Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, September 20, 2002
Eagles pick up victories despite shortage of TDs
By JON FULBRIGHT
Touchdowns were hard to come by for the Pecos Eagle sub-varsity football
teams on Thursday, but wins weren't, as the Eagles picked up three
plus one tie in their six games, against Monahans and Brownfield.
The Eagles' freshman and JV teams went to Brownfield and both came away
with wins despite problems. The ninth graders lost four fumbles but still
managed to win by a 2-0 score, while the JV jumped ahead of the Cubs 24-0
at halftime and had to hold on for a 24-22 win.
In Pecos, Pecos' seventh grade gold team edged Monahans 8-6 after the
teams played a scoreless tie last week, while the Eagles' purple team was
the one to play a scoreless tie with the Loboes this Thursday at the Crockett
Middle School field
Things didn't go as well over at Eagle Stadium. The eighth grade gold
team lost to Monahans for the second week in a row, 34-6, while the purple
team fell behind the Loboes 22-0 at the half and ended up losing, 28-0.
The JV is 3-0 on the season, though coach Gaylon Doan said "The thing
the kids have got to learn is they're preparing to play for the varsity and
they've got to learn to play four quarters of football."
Rashad Terry scored touchdowns on runs of 20- and 45-yards and Tito Gonzales
scored on a 15-yard reverse, the same play the Eagles used to beat Lamesa
in the closing minutes last week. Aurelio Lopez had a pair of two-point conversion
runs and quarterback Saul Pina had the other one for the Eagles.
The ninth graders are 3-1 after their win, despite losing the four fumbles
and having an Eddie Vela touchdown called back by a penalty. Coach Jo Jo
Wilson said the only points came on a safety when Brownfield's punter stepped
out of the end zone.
"Overall we dominated. There were just a lot of errors and sloppy play,"
he said. "We got inside the 10-yard-line four times and didn't score."
In the eighth grade games, A Lucas Macha touchdown run was the only score
for Pecos. The gold team, which lost 14-0 to Monahans last week, trailed
16-6 at the half, and saw the Loboes score three times off turnovers in the
final two periods. The gold team is 1-2 and the purple team 0-2 on the season.
In the seventh grade games, the Eagles' only scores were a touchdown and
two-point conversion run by Vincent Palomino in the gold game, but Pecos
was able to stop Monahans' tying two-point conversion to pick up the win.
In the purple game, neither team got inside their opponents' 15-yard-line
during the entire game. The gold team is now 2-0-1 and the purple team is
1-0-1 on the season.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity will take on Brownfield in their
2002 homecoming game. Pecos is trying to avoid dropping two straight games
after an opening win for the third season in a row. They bounced back a year
ago with wins in their final two pre-district games, but have a much tougher
road this year before District 3-4A games begin, with a trip to 3-0 Crane
next week followed by a game versus 1-1 Lubbock High on Oct. 4.
Tonight's four other district games have San Angelo Lake View at Fort
Stockton, Snyder at Greenwood, Kermit at Reagan County and Monahans going
to Lubbock Cooper.
San Angelo Lake View (0-3) at Fort Stockton (1-2): The Chiefs' defense
hasn't dropped to the level of the late 80s and early 90s, when 400 yards
per game allowed wasn't uncommon, but Lake View has been giving up a lot
of yards and points in their opening three games.
Fort Stockton, on the other hand, hasn't gained that much in their games.
They did move the ball well in the second half against El Paso Burges two
weeks ago, but were held to only a single score by Ozona last week and Colorado
City in their opener. Joseph Lauderdale ran for 212 yards against Burges,
and could have another big night against the Chiefs.
Defensively, the Panthers have been the reverse of their offense, with
their only really bad half the opener at Burges, while the defense played
well in the second half of that game and in their two losses
Snyder (0-2) at Greenwood (3-0): This may actually be a step down for
the Tigers in their level of competition after their opening two games, against
Class 4A's No. 4-ranked Frenship and Abilene Wylie, which pounded Lake View
in their opener. Quarterback T.J. Jones ran for 131 yards and passed for
another 125 against Wylie, which rallied to beat Snyder 28-14 after trailing
14-7 at the half.
Greenwood shut down Sweetwater at home last week, 13-6, winning on Jeremy
Audas' 15-yard touchdown run with 4:57 to play. The other numbers also were
almost dead even _ Greenwood outgained Sweetwater by a yard, and both teams
gained over 225 yards on the ground.
Kermit (1-2) at Reagan County (3-0): After six really bad quarters to
start the season, Kermit has played six pretty good quarters the past two
weeks, rallying to beat Brownfield and then coming close to winning at Seminole
last week, before losing in the final 40 seconds, 16-14.
Kermit had trouble running on Seminole, but quarterback Landon Forga threw
for 157 yards and two touchdowns, both in the third quarter. Reagan County,
meanwhile, remained undefeated with a 20-6 victory over McCamey, as their
quarterback, Ross Brown, threw for 121 yards and a touchdown and ran for
Monahans (1-2) at Lubbock Cooper (1-1): The Loboes got their first win
last week, 17-0 over Alpine, while Cooper defeated Tahoka after opening with
a loss to Lamesa.
Monahans has played good defense in all three of their games, but could
mange only one touchdown in their two losses. Last Friday, the Loboes got
103 yards and a touchdown out of running back Johnny Rodriguez, and held
the Bucks to just 113 yards total offense.
Cooper held Lamesa to 258 yards in their 29-8 loss _ the Tornadoes ran
for 412 on Pecos last week, while Lubbock was giving up 373 yards to Tahoka
but still managed to come out with a 27-20 victory. Lance Wiley scored on
a 4-yard run with 26 seconds to play, after Tahoka had tied the score at
20-20 with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter.
Pecos ends pre-district against 3-4A rivals
The Pecos Eagles volleyball team closes out its pre-district schedule
on Saturday, by getting a look at two more of their District 3-4A rivals,
when they host the Kermit Yellowjackets and Presidio Blue Devils in varsity
and freshman matches.
The Eagles will play the freshman games starting at 11 a.m., coach Becky
Granado said, and then will take on Presidio at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils and
Jackets will play after that, and the Eagles will then take on Kermit, starting
sometime around 3 p.m.
Pecos is 5-11 on the season after splitting a pair of matches in Fort
Stockton on Tuesday. They lost to Crane 15-11, 15-10, then defeated the district-rival
Prowlers, 15-11, 15-11.
"Defensively Maritza (Sandoval), Mari (Mendoza) and Vanessa (Garcia) did
a good job," coach Becky Granado said. "We still need work covering cross-court
kills, but as far as covering down the line, they got after it."
It was the second win of the season for the Eagles over Fort Stockton.
The Eagles haven't faced either the Jackets or Blue Devils yet, but Granado
said, "We scrimmaged Kermit (in Monahans) and we've seen Presidio."
Those are the same two teams the Eagles will face next week in their 3-4A
openers _ they go to Kermit on Tuesday and they host Presidio again next
While the high school teams play at the new Pecos High School gym on Saturday,
Crockett's seventh and eighth grade teams will be hosting their own tournaments.
All four eighth grade teams will play at the Crockett gym, and three of the
four seventh grade squads will play at the Zavala Middle School gym.
Pecos' green and gold eighth grade teams begin play at 8 a.m., Pecos white
will face Presidio at 10 a.m. and Pecos purple will take on Marfa at 11 a.m.
In the seventh grade bracket, Pecos green faces Fort Stockton at 8 a.m.,
with the winner facing Pecos purple at 12 noon, and Pecos gold faces Van
Horn in a 9 a.m. match.
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