Cathedral. El Paso High got most of their offense against Austin through the air, with Christian Valenzuela catching 13 passes out of the backfield for 94 yards.

San Elizario (0-2) at EP Bowie (0-2): Things started heading south last season for San Eli in the second half of their win over Bowie. Up until that point, the Eagles had picked up where they left off the previous season when they won the 2-4A title. But after just holding on for a win over the Bears, the Eagles went 1-5 to close out the 2000 season, and have been outscored 71-6 in two games this season.

They lost last week to Deming, 38-0, and allowed over 500 yards in total offense. With running back Santiago Elizade out for the season, Bo Solis is both the team's leading rusher and passer, but with only a combined 162 yards in two games. Bowie lost to El Paso Jefferson, 27-14, with the highlight a 27-yard touchdown run by Cesar Montanez

Eagles seek share of first at Mt. View

The Pecos Eagles will try to match their longest winning streak of the 2001 volleyball season and grab a share of first place in the process, when they travel to El Paso to face the Mountain View Lobos on Saturday.

Pecos will face Mountain View at about 4:30 p.m. CDT, following the freshmen and junior varsity matches at 2 and 3 p.m.

After a 4-15 start, the Eagles have won five of their last six matches, the latest a 15-6, 16-14 win on Tuesday at Canutillo, which left them tied for second with Fabens in the District 2-4A standings. Mountain View, meanwhile, is 3-0 in district and 15-3 overall after their 15-7, 15-2 win over Clint, avenging a non-district loss to the Lions.

Two seniors who have been on the varsity since Mountain View's 1-23 season in 1998, Diana Ceniceros and Diana Gonzales, have led the Lobos' rise to the top of the 2-4A standings. Ceniceros was named the district's Outstanding Setter last season, while Gonzales has been the team's leading hitter for each of the past three seasons.

"I think our tougher match (in district) will be Mountain View," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, who has won her last two matches while shorthanded on the front line. Senior Mindy Harrison and junior Tiana Terry have been out with injuries and Granado said "I don't know if they'll be ready by Saturday."

The Eagles have been able to rally to win in both their games a week ago against Fabens, and in the second game on Tuesday against Mountain View. Pecos won their opener on Sept. 18 against Clint before losing the last two games to the Lions, while Mountain View has yet to lose a game in their 2-4A wins over Clint, San Elizario and Canutillo.

Bears to battle Gorillas in Klondike Saturday

Instead of taking on a group of Cowboys in their corral tonight, the Balmorhea Bears will face a bunch of Gorillas on Saturday.

The Bears were scheduled to travel to Grandfalls tonight, but the Cowboys don't have enough players to field a six-man football team this year. To fill the hole in the schedule, coach Ennis Erickson said Balmorhea would travel to Klondike, south of Lamesa, on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. game against the Trent Gorillas.

The Bears are 2-1 on the season following their 48-0 non-district win over District 8-A rival Dell City last Saturday, while Trent outscored Abilene Christian High School's six-man team a week ago, 64-36. Rusty Sliter ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Gorillas on offense, and also had three interceptions on defense for Trent. Bo Simpson added three more TDs for the Gorillas, two on runs and a third on a 55-yard pass from Patrick Bryan.

"Trent is supposed to be pretty good. They went to the quarterfinals last year and have about half their starters back," said Erickson. The Gorillas are favored to win the District 11-A six-man title again in 2001.

This will be the second of three pre-district games for the Bears against district favorites. Balmorhea lost three weeks ago to No. 2 ranked Whitharral, 50-17, and will face District 7-A favorite Sands at home next week.

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