Friday, September 11, 1998
Eagles back to playing varsity squads
Pecos Eagles coach Becky Granado said there's no doubt her
volleyball team will be playing varsity squads on Saturday,
when they travel to Midland to face the Greenwood
Rangerettes and San Angelo Central Bobcats.
The Eagles will play Central, then turn around and face
The Eagles snapped their three game losing streak last
"I got to get my juniors some more playing time," said coach
Greenwood advanced to the Class 3A state tournament last
San Angelo Central lost a fifth place tournament match to
Pecos' freshman team is also scheduled to face the
Pecos falls to Andrews, beats Alpine
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Sept. 11 -- It was a rough start for the Pecos
Eagles' junior high and freshmen football teams on Thursday
against the Andrews Mustangs, while Pecos' junior varsity
squad made a first half touchdown stand up for their first
win of the season, in beating the Alpine Bucks.
The Eagles' JV, winless in 1997, improved to 1-1 with their
7-0 victory over Alpine, after Andrews' ninth graders beat
Pecos, 30-14 at Eagle Stadium.
Over at Crockett Middle School, the Zavala seventh graders
lost `A' and `B' games to Andrews by 30-0 scores, while on
the Mustangs' home field, Crockett's `A' and `B' squads fell
by 28-0 and 48-0 scores.
Alex Garcia passed 20 yards to Jaime Llarez early in the
second period, and Frankie Alvarez added the extra point for
the only scoring of the game. Alpine got inside Pecos'
20-yard line once late in the half, while the Eagles missed
two chances to score after getting inside the Bucks
15-yard-line in the second period, and inside the five in
the fourth quarter.
The freshmen got their touchdowns on passes from Richard
Rodriguez to Ricky Plummer. The second, a 64-yarder, cut
Andrews' lead to 16-14 in the third period. But Pecos
couldn't take advantage of two fumbles by the Mustangs in
the second half, while seeing themselves lose and Andrews
get a touchdown thanks to officials calls.
Rodriguez lost a defensive score when the whistle blew
after he stripped an Andrews runner of the ball in the
second period, while the Mustangs were allowed to keep the
football for their last TD on the final play of the game
after fumbling the ball at the 1-yard-line, and then
knocking it out the side of the end zone.
The loss dropped the ninth graders to 0-2 on the season.
The seventh grade teams both gave up four touchdowns and
three two-point conversions in their losses. Pecos' best
chance to score ended when they were stopped on downs inside
the 20 early in the third period of the `A' game, after
Andrews took a 14-0 halftime lead.
Pecos' eighth graders played a scoreless tie with Andrews
as seventh graders a year ago, the only blemish on both
teams' records. But coach Rudy Juardo said in Thursday's
opener the Eagles' line play broke down.
"They ran down the middle and we couldn't stop them. They
just ran it down our throats," he said. "On offense, we
completed a couple of passes and had receivers open all the
time, but our quarterback just did not have time to throw
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles varsity plays its 1998
home opener, against the Alpine Bucks. It's the third of
five meetings between the Eagles and teams from District
4-3A this season. They scrimmaged Monahans and Greenwood and
will face Crane and Kermit on the road in a couple of weeks.
Presidio is the only 4-3A member Pecos will not face this
year. The Eagles will try to even their record at 1-1 after
a 20-6 opening loss to Denver City, while the Bucks look to
go 2-0 after beating Van Horn, 48-20.
Meanwhile, three of the Eagles' new district rivals, and
formally in Alpine's district - Fabens, Clint and Mountain
View, will be trying for their second win in as many game
this season, while Pecos' two other District 2-4A opponents,
Canutillo and San Elizario, will look to avoid 0-3 starts
with games against a couple of Class 5A schools, El Paso
Jefferson and El Paso Americus.
Canutillo (0-2) at El Paso Jefferson (0-1): The Eagles were
routed last week by El Paso Riverside, While the Silver
Foxes lost their opener to Ysleta, two of the three teams
expected to make the playoffs out of District 1-4A.
Canutillo has had problems running the ball so far in their
two games, though both quarterbacks Richard Kastl and Jesus
Navarrette have been able to find receiver Ignacio Juardo
for big gains this season. But they've been giving up yards
both on the ground and through the air, and may have
problems stopping Ysleta's running game tonight.
San Elizario (0-2) at El Paso Americus (0-1): While this
group of Eagles has had problems in recent years winning
games, they're playing a team tonight that has never won a
varsity game -- Americus just began competition last week
and have no seniors either on their squad or in their school.
But Americus did come close to beating El Paso Bowie in
their opener, falling 24-19. The Trail Blazers ran for 274
yards in the loss, and will probably be running a lot
tonight, since El Paso Parkland gained 505 yards on the
ground in their 59-16 win over San Elizario. The Eagles ran
for over 200 yards themselves in the loss, and need to keep
control of the football as much as possible tonight.
Mountain View (1-0) at Parkland (1-0): Two teams that put
up ridiculous offensive numbers last week will match run
against pass tonight. Mountain View's Adolfo Villa,
overshadowed by Clint's D.J. Check last season, threw for
363 yards and six touchdowns in the Lobos' 59-14 win over
Cobre, N.M. Parkland was led by Alex Rose's 222 yards in
their 505 yard rushing night against San Elizario. Mountain
View allowed just 167 yards in offense, and one of Cobre's
touchdowns was on a game-opening 95 yard kickoff return.
El Paso High (0-1) at Clint (1-0): Check had six TDs as
well in the Lions' 42-12 win over Anthony, but he only threw
for four of those, while rushing for the other two. Clint
scored the game's first four touchdowns, and running back
D.J. Shepherd ended up gaining 116 yards, to go along with
Check's 249 through the air.
El Paso High didn't have anywhere near the success running
the ball on El Paso Eastwood last week that Andrews' Shaud
Williams did two weeks ago. Williams gained over 300 yards
by himself against the Troopers, while El Paso was held
under 250 total yards and only one first half touchdown.
El Paso Cathedral (0-1) at Fabens (1-0): Fabens is about
the only other team besides Pecos in 2-4A that likes to run
the ball more than pass, and their 1,200 yard rusher from a
year ago, Mike Morales, gained 102 in last week's 20-6 win
at Deming, N.M. However, quarterback Jaime Valenzuela also
threw for 87 yards and TD in the win, while the Wildcats'
defense limited Deming to just six first downs and 143 yards
in total offense.
Cathedral, meanwhile, had minus-17 yards on the ground in
their 29-7 loss to El Paso Del Valle, while giving up 201
yards rushing and 382 yards overall. The Fighting Irish got
their lone score off a late game punt return.
Top women's seeds in Open semifinals
By BOB GREENE
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Sept. 11 -- The most wide-open U.S. Open in years
has no surprises in the women's semifinals.
The defending champion, top-seeded Martina Hingis squared
Davenport, 22, reached the semifinals at both the Australian
``She won Wimbledon,'' Hingis, 18, said of Novotna. ``It
Pairings for the men's semifinals, which will be played on
The other semi sends top-seeded Pete Sampras against
The tournament's first title was decided Thursday when
Williams and Mirnyi also won the Wimbledon mixed doubles,
Hingis dominated the women's game a year ago, capturing
``I have the feeling I'm getting better again, so that gives
Until Wimbledon, Novotna was best known for her losses, even
``I've been playing extremely consistently over the years,''
Davenport has been the best player on the Corel WTA Tour
``I haven't lost a set,'' she said. ``I'm just happy to be
Philippoussis slammed 11 aces in the final set in his
The beginning of the match gave no indication of the
Neither really took charge, but the quality of play improved
``I got the first serves in when I needed it, I kept the
In contrast, the other quarterfinal lasted just 90 minutes.
Moya, who reached the Australian Open final in January, then
He becomes the first Spanish man to advance to the U.S. Open
The only other Spaniard to win America's premier tournament
Moya and Sampras, the Wimbledon winner, are the only men to
``If you would have told me at the beginning of the week
The Spaniard said he was worried about Philippoussis, but
``He's 20-something in the rankings, but he has really big
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