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Friday, August 29, 2003

First half problems sends Pecos JV to 23-7 loss

The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity football team suffered through a rough first half in their season opener Thursday night, suffering an eventual 23-7 loss to the Midland Christian Mustangs.

The Eagles' struggles were mainly on defense, as they gave away the ball several times and fell behind at the half by a 21-0 score. Pecos' only score of the game was a defensive touchdown, while Midland Christian's defense would pick up a safety for their only points in the final two quarters.

"In the first half we were a little stiff. Our boys weren't really focused," said JV coach Robbie Ortega. "In the second half we did much better."

He said the offense was able to move the ball at times, but added, "turnovers killed us. We'd get a drive going and we'd have a fumble or an interception."

Luis Nunez had Pecos' only score, returning a Mustang fumble for a touchdown, and Javier Mendoza added the extra point.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity opens up its 2003 season against Midland Christian's varsity squad, as both teams look to get back into the playoffs after losing seasons in 2002. It's also the first game for new Pecos head coach Patrick Willis and for the new offensive and modified defensive schemes he has installed for the Eagles this season.

All five District 4-3A teams will get their seasons open in the "Zero Week" this year, with two of them playing at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, where the Eagles and Mustangs originally were scheduled to scrimmage on Saturday, before it was changed into tonight's regular season opener.

Defending district champ and state runner-up Greenwood hosts Ballinger there tonight, and Fort Stockton will face Colorado City there Saturday night. The Panthers and Wolves played in Odessa last year, but the game was moved to Midland while new turf is being installed at Ratliff Stadium.

Monahans hosts Merkel and Kermit goes to Ozona in tonight's other 4-3A openers.

Serving helps, hurts Eagles in games

Staff Writer

Serving mistakes played a key role for and against the Pecos Eagles volleyball team this morning, during pool round play at the Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament at the Pecos High School gym.

The Eagles had little trouble winning their opening match, beating Fort Hancock 15-7, 15-5. But Pecos then split its second pool round match with Kermit, winning and losing their two games by 15-13 scores.

"We just have to wake up for our 3:30 and 4:15 games," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "We've got Fabens and Ysleta, and hopefully by then we'll be ready to play."

While the games only went to 15 points, the new rally scoring system was used, in which missed serves now count as points for the opposing team. That helped the Eagles in their first game with Kermit, when the Yellowjackets jumped out to a 12-6 lead, but saw Pecos comeback at the finish after getting some gift points from Kermit's servers.

The Jackets also had more missed serves in the second game, but the Eagles had problems handling a number of Kermit's other serves, which turned a 10-7 Pecos lead into a 13-10 deficit. The Eagles tried one more comeback, and narrowed the gap to 14-13, but lost when Danielle Garcia's serve went over the back line for the final point of the match.

"I think that game showed us how serving can cost us when you're at match point," Granado said. "In the first game, serving hurt Kermit and gave us a chance to catch up."

The Eagles had problems handling Kermit hitter Amber Broadway at the start of Game 1, but started their rally on a missed serve by Misti Sims. Brittany Rodriguez and Leslie Rodriguez had points off dink shots, while Amalie Herrera served out the final five points for the Eagles, including one ace serve.

In the second game, Broadway hurt the Eagles with a couple of her serves that Pecos' back line couldn't handle, while Sims came up with a pair of kills during the Jackets' comeback.

In the earlier victory over Fort Hancock both Rodriguez had spikes and Jessica Florez had an ace serve at the start of Game 1. The Mustangs struggled to handle the Eagles' serves during most of the match and led only once, at the outset of Game 2, on a block o Brittany Rodriguez by Erika Arzate.

Following the Fabens and Ysleta matches, the Eagles have one more match today, a 5:45 p.m. contest against the Snyder Tigers. The top four finishers from the Eagles' pool will advance to the tournament quarterfinals Saturday morning, while the two other teams will play in the consolation semifinals.

Pecos' junior varsity also began play today in their bracket of the tournament, while Pecos' freshmen placed second in their bracket on Thursday, during pool round play. The ninth graders went 3-3 in their six games, splitting with Fort Davis, 15-2, 16-18; Odessa High, 15-12, 13-15; and Crane, 15-12, 10-15. They'll play in the semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Crockett Junior High gym.

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