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Thursday, October 2, 2003

Pecos JV hosts Marfa's varsity;

7th, 8th, 9th teams face Stockton

The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity football team will get a chance to play a varsity game tonight, when they take on the Marfa Shorthorns in a 7 p.m. game at Eagle Stadium.

The JV game with Marfa will follow the Eagles' junior high purple team games against Fort Stockton. The junior high gold teams are also scheduled to host the Panthers, with those games set for 4 and 5:30 p.m. starts, while the freshman Eagles will go to Fort Stockton for a 5:30 p.m. game against the Panthers.

The JV is 2-3 on the season following their 26-6 loss last Thursday at Crane. The Cranes scored twice in the final five minutes to break the game open, while the Eagles' offense hasn't scored a touchdown in two weeks, getting their six points last Thursday on a fumble return for a touchdown by Ricky Dickerson.

Marfa is a member of District 1-2A, along with Alpine, which defeated the Eagles' varsity last month in Pecos. The Shorthorns are 4-0 on the season, with their last win a 54-6 rout of El Paso Faith Christian last Friday.

Pecos' freshman are 1-1-1 following their 33-6 loss a Crane. A 64-yard run by Luis Ortega accounted for the ninth graders' lone score.

The eighth grade purple team was beaten at home by Crane, 42-0, and is 1-2 on the season, while the gold team is 2-1 after their 24-0 win over the Cranes. The seventh grade gold team also comes into today's game at 2-1 after a 16-8 victory over Crane, and the purple team is 3-0 after beating Crane, 22-0.

Eagles facing big challenge from Westerners

Staff Writer

Big school. Big scores. Really big linemen.

All that adds up to a big task for the Pecos Eagles on Friday night at Lowery Field, when they take on the Lubbock High Westerners in the final pre-district game for both teams.

Pecos is 3-2 after their 17-14 loss to Crane, the No. 7-ranked team in Class 2A, at Eagle Stadium a week ago. But coach Patrick Willis called Lubbock High, "the best team we've played all year. They've got the best offensive line, and good quarterback. I think they're going to try and line up foot to foot and try to run over us, because they've got some big boys up front."

A look at the Westerners' roster bears that out. Lubbock High's front six on their offensive line averages 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, with the right side of the line weighing in at over 350 pounds. That size has helped Lubbock High outscore its last three opponents 120-22, after a season-opening 28-13 home field loss to Canyon Randall.

"The kids have done pretty well, I'm real tickled with their efforts," said longtime Westerners coach Joe Loudermilk, whose team is seeking a Class 5A playoff berth for the first time in 27 years in 2003.

Pecos fans would have thought the Westerners were headed for the playoffs last season, when they came into Pecos and routed the Eagles, 49-7. It was the third of six games in 2002 in which the Eagles would surrender 30 points or more.

Halfway through the 2003 season, the 17 points allowed last week is the most Pecos has surrendered in any game. The Eagles also are giving up under 200 yards per contest, though Willis said at least one, and possibly two starters will miss Friday's game in Lubbock.

"Booker (Fobbs) is not going to play, because he's got bruised ribs, and Oscar (Parada) has been in McAllen all week for a funeral. He's supposed to be back tonight (Wednesday), but we'll have to see how things go."

The Westerners have done most of their scoring in the second half the past two weeks. They led Levelland by only a 19-9 score at halftime a week ago before going on for a 47-16 victory. Tony Rioz ran for 109 yards and two scores, while Michael Castillo also had two touchdowns in the victory.

"Castillo's pretty fast and Rioz is a tough runner," Willis said. "Their quarterback (Chandler Barnard) is good and he can run."

Rioz and Barnard were part of last year's team that rolled up almost 400 yards on Pecos. Barnard threw for 216 yards and three touchdowns, while Rioz also had a score, though he saw limited action running the ball.

Both he and Castillo ran for over 100 yards in Lubbock's 41-6 win over Canyon two weeks ago, while Barnard hasn't had to throw much the past two weeks, but did have 157 yards through the air in the Westerners' 42-0 win over Amarillo Caprock.

Loudermilk downplayed his team's recent scoring outburst. "We've gotten some breaks, and we've got some hard-working kids. We don't have any great athletes, but we have a lot of kids who go out there and work hard.

"We've been pretty successful, and we've been pretty lucky with some of the things that have happened, too," he added.

Defensively, the Westerners held Levelland to just 139 total yards last week, and allowed Pecos only 52 yards in offense a year ago. Offense also has been Pecos' big problem this season - they're averaging just over 180 yards per game - and Willis is hoping the Eagles can improve this week against Lubbock High, whose defensive line is slightly smaller than the offensive unit.

"We have some things in the game plan we think can hurt them, but we'll have to see if we can get it off," he said. "They play man (defense) all the time."

"I really think the defense is playing a lot better, and they're playing a lot smarter this year," Laudermilk said. "Our kids are doing a real good job learning their assignments."

Willis said his defense will have Jonathan Carrasco starting at defensive end in place of Fobbs, and if Parada doesn't play, "Jose Reyes and Rashad (Terry) may get some defense, too," in the secondary. Lubbock High meanwhile, is expected to have no players starting both ways on Friday, which means fatigue also could be a factor for Pecos.

"They're a 5A team, and they've got 5A talent and some big numbers," Willis said. "We're going to have to play lights out on the field to stay with them."

Starting Lineups

Pecos Lubbock High

Offense Defense

QB (10) - Saul Pina 165 DE (70) - Martin Vasquez 190

RB (22) - Rashad Terry 160 DT (78) - Israel Rodriguez 235

SE ( 9) - John Parent 175 DT (55) - Marcos Rios 255

WB ( 2) - Oscar Parada 180 DE (62) - Jaime Rivera 185

LT (56) - Chad Evans 210 LB (31)-Bronshea Sheppard 200

LG (62) - Travis Burkholder225 LB (23) - Oscar Gallegos 165

C (71) - Daniel Medina 160 LB (35) - Esteban Gallegos 150

RG (55) - Adrian Barreno 195 CB (20) - Juan Garcia 160

RT (66) - Victor Reyes 165 R ( 3) - Byron Bradford 175

TE ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165 S (25) - Randy McBrewer 165

SE ( 6) - Simon Castillo 155 CB ( 8) - Omar Lane 160

Defense Offense

DE (56) - Chad Evans 210 QB ( 4) - Chandler Bernard 165

DT (54) - Jacob Marquez 180 FB (24) - Michael Castillo 175

DT (66) - Victor Reyes 165 TB (41) - Tony Rioz 185

DE (52) - Jonathan Carrasco165 SE (32) - Chris Trevino 170

LB ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165 LT (76) - Casper Martinez 275

LB (33) - Joe Marruffo 170 LG (53) - Will Basorn 245

LB (32) - Eddie Vela 155 C (60) - Omar Villarreal 245

CB ( 3) - Jaime Muela 140 RG (71) - Curtis Jenkins' 345

R ( 9) - John Parent 175 RT (73) - Trevor Mason 365

S ( 2) - Oscar Parada 180 TE (83) - Brian King 245

CB ( 6) - Simon Castillo 155 WR (82) - Clint Borchardt 185

P (32) - Eddie Vela 155 K (21) - Dustin Dooley 150

K ( 5) - Alex Oorsco 165 P ( 4) - Chandler Bernard 165

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