Monday, October 12, 1998
Eagles sink claws into Wildcats
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Oct. 10 -- The Pecos Eagles didn't do anything that
different against the Fabens Wildcats on Friday night than
they had done in their previous two games against the Crane
Golden Cranes and Fabens Wildcats. They just did them
The Eagles, who had little success getting the ball into
the end zone the past serveral weeks, scored on consecutive
offensive plays in the first quarter against Fabens.
after missing several scoring chances in the middle periods,
Pecos broke the game open on the first play of the fourth
quarter when Lucio Florez went 76 yards for a touchdown, and
went on to a 31-0 victory in the District 2-4A opener for
"The offense played much better than they've played the
last two weeks," said Eagles' coach Dan Swaim. "Lucio, Mark
(Abila) and Len (Carson) did a real good job running the
Fabens came into the Eagles' homecoming game with a 5-0
record, but having allowed four touchdown passes in their
last game, against Santa Teresa, N.M. Despite that number,
the Eagles came out and ran for the better part of the first
half, throwing only when they were trying to score in the
closing minutes of the second period.
Defensively the Eagles shut down Wildcats' running back
Mike Morales, who came in leading the district in rushing
with 686 yards. But he managed just 55 yards on 14 carries
Friday, and his longest `run' -- a 23-yard gain -- was
actually an eight-yard gain and a 15-yard fumble, as the
ball bounced upfield before being recovered by Robert
Gonzales at the Wildcats' 36.
Pecos turned that mistake into a 43-yard field goal by
Louis Valencia midway through the third period, after
penalties and other mistakes kept Pecos stalled since the
The Eagles were able to run outside with little problem at
the outset, while Fabens started off well, with Morales
gaining 11 yards on his opening three carries. But on the
next play quarterback Jaime Valenzuela's floater over the
middle to Bobby Chavez was picked off by Abila at the Pecos
30 and retured to the 36.
From there, Florez got outside for 12 yards on his first
carry and 15 on his second to start off a 159-yard rushing
night. His fourth carry, for 13 yards, was wiped out by a
holding call, but on 4th-and-6 from Fabens' 30 quarterback
Oscar Luna slipped past a couple of Wildcat tacklers and
went 25 yards to the five. A faceask penalty cut that
distance in half and two plays later Jacob Esparza banged
into the end zone, breaking a 105-minute touchdown drought
for the Eagles.
It took exactly 1:48 and one more offensive play for them
to get their next score. It came after Valezuela's next pass
to Chavez was picked off by Jason Payne, his first of three
on the night, and brought back to the Wildcats' 18. Abila
took a pitch to the right on the next play and got into the
end zone, and Valencia's extra point made it 14-0.
Pecos almost had three TDs on three plays. After Payne
returned a Wildcats punt 16 yards to the 35, Abila took
another pitch from Luna and made it into the end zone. But
this play was called back by a holding call, and Fabens was
able to stop Florez just short of a first down four plays
Fabens would give Pecos another chance, when John Guiterrez
stopped Ricky Barrow for no gain after the Wildcats went for
it on 4th-and-1 at their own 36. However, Fabens began
containing Pecos' outside run, and after Abila gained eight
yards on two carries, they stopped Esparza short of a first
down, then koncked Abila back for a two-yard loss and
The play seemed to boost Fabens. Valenzuela found Chavez
uncovered for a 16-yard gain, and he would make a diving
catch for another first down on a 2nd-and-15 play moments
later. Another first down pass, to Mario Gomez followed and
set Fabens up with a 1st-and-10 at the Eagles' 13. However,
two plays later Valezuela was pressured by defensive end
Manuel Contreras and tried to throw the ball out of the end
zone but came up a yard short, and the ball was picked off
by Payne to kill the drive.
The Eagles then drove the ball from their own 20 to Fabens'
18 as the half wound down, including their lone completion
of the night, a 22-yarder from Luna to Contreras. But when
they tried to connect again two plays later Abel Salazar
stepped in front and intercepted the pass, keeping the score
Fabens' last chance to get back into the game came late in
the third period when Payne went for a sideline interception
and missed, and Gomez dashed 47 yards before being knocked
out of bounds by Abila at the Pecos 10. A defensive holding
call on the Eagles then moved the ball to the five, and
Morales ran it to the three before Joe Robert Lara stuffed
Barrow for a two-yard loss on second down, and two end zone
passes by Valenzuela fell incomplete, giving the ball back
to the Eagles.
Florez' TD run came five plays later, and the Eagles would
cap the scoring with Esparza's second touchdown, a 16-yarder
set up by Payne's 26-yard punt return. The Wildcats almost
got on the board at the finish, after a double-roughing the
passer penalty wiped out a Joseph Torres interception and
moved the ball from Pecos' 40-yard-line to the 13, but
Valenzuela's soft pass to Gomez in the end zone was picked
off by Payne, who returned it 40 yards.
Along with Payne, Swaim said linebackers Lara and Gonzales,
who was sick at halftime, had a good game, as did the
Eagles' front line, which held Fabens to just 67 yards
rushing overall, and stuffed Fabens four times on the
wingback counter, which hurt Pecos against Crane and Kermit.
"That play scared us. It really had us nervous, but we did
a good job with our two techniques (tackles) and with our
Mike (middle) linebacker."
Fabens fell to 5-1 with their loss, while the Eagles
improved to 3-3 on the season and Swaim hoped their
offensive output would help next week, when Pecos plays at
El Paso Mountain View.
"It's a big confidence boost for the offense to put 31
points on the board. Hopefully, it will kick start the
offense," the Eagles' coach said after the 343-yard night.
Mountain View also won their District 2-4A opener, 20-13
over San Elizario, and are 5-1 on the season. Clint won
Friday's other district opener, outscoring Canutillo, 41-26.
Fabens 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Pecos alters ending, beats Fabens
PECOS, Oct. 12 -- Just when it looked like the Pecos Eagles
were going to repeat chapter and verse of their
district-opening match against the Fabens Wildcats, the
Eagles tore out the last couple of pages and got themselves
into a tie for first in the District 2-4A volleyball
The Eagles, who started strong then fell apart in their
But unlike last month, when Fabens used their Game 2
"The difference between this game and the last is we never
"The first game we came out just determined to win, and I
"I finally started seeing some leadership out there. When
Fabens did come from five points down in Game 3 to take a
"Defensively we played a good third game. Linsey (Hathorn)
"I was also very pleased that the noise didn't bother them"
The victory improved Pecos' season record to 13-9, while
Pecos also won Saturday's junior varsity match, by 15-6,
Netters get win without tie-breaker
PECOS, Oct. 12 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team didn't have
to go to a tie-breaker this time to win a Saturday tennis
match, as they improved to 2-0 in District 2-4A play with a
15-3 victory over the El Paso Mountain View Lobos.
The Eagles had used tie-breakers to win matches each of the
"I think we did very well this weekend, considering we
Miranda defeated Roxanna Ramirez, 6-3, 6-2 in singles play,
The boys won all but one of their matches in straight sets,
With their new district opting to play team matches only for
Pecos (15) at EP Mountain View (3)
Cowboys hold off Panthers' comeback try
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Oct. 12 -- Chan Gailey's plan to rebuild the Dallas
Cowboys is much more intricate than winning a lot of games.
To Gailey, the way his team wins, and loses, is just as
vital in the process.
So when Dallas beat the Carolina Panthers 27-20 Sunday,
``I was proud of the way we came back to find a way to
Gailey probably would have liked Dallas (4-2) to have a more
``We're on the right track,'' running back Emmitt Smith
Jason Garrett led Dallas to his third victory in four starts
Smith had a big day, too, running 21 times for 112 yards and
But before the Cowboys were rolling on offense, it was the
Steve Beuerlein, taking over at quarterback because Kerry
``We had a good feeling as we were going into the locker
Dallas had gotten within 14-10 at halftime, scored two more
Then, with 6:34 left, Garrett fumbled a quarterback sneak at
Carolina had two more possessions, but an interception by
``I thought we had a chance to win,'' said Panthers
Dallas put together wins for the first time since Weeks 10
``We needed to get on a winning streak,'' Mills said. ``Two
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