Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, September 25, 1998
Eagles look to recover versus Lobos
PECOS, Sept. 25 -- After a tough loss in District 4-4A play
the past few years, the Pecos Eagles were always glad to see
the Sweetwater Mustangs coming up on their volleyball
The Eagles won 28 straight district games against Sweetwater
over a nearly 15-year span in the 1980s and 1990s. But with
the Mustangs no longer on the Eagles' schedule after last
year's realignment, Pecos is hoping the El Paso Mountain
View Lobos will fill Sweetwater's role on Saturday, when the
teams meet at Mountain View, starting with the freshman
purple match at 2 p.m.
The varsity contest should start sometime between 4 and 4:30
p.m. CDT, after the freshman and JV contests.
Pecos was shocked on Tuesday at home by Fabens, in the
District 2-4A opener for both teams. The Eagles jumped out
to a 14-4 lead in the opener, then had to hold on to win,
15-13, and lost the final two games by 15-3 and 15-8 scores.
"I may have to make some changes in my lineup," Eagles'
coach Becky Granado said after Tuesday's loss "The ones I
had out there were just not responding."
The loss dropped Pecos to 8-9 on the season, but on
Saturday, they'll face a Mountain View team that owns just
one win in their first 16 matches, and comes off a 15-5,
15-3 defeat on Tuesday to San Elizario, in their district
Saturday's matches are the first of five straight weekend
trips to El Paso for the Eagles. They'll play all of their
2-4A rivals at home on Tuesday nights this season.
Although Mountain View is part of the Clint ISD, it's a 20
minute drive between the two schools. Fans going to the game
can either head west on I-10 past Clint to Exit 37, then go
north on FM 1281 to Horizon City. From there, it's a left
turn and a drive further north to the Mountain View campus.
A 20-mile shorter route (but with fewer services) is to go
to Orla on U.S. 285, then left on FM 652 and from there left
on U.S. 62-180 through Guadalupe Pass to Desert Meadows Road
(the first stop light going into El Paso). From there, it's
a left to the end of Desert Meadows and then another left to
the Mountain View campus.
Eagle gridders split Thursday home games
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Sept. 25 -- The Pecos Eagles' sub varsity high school
teams came up with a split of their Thursday night football
games at home against the Crane Golden Cranes, while the
junior high Eagles did the same at home facing the Alpine
The freshmen Eagles evened their record at 2-2 with a 24-20
win over Crane, while the JV dropped to 1-3 after Crane
rallied in the fourth quarter for a 20-9 win.
Over at the Crockett Middle School field, the Zavala
seventh grade `A' team fell to 0-2 with a 12-6 loss to
Alpine, while Crockett's eighth graders came up with a 56-0
win over the Bucks.
Over in Crane, things didn't go well for the junior high
`B' squads, as the seventh graders fell to the Golden
Cranes, 38-0, while the eighth graders were beaten by a 42-6
Mason Abila's 91 yard touchdown run in the first half gave
the freshmen their first lead, while his third TD of the
night, from 70 yards out in the fourth quarter, allowed
Pecos to hold off a late Crane rally. Abila scored from
seven yards out in the first period to cut Crane's lead to
8-6, while the Eagles went ahead for good just before the
half, on a 64-yard scoring pass from Richard Rodriguez to
Ricky Plummer, after Crane scored on a 46-yard screen pass.
In the JV game, Pecos scored first on a 40-yard pass from
Alex Garcia to Jaime Llarez, with Frankie Alvarez adding the
extra point. The had a 7-6 halftime lead, and went up 9-6
off a bad punt snap that turned into a safety. But the
Eagles were shut out the rest of the way, and Crane won with
a one-yard TD run midway through the final period, and a
43-yard run with 1:19 to play.
The eighth graders' win came despite the loss of running
back Eddie Mata, who suffered a severe muscle pull in his
hip while running untouched for his second touchdown of the
first quarter, from 25-yards out. Mata was at first thought
to have either fractured or dislocated the hip, and was
taken by ambulance to Reeves County Hospital.
The Eagles went up 36-0 at the half, off second quarter
runs of 3- and 34-yards by Barney Rodriguez and Matthew
Levario, and a 48-yard punt return by Paul Juarez. Levario
and Juarez would also score in the second half, as did
Patrick Fuentes, on a 30-yard interception return.
Zavala was shut out until the final eight seconds, when
John Parent scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak, set up by
a 40-yard pass from Parent to Isiah Juarez. Alpine's scores
were off a 75-yard punt return in the second quarter, and a
1-yard run in the final period, set up by a 35-yard pass.
The only score for Pecos in their `B' games at Crane came
late in the eighth grade contest, on a touchdown pass from
Ruvel Carrasco to Robert Carrasco. Both `B' teams are 0-2 on
Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eagles face probably their strongest
regular season opponent, when they travel to Crane for the
Golden Cranes' 1998 homecoming game. This is the 15th
straight year the teams have met, but all but two of the
previous meetings were in preseason scrimmage play.
The Eagles won a rain-soaked, turnover-filled 3-0 victory
at Crane in 1992, then defeated the Golden Cranes at home
the following year, 38-7. This time, Crane is heavily
favored to improve to 4-0 on the season, while the Eagles
will try to give both themselves and the Cranes 3-1 records
with a victory.
Two of Pecos' District 2-4A rivals also are trying to stay
unbeaten tonight, when Fabens hosts Presidio and Mountain
View plays at home against El Paso Burges. Clint goes to El
Paso Parkland, Canutillo hosts El Paso High and San Elizario
is at home to El Paso Bowie in the other 2-4A games.
Presidio (0-3) at Fabens (3-0): The Wildcats won a
back-and-forth game last week against El Paso Parkland,
21-20, as Mike Morales ran for 241 yards and all three
Fabens scores. However, the Wildcats were actually outgained
by Parkland, 426-404, so defense is something coach Ronnie
Hernandez probably would like to see improve tonight.
It will, no doubt, against Presidio, who are stuck in the
same district with Crane, Monahans, Greenwood, Alpine and
Kermit this season. Last Friday before a homecoming crowd,
the Blue Devils were beaten by north county rival Marfa,
52-20, after falling to another Class A team, Fort Davis,
two weeks ago.
Mountain View (3-0) at El Paso Burges (0-2): The Lobos are
becoming experts in digging themselves out of big early
holes. They rallied from a 19-0 first quarter deficit two
weeks ago to defeat Parkland, then spotted Santa Teresa a
17-0 lead in the second quarter last week, before winning,
21-17. Adolfo Villa threw for 194 yards, but Mountain View's
running game struggled for the second straight week, after a
strong start against Cobre, N.M.
Burges, on the other hand, blew a 35-21 halftime lead last
week and lost in overtime to Las Cruces Orante, 42-41. The
Mustangs' Andy Diaz and Chris Apodaca both ran for over 150
yards, but were held scoreless in the second half and lost
on a blocked extra point kick in OT.
Clint (2-1) at El Paso Parkland (1-2): The Matadors are
playing the District 2-4A schedule before any of the
district teams are. They routed San Elizario in their
opener, then lost late leads the past two weeks to Mountain
View and Fabens. Running back Alex Ross has been over the
100 yard mark in all three games so far.
Clint bounced back from their loss to El Paso High to beat
El Paso Cathedral last week, 24-7. Quarterback D.J. Check
had another big night, throwing for 302 yards and three
touchdowns, while David Elias ran a kickoff back 85 yards
and caught an 80-yard pass from Check to set up another
El Paso High (1-2) at Canutillo (0-3): Despite the worst
record in the district, the Eagles could be the sleeper team
in 2-4A. They were routed three weeks ago by El Paso
Riverside, 56-21, but the Rangers then went into Fort
Stockton and crushed the Panthers, 42-7. Two weeks ago, they
lost to El Paso Jefferson, but cut a 28-0 deficit after
three quarters to 28-24 before running out of time. Ignacio
Juarez and Jesus Navarette have put up numbers to match
those of Check and Villa in the past two games.
Canutillo was idle last week, and El Paso High probably
wishes they had been. The Tigers also were down 28-0 in the
first quarter to El Paso Austin, then cut that lead to 28-24
early in the third quarter before running out of gas and
losing by a 55-24 final score. Austin runners averaged over
nine yards a carry, and while El Paso High threw for nearly
300 yards, it was a third quarter interception return for a
touchdown by the Panthers that ended the comeback.
El Paso Bowie (0-3) at San Elizario (1-3): The Eagles don't
get wins often, and they get shutouts even less, but last
week San Elizario won its first game of the season, 13-0
over Deming, N.M., allowing just 102 yards total offense on
the night. Quarterback Mike Perez, meanwhile, raised his
total yards for the season rushing and passing to just under
500, almost equally divided on the ground and through the
Bowie got on the board earlier against Jefferson than
Canutillo did, but were shut out after the second quarter,
and allowed the Silver Foxes to return one fumble and one
interception for touchdowns. Defensively, the Bears did hold
Jefferson to 240 yards offense, and quarterback Israel
Salazar threw for 269 yards, but also tossed four
Rangers tie for title by routing Mariners
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE, Sept. 25 -- The Texas Rangers have a chance to
clinch their second AL West title in three years in the
``It's better now than in '96,'' Rangers catcher Ivan
Rodriguez said. ``We want to be in the playoffs.''
Rodriguez hit his career-best 21st homer and Aaron Sele got
his 19th victory as the Rangers clinched a tie for their
second AL West crown in three years with a 9-3 victory over
the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
The Mariners, who won the division in '95 and '97, used five
pitchers in an effort to stop the Rangers. Texas responded
with 15 hits, including eight for extra bases, and also
walked nine times.
It was a particularly satisfying game for the Rangers
against a division opponent that has dominated them. The
Mariners had won 26 of the previous 31 games against Texas.
``You believe in your players,'' Texas manager Johnny Oates
said. ``But I didn't know what would happen.''
Tonight, the Rangers will send Esteban Loaiza (3-5) against
Paul Abbott (2-1) in the second game of a season-ending
four-game series. A victory by Texas, or a loss by Anaheim
in Oakland, would move Texas into the playoffs.
``It doesn't matter how it happens as long as we do it,''
The Rangers beat the Mariners after sweeping a three-game
series against Anaheim and outscoring the Angels 25-3.
``This is a lot of fun,'' said Sele (19-11). ``Tonight was
just a carryover from the momentum we had in the Anaheim
If the Rangers can't clinch tonight, there's always Saturday
and Sunday, when they play afternoon games in Seattle.
On Thursday night, Anaheim stayed alive with a 10-6 win over
``It's great to start this series with a win,'' Rodriguez
said. ``Now we can end it tomorrow.''
Sele, who allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings,
was backed by an attack that included a 3-for-4, two-RBI
game by Royce Clayton. Juan Gonzalez had two doubles.
The Rangers also continued to pitch well. In their last four
games, they have allowed a total of only six runs.
``What's happened during this streak is that our pitching
staff has taken complete command,'' Will Clark said. ``Our
job isn't to look at the scoreboard. Our job is to finish it
on the field.''
Rodriguez hit a 418-foot shot over the center-field fence to
give Texas a 9-2 lead in the sixth. Mike Sims singled in the
Rangers' first run in the sixth, their third three-run
inning of the game.
Seattle's Mac Suzuki (1-2) lasted 2 1-3 innings in his fifth
major league start, allowing five runs on six hits and four
``I felt strong, but I didn't throw strikes,'' Suzuki said.
``Everything was high.''
Ken Griffey Jr.'s RBI single in the first gave Seattle a 1-0
lead, but the Rangers scored three runs in the second and
three more in the third for a 6-1 lead.
In the second, Tom Goodwin tripled in a run and Clayton and
Rusty Greer had run-scoring singles. In the third, Lee
Stevens had an RBI single, Clayton had another run-scoring
single and Todd Zeile scored on catcher Dan Wilson's error.
``Right now with the combination we're playing it's hard to
get nine runs,'' said Mariners manager Lou Piniella.
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