Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 7, 2002
Eagles' makeshift lineup ripped by Westerners
By JON FULBRIGHT
Major changes after a three game losing streak isn't all that unusual
in football. But when the changes are forced on you, things sometimes
have a habit of getting worse instead of better.
The Pecos Eagles ran into that problem Friday night against the Lubbock
High Westerners. The Eagles had six new starters due to grades, injuries
and disciplinary reasons, and the results weren't pretty. Lubbock High went
out to a 28-0 halftime lead and could have scored three other times, while
the Eagles fumbled away a chance to cut the Westerners' lead in half in the
third period and ended up losing by a 49-7 final score.
"It just wasn't a good night for football in Pecos, Texas," said Eagles'
coach Fred Carter, whose team lost its fourth straight game after a season-opening
win. "There were just a lot of fundamental things that we should do well,
that we didn't do tonight."
Lubbock High racked up 379 yards in total offense, including 216 yards
passing and three touchdowns by quarterback Chandler Barnard, and held Pecos
to just one yard rushing in the game and 52 yards total offense
The Eagles were without starting running back/defensive back Matthew Levario
due to injury, and had to replace other starters who were either ineligible
or forced to sit out the game for disciplinary reasons connected to an incident
the previous weekend. The Westerners didn't take long to take advantage of
the new players in the lineup, as Lubbock's defense broke through Pecos'
line on the first play from scrimmage to force a fumble on the handoff between
quarterback Freddy Torres and running back Oscar Parada.
Fabian Sepeda recovered and returned the ball to the Pecos 21, but a fumbled
snap on third down by Barnard forced the Westerners to try a 32 yard field
goal by J.R. Jimenez, which was wide right.
That would be the last time Pecos would hold Lubbock in the first half.
On their next series, Barnard found D.J. Danford across the middle, and he
broke four tackles on the way to a 35-yard touchdown midway through the first
Lubbock High then forced a punt from deep in Pecos territory, and two
plays later Michael Moody broke through the right side of the Eagle line
and raced 28 yards to the end zone. Jimenez' extra point made it 14-0 with
2:03 left in the period.
Moody got the Westerners' next score as well, an 11-yard run after Damar
Hawkins blocked a Trey Edwards punt. The Westerners would then stop the Eagles
on downs again and score their fourth touchdown, on a 40-yard drive capped
by Tony Rioz' 3-yard run.
Lubbock High should have gotten a fifth touchdown, as Barnard found Danford
across the middle again, this time for what looked to be a 42-yard touchdown.
But Danford lost track of the goal line and dropped the ball at the 3-yard-line,
and it ended up being recovered in the end zone by Pecos.
Lubbock High got the ball back one more time before the half, and Laudermilk
opted to work on the Westerners' passing offense, which ended up with Jimenez
missing a 35-yard field goal as time expired in the half.
Lubbock High continued to go to the air as the second half began, but
Barnard was sacked by Alex Orosco on a third down play, and after the Westerners
were forced to punt for the first time on the night, the Eagles came back
and scored on a 30-yard pass from Torres to John Parent, set up by a third
down pass interference call against Parent by Lubbock High, one of 12 penalties
for 110 yards against the Westerners on the night.
Pecos had a chance to get back into the game for a brief moment. They
again sacked Bernard and forced a punt on the next series, but return men
Bino Barreno and Jose Reyes collided trying to field the ball, and Sepeda
recovered at midfield. Four plays later Barnard found Danford again on a
crossing pass, and this time he took it all the way into the end zone for
a 34-yard score.
"I think that was a good lesson for him right there. He had enough chastising
not to do it again," said Westeners' coach Joe Laudermilk, who added that
the rest of the team also was able to bounce back after almost letting Pecos
back into the game.
"We did let up, and that's something we don't need to do, even though
we talked about it at halftime," he said. "But it was probably good for us,
because we really came back with a vengeance after that. We weren't going
to let it happen again."
Lubbock High's final two scores came 21 seconds apart in the fourth quarter.
Barnard floated a pass into receiver Glenn Davis from 17 yards out, and on
Pecos' first play after the ensuing kickoff, Hawkins stepped in front of
a Torres pass to Parent and raced 42 yards to the end zone.
The win lifted Lubbock High to 2-3 on the season, going into their District
2-5A opener next Friday at home against San Angelo Central, while Pecos falls
to 1-4 on the season going into their District 4-3A opener next Friday in
Kermit. The Yellowjackets were off this past Friday after losing their final
pre-district game, 30-13 to Denver City, and are also 1-4 on the season.
"Hopefully we can step it up and come out and try to be in the thick of
things," Carter said. "We need to emphasize at this point that the non-district
schedule is behind us, and everything starts over. We had some games we could
have won, but now we need to focus on district."
Lubbock High 14 14 7 14 — 49
Pecos 0 0 7 0 — 7
Lub. _ Danford 35 pass from Barnard (Jimenez kick), 7:15.
Lub. _ Moody 28 run (Jimenez kick), 9:57
Lub. _ Moody 11 run (Jimenez kick), 2:20.
Lub. _ Rioz 3 run (Jimenez kick), 6:53
Pec. _ Parent 30 pass from Torres (Ortega kick), 6:02.
Lub. _ Danford 34 pass from Barnard (Jimenez kick), 9:45.
Lub. _ Davis 17 pass from Barnard (Jimenez kick), 2:06.
Lub. _ Hawkins 42 interception return (Jimenez kick), 2:27.
First Downs 17 7
Rushes-Yds. 34-163 26-1
Passing Yds 216 51
Passes 12-22-1 7-19-1
Punts-Yds. 3-22.7 7-31.4
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 4-2
Penalties-Yds. 12-110 3-17
RUSHING _ Lubbock High, Moody 17-123, Hawkins 1-33, Rioz 5-9, Furgeson
1-4, Davia 2-1, Ramirez 2-1, Barnard 6-(-8). Pecos, Parada 11-20, Barreno
2-9, Jimenez 3-1, Armstrong 1-(-1), Torres 9-(-28).
PASSING _ Lubbock High, Barnard 12-22-0-216. Pecos, Torres 6-19-1-51.
RECEIVING _ Lubbock High, Danford 4-145, Moody 4-32, Davis 3-28, Boal
1-14. Pecos, Parent 3-40, Ortega 3-7, Carrasco 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS _ Jimenez 32 (WR), 35 (WR).
Pecos gets by Fort Stockton, remain tied for 2nd
By JON FULBRIGHT
At times on Saturday, things were almost too easy for the Pecos Eagles'
volleyball team. That's when they almost made things tough on themselves.
The Eagles watched Fort Stockton make a series of mistakes in the opening
game of their match at the Pecos High School gym, which allowed Pecos to
jump out to an 8-3 lead. Then they had to survive some errors of their own
that allowed the Prowlers to move within a point of tying the game before
escaping with a 15-12 victory.
In Game 2, the Eagles did a lot more for themselves, coming up with a
series of kills to score the game's first nine points and jump ahead eventually
by a 14-1 score. But it then took a while before Pecos could finally put
point 15 up on the board, which they did after about a 10 minute delay, winning
15-5 to remain tied for second place in the District 4-3A standings.
"I thought in the second game we did a much better job placing our serves
and making them move," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "We struggled in
the first game passing the ball. We gave them a lot of free balls because
we were missing the target, and we can't do that against a good team."
Pecos did get a kill by Stephanie Herrera in their eight-point run in
the first game, but the rest of the points came off Fort Stockton errors,
mainly off serves by Leslie Rodriguez. However, that came after the Eagles
had serve and passing problems of their own, problems that would return later
in the game. The Prowlers jumped ahead 3-0 off Pecos mistakes, and then cut
the 8-3 lead to 8-7 the same way.
Mindi Harrison was able to find an opening on the court to break the Prowlers
run, and would do so once more later in the game, while also coming up with
a tip that fell in to give Pecos a 12-8 lead. "Mindi's not a power hitter,
but she jumps high and can place the ball," Granado said. "If you can place
the ball, it's as good as a kill."
The Prowlers would cut that to 13-12 on a block of Herrera by Annette
Hernandez, before the Eagles would break serve and win, off a bad hit by
Maranda Garza and an ace by Danielle Garcia, who was moved up from the junior
varsity for Saturday's match.
"At the beginning she was a little nervous, and you could tell. But the
girls continued talking to her and by the end of the first match and the
beginning of the second she started relaxing," Granado said.
In the second game, the Eagles opened with an ace by Maritza Sandoval,
and would get kills by Herrera and a block of Erica Munoz by Jessica Martinez
during their 9-0 run. The Prowlers would then help the Eagles get their next
six points, which included two aces by Vanessa Garcia.
But the easy points seemed to cause the Eagles to let down, and they would
miss five chances at match point, while allowing the Prowlers to score four
straight points before finally breaking serve and winning, on a spike by
Rodriguez off Munoz.
The win _ the third of the year by the Eagles over the Prowlers _ improved
Pecos to 10-12 on the season and 3-1 in district play, going into the final
match of first half play, at Greenwood on Tuesday. The Rangerettes are also
3-1 after defeating Presidio on Saturday. Fort Stockton fell to 1-3 in district
and 7-15 on the season.
The Prowlers did win Saturday's freshman match, 15-4, 15-4, and took the
junior varsity contest, 15-4, 15-13.
Bears blank Cowboys in homecoming game, 45-0
By JENNIFER GALVAN
The Balmorhea Bears celebrated their 2002 home opener and their 2002
homecoming game by overcoming some penalty problems to shut out the
Grandfalls Cowboys Friday night, by a 45-0 final score.
The win keeps the Bears undefeated in District 6-man football, going into
this Friday's showdown with defending district champion Sanderson, on the
Eagles' home field.
Urban Baeza, ran for 108 yards and a touchdown during the game, which
ended 29 seconds early under the 45-point rule.
With two minutes and 22 seconds into the first quarter Keith Baeza caught
a 31-yard pass from Ivan Rodriguez for the first touchdown of the night.
Jourmain Matta came in for the extra point. The Bears lead with a score of
The second touchdown came with one second remaining in the quarter, as
Urban Baeza ran in from 36-yards out. Matta made the extra attempt, and the
quarter ended with the Bears leading 16-0.
At the beginning of the second quarter the Bears scored for the third
time when Matta caught a 26-yard pass from Rodriguez. He then added his third
extra point kick of the night to give Balmorhea a 24-0 lead.
The Bears' fourth touchdown came when Alexis Lazano scored on a 19 yard
run. Matta added the extra point, and the Bears went in at halftime up 32-0.
The third quarter was scoreless for both teams, but the Bears were able
to get two more scores late in the final period with their reserves in the
lineup, to end the game under the 45-point mercy rule.
With 3:04 to play Michael Hernandez (12) ran in for a two-yard touchdown.
Matta's extra attempt was blocked, keeping the score at 38-0. Then with 29
seconds remaining in the game Michael Dominguez caught a 10-yard pass from
Keith Baeza for a 44-0 lead. This time, Sammy Dominguez scored the extra
point off a pass from Matta, which ended the game.
Grandfalls, which won four straight district titles between 1996 and 1999,
fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the District 6-A six man football. The Bears
are 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in district, tied with Sanderson, 66-6 winners
at Dell City, and Fort Davis, 72-40 winners at Buena Vista on Friday night.
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