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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 3, 2003
Pecos again splits sub-varsity grid games
By JON FULBRIGHT
The scores were different, but the results were the same Thursday night
for Pecos' sub-varsity football teams, as the junior varsity and
freshman teams lost, while the junior high squads won three of their
The JV and ninth graders had a rough time in their games, the JV at
home against Marfa's varsity and the ninth graders in Fort Stockton.
Marfa scored twice in the first five minutes and four times in the
opening quarter, on the way to a 45-0 victory in Pecos, while the ninth
graders were outscored 34-0 in the first half of their 42-0 loss to the
Crockett's eighth graders also fell behind big early in the purple
game against Fort Stockton, eventually losing by a 30-0 score, while
the eighth grade gold team scored an 8-6 win at Eagle Stadium, and the
seventh grade purple and gold teams won by 22-6 and 22-0 scores at the
Crockett Junior High field.
The Shorthorns improved to 5-0 going into District 1-2A play,
scoring on their opening drive and then after recovering a fumbled
kickoff by the Eagles. Two long touchdown passes rounded out the first
period scoring, and Marfa would add two more touchdowns in the second
Pecos' Luis Ortega, who was moved up from the freshman team for the
game, had a couple of good runs in a losing effort for the JV, which
fell to 2-4 on the season.
The ninth graders missed Ortega on offense, coach Jerry Parent said,
and also missed a lot of tackles in their game at Fort Stockton, while
falling to 1-2-1 on the year. "We had a 'sightseeing' defense; there
was not much tackling in the first half, but they did play better in
the second half," he said.
The eighth grade purple team is 1-3 and the gold team is 3-1 after
their games. The lone touchdown for Pecos came on defense, on a
Francisco Ornelas interception return. A two-point run by Martin Muniz
provided the margin of victory.
The seventh grade purple team is 4-0 and the gold team 3-1 after
their wins. Martin Jasso had touchdown runs of 40 and eight yards and a
conversion run, while Jeremy Martinez had a 65 yard scoring run for the
purple team and Paul Zubledia passed to Phillip Williams for the other
two points. For the gold team, their scores came on touchdown and
conversion runs by Joseph Terrell and Jonathan Dominguez, and a pass
from Isabel Baeza to Ernie Herrera.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity will take on the Lubbock
High Westerners at Lowery Field, in the final pre-district game for
both schools. The Eagles will be trying again to find the right
combination to jump-start their running game, while at the same time
cutting down on the eight fumbles they suffered in last week's 17-14
loss to Crane.
Monahans goes to Lamesa to face the Tornadoes tonight, and Fort
Stockton goes to Alpine, while last night, Kermit prepared for their
District 4-3A opener in Pecos next week by defeating Odessa Permian's
junior varsity team, 45-3.
Randy Butterfield had his third and fourth returns for touchdowns
this season, both on punts Thursday night, and Kermit had over 450
yards in offense as the Jackets improved to 4-2 on the season.
Monahans (2-2) at Lamesa (1-3): A week after losing in the final
period to the Eagles, the Tornadoes edged Levelland, 7-6, but were
routed last week by Littlefield, 42-14, while Monahans took last week
off after a 14-7 win over Lubbock Cooper, the same team that opened the
season with a 30-0 victory over Lamesa.
The Loboes rallied in the second half to beat Cooper, and did the
same in their 29-21 victory over the Bucks. Like Pecos this season,
Monahans has been getting most of their yards through the air, with
quarterback Kevon Kenyon throwing for over 600 yards in just four
Fort Stockton (2-2) at Alpine (2-2): The Presidio make-up game for
both teams, who had holes in their schedules when the Blue Devils
cancelled their football program.
Both teams have been on an point scoring slide as of late - Alpine
was shut down in the second half by Monahans three weeks ago, and then
were blanked by Reagan County last week, 14-0 despite gaining nearly
250 yards in offense.
Fort Stockton has only scored two touchdowns in their last two
games, though they stayed close to both San Angelo Lake View and Snyder
for the first half of those games. The Panthers were also hurt against
Snyder by the absence of quarterback Wayne Jefferson, their leading
passer and rusher in 2003, though Jeremy Velsaquez did throw for 256
yards and the Panthers gained over 300 yards total a week ago, despite
falling by a 40-9 score.
Eagles hoping to widen lead over Prowlers
The Pecos Eagles volleyball team lost to Monahans on Tuesday. But every
team in District 4-3A is expected to lose to Monahans this year.
The real race in 4-3A is for second and third place, and the Eagles
can either put themselves in good shape to earn their eighth straight
trip to the playoffs or put themselves in a big hole over the next four
days, when they take on their two main rivals, the Fort Stockton
Prowlers and Greenwood Rangerettes.
Pecos goes to Fort Stockton Saturday afternoon for their match with
the Prowlers, starting following the freshman and junior varsity
matches, at about 6 p.m., before closing out the first half of their
district schedule at home on Tuesday against Greenwood.
"Hopefully, we'll play much better on Saturday," said Eagles' coach
Becky Granado, after Pecos had problems not only with Monahans' big
front line hitters on Tuesday, but also with their servers in a 25-9,
25-11, 25-7 loss to the Loboes. It left the Eagles with a 2-1 record in
district, 10-14 on the season.
Pecos has yet to face Fort Stockton this season, even though this
will be the Eagles' fifth match at the Williams Center this season.
They spilt matches with Van Horn ad Alpine there to open the season,
and did the same against Crane and Fort Davis three weeks ago, while
getting a chance to see the Prowlers against those same teams.
"Fort Stockton has got a couple of big girls, but they're not as
strong as the hitters from Monahans," Granado said.
The Prowlers are 7-8 on the season and 1-2 in district, after their
25-22, 25-20, 27-25 loss at home on Tuesday to Greenwood. Last season,
the Eagles were able to earn a playoff berth by beating Fort Stockton
twice in district, including a three-game win at the Williams Center.
Pecos' junior high black teams also will be in action on Saturday,
in volleyball tournament play at Crane. On Thursday, both the seventh
and eighth grade purple and gold teams scored road victories over Van
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