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Friday, September 27, 2002

Eagles seek second straight win over Presidio

The Pecos Eagles followed up last Saturday's non-district win over a District 4-3A opponent with a victory when it counted in district play this past Tuesday.

Now they'll try and beat the other district team they defeated last Saturday, when Pecos hosts Presidio in their home opener, starting at 4 p.m.

The Eagles are 1-0 in district and 8-11 on the season after defeating Kermit on Tuesday, 15-4, 15-2, and last Saturday, they downed the Blue Devils by 15-2, 15-3 scores. Coach Becky Granado said Presido had problems handling Pecos' serves in both games, while the Eagles were able to hit the ball around the Blue Devils' middle blocker, Karla Garcia.

"We know what they can do. It's just a matter of getting out there and playing with the same intensity as we did on Tuesday," she said. "My main worry right now is not losing anybody to grades. If we can keep everybody eligible, we should be OK for the rest of the season."

After Saturday's match, the Eagles have a trip to Monahans to face the Loboes, who are favored to win the 4-3A title, on Tuesday night. "If we can go 2-0 going into Monahans on Tuesday, I think we'll be all right," Granado said. "If the girls can execute the game plan I have in mind, we'll give them a run for their money."

Granado said because of activities on Saturday in Presidio, the Blue Devils have canceled their freshman and junior varsity matches with the Eagles.

Pecos' junior high gold teams will also be in action on Saturday, in tournament play at Fort Stockton. Pecos won three of four matches against Monahans at home on Thursday, with the seventh grade gold team beating the Loboes, 7-15, 15-8, 15-7, and the purple team sweeping Monahans, 15-5, 15-6. In the eighth grade match-up, the Loboes beat the Eagles' gold team, 15-10, 15-11, while Pecos' purple team downed Monahans, 15-6, 15-9.

Second half turnovers cost Pecos in losses to Crane

The Pecos Eagles' seventh, ninth and junior varsity football teams saw their unbeaten streaks ended by the Crane Golden Cranes on Thursday, while Pecos' eighth graders came close to their first win of the season before falling by two points on the road to the Golden Cranes.

The freshman, who survived four lost fumbles the previous week to win at Brownfield, turned the ball over four times in the second half and six times overall in their 16-8 loss to Crane. The JV, which almost blew a 24-point lead at Brownfield last Thursday, couldn't hold onto a 22-6 lead over Crane this time, as they turned the ball over three times in the second half of a 30-22 loss to the Cranes.

The eighth graders also had second half turnover problems in their 14-12 loss at Crane, while the seventh grade purple team fell by a 20-12 score and the seventh grade gold team won by an 18-0 final score.

The JV used Crane interceptions to set up two of their three scores, a 20-yard run by Aurelio Lopez in the first period and a 29-yard reverse run by Tito Gonzales in the second. In-between Rashad Terry scored on a 72-yard touchdown run. But Crane came back after Pecos' first TD to score on a kickoff return and used a long pass to cut the Eagles' lead to 22-14 at halftime.

They tied the game in the third period on a 47-yard touchdown pass, and won the game by moving the ball downfield through the air to score on a 4-yard TD pass with 26 seconds left, after taking the ball away from Terry at midfield with two minutes to play. The loss left the JV with a 3-1 season record.

The freshmen are 3-2 after their loss, which came after they had beaten a split squad of Crane players three weeks ago, 20-0. The Cranes took an 8-0 lead in the first period, before the Eagles tied the game on a 17-yard run by Donnie Myles and Eddie Vela's two-point conversion run. But Crane would come back with a score following a Pecos fumble later in the period, and while the Eagles stopped the Cranes on the 1-yard-line following another turnover just before halftime, they were unable to solve their turnover problems in the second half.

Coach Keith Windham said the eighth graders played far better than in last week's 28-0 loss to Monahans, but "turnovers killed us. We had four in the third quarter," along with seeing penalties call back three touchdowns. Luis Ortega and Isaiah Rayos and the touchdowns for the Eagles, who are 0-3 on the season.

The seventh graders are 1-1-1 after their loss. Juan Garza and Jeremy Dunlap had Pecos' scores. A missed two-point conversion was the difference in the game, as Crane got their last score on the final play of the game, Windham said, "when we were trying to strip the ball and just didn't tackle him."

The gold team improved to 3-0-1 with their win. Vincent Palomino, Bryant Winfrey and Francisco Sanchez had Pecos' touchdowns.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Crane the Eagles' varsity will take on the unbeaten Crane Golden Cranes. The Eagles have lost the battle on the offensive and defensive lines in their last two games, losses to Lamesa and Brownfield after a season-opening win at Alpine, but getting away from Eagle Stadium may be the best thing for Pecos.

Over the last 10 games at home, the Eagles are only 4-6 and have given up over 300 yards on defense in seven of those 10 games, while they're 7-3 in their last 10 road games, both records dating back to the middle of the 2000 football season.

Three of Pecos' four District 4-3A rivals are in action this weekend. Fort Stockton goes to Snyder and Kermit faces Denver City tonight, while Midland Greenwood hosts Andrews at the new Scarber Complex in Midland on Saturday.

Fort Stockton (1-3) at Snyder (0-3): The Panthers moved the ball on San Angelo Lake View last week, but could only get into the end zone once and lost 16-10. The Panthers held the Chiefs to under 100 yards rushing, but were burned by two second quarter touchdown passes. Joseph Lauderdale ran for 147 yards in the loss, and has gained over 400 yards in the Panthers' four games this season.

Snyder, after facing Frenship, Abilene Wylie and Greenwood in their first three games, will be happy to see Fort Stockton tonight. The Tigers took a 7-0 lead on the Rangers last week, but saw Midland come back with 35 unanswered points, 21 in the second half. Josh Montoya ran for 79 yards and Snyder's only touchdown in the losing effort.

Denver City (2-1) at Kermit (1-3): Like the Tigers, the Jackets took a 7-0 lead, trailed 14-7 at the half and then saw the Owls pull away in the final two periods last Friday. Kermit had just five yards rushing in the game, and got their only score on a 67-yard Landon Forga touchdown pass to Lupe Mendoza. Kermit had 42 yards passing overall for the rest of the night.

Denver City went over to New Mexico last week and actually were out-gained in yardage by Portales, but most of that came in the second half of the Mustangs' 46-20 win. Denver City followed the Greenwood method, and scored 46 straight points after falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter. Brad Joiner had two touchdowns and Adrian Barber one, while running for 115 yards and kicking a first quarter field goal that put the Mustangs ahead to stay.

Andrews (2-2) vs. Greenwood (4-0): After upsetting Odessa High on Sept. 6, the Mustangs face the prospect of going into District 4-4A play with three straight losses unless they beat the Rangers on Saturday. Sweetwater surprised Andrews last week, 19-7, after that group of Mustangs lost to Greenwood the week before by a 13-6 score. Sweetwater made two first quarter touchdowns stand up, and Andrews could manage only a second quarter touchdown by J.J. Hays.

Technically, this is a neutral site game for the Rangers, but it's their third straight game in the Midland area, and they'll get Monahans, Fort Stockton and Pecos at home when 3-4A play begins. In their win over Snyder, Jeremy Audas ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns, while Dawson Wilbur had the Rangers first two touchdowns.

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