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But they are, and both the Eagles and Maidens will be looking to remain
at least tied atop the District 4-4A standings with Andrews, when they
meet at about 3 p.m. to close out the first half of the district
Both Pecos and Lake View came out of Fort Stockton last week with three
game victories, but Andrews wasn't as lucky, losing a pair of 15-13
games to fall into a tie with the Eagles and Maidens, each of whom come
in off homecourt victories over Big Spring.
Lake View was a fairly easy 15-12, 15-4 win on Tuesday, while the Eagles
were idle. It raised their record to 3-1 in district, 19-4 overall.
Pecos, as they did in their win over Fort Stockton, woke up in the third
game last Saturday and beat the Steers, 15-11, 9-15, 15-9 to go 3-1 and
14-8 on the season.
Eagles' coach Becky Granado is hoping all of this weekend's distractions
-- homecoming today, plus Saturday night's concert at the rodeo grounds
-- doesn't distract her team from their match with the Maidens, who've
won four straight from Pecos.
"I'm just afraid we're going to come out flat like we did against Big
Spring," Granado said. She added that the team will hold an 8 a.m.
practice on Saturday, "just to get them warmed up and moving around."
"We had a good workout yesterday. We worked a lot on defense," the
Eagles' coach said. "We know what we're supposed to do, it's just a
matter of getting out there and doing it."
While the Eagles are preparing for the Maidens, Lake View sounded like
their main concern was getting ready for their Oct. 11 rematch with
Andrews, following Tuesday's victory over Big Spring.
"I think they feel like they don't have to worry about us," Granado
said. "They don't expect us to do much."
Hillary Lee and Stacy Bartz have been the top hitters for Lake View,
which has used its defense to move into position for its second straight
The Eagles are seeking their first 4-4A crown since 1992, and wins
Saturday over Lake View and next Tuesday at Andrews would give Pecos the
edge going into their final four regular season matches. Last year, the
Eagles lost to both teams, then had to catch Fort Stockton in the final week of district play to end their three-year playoff drought.
Not that Balmorhea has done anything to Grandfalls lately. It's just
that the Cowboys are still angry the Bears were picked over them both in
pre-season state football polls and by District 8-A six man coaches to
win this year's title.
So although they're ranked six spots above the Bears in the latest
six-man poll, Grandfalls wants to show up all the pre-season predictors
tonight, as well as handing Balmorhea its first home loss since 1993,
when the teams meet in a 7:30 p.m. start.
"It doesn't surprise me at all," Bears' coach Ennis Erickson said, that
the Cowboys would be using their pre-season snub as motivation for
tonight. Grandfalls has won all four of their games so far this season,
and defeated Balmorhea last year at home by a 39-26 final score, in a
game that turned out to decide the district championship.
Tonight's game is the district opener for Grandfalls, which was idle a
week ago, while its Balmorhea's second district contest, after their
66-38 victory over Marathon last Friday.
With five weeks left in the regular season, Erickson pointed out that
while tonight's game is expected to again decide the district title,
"Both of us still have to win our other games. This game's not going to
matter a bit if whoever loses doesn't do anything after that."
Roy Vasquez had a pair of touchdown runs in last year's victory, and
will be Grandfalls' main threat tonight. Balmorhea, meanwhile, will get
back their three senior starters, Debiasie Mendoza, Zane Rhyne and
Jeremiah Lozano. Mendoza and Rhyne sat out last Friday's win, while
Lozano was injured during the game.
"It was just one of those little `stinger' type of deals. It hurts when
it first happens, but given a little time they'll be all right,"
While the Bears will be a little healthier tonight, Erickson did say
depth will be a problem. Balmorhea lost six players -- a third of their
squad -- to grades, and those players won't become eligible again until after Oct. 15, prior to the Bears' game at Dell City.
Kermit used a pair of second half touchdowns to down Pecos, 14-0, in the
lone eighth grade game, while over at the eighth grade field, Zavala's
seventh graders were taking their `A' and `B' matchups by 30-0 and 22-6
Over in Kermit, Pecos' JV and freshman teams both fell to the
Yellowjackets, by 35-8 and 19-6 scores.
The Eagles JV had few reserves for Thursday's game, and coach Jay
Ragland said, "They played pretty good for no more than we had. We only
had 18 suited out, and they gave everything they had."
A 75-yard touchdown run by Jacob Esparza in the third period cut
Kermit's halftime lead to 21-8, before the Yellowjackets added two more
scores in the final period. The loss left the JV with an 0-4 mark this
That the same mark as the freshmen Eagles, though they improved their
score from a week earlier, when they lost 35-0 to Kermit.
"We came on a lot better defensively," coach Darrell Erickson said. "The
defense gave them two quick scores, but other than that held them pretty
Chris Bryant caught a 35-yard TD pass from Saul Garcia in the final
period for the Eagles' lone score.
A couple of mistimed jumps in the secondary helped the Yellowjackets win
the eighth grade matchup. The first set up a three-yard touchdown run on
Kermit's opening possession of the second half, while the second
resulted in a 31-yard TD pass in the final period.
A fumbled snap on the first play of the fourth quarter stopped Crockett
inside Kermit's 20, as the eighth graders saw their record fall to 0-2-1
on the season.
The seventh graders improved to 3-0 with their win, while the `B' team
evened their mark at 1-1.
Eddie Mata had a pair of scores in the `A' game, off a six-yard run in
the first period and a 29-yard interception return in the fourth
quarter. Matthew Levario had a nine-yard TD run and Barney Rodriguez
scored on a 41-yarder, while Levario also had a two-point conversion run
and passed to Freddie Torres for another. Paul Juarez had Zavala's other
The `B' team got touchdown runs of 29 yards by Dominic Jenkins and 41
yards by Will Armstrong in the first half. Kermit scored in the second
period, then saw another TD chance ended by a Chase Laurence
interception in the end zone. Ruvel Carrasco had the final TD, off a
seven-yard run, and also passed to David Bradley for two points, while
Lorenzo Serrano had the Eagles' other conversion run.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles play their 1997 homecoming game against
Kermit's varsity. Pecos has won nine of the last 10 meetings, including
a 21-13 victory last season. Kermit will be seeking their first victory
over Pecos since 1987, when the Jackets posted a 7-0 victory at Eagle
Tonight' is the final pre-district game for the Eagles, and for their
other District 4-4A rivals. The two Mustang squads, Andrews and
Sweetwater, will be facing Lubbock teams, in Estacado and Monterey,
while Big Spring faces the team Andrews played a week ago, Levelland,
San Angelo Lake View meets the team Big Spring faced, Snyder, and Fort
Stockton takes on the Crane Golden Cranes in the other district game.
Andrews (4-0) at Lubbock Estacado (3-1): The Matadors routed Lubbock
High last week, 43-6, after using a late fumble to rally past Big Spring
two weeks ago. Andrews, meanwhile, was showing no effect from the loss
of quarterback David Kessler, as Jeremy Pitkin debuted with a 114-yard
passing performance in the Mustangs' 28-0 win over Levelland.
Shaud Williams did get the ball a little more against the Lobos and
gained a few more yards, carrying 26 times for 248 and a trio of
touchdowns. But two of the three came in the final period, as Levelland
held Andrews to a scoreless tie for the first two quarters of play.
Estacado got 113 yards out of Calvin Grant, while allowing Gerald
Humphries 141 in their win, though his fumble was returned for an
Estacado touchdown, turning the momentum in the Mats' favor. Estacado
probably has a few more offensive options, but they'll need all of them
to counter Williams and break through on the Mustangs' defense.
Lubbock Monterey (1-3) at Sweetwater (4-0): Hoping to get used to the
Mustang Bowl a week before they played there, the Plainsmen went to
Sweetwater last week and routed Austin LBJ, 38-7. Of course, LBJ was
routed by San Angelo Lake View the week before, 38-9, and the Chiefs
then went out and were crushed by Brownwood, 42-0, so Monterey's first
victory of the season is nothing to write home about.
Sweetwater started their season with a victory over Brownwood, and then
got home in time last Friday to watch Monterey, after their 54-7 rout of
Amarillo Palo Duro last Thursday. Quarterback Andrew Boatright racked up
nearly 300 yards in total offense by himself, and Monterey will need a
big night from their quarterback, David Gard, to stay competitive this
Big Spring (3-1) at Levelland (2-2): After going up 20-0, the Steers
relaxed a little bit in the final period of their game last week against
Snyder, and allowed the Tigers a pair of fourth quarter scores.
Combined, Antwoyne Edwards and Tory Mitchell are averaging about what
Andrews' Williams is rushing, so Levelland doesn't have things much
easier this week.
The Steers allowed over 300 yards for the first time this season against
the Tigers, though much of that was through the air with some fourth
period passes. The Lobos completed two passes to their receivers and two
to Andrews' Wayland Mayfield last week.
San Angelo (2-2) at Snyder (0-4): The Chiefs' defense looked like it was
improving until last week, when Brownwood racked up over 500 yards in
total offense. But the Lions are ranked in the Top 10, while the Tigers'
offense has struggled in their games against Andrews, Sweetwater,
Abilene Wylie and Big Spring. Quarterback Alonzo Robinson did post some
good passing numbers, even if Lake View didn't get into the end zone.
The offense, thanks to an early turnover, helped put Snyder in a quick
14-0 hole last week, but the Tigers' defense really hasn't played that
badly this season. However, this is the first passing team Snyder has
faced this year, after four opponents that mainly kept the ball on the
Crane (4-0) at Fort Stockton (4-0): The Panthers routed the Cranes last
year, and both teams have been racking up big offensive numbers this
However, Fort Stockton's handing of Monahans' offense last week was
probably the best defensive effort by the Panthers in a decade, and that
could prove to be the difference tonight. Crane's advantage is that,
unlike the Panthers, they have diversified their offense a little bit
more this season. The Cranes ran for 300 yards in their rout of Lamesa,
but quarterback Clay McGuire also threw for 100 yards and three TDs on
Panther quarterback Steven Cordero's numbers for the entire season are
5-for-13 for 73 yards, and Fort Stockton will definitely need to throw the ball a little more once district play begins.
That's where the baseball playoffs stand after three days of postseason
The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 7-5 Thursday night
to even their first-round AL series at one game apiece. It's the only
best-of-5 series that isn't one game away from a sweep.
The Baltimore Orioles moved into a commanding 2-0 lead over Seattle by
beating the Mariners 9-3 for their second dominating victory in as many
In the NL, it was an off day Thursday as the teams traveled to Houston
and San Francisco.
The Atlanta Braves lead the Astros 2-0 and will be going for a sweep
this afternoon (4:07 p.m. EDT) when the series resumes with John Smoltz
(15-12) facing Shane Reynolds (9-10).
The Marlins will take the field a few hours later (8:07 p.m.) also
looking to close out the series. Alex Fernandez (17-12) pitches for
Florida against Wilson Alvarez (4-3).
Indians 7, Yankees 5
The Cleveland-New York series won't resume until Saturday night, which
should give the Yankees plenty of time to ponder the performance put on
against them at Yankee Stadium by 21-year-old rookie Jared Wright.
Wright, the son of former major leaguer Clyde Wright, settled down after
a shaky first inning in which he fell behind 3-0. After that, he limited
New York to three hits in six innings and allowed only one runner past
``How did I do it?'' Wright said, repeating a reporter's question. ``I
basically threw up a wall and just concentrated on pitching out there.''
Matt Williams hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Andy Pettitte, who
was tagged for seven runs and nine hits over five innings -- almost
identical numbers to his only other start against Cleveland this season.
Omar Vizquel went 3-for-5 as the Indians ended New York's five-game
postseason winning streak that included the last four games of the 1996
There was more bad news for the Yankees.
David Cone, hit hard in the AL playoff opener, was taken to a hospital
before Game 2 because of discomfort in his shaky right shoulder, leaving
his status for the rest of the series in doubt.
``Things did not go well today,'' Cone said. ``I was to the point where
I thought I had it under control. Today was a setback. Right now I'm
day-to-day. I'm not conceding (that I won't start Game 4). But I would
say it's very tenuous.''
Orioles 9, Mariners 3
Baltimore went ahead immediately after 17-game winner Jamie Moyer was
forced out with a strained flexor muscle in his left elbow. The Orioles
rocked Seattle's struggling bullpen for six runs as they posted their
second straight 9-3 rout.
Roberto Alomar was 0-for-2 against Moyer when he stepped to the plate
With Baltimore trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning. Alomar hit a 3-2 pitch
from Paul Spoljaric that glanced off the glove of a leaping Ken Griffey
Jr. at the center field wall, a two-run double that put Baltimore ahead
``The guy's only human,'' Spoljaric said of Griffey. ``I thought he was
unbelievable that he got to the ball. I initially thought he had it.''
It was the first of nine hits against the Seattle bullpen, which has a
10.80 ERA in the two games. Bobby Ayala was the main culprit Thursday,
yielding six runs in 1 1-3 innings.
The Orioles pulled away with a four-run eighth. Ayala walked Baines
intentionally to load the bases, then forced in a run by walking Lenny
Webster on a 3-2 pitch. Mike Bordick followed with a two-run single and
Brady Anderson greeted Norm Charlton with an RBI-double to make it 9-3.
At that point, the Kingdome crowd of 59,309 began to boo the home team.
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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