Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 22, 2001
Eagles down San Eli, play Clint for second place
Last year they were playing for the District 2-4A title. Tonight, the
Pecos Eagles and Clint Lions will be playing for a chance to stay home this
weekend, when the teams meet in a 6 p.m. game at Van Horn.
The Eagles and Lions will be trying to secure second place in the district
standings and a home match this weekend against the No. 3 seed from District
1-4A when they face each other for the third time this season. Last year,
the teams met in Van Horn to decide the 2-4A title and Pecos came out on
top by a 15-4, 15-9 score.
Both Pecos and Clint earned playoff spots on Friday, thanks to the Eagles'
15-12, 15-4 win at San Elizario, Clint's 15-4, 15-5 win over Canutillo and
district champ El Paso Mountain View's 15-8, 15-6 win over Fabens, which
broke the three-way tie for second in the 2-4A standings. Both the Eagles
and Lions are 6-4 in district, while Pecos is 13-19 and Clint is 11-16 on
Pecos and Clint split their two regular season games in district, with
the Lions winning a 13-15, 15-1, 15-9 decision at home back in September,
while the Eagles won at home two weeks ago 15-3, 15-10. In that game, the
Eagles were able to contain Lions' hitter Collanne Bramblett through the
early parts of both games, which allowed the Eagles to jump out to leads
over the Lions, and then add to them when the senior rotated to the back
For tonight, coach Becky Granado said, "Our goal will be to contain Collanne,
and we had two kids that we were picking on last time with our serves. Our
game plan will be the same _ keep the ball away from Collanne and serve it
to those back line girls."
The winner of tonight's game is scheduled to host a bi-district round
playoff game this weekend while the loser will have to go on the road, which
would mean only a short drive for Clint, but a 200-mile trip for Pecos. However,
as far as the opponents go, there won't be much difference for the winner
or loser of tonight's game, since El Paso High, El Paso Burges and El Paso
Riverside all finished tied for the District 1-4A title with 8-2 records.
In Friday's win at San Elizario, the Eagles had to rally in the opener
after San Eli scored five straight points to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9
lead. In the second game, the Eagles were ahead almost all the way, using
a 9-0 run to turn a 4-3 lead into a 13-3 advantage.
"At that time we were hitting the ball out and passing it into the net,"
Granado said of San Eli's first game streak. "Plus, that was when their big
hitter (Valerie Soto) was up front. She came back and was eligible (after
missing the first game between the teams) and had a couple of good hits."
"We had a couple of blocks on their big girl, but they landed out. But
once we started blocking her she started dinking the ball," the Eagles' coach
Rebecca Wein and eight kills for Pecos, Leslie Rodriguez had seven and
Stephanie Herrera and Christina Arenivas four apiece for the Eagles. "Offensively
we were much better at hitting the ball, but if you look at our ballhandling
errors, we had a bunch," Granado said. "They ran a 1-man block again and
at times didn't have anybody there, but I think that's when we made most
of our mistakes."
Pecos' freshman and junior varsity teams ended their seasons on Friday
against San Elizario. The ninth graders lost to the host Eagles, 15-11, 15-2,
while the JV won a 15-9, 12-15, 15-10 decision from San Eli.
Bears down Mustangs, clinch playoff spot
The playoffs are still almost a month away, but the Balmorhea Bears assured
themselves of another post-season spot on Friday night, with a 51-6 victory
in Marathon over the Mustangs.
With Sierra Blanca unable to field a team this year in District 8-A six-man
football, the Bears will pick up an automatic win on Nov. 2, to go along
with their win Friday over Sanderson and their victory the previous week
over Dell City in their district opener. That leaves only Balmorhea's first
regular season game on Nov. 9 at Sanderson, which helped the Bears earn their
sixth trip to the playoffs in eight seasons with a 70-22 win over Dell City
Marathon actually scored first on Friday, on a pass from Hector Hernandez
to Daniel Aguilar on their opening possession. "They completed one long pass
and got down into position to score, and then on fourth down they were able
to complete the pass for the touchdown," said Bears' coach Ennis Erickson.
"But after that we didn't have much trouble."
The Bears tied the game 90 seconds later on a 5-yard run by Isaiah Rodriguez,
and took an 8-6 lead on Jerry Mendoza's extra point kick.
Six other players scored touchdowns for Balmorhea, and the Bears scored
their 51 points despite only 246 yards in total offense. "We rotated everybody
around on rushing. We only had 114 yards, but that was with six different
people, so all the yardage was spaced out. Three or four players threw passes
and six or seven caught passes, so no one person had really big numbers,"
Isaiah Rodriguez hit Logan Humphries with a 35-yard TD pass in the second
period, after Adrial Ramon scored from a yard out late in the first period.
Mendoza would connect with Artutro Rodriguez on a 9-yard pass less than a
minute later, and three minutes later caught a 13-yard TD pass from Ivan
Rodriguez. He would get the Bears' sixth touchdown with 2:34 left in the
half, scoring on a four-yard run, with Mendoza's kick giving Balmorhea a
43-6 halftime lead.
The Bears were able to end the game less than four minutes into the third
quarter under the 45-point rule. Josue Carrasco scored on a 1-yard run with
3:17 gone in the period, and 23 second later, after Mustangs were stopped
on downs, Balmorhea won the game when Marathon's punt snap went out of the
end zone for a safety.
Defensively, the Bears held the Mustangs to minus-4 yards on the ground,
though Marathon ran the ball on only eight of their 31 plays. "They kind
of passed the ball more than we expected. They didn't try to run the ball
at all," Erickson said.
The win was Balmorhea's third straight after a 1-2 start and put the Bears
at 4-2 on the season, and 2-0 in district. Marathon is 1-1 in district and
The Bears will take a break from district play this week, and will take
on the Aspermont Hornets, who were granted a special waiver by the University
Interscholastic League to drop down to six-man football this season after
playing at the 11-man level in 2000. Erickson said the game has been moved
a few miles south from Klondike to Sands, and will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Big plays carry Eagles to 45-14 rout of Wildcats
By JON FULBRIGHT
Big-play offense is not what the Pecos Eagles are normally associated
with, while the Fabens Wildcats had come up with a number of big plays
through the first five games of their 2001 season.
The Wildcats also had a defense that had bent, but hadn't broken, through
three early season wins on the way to a perfect 5-0 record coming into Pecos.
The Eagles, meanwhile, had bent three times and were broken twice to start
the season, but had played better defense in their last three games going
into Friday night's match-up against the Wildcats.
When it was all over, the Eagles had surrendered a season-high 452 yards,
but after allowing two touchdowns on the Wildcats' first three drives, Pecos
shut out Fabens the rest of the way, stopping four drives inside their own
20-yard-line. Meanwhile, the Eagles scored five touchdowns on plays of 35
yards or more while the defense came up with five turnovers on the way to
a 45-14 victory.
"We were playing the team picked to win the district, and I think that
fired the kids up," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs, whose team played a turnover-free
game and racked up 347 yards in total offense, while scoring twice immediately
after Fabens touchdowns to take away any momentum the Wildcats might have.
Matthew Levario returned Adrian Telas' kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown
right after Vicenta Macias' first quarter touchdown run and Telas' extra-point
had tied the score at 7-7. Then, after the Wildcats tied the game again at
14-14 following a Tury Cleto 1-yard TD run in the second period, the Eagles
needed only 1:09 to regain the lead, as Freddy Torres found an opening over
the left side of the line and raced 50 yards for his second touchdown of
Three minutes later, Levario would go through the left side and run 53
yards for his second TD, right after Hugo Rodriguez recovered a fumbled handoff
between Macias and quarterback Rigo Estrada. Levario then added the extra
point kick, giving the Eagles a 28-14 lead.
"We have big-play potential," said Grubbs. "Tonight we saw they were bringing
their strong safety to the wide side of the field, and they were moving the
nose to the tight end side, so we started moving the ball over to the weak
"It's always nice to have a 10-play drive and score, but it's also nice
to get a big play and score quickly to put the pressure back on them," Grubbs
Pecos' first score had a couple of little `big plays' both involving Torres
and receiver Abel Lopez. The first came just after the opening kickoff, when
Torres hit Lopez for an 18-yard gain on a 3rd-and-13 play from
Pecos' 36-yard-line. Two plays later Torres took off on an option run, and
after getting hit nine yards downfield the ball ended up in the hands of
Lopez, who ran another 22 yards to the Fabens 12-yard-line.
Torres then picked up nine yards on a 3rd-and-8 play, then
got his first touchdown on a quarterback sneak on the ensuing play.
Fabens had driven out from their own 4-yard-line past midfield when the
fumble between Estrada and Macias occurred, and on the ensuing kickoff the
Wildcats drove from their own 38 to a 3rd-and-goal at the 2-yard-line
as the clock went under a minute to play in the half. Estrada had used a
couple of passes to David Huarte combined with his own runs to set up what
looked like Fabens' third TD of the game.
But on third down Fabens tried a naked bootleg with Estrada, only to see
the quarterback tackled by Robert Natividad and Jason Gonzales for a two-yard
loss. Then on fourth down Estrada rolled right but threw short to Huante
in the end zone, and the Eagles took over on downs and were able to run out
Fabens would get another chance to cut Pecos' lead after getting the second
half kickoff, but when Estrada tried to throw a slant-in pass to Carlos Cadena
_ a play that went for 27 yards in the first half _ Cadena cut the wrong
way and Peter Juarez picked off the ball and returned it to the Wildcats'
5-yard-line. Pecos could gain just one yard on their next three plays, but
Levario then came on and hit a 21-yard field goal to widen the lead to 31-14.
Juarez would account for Pecos' final two touchdowns, on a 75-yard reception
from Torres early in the final period, and on a 39-yard run with 2½
minutes left in the game. But before that the Eagles would stop two more
Fabens drives inside the Pecos 20-yard-line.
The first stop was on a 4th-and-1 after Fabens drove from their
own 20 to Pecos' 9. Macias, back in the lineup after missing the Wildcats'
last two games due to grades, was stopped by Justin Evans inches short of
the first down. Then a few minutes later, after Fabens again drove deep into
Eagle territory, Estrada tried to hit Huante with a pass that was picked
off by Jason Gonzales at the Pecos 16-yard-line.
The interceptions and the early fumble spoiled a 300-yard night offensively
for Estrada. The quarterback ran for 116 yards, mostly on bootlegs around
the end, and threw for 213 yards, the longest a 49-yarder to Cadena that
set up Fabens' first score.
"We tried to put some pressure on them, but he made some good plays,"
said Grubbs. "But I thought we made some good adjustments in the second half
both defensively and offensively. In the second half we went back to our
basic defense and we may have given up some yards, but we shut them out."
Macias, the state's leading rusher in Class 4A a year ago, was held to
85 yards by the Eagles' defense. Meanwhile, Levario finished with exactly
100 yards on the night, and Torres had his first 100-yard passing game of
the season, going 5-for-7 for 107 yards.
"What I saw tonight was some leadership from the kids. I was pleased as
a coach to see some of the kids come in all fired up and ready to play,"
Fabens' first loss of the season left them tied with Clint for third place
in the District 2-4A standings at 1-1, while Pecos stayed tied for first
with El Paso Mountain View, 18-12 winners of Canutillo this past Friday.
The Eagles are 2-0 in district, 5-2 overall going into back-to-back road
games at Canutillo this Friday and Mountain View on Nov. 2.
Pecos netters win 2-4A fall tournament
The Pecos Eagles tennis team picked up their first District 2-4A title
in three years on Thursday, as they defeated the El Paso Mountain View Lobos
and Fabens Wildcats in the district team tournament at San Elizario.
The Eagles defeated Mountain View in their morning match, 18-1; then scored
a 10-4 victory over Fabens, earning them No. 1 seed from the district at
this coming weekend's Region I-4A Tournament at Wichita Falls.
"The kids played great. They were all so pumped up and excited," said
coach Mike Ortiz. "I give all the credit to them, they took it to them."
Pecos lost only one boys match in the win over Mountain View, in which
all the singles matches were pro-sets. In the victory over Fabens, Pecos'
third of the year against the Wildcats, the Eagles led only 4-3 after doubles
play was completed, but won four of the five boys singles matches and both
of the girls singles contests before play was ended when Pecos reached the
10 victory mark and clinched the tournament title.
Ortiz said the district runner-up still has to be determined between Fabens
and Clint, but the eventual runner-up and the Eagles will go to Wichita Falls
on Thursday, where seedings will be done among the 16 regional qualifiers.
The Eagles drew tournament No. 2 seed Wichita Falls Rider in 1998 and 1999,
while facing El Paso Burges at regionals a year ago.
Pecos (18) vs. EP Mountain View (1)
Trent Graham defeated J. Arevelo, 8-0; Bobby Sotelo defeated M. Sauceda,
8-2; Stephen Lamb defeated L. Guerrero, 8-5; Jay Dannelley defeated O. Talamantes,
8-3; Michael Orona defeated J. Lopez, 8-0; Orlando Mendoza lost to J. Arrieta,
Natalia Ornelas defeated C. Falcon, 8-3; Brenda Fuentes defeated D. Ceniceros,
8-6; Kristina Dominguez defeated B. Nieto, 8-0; Elizabeth Carreon defeated
T. Buckingham, 8-6; Jennifer Rayos defeated J. Villalobos, 8-5; Amanda Fleming
defeated M. Gonzales, 8-3.
Graham and Dannelley defeated Arevalo and Saucedo, 6-0, 6-2; B. Sotelo
and Lamb defeated Guerrero and Talamantez, 6-1, 6-4; Orona and Joel Sotelo
defeated Arrieta and Lopez, 6-0, 6-2.
Ornelas and Fuentes defeated Falcon and Ceniceros, 6-2, 6-0; Carreron
and Rayos defeated Nieto and Buckingham, 6-4, 6-0; Fleming and Chantel Orona
defeated Gonzalez and Villalobos, 6-3, 6-0.
Dominguez and Mendoza win by default.
Pecos (10) vs. Fabens (4)
Trent Graham defeated Orlando Olmos, 6-0, 6-0; Bobby Sotelo defeated Victor
Sigala, 6-1, 6-3; Stephen Lamb lost to Simon Trujillo, 6-1, 6-1; Michael
Orona defeated Monty Morales, 6-7 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5), 6-0; Orlando Mendoza
defeated Florencio Arriola, 6-0, 6-1.
Natalia Ornelas defeated Ana Garcia, 6-3, 6-0; Amanda Fleming defeated
Alyse Ramos, 6-0, 6-2.
Graham and Dannelley defeated Olmos and Sigala, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1; B. Sotelo
and Lamb defeated Trujillo and Aldo Gutierrez, 6-3, 6-4; Orona and Joel Sotelo
lost to Lopez and Morales, 6-2, 6-2.
Ornelas and Fuentes defeated Garcia and Samirah Ihmud, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3;
Carreron and Rayos lost to Dyana Montoya and Daisy Gonzalez, 3-6 6-4, 7-6
(7-4); Fleming and Chantel Orona lost to Jennifer Ramos and Alyse Ramos,
Dominguez and Mendoza win by default.
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