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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Eagles, Panthers seek to keep playoff hopes alive

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles need a little help, and they need to help themselves on Friday in order to stay in the District 4-3A playoff race.

The Fort Stockton Panthers just need to get two wins in order to reach the playoffs. But one team will see their post-season chances come to an end on Friday, when the Eagles travel to Fort Stockton for a 7:30 p.m. Halloween night game against the Panthers.

Pecos and Fort Stockton both are 0-2 in district play after losses last week, Pecos by a 37-0 score at home to Monahans and Fort Stockton, 43-13 at home against Greenwood. The Eagles are 3-5 and the Panthers are 2-6 on the season, but aside from having home field advantage on Friday, Fort Stockton also has a slightly better chance of advancing to post-season play.

The Panthers need only to win their last two games, against Pecos and Kermit, to reach the playoffs for the second time in three years. Pecos' road is a little harder - they need a win by Monahans over Kermit on Friday night or Fort Stockton next week, and then they have to win their last two games, against the Panthers and Greenwood next week. If Kermit splits their last two games, then the Eagles would have to defeat the Rangers by five or more points to advance to post-season play for the fifth time in the past six years.

"It's going to be a tough game. They're in the same situation as we are, so we'll just have to see who wants it the most," said Eagles' coach Patrick Willis.

A year ago, Fort Stockton kept their playoff hopes alive in Pecos by downing the Eagles, 33-24, but then lost to Kermit the following week to miss the playoffs. Fort Stockton gained all 258 of their yards offensively on the ground a year ago, while the Eagles had 227 yards rushing, including 97 by Rashad Terry.

Pecos hasn't allowed many yards on the ground this season, but they also haven't gained many, either. The Eagles only picked up 68 yards rushing in last week's loss to Monahans, and only allowed the Loboes 68 yards on the ground, as Monahans used a series of Pecos mistakes in the third period to score 24 points after leading by only a 7-0 score at halftime. The Loboes also had three touchdown passes, the first three allowed by the Eagles this season.

Willis said Pecos would probably be without one of their running backs, junior Booker Fobbs, for Friday's game, while the status of quarterback Oscar Parada remains questionable.

"Booker won't play a whole lot. He missed Monday and Tuesday (practice) with a bad cough, so we've moved a freshman (Luis Ortega) up from the JV, and he may run the ball a lot," Williams said.

Parada was injured trying to make a tackle on Monahans' Richard Covington in the third period of last week's game, one play after being hit hard and fumbling while at quarterback near midfield. "Oscar's a little questionable. He's still sore and hasn't worked out in pads."

Saul Pina, who started Pecos' first six games and took Parada's place last week, has been working out with the first team at quarterback this week. However, the Eagles' coach added, "If Oscar's ready to play he's going to play."

While the Eagles have been strongest on defense this season, Fort Stockton's strength has been on offense, with junior quarterback Wayne Jefferson. He's second in the district in rushing this season with 733 yards and five touchdowns, including one in last week's loss to Greenwood.

"Stockton worries me with their running game. They ran the ball real well against Greenwood," Willis said. Jefferson gained 125 yards last week on the ground, though in the air he was only 3-for-20 passing, for 40 yards.

"Passing is not one of his stronger points," Willis said, while adding that Jefferson's back up, Jeremy Velasquez, is a deep threat at wide receiver.

Dustin Jones and Vic Lujan have been the top overall receivers for Fort Stockton this season. Jones caught four touchdown passes early in the season, while Lujan's 12 receptions is tops for Fort Stockton this season. Both receivers do have over 200 yards so far.

Defensively, the Panthers allowed Greenwood over 350 yards last week, but were in the game until early in the third period, when the Rangers scored twice in the span of one minute to break the game open.

"Defensively, they're very aggressive. They like to send their linebackers on every play," Willis said. The Panthers have been open to the run, allowing 1,731 yards so far this season, which will be an opening for Pecos, which has yet to rush for 500 yards in their first eight games, and has gotten most of their offense this season through the air.

"They're going to send their (line)backers almost every play. My main hope is we can get somebody wide open and get them confused," Willis said.

The Eagles' coach is also hoping his team can turn things around from the second half last week against Monahans, where aside from their turnover problems in the third period, the Eagles also committed a series of bad penalties, including a couple of unsportsmanlike conduct calls, one of which led to an ejection.

"I'm hoping they do step up. We're harping on it, so we'll see what team shows up. The team that showed up in the third quarter last week, or the team that showed up the rest of the year," Willis said.

Starting Lineups

Pecos Fort Stockton

Offense Defense

QB (10) - Saul Pina 165 DE (34) - Matt Girvin 165

RB (22) - Rashad Terry 160 DT (58) - Bobby Contreras 210

SE ( 9) - John Parent 175 DT (74) - Billy Graue 260

WB (12) - Ricky Barreno 175 DE (25) - Cade Ezell 160

LT (56) - Chad Evans 210 LB (28) - Vic Lujan 140

LG (62) - Travis Burkholder 225 LB (50) - Jacob Brians 175

C (57) - Adam Ybarra 185 LB (68) - Mar Harral 170

RG (66) - Victor Reyes 165 LB (22) - Julio Pacheco 155

RT (71) - Daniel Medina 160 CB (20) - Adam Heredia 150

TE ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165 S ( 2) - Wayne Jefferson 180

SE ( 6) - Simon Castillo 155 CB ( 4) - Jeremy Velasquez 170

Defense Offense

DE (56) - Chad Evans 210 QB ( 2) - Wayne Jefferson 180

DT (54) - Jacob Marquez 180 RB (24) - Daniel Martinez 150

DT (66) - Victor Reyes 165 SE ( 7) - J.J. Hickman 150

DE (52) - Jonathan Carrasco165 FL ( 4) - Jeremy Velasquez 170

LB ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165 WB (28) - Vic Lujan 140

LB (33) - Joe Marruffo 170 LT (68) - Mark Harral 170

LB (20) - Bino Barreno 155 LG (78) - John Gonzales 220

CB ( 3) - Jaime Muela 140 C (51) - Ross Turner 170

R ( 9) - John Parent 175 RG (74) - Billy Graue 260

S (16) - Jose Reyes 165 RT (58) - Bobby Contreras 210

CB ( 6) - Simon Castillo 155 WR (12) - Dustin Jones 150

P (32) - Eddie Vela 155

K ( 5) - Alex Oorsco 165 K/P (28) - Vic Lujan 140

Junior high teams in Stockton,

JV squad hosts Panthers tonight

The Pecos Eagles' seventh graders will try to extend their winning streak today, while Pecos' eighth graders and junior varsity team will try to get their first wins in a while, when all five Eagle sub-varsity squads take on Fort Stockton.

The junior high squads will be in Fort Stockton for 4 and 5:30 p.m., while the junior varsity Eagles will host the Panthers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

It's the second meeting of the season for all the junior high teams, while the freshman Eagles who are on the combined JV team now also faced the Panthers earlier this month.

The seventh grade purple team defeated Fort Stockton at that time by a 22-6 score, and remained undefeated on the season last week with a 48-18 win over Monahans. The seventh grade gold team won their first game with Fort Stockton, 22-0, and is 3-2 on the season after losing last week to Monahans, 34-6.

The eighth grade purple team lost to Fort Stockton 30-0, and was beaten by Monahans a week ago, 42-22, to fall to 1-4-1 on the year. The eighth grade gold team lost to Monahans, 12-0, and is 3-2 on the season, including an 8-6 win over Fort Stockton.

The freshman Eagles lost at Fort Stockton back on Oct. 2 by a 42-0 score. The JV, meanwhile, is 2-6 on the season after they lost to Monahans a week ago, 52-20. The JV faced Marfa the week the other sub-varsity teams faced Fort Stockton.

Pecos-Greenwood playoff in Monahans

The Pecos Eagles' volleyball playoff match for second place in District 4-3A against the Greenwood Rangerettes has been scheduled for Saturday evening in Monahans.

The Eagles and Rangerettes will face each other at 6:30 p.m. at the Larned Special Events Center in Monahans, with the winner earning the second place playoff berth from District 4-3A and a bi-district round playoff match against the Seminole Maidens next week. The loser will take third place in the district standings and will face District 3-3A runner-up Lamesa in the bi-district round next week.

The Eagles won a five-game victory over Greenwood at home earlier this month, then lost a four-game match this past Tuesday on the Rangerettes' home court, which left both teams with 7-3 district records. Pecos is 15-16 on the season, while Greenwood is 18-20 this year.

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