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Friday, September 6, 2002

Eagles score wins in regular, added grid games

Staff Writer

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 Cranes.

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 period

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 gold team.

"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 Valencia.

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 Noah Miles.

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 Wolves.

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.

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