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Monday, October 27, 2003

Loboes make Eagles pay for 3rd quarter mistakes

Staff Writer

The third quarter has been the black hole for the Pecos Eagles' offense throughout the 2003 season. The Eagles haven't scored many points in any quarter this year, but their mistakes on offense have been particularly bad right after halftime.

However, the Eagles' defense had played well enough to make sure no team was really able to take advantage of all those problems ... until Friday night.

Jesus Pedroza picked up a fumbled punt by teammate Adrian Rios and ran it 45 yards for a touchdown early in the third period for Monahans, and the Loboes would then score three more times off three Pecos turnovers on three consecutive offensive plays, all of which turned a 7-0 game at halftime into a 37-0 victory for the Loboes.

"I think that just shows a lack of discipline on our part," said Eagles' coach Patrick Willis, whose team lost its fourth straight game and fell to 0-2 in district play.

"That's the first time we fell apart in a game like that," said Willis. "Lubbock High beat us, but that's the first time we've just fallen apart."

The Eagles had five turnovers in the game and seven fumbles overall, to go along with 14 penalties for 120 yards. And while Pedroza's score came on a fortunate bounce - as he picked up the ball three yards in front of where Rios had misplayed Eddie Vela's punt, then sidestepped two Eagle players also going for the ball and ran untouched to the end zone - the Eagles were forced to punt from their own 11 yard line after having a 1st-and-10 at midfield three plays earlier, after an 11-yard run by Rashad Terry.

The Eagles were first hit with an illegal motion call, then were flagged for unsportmanlike conduct on the next play, after quarterback Oscar Parada was sacked for a 10 yard loss. Parada then hit Terry for a 30-yard completion on the next play, but that was wiped out by a motion penalty, and Pecos ended up punting.

"That scoop and score was a very heads-up play by Pedroza. He actually had two punt returns, but the other one was called back," said Loboes' coach Larry Hanna, referring to a return later in the quarter that was wiped out by a Monahans penalty.

After Pedroza' score, Pecos' problems continued on their next series, when Parada fumbled a snap and Fermin Vasquez recovered at the Pecos 48-yard-line. Parada was then injured on the next play while trying to tackle Richard Covington on defense, and on the play after that, quarterback Kevin Kenyon found Tyqualy Fletcher behind the Eagle defense for a 47-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

It was the second of three touchdown passes by Kenyon in the game, and the first three TD passes of the season allowed by Pecos' defense. The Loboes' first score of the night came when Kenyon hit J.D. Herninway from 25 yards out late in the first half, when cornerback Simon Castillo appeared to lose track of the ball.

With Parada injured, Saul Pina came on at quarterback after Fletcher's TD, but his first pass was picked off by Dimas Porras and returned to the Pecos 20. Two plays later Johnny Rodriguez went up the middle for a score. The Eagles then committed their third turnover on their third straight play when Pina looked over to the sidelines while in the deep snap formation, and had the ball sail past him, where it was recovered by K.C. Williams at the 11 yard line.

Pecos' defense held this time, but Rodriguez was still able to boot a 30-yard field goal for a 31-0 lead.

Rodriguez was wide left on a 22 yard attempt in the second period, after the Loboes had driven from their own 26 to the Pecos 5-yard-line. That drive started after Monahans stopped Pecos on downs at the 26, which was helped by an earlier clipping call that left Pecos was a 1st-and-25 at the Loboes' 46.

Monahans had one other first half scoring chance, when Booker Fobbs fumbled the kickoff after the Loboes' first score. Pedroza recovered it at the Eagles' 30, but the drive was stopped when Jaime Muela picked off a Kenyon pass for Porras in the end zone just before halftime.

Kenyon's third touchdown pass was an 18-yarder to Ruben Arroyo with 4:15 left in the game. It capped a 198-yard passing night for Kenyon, while Monahans ended up with just 68 yards rushing in the game.

Even worse from Pecos' standpoint was that only 112 of the Loboes' 266 yards came in the final two periods, when Monahans scored the bulk of their points.

"A hundred and twelve yards and 30 points. That's embarrassing," said Eagles' coach Patrick Willis, who played for Monahans when Hanna was an assistant coach in the mid-1980s. "I apologize to the people of Pecos for that. That showed a lack of discipline on our part, but we will get better."

Pecos managed only 156 yards total offense on the night against Monahans, which is 5-3 on the season and at 3-0 in District 4-3A play, clinched a playoff spot with their win.

The Eagles will now be rooting for Monahans to finish district play unbeaten this Friday with a homefield victory over Kermit. Pecos' fading playoff hopes rest on a win by the Loboes and a victory by the Eagles in Fort Stockton this Friday. Pecos would then need to beat Greenwood by five points or more the following Friday to advance to the playoffs.

Greenwood improved to 2-1 in district, while Fort Stockton joined Pecos at 0-2 after their 43-13 loss at home to the Rangers on Friday.

Monahans 0 7 24 6 - 37

Pecos 0 0 0 0 - 0

Second Quarter

Mon. - J.D. Herninway 25 pass from Kevin Kenyon (Johnny Rodriguez kick), 4:14.

Third Quarter

Mon. - Jesus Pedroza 45 fumble return (kick failed), 8:08.

Mon. - Tyqualy Fletcher 47 pass from Kenyon (Kenyon run), 5:40

Mon. - Rodriguez 20 run (Rodriguez kick), 5:07

Mon. - FG Rodriguez 30, 3:12

Fourth Quarter

Mon. - Ruben Arroyo 18 pass from Kenyon (Rodriguez kick), 4:15.

Mon Pec

First Downs 13 11

Rushes-Yds. 24-68 34-68

Passing Yds. 198 88

Passes 13-17-1 6-15-2

Punts-Avg. 3-37.5 5-30.8

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 7-3

Penalties-Yds. 6-35 14-120


RUSHING - Monahans, Rodriguez 9-40, Kenyon 8-24, Carter 1-11, Carrillo 3-0, Ice 1-0, Porras 1-(-1), Wright 2-(-6). Pecos, Terry 9-37, Fobbs 9-26, Parada 14-26, Pina 4-(-28).

PASSING - Monahans, Kenyon 13-17-1-198. Pecos, Pina 2-6-2-60, Parada 4-8-0-28.

RECEIVING - Monahans, Arroyo 3-40, Carter 3-14, Fletcher 1-47, Bustos 1-30, Herninway 1-25, Rodriguez 1-24, Ortega 1-8, Covington 1-6, Rios 1-4. Pecos, Terry 4-75, Muela 2-13.

MISSED FIELD GOALS - Monahans, Rodriguez 22 (WL).

Pee Wee teams score two wins in area games

Pecos' third through sixth grade football players got a chance to go up against out-of-town teams on Saturday at Eagle Stadium, and will be going on the road to face some of those same teams in games next week in age group games for the youth 'A' and 'B' divisions.

Pecos' third and fourth grade teams dropped all three of their games on Saturday, while the fifth and sixth grade teams won two of their three games.

The regular season champs for the 'A' Division, the Packers, shut out Andrews, 22-0, while the Redskins, who finished second, defeated Seminole by an 18-12 final score. The league's third place finisher, the Vikings, played the opening game of the day and lost to Kermit, by a 32-0 final score.

For the 'B' division teams, the Colts were edged by Seminole, 8-6, while Kermit beat the Chiefs, 24-0, and the Dolphins were beaten by Andrews, 42-0.

Eagles sweep Prowlers to close home schedule

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles' volleyball did what they needed to do Saturday afternoon against the Fort Stockton Prowlers to close out their home season with a victory. Now they'll try to do the same thing on Tuesday night in Midland in order to avoid another match this coming Saturday.

The Eagles swept Fort Stockton, 25-14, 25-20, 25-15 to remain alone in second place in the District 4-3A standings, a game ahead of Greenwood, who defeated Presidio on Saturday and will host Pecos Tuesday night in the final regular season game.

The Eagles can clinch second place and a bi-district match-up with Seminole if they win, if not, the two teams will meet, probably on Saturday in Monahans, to decide second in the district standings.

Pecos had some serving problems in their opening game, and fell behind Fort Stockton early in the second game but was able to overcome both problems to score wins. Fort Stockton scored the first point in Game 3 as well, but the Eagles then ran out to a 12-4 lead, and maintained at least a seven point lead the rest of the way.

"We missed five serves, three of them back to back. I told them we could not do that in a close game," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "Then we started off in the second game and gave up five straight points before we scored. But they did really good after that. I thought we were going to come down to their playing level, but we didn't."

Bre'Ann Windham had a spike and an ace at the outset of the match for Pecos, and later added two more kills during a 10-2 run by the Eagles that widened an 8-6 lead to an 18-8 advantage. Leslie Rodriguez had three kills at the end of the game, including a spike of an overset by Fort Stockton that gave Pecos its 25th point.

In the second game, blocks by Annette Hernandez and Erika Munoz on Windham and a couple of hits by Munoz helped the Prowlers go out to their 5-0 lead. The Prowlers then allowed the Eagles to get back into the game with a series of unforced errors, and Pecos eventually tied the game at 12-12 on a spike by Danielle Garcia and went up 13-12 on a big hit by Munoz.

The Eagles would lead 17-12 following a pair of spikes by Stephanie Herrera, then had to hold off one last rally by Fort Stockton before winning.

Game 3 also featured a series of errors by the Prowlers that gave Pecos some easy points, though the Eagles had a couple of kills from all four of their main hitters during the game.

Pecos also had one new player up front for Saturday's match in freshman Adriana Armendariz, who was brought up to the varsity to serve as a blocker for the Eagles. "Adriana did a good job for her first game," Granado said. "I brought her up because I thought there was no way we could go into the playoffs without another blocker. She had two blocks and two assists, so she gets up there and will slow the ball down."

The win gave the Eagles a 7-2 record in District 4-3A play and a 15-15 mark for the season. The loss eliminated Fort Stockton from the playoff race, and left the Prowlers with a 3-6 record in district, 9-12 on the season.

Fort Stockton did get a pair of wins in Saturday's sub-varsity matches. The Prowlers defeated the Eagles' freshmen team, 25-18, 27-25, then downed the junior varsity, 25-19, 25-22.

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