Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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
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
"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
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
"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."
Pecos Lubbock High
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
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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