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The Eagles were blanked by Crane, 4-0, as the Golden Cranes scored twice
in the second 20-play series of the night and added two more in the
final 15-play series. Crane used a short pass across the middle to their
tight end to get on the scoreboard, as it turned into a 57-yard TD
connection. They would get a 70-yard TD pass on the final series of the
night, while setting up their last score with a 27-yard completion.
"They got a couple of big plays, but for the most part, the defense
played great," said Eagles' coach Mike Belew. "In the first series, for
the first test against somebody else, I feel real good about it."
The Eagles outplayed the Cranes in the opening 20-play series, matching
each squads' first-team units, though neither Pecos nor Crane managed to
score. Pecos had five first downs to three for Crane, with Richard
Gutierrez running 15 yards for one first down and catching a 10-yard
pass from quarterback Jason Abila for another.
Abila also hooked up several times in the first and third series with
Moses Martinez, though the longest gain of the night through the air was
a 40-yard completion from Oscar Luna off a halfback option to Martinez
late in the third series.
"Jay threw the ball well, and Mo made some good catches," said Belew,
although the Eagles were never able to finish off a drive. Abila was hit
and fumbled on the next play after Luna's completion, and in the first
series, a couple of breakdowns in blocking stopped Pecos' drives short.
Defensively, the Eagles had three fumble recoveries on their own on the
night, the final one on the play just before Crane's 70-yard score.
Pecos also kept Crane from running outside against their first-team
defense, something the Eagles had problems with early last season.
The low point of the night for Pecos came four plays before Abila was
hit, when his brother Mark went down with a knee injury on a counter
play into the line.
Abila, a first team all-district pick at defensive back a year ago,
remained down on the field for several minutes before being helped off
to the sidelines. Trainer Joel Birch said the junior apparently suffered
a hyperextension to the knee, though he was able to walk around over the
"I hate that it had to happen like that. You want to come out of it
without any injuries," Belew said. "Mark's a big part of our team, and
we need to get him well."
Abila wasn't the only running back hurt Friday. Junior varsity back Roy
Marta injured his ankle slightly just after scoring Pecos' lone
touchdown, in a 5-1 scrimmage loss to Crane, while the Eagles' freshmen
were beaten 4-1 by the Cranes. Both teams played at the same time, using
only 40-yards of the field instead of the 70 used by the varsities.
Crane scored three TDs on the first series in both the JV and freshman
scrimmages. The ninth graders' score came off a 14-yard run by Orlando
Munoz, while Marta's score was on a three-yard run.
Pecos will be at home the next two Fridays. The Eagles scrimmage Midland
Greenwood this week, then open their 1997 season on Sept. 5 by hosting Lamesa.
The Eagles missed a chance to reach the championship bracket of the
two-day tournament on Friday, due to a 15-6, 15-9 pool round loss to El
Paso Austin, after earlier splitting with Midland High, 15-10, 12-15,
and sweeping Wink, 15-6, 15-10.
Pecos then swept Water Valley in their consolation quarterfinal match,
15-2, 15-5, then avenged their loss last Tuesday to Alpine with a 16-14,
13-15, 15-12 win, before falling in the consolation finals to Amarillo
Palo Duro, 15-6, 13-15, 15-9. Meanwhile, Midland High and El Paso Austin
ended up in the championship finals of the tournament on Saturday, with
Austin scoring a 12-15, 15-5, 15-10 victory.
"We played real well against Water Valley, then they came back and
played Alpine much better than they did on Tuesday," Eagles' coach Becky
"They all played a lot better defensively. We were able to block them
this time, and we were in the right place. The kids adjusted and took
the line away from them, so they had to go cross-court," the Eagles'
"In the first game, Gail (Taylor) sprained her ankle, so I had to
replace her with Linsey (Hathorn) and she did a good job," Granado added.
Austin's Vanessa Reza and Janeen DeMarte were too much for the Eagles'
blockers in Friday's final pool round game, which put El Paso in the
championship finals after they had been swept by Midland High earlier in
the day. The 5-11 DeMarte and 6-foot Reza were able to hit over the
Eagles' front line, and both would later earn all-tournament honors, as
did Palo Duro's Julie Tudman, who also was able to go over Pecos'
But unlike Friday's loss to El Paso, Granado said she was happy with the
team's performance against Amarillo.
"I was very pleased with the way they played. Palo Duro was just too
tall for us, but we hung in there defensively," Granado said.
"Offensively, Ivy (Thorp) came through, and Lori (Marquez), Gail and
Shirhonda (Bell) all hit the ball much better."
Granado said Pecos' junior varsity also ended up in the consolation
bracket of their tournament in Odessa, then beat Odessa High on Saturday
before falling to Big Spring in the consolation semifinals. Pecos'
freshman gold team, meanwhile, placed third over the weekend at the
Sandhills Tournament in Monahans.
Pecos' freshmen purple and gold teams will host Crane at 5 p.m. on
Tuesday, while the Eagles' varsity and JV squads play Snyder and Midland Lee in 6 and 7 p.m. games in Midland.
The 31-year-old woman said through her lawyer that Newton, 35,
assaulted her June 15 at her mobile home where she lives with her two
young sons. Both the woman and Newton confirm that they had a lengthy
Newton, through his attorney, has denied the sexual assault accusation.
Both Newton and his accuser have some explaining to do, according to
lawyers and prosecutors involved in the case.
Norm Kinne, Dallas County's first assistant district attorney, says
Newton must explain away a recorded phone conversation in which the
athlete seemingly acknowledged to the woman that some type of misconduct
``I went wrong when you said, `No.' I should have just stopped,''
Newton is heard telling the woman during the phone call, which Kinne
said occurred two days after the attack.
David Cole, the woman's lawyer, says grand jurors will hear the
recording from the woman's answering machine.
Kinne said authorities want an explanation for Newton's comment.
``I certainly believe it's a statement that, if it doesn't mean what it
sounds like it means, it bears some explanation,'' Kinne told the Fort
Howard Shapiro, a lawyer who represents Newton, says he believes that
the re- cording is ``highly suspicious'' and is having it ``analyzed.''
But Cole says the recording is authentic, adding, ``As a matter of
fact, the FBI has looked at it.''
Prosecutor Kinne says grand jurors will want to know why the woman
waited nearly two months before filing a complaint on Aug. 8 with the
Grand Prairie Police Department.
``My point of view is when you're a victim of a crime, the first place
you should go is to the police,'' Kinne said. ``The longer you wait, the
weaker the case gets.''
Cole says that before going to the police, his client asked for
$650,000 from Newton, but he contends that she made the request only
after Newton and his attorney asked her how much money it would take to
keep her from going to authorities.
The lawyer said the woman had hoped to resolve the matter without
getting the police involved because she did not want to be involved in a
The money request, Shapiro says, was a ``shakedown.''
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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