Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, Nov. 27, 1998
Eagle boys host Bronchos, girls in Andrews
The Pecos Eagle boys figure to get their toughest test of
the 100-day old basketball season on Saturday, when they
play their 1998-99 home opener against the Odessa High
Pecos' girls also figure to get a tough test, but are happy
to be playing the Andrews Mustangs instead of Odessa High.
They'll face their former district rivals in junior varsity
and varsity games Andrews at 2 and 3:30 p.m., while the
boys' JV and varsity starts are set for 1 and 2:30 p.m.
The boys are 1-2 on the season, following their 49-40 loss
on Tuesday at Fort Stockton. The Eagles have played so far
this season minus senior post Fernando Navarette, who is
scheduled to be back on Tuesday against Crane, and his
absence hurt against the Panthers' taller front line, with
6-4 post Luke Groth leading all scorers with 20 points.
Coach Mike Sadler used seniors Mark Marquez and Orlando
Matta and freshman Kendrick Evans down low, and those three
will have to handle that job again on Saturday against
Evans and another freshman, Richard Rodriguez, both saw
playing time in Tuesday's game, though neither scored.
"Kendrick's a boy against men right now, but that's what
getting experience is about," Sadler said. "By district he
should have enough games under his belt I'd expect to see
Odessa High also comes into Saturday's game off a loss, by
a 61-52 score at Wolfforth-Frenship. Taylor Casey had 16
points to lead the Bronchos in scoring.
Pecos boys don't figure to have as bad a time with OHS as
the Eagles girls did at home last week, in their 97-point
loss to the Bronchos. And they may not have as bad a time as
expected against Andrews, which as been among the top teams
in District 4-4A the past several years.
Pecos' last win in Andrews was back in 1991, and while the
Eagles come into the game with an 0-3 record, after
Tuesday's 53-49 loss at Fort Stockton, Andrews is also 0-3,
after they were routed at home by Seminole, 60-32 on
Tuesday. The Indians poured in 27 first quarter points and
led 44-19 at the break, then cruised the rest of the way.
The Eagles did improve their inside scoring a bit against
Fort Stockton, but still had problems with turnovers and
missed lay-ups, as did the Prowlers. 1-for-8 foul shooting
over a three-minute span in the first quarter also hurt the
Eagles, who will be back home on Tuesday to face Crane prior
to the boys' contest.
Vikings show Cowboys how it's done
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys had heard all about
how big and strong Randy Moss was, how he could catch the
deep ball for a touchdown or take a short pass and turn it
into a long gain.
Now they can say they've seen it, too. And without Deion
Sanders to try to stop him, they were just as helpless as
every other team Minnesota has played.
Moss turned his three catches into a 51-yard touchdown and
twin 56-yard scores to lead the Vikings to a 46-36 victory.
He also drew a 50-yard pass interference penalty that set up
``Randy only made three catches,'' Vikings coach Dennis
Green said, ``but he made big plays with each of them.''
Another Minnesota (11-1) victory or a Green Bay loss would
wrap up the division title for the Vikings. They're already
the favorite for home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs;
their next two opponents have losing records and their
toughest remaining game is at home against Jacksonville.
The Cowboys (8-4) had a four-game winning streak snapped
despite getting a career-high 455 yards from quarterback
In Thursday's other game, Detroit beat Pittsburgh 19-16 in
On Sunday, Arizona is at Kansas City, Atlanta at St. Louis,
Carolina at the New York Jets, Indianapolis at Baltimore,
Jacksonville at Cincinnati, Tampa Bay at Chicago, Tennessee
at Seattle, Buffalo at New England, New Orleans at Miami,
Philadelphia at Green Bay, Washington at Oakland, and Denver
at San Diego.
The New York Giants play at San Francisco on Monday night.
The matchup of Moss vs. Dallas was significant because the
Cowboys were tempted to draft him.
Dallas needed someone to take the pressure off Michael Irvin
and Moss was available when the Cowboys had the ninth pick.
Scouts gave Moss their highest ratings, but owner-general
manager Jerry Jones decided the team and its tarnished image
couldn't take the risk in a player whose background included
two arrests, a probation violation and a one-month jail
term. So Dallas filled its second-biggest need by taking
defensive end Greg Ellis.
Other teams also were scared off by Moss' baggage, greasing
his slide to Minnesota at No. 21. All he's done for them is
become a game-breaker.
``I'm glad they (Dallas) didn't take him,'' said Vikings
quarterback Randall Cunningham, who was 17-for-35 for 359
yards and four touchdowns. ``I'm glad all those teams didn't
Minnesota waited all of three snaps before throwing to Moss.
The play actually began as a flea-flicker, with Robert Smith
taking a handoff and flipping it back to Cunningham, who
connected with Moss for the 51-yard TD. Cornerback Kevin
Smith was beat on the play, but safety Darren Woodson wasn't
there to help because he fell for the fake.
Two drives later, Cunningham saw that Smith was the only
defender on Moss, so he changed the play at the line to
another deep pass to the rookie.
Smith grabbed Moss' jersey at about the 20, but it didn't
work. The 6-foot-4, 202-pound Moss still made the catch at
the 8 and scored easily.
Moss' next catch came on the last play of the third quarter.
It was just a quick strike about two yards from the line of
scrimmage at roughly the Minnesota 48.
But Moss made cornerback Charlie Williams dive past him at
midfield, then he charged down the sideline past two more
defenders. Rookie Terry Billups tried shoving Moss out of
bounds around the 7 and didn't even come close.
The touchdown put the Vikings ahead 39-22, pretty much icing
the victory. The three long catches gave Moss 1,014 yards
receiving on the season, setting the Vikings' rookie record.
The Cowboys can only wonder how things might have been
different if Sanders had played. Sanders decided about two
hours before the game that his left big toe hurt too much.
``The best cover man on our team and in the league didn't
play,'' Williams said. ``Moss made the plays where we should
Moss, who did not speak to reporters after the game, told
Fox: ``Luckily Deion was hurt, but injuries happen. A lot of
people wanted to see our matchup. I had to make it happen
Cunningham also threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Cris
Carter, and LeRoy Hoard ran for scores of 12 and 50 yards.
Hoard became Minnesota's lead runner after Smith sprained
his left knee. An MRI is planned for today.
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