Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, September 6, 2002
Eagles score wins in regular, added grid games
By JON FULBRIGHT
Adding three extra games to the schedule worked out well for the Pecos
Eagles football teams on Thursday, as the sub-varsity squads picked
up five wins in six games against the Alpine Bucks and Crane Golden
Pecos' junior varsity opened its 2002 season with a 42-8 home victory
over Alpine, after the freshmen evened their season record at 1-1 by shutting
out Crane, 20-0, in a game added to the schedule at the end of last week.
The two other games added to the schedule were the seventh and eighth
grade gold teams, who started their seasons with 8-0 wins in Alpine over
the Bucks. Pecos' seventh grade purple team also won their season opener
in Alpine, 34-6, while the eighth grade purple team was the only one to lose
on Thursday, falling to the Bucks, 22-8.
The Eagles' JV scored twice in the first half, then controlled the ball
for all but one play of the third quarter in going out to a 28-0 lead over
the Bucks. The Eagles rotated their quarterbacks most of the night, with
Ricky Barrera scoring the first touchdown on a 4-yard run, and Saul Pina
then throwing the two-point conversion pass to Gilbert Gonzales in the opening
Adam Ybarra scored from 30 yards out in the second quarter, and in the
third period Barrera scored on a three-yard run after Pecos recovered a fumbled
Alpine punt, then added another score on a 38-yard Rashad Terry run after
recovering an onside kick. After Alpine used a flea-flicker 75-yard touchdown
pass to get on the board in the fourth quarter, Terry scored again on a 2-yard
run and Gonzales completed the scoring with a 67-yard interception return.
Terry and Ybarra had the other two two-point conversions for Pecos.
The freshman shut out a split squad of Golden Cranes _ the Eagles and
the Cranes' other squad will meet later this month. Eddie Vela passed to
Daniel Acosta for one score and Vela ran for another touchdown in the first
half. In the third quarter the Eagles were stopped twice inside the Cranes'
5-yard-line, but ended up scoring when a Crane punt snap went out of the
end zone for a safety and when a handoff was fumbled and recovered in the
end zone by Edward Valencia for a touchdown.
In the eighth grade games, the gold team's touchdown was on a Wesley Tremble
touchdown, while the purple team's lone TD was by Isaiah Rayos. The seventh
grade purple team had touchdowns from Manuel Sotelo, Gerald Saenz, Juan Garza,
Quinten Ramon and Marcus Muniz, while Vincent Palomino had the TD for the
"I was surprised by the seventh graders. You never know what to expect
the first game of the season, but they surprised me," said coach Michael
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the varsity Eagles open their 2002 season with a
7:30 p.m. game in Alpine against the Bucks. Pecos will go into the game hurting
even more than expected in the offensive backfield. Starters Matthew Levario
and Freddy Torres were banged up in the Eagles' two scrimmage games, and
this week, their backups, running back Bino Barreno and quarterback Jose
Reyes, were hurt in practice. All four are expected to play tonight, though
who ends up starting is still uncertain.
The Eagles were the only District 3-4A team not to start their season
last week, while Midland Greenwood was the only 3-4A team to play last week
and win. The Rangers are in Shallowwater tonight, while Brownfield is at
Kermit, Seminole is at Monahans and Fort Stockton is in El Paso to face Burges
High School. Presidio's scheduled game at Marfa has been canceled.
Greenwood (1-0) at Shallowwater (1-0): The Rangers ran up over
400 yards in offense last week in their win over Ballinger despite playing
without injured fullback/linebacker Cody Hollums, who is scheduled to be
back tonight against the Mustangs.
Shallowwater dropped down to Class 2A this year after advancing to the
playoffs last season as a member of Class 3A. They opened by routing Brownfield,
34-0. Quarterback Kyle Kitchens' is the Mustangs' leader on offense, having
thrown for nearly 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.
Seminole (1-0) at Monahans (0-1): The Loboes lost their season
opener at Merkel, 21-3, despite a good defensive effort, as the offense was
held to just 150 total yards. Merkel got one of its three touchdowns on an
82-yard punt return and another on a 70-yard interception return off quarterback
Seminole, after a 2-8 season last year, shut out Muleshoe at home in their
opener, 20-0. The Indians held the Mules to only 164 yards on offense, and
got 142 yards rushing and one touchdown from running back Jeremy Hill.
Fort Stockton (0-1) at El Paso Burges (0-0): Whether or not the
Panthers missed running back Ralph Rodriguez or his supporting cast more
remains to be seen. Rodriguez transferred after an 1,000-yard plus junior
season and the Panthers didn't have a awful night on offense in their opener
against Colorado City, but were out-gained 364-276 in a 15-6 loss to the
Burges allowed a state-record 642 yards rushing in a loss last season
to El Paso Riverside while finishing 4-5 on the season. They're expected
to battle Pecos' former District 2-4A rival Canutillo for the final playoff
spot out of District 1-4A this season, and are led by quarterback Phillip
Hewlin and wide receiver Malcom Weston on offense.
Brownfield (0-1) at Kermit (0-1): The Cubs lost to Shallowwater
by only one point more last week than the Yellowjackets were beaten at home
by Ozona in their season opener. Kermit gained just 46 total yards in their
33-0 loss, while surrendering 434 to the Lions. Quarterback Lupe Munoz threw
three interceptions, and he and the Jackets' other quarterback, Landon Forga,
were sacked for 28 yards in losses.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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