Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, October 31, 2002
Eagles host Panthers in final home game
By JON FULBRIGHT
After a shutout loss to the Monahans Loboes last week and a 31-13 loss three
weeks ago to the Kermit Yellowjackets, the Pecos Eagles' playoff chances
are on life support, going into their final home game Friday night against
the Fort Stockton Panthers.
The Eagles need a win, and they also need outside help, to have any shot
at post-season play. But after their 18-point loss to Kermit and their 29-0
loss a week ago to Monahans, any chance at all requires a win Friday over
The Eagles are 1-2 in district and 2-6 on the season, while the Panthers
are 2-1 and 4-5 after their 21-7 loss to undefeated Midland Greenwood a
week ago. The Panthers could clinch a playoff berth on Friday with a win
over the Eagles and a loss by Monahans at Kermit, while Pecos' playoff chances
rest on wins on Friday and next week against Greenwood and a loss Friday
by the Loboes.
Defensively, the Panthers allowed the Rangers only one first half touchdown
before Greenwood scored twice in the third period. "They impressed us," said
Eagles' coach Fred Carter. Fort Stockton shut out Monahans in regulation
the previous week before pulling out a 7-6 overtime win, though Carter said
the Panthers had some early problems against Odessa Permian's sophomore
football team in a game scheduled to replace their cancelled Oct. 11 game
"Their sophomores scored 21 points in the first half against Stockton,"
Carter said. "They had them down 21-7 at the half before Stockton's seniors
wore them down (in an eventual 36-21 win). We showed the tape to our kids
and told them they can be beaten."
Fort Stockton coach Gary Roan did not return phone calls this week, but
Carter said the Panthers offense was "very predictable in what they're going
to run," though Greenwood's Dawson Wilbur told the San Angelo Standard Times
on Saturday that "They came out in the first half and ran a lot of stuff
we hadn't seen. It was completely different from what we had been practicing
Fort Stockton's changes resulted in a 105-yard rushing game for fullback
Logan Hamm, but their leading rusher for the season, Joseph Lauderdale, was
held to 49 yards and one touchdown, a five-yard run in the closing minutes
of the game. The Panthers were able drive the ball down to Greenwood's 30-yard-line
before being stopped on their opening series.
Fort Stockton figures to go back to their regular offense on Friday, or
at least to what they ran last year against the Eagles, when they gained
389 yards, 361 of that on the ground, in a 32-8 victory. Pecos' only touchdown
didn't come until the final minute of play on a Freddy Torres pass to Matthew
Levario. But Torres had his problems early on, as his first quarter fumble
was returned for a touchdown while Lauderdale picked off a pass in the end
zone later in the period as the Eagles were driving for a tying score, and
the Panthers would score on the game's next play for a 14-0 lead on the
way to a 25-0 halftime advantage.
The Panthers went on to end a 23-year playoff drought in 2001, but their
offense hasn't been as strong this season. However, they helped themselves
by not committing any turnovers last week, which allowed them to stay close
to Greenwood despite quarterback Cyril Ward's 4-for-13 passing night. He
threw for 54 yards, with three of those passes going to Lauderdale for 46
Carter said the bulk of Fort Stockton's attack goes through Lauderdale
and Ward. "Defensively the game plan is pretty easy. We just need to take
care of business," he said.
The Eagles, meanwhile, didn't exactly gift wrap two early touchdowns
for Monahans last week, but hey made life a lot easier for the Loboes by
giving them a short field to score on twice in the opening period. They
set up Monahans on their own 42 after failing to punt on 4th-and-7
on their opening drive, then fumbled the ball away on the first play of
their next series at their own 43, with both plays helping the Loboes go
out to a 16-0 lead.
The Eagles managed just 130 total yards against Fort Stockton a year
ago, and the Panthers' defense has played well this year, with the exception
of the first half of their games against Permian's sophomores and El Paso
Burges, a game that Fort Stockton would rally to win, 21-20.
"They've got some big guys, and they do pursue well, but Permian's sophomore
bunch had a lot of success running out of a twins formation," Carter said.
He said Odessa was able to throw on Fort Stockton when they were able to
get their blocks down.
Pecos had a little success throwing against Monahans a week ago. Torres
connected up with Ruvel Carrasco for three completions at the end of the
first half, when the Eagles reached the 25-yard-line for their deepest penetration
of the night, while Jose Reyes completed three passes to John Parent early
in the fourth quarter, but saw his fourth pass attempt to Parent sail high
and turn into an interception that was returned for the Loboes' final touchdown.
Parent was knocked out of the game a short time later going for a pass
from Torres, but Carter said he should be able to play on Friday.
Junior highs face Ft. Stockton in final home games
The Pecos Eagles' junior high football teams will play their final home
games today and the junior varsity squad will be on the road for the last
time this season, as all five teams take on the Fort Stockton Panthers.
Pecos' seventh grade gold and purple teams will host Fort Stockton at
the Crockett Middle School field, starting at 4 and 5:30 p.m., while the
eighth graders play at Eagle Stadium at the same starting times. The Eagles'
JV will be in Fort Stockton for their game, beginning at 6 p.m.
It's the second meeting of the month for all of the teams. Back on Oct.
4, the JV lost at home to the Panthers, 18-6, while the junior high squads
were all beaten in Fort Stockton, the eighth graders by 16-8 and 20-0 scores
and the seventh graders by scores of 6-0 and 36-0.
The junior high teams also lost their games last week in Monahans. The
seventh grade purple and gold teams were shut out 12-0 and 22-0 to fall
to 3-2-1 and 2-4 on the season, while the eighth grade purple and gold teams
are 1-6 and 2-4 after their 27-12 and 56-6 losses at Monahans. Uric Salgado
ran a kickoff back for the gold team, while Jesse Hanks and Larry Johnson
scored the purple team's touchdowns.
The JV team improved their record to 6-2 after defeating Monahans at
home by a 28-12 score. Quarterback Saul Pina ran for two touchdowns and
threw to Adrian Barreno for another, while Adam Ybarra scored the Eagles'
Pecos hunts place to stop before running Saturday
The Pecos Eagles' cross country team will be hoping to have an easier
time running in Lubbock on Saturday than coach Rudy Jurado is having getting
the team into town right now, when they compete in the Region I-3A cross
country meet at Mae Simmons Park.
Pecos' boys team all qualified for regionals after the Eagles won the
District 4-3A title on Oct. 21, running over a three-mile route at the Ward
County Golf Course in Monahans. The Eagles' only runner on the girls' side,
junior Leslie Rodriguez, also earned a trip to regionals with a fourth place
finish at district.
Juardo said the Eagles would head for Lubbock Friday evening. But chances
are they won't get there until sometime Saturday morning.
"We make have to stay in Hobbs or Brownfield. All the hotel rooms are
booked in Lubbock," he said. "I tried Levelland and they're also sold out."
Jurado said Rodriguez might make the trip up on Saturday morning, as
may Alex Orosco because of Pecos' football game Friday night against Fort
Stockton. The girls are scheduled to run at 12 noon and the boys at 12:30
at Mae Simmons Park, he added.
This is the first time any Pecos girl has reached regionals since 1998
and the first time for any of the Eagle boys in six years, after competing
the last four as part of District 2-4A, one of the toughest cross country
districts in Texas.
Getting away from the El Paso schools allowed the Eagles to both take
the district title and first place individually, as Genaro Mendoza won with
an 18:24.50 time, while Jay Dannelley placed fourth.
Jurado said he didn't know how the other district times stacked up going
into the I-3A regional, but added, "Hopefully, we can knock down our times
to stand a chance," at advance to state competition in the Austin area.
"Genaro's fastest time is 18:17, and he'll probably have to get it down
into the low 17s to have a chance to go," he said. Dannelley ran an 18:56.30
time at district, while Jason Sanchez and Joshua Cobos also broke the 20-minute
mark for the three-mile course.
Rodriguez ran a 13:25.30 at district, and led most of the way before being
caught in the final 330 yards, Jurado said. Kermit's Elizabeth Bell and Lura
Hayes placed first and second with 13:16.20 and 13:16.30 times.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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