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Thursday, October 25, 2001

Eagles head to Mountain View for district meet

Running a cross-county meet at a high school might seem like running on an easy course _ unless your school is like El Paso Mountain View High School.

Mountain View, out in the sands and near the foothills of northeast El Paso, will be the site of this year's District 2-4A cross-country meet, scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT time on Saturday.

Coach Rudy Jurado said the girls would run their two-mile race first, followed by the boys' three-mile cross-country competition.

The 2-4A meet has been held in Fabens the past two years, and was held in southeast El Paso back in 1998. Mountain View's Angela Reyes will be favored on the girls' side, and Irving Alvidrez of San Elizario will be the favorite in the boys' division. Reyes ran a 16:01.65 last Saturday and Reyes at a 13:14 at the El Paso Burges Invitational.

Jurado said he would have five runners on the boys' side for Saturday's district meet, where the Top 10 finishers will advance to regionals in Lubbock. "Jason Sanchez is the one who has a shot at it. I'm not saying it's easy, but he has a realistic shot," Jurado said.

"I looked at the time out there and 10th place would be a 17:44. Jason ran an 18:10 so to have a chance he's got to cut at least 30 seconds and probably more off that," the Eagles' coach said.

Pecos' other runners are Alex Orozco, Jeremiah Mora, Raul Garcia and

Eagles hope to continue Canutillo's bad luck run

Staff Writer
What could have been a match-up of two undefeated teams in District 2-4A on Friday instead will be a battle between one undefeated team and one winless squad trying to keep their playoff hopes alive, when the Pecos Eagles travel to Canutillo to face the Golden Eagles in an 8 p.m. CDT start.

The Eagles, winners of four straight, and the Golden Eagles, losers of four in a row, will meet in Canutillo for the first time in three years, with the host squad in need of a victory to stay alive in the 2-4A playoff race.

Pecos has won both its district games so far in impressive fashion, shutting out Clint two weeks ago, 36-0, then routing Fabens at home last week, 45-14, despite allowing the Wildcats to gain over 450 yards.

Canutillo, meanwhile, allowed Fabens less than 300 yards offense the previous week, but the Wildcats made a pair of early touchdowns stand up in a 14-7 win. Last Friday, the Golden Eagles were tied with El Paso Mountain View late in the game and appeared to be driving towards the go-ahead score when they turned the ball over, and allowed the Lobos to go the length of the field to score and win, 18-12, keeping Mountain View tied for first with Pecos in the 2-4A standings.

"Offensively we've moved the ball, but we just turn it over at inopportune times," said Canutillo coach Scott Brooks. "We turned it over at the Fabens 4, and last week it was 12-12 with 1:40 to go when we threw an interception."

"They're a very big team," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs. "Defensively I feel like they're very aggressive. They do a lot of stunting, which could cause us problems up front in passing situations."

None of the current Eagle players were around for Pecos' last trip to Canutillo. The Eagles went into that game unbeaten in district, but saw the Golden Eagles wipe out Pecos leads in spans of 16, 24 and 25 seconds, the last on a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired, which gave Canutillo a 26-23 win and a share of first place with the Eagles in the final 2-4A standings.

The past two seasons Canutillo has played well on defense, but has run into problems generating much on offense. This season, the Golden Eagles have mainly relied on the running of tailback Hector Saldivar, who has gained 894 yards in six games this season.

"He ran well against Mountain View," said Grubbs. "I've been impressed both with their quarterback (Julian) Lopez and with Saldivar."

Lopez returns from last season. His completions and yardage are about the same as Eagles' quarterback Freddy Torres, but the senior has thrown only two touchdown passes this season to go with seven interceptions.

"Part of the problem is we don't have any big play receivers," said Brooks. "Every time we go deep we turn the ball over.

"He's done a good job running what we've asked him to do. He just hasn't thrown the ball the way he should," he added.

Saldivar was bothered by an ankle injury in Canutillo's loss to Fabens, but Brooks said, "He's healthy" for Friday's game, though there are other players hurting. "We're banged up. It really started with the (El Paso) Austin game, and went on from there."

Linebacker is one spot where Canutillo is hurting, Brooks said, but the Golden Eagles still have senior Jacob Gaytan available. "The bomber's fine. He's the one who makes us go on defense," the Golden Eagles' coach said.

"Cornerback Ray Barrios has four picks (interceptions). He's played real well. And we have a super linebacking corps, but it's just been banged up week to week," said Brooks, who added he may bring up a few players from Canutillo's idle junior varsity team for tonight's game.

"Secondary-wise they send their `backers so much that to me it puts the secondary in a bad situation at times," said Grubbs. "Their philosophy is they're going to get to the quarterback before he throws it."

Along with Gaytan, Brooks said defensive ends Carlos Torres and Eddie Garcia have played well. Garcia accounted for Canutillo's only touchdown against Pecos last season, stealing the ball from a pile up and running 61 yards for a touchdown.

Grubbs said Mountain View "used some big plays to score," which is how Pecos beat Fabens last Friday. Matthew Levario scored on a 53-yard run and 89-yard kickoff return, Peter Juarez had a 75-yard TD pass, 39-yard TD run and a 40-yard interception return to set up a Levario field goal, and Torres had a 50-yard scoring run to go with his TD pass to Juarez.

Grubbs said all the starters for Friday's game would be the same, but the Eagles would get three players back _ Tomas Valles, John Saenz and Oscar Archuleta _ who missed last week's game.

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