Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 10, 2003
Eagle teams split contests with Jackets
By JON FULBRIGHT
The Pecos Eagles' seventh grade football team scored a lot of points
on, the junior varsity team gave up a lot of points to, and the eighth
grade Eagles scored the same amount of points as the Kermit
Yellowjackets on Thursday, as the teams split their three sub-varsity
games in Pecos and Kermit.
Playing in Pecos, the seventh graders remained undefeated on the
season, beating Kermit by a 36-20 final score, while the eighth graders
saw the Jackets score with 13 seconds remaining to pull out a 16-16
tie. Up in Kermit, the combined freshman and junior varsity squad fell
behind early, and ended up losing to the Jackets by a 38-0 final score.
"It was just a mixture of a little bit of everything," said JV coach
Junior Williams. "We combined the teams on Tuesday because of grades
and had people playing out of position. But we've got two weeks now to
work with them before our next game, so we'll be OK."
Williams said Kermit scored on their opening drive, and then scored
again moments later when they picked up a bad long snap by Pecos and
ran it in for a touchdown. The loss dropped the JV's record to 2-5 on
The seventh and eighth grades had to drop their gold team games on
Thursday due to failing grades, but the seventh grade purple team was
able to improve to 5-0 on the season with their victory.
Jeremy Martinez scored three touchdowns, while Kevin Herrera and
Heath Armstrong added scores, as the Eagles took an early lead on
Kermit and then held off comeback attempts by the Jackets. Armstrong
and Herrera also added two point conversions for the Eagles.
The eighth graders got their touchdowns on a nine-yard run by Gerald
Saenz in the first period and a 55-yard pass from Drake Bradley to
Jeremy Dunlap in the third period. But they had to stop a two-point
conversion try by Kermit after their late touchdown to preserve the
The Jackets got a first half safety off a fumbled pitch by Dunlap
from Bradley in the Pecos end zone, and scored on a 37-yard run and
added a two-point conversion late in the third period. The tie put the
eighth grade purple team at 1-3-1 on the season.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity will host Kermit in their
2003 homecoming game. It's also the District 4-3A opener for both teams
and the first of three district home games for the Eagles out of four
contests. They'll have next week off due to the abandonment of
Presidio's football program, then host Monahans on Oct. 24.
Presidio's absence from the district schedule also means Fort
Stockton will be idle tonight. The Panthers added a game last week
against Alpine to fill out their 10-game schedule, while Kermit added
Odessa Permian's junior varsity a week ago for their 10th game. Pecos
played its added game back in August, defeating Midland Christian while
losing their regularly scheduled game to Lubbock High a week ago,
Pecos was minus several players that game who are supposed to be
back tonight, though the Eagles did suffer a pre-game setback when
senior John Parent sprained his ankle in practice on Thursday.
Tonight's only other district game has Monahans hosting Greenwood,
in a match-up in the top two finishers in 4-3A last season.
Greenwood (4-1) at Monahans (2-3): The Rangers came into last year's
game undefeated after a narrow win over Andrews and faced a Loboes'
team that had struggled on offense, but had played well on defense
during pre-district play. Monahans was able to contain Greenwood's
offense somewhat, but couldn't get anything going on their own and lost
to the Rangers by a 28-0 final score.
This season, Greenwood comes into the game off a narrow loss to
Andrews, while Monahans is struggling on offense again, having lost
last Friday at Lamesa, 7-0. Chris Sembrano, who scored Lamesa's only
touchdown in their 19-12 loss to Pecos, had an interception return of a
Kevin Kenyon pass for the game's only touchdown, as the Loboes were
beaten despite out-gaining the Tornadoes by 100 yards.
Greenwood lost in overtime at Andrews two weeks ago, and have been
doing as well on offense this season as they did a year ago, when they
went undefeated until losing in overtime in the Class 3A-Division II
state title game. But defensively, the Rangers are allowing about 50
more yards per game so far in 2003.
Dawson Wilbur leads the district in passing yardage with 863 yards,
despite playing one less game so far than Pecos' Saul Pina or Kermit's
Landon Forga, while Jeremy Audis maintains his lead in the district
rushing stats with 599 yards. Like Pecos, Monahans has gotten the bulk
of their offense this season through the air, as Kenyon has thrown for
Pecos girls travel to Kermit for 4-3A opener
The Pecos Eagles aren't exactly in the driver's seat yet, as far as
the Class 3A playoffs go, but the Eagles will try to strengthen their
hold on second place in the District 4-3A standings on Saturday, when
they travel to Kermit to take on the Yellowjackets, in the second half
opener for both teams.
The Eagles are 4-1 in district and 12-14 on the season after
outlasting Greenwood on Tuesday, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 14-25, 16-14, at
the Pecos High School gym. The win put Pecos a game up on the
Rangerettes, who host 5-0 Monahans on Saturday.
Kermit, meanwhile, has gone winless in the first half of district
play for the second year in a row after a promising effort in
pre-district play. That included tying the Eagles in pool round play at
the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament back in August, but in their return
to Pecos for the district opener on Sept. 23, the Jackets were swept by
the Eagles, 25-22, 25-20, 25-17. This past Tuesday, Kermit won their
first game over Fort Stockton, 25-23, but then dropped the final three
games of the match, 25-21, 25-22, 25-12.
"Hopefully we can take care of Kermit on Saturday and Presidio on
Tuesday, and then take a week off before going to Monahans," said
Eagles' coach Becky Granado. The Eagles need wins in three of their
last five district matches to assure themselves of an eighth straight
trip to the playoffs.
"We just need to take care of business and win the games we should
be able to win, and everything else will fall into place," Granado
Play opens on Saturday with the freshman and junior varsity matches,
at 5 and 6 p.m.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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