Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, Dec. 18, 1998
Abila earns all-state grid honors
From Staff and Wire Reports
Pecos Eagles senior Mark Abila was named to the second team
Class 4A all-state football squad by the Associated Press
Sports Editors on Thursday, the first Pecos player to earn
that honor in over a decade.
Andrews' running back Shaud Williams was named Class 4A
Offensive Player of the Year in the voting by the APSE,
while only one other player from Pecos' District 2-4A -
Clint wide receiver Jeremy Arnold - was chosen for the
squad, being selected as a member of the first team.
Abila finished with there interceptions, two fumble
recoveries and 138 tackles this season, including one that
sidelined Arnold in Pecos' win over Clint, which ended a
23-year playoff drought for the Eagles. He was selected as
the district's Most Valuable Player on defense in voting by
"It's a great accomplishment for that young man," said
Eagles' coach Dan Swaim. "He was the heart and soul of our
defense this year, and he's going to be hard to replace."
Abila joined Williams as the only sophomore all-district
picks two years ago when Pecos was in District 4-4A, but
quit the team midway through his junior season before
returning this year. "It's something exciting for the whole
school to have a player named all-state," Swaim said. "It's
a complete turn-around that young man has had."
Andrews' Williams was named a first-team running back for
the second straight year, along with earning offensive MVP
honors. He's the only repeat member from the 1997 APSE team,
after leading Class 4A with 2,121 yards, marking his third
straight year over 2,000 yards. He scored 27 touchdowns as
the Mustangs went undefeated in regular season play, before
losing to Division II state finalist Stephenville in the
bi-district round of the playoffs.
Teammate Jose Gonzales, who helped blow open holes for
Williams, was voted to the first team at offensive line.
Three other Mustangs, offensive lineman Joe Young,
linebacker Kyle Lebby and defensive back Jeremy Pitkin,
received honorable mention.
Clint's Arnold made the first team after leading 2-4A with
50 catches for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns during the
regular season. Meanwhile, after Andrews the voting in Pecos
old district, now 5-4A, was surprising, with neither second
place Snyder nor third place Big Spring putting a player on
Sweetwater, which missed the playoffs for only the second
time in 15 years, with a 6-4 record, had offensive lineman
Dean Mayfield named to the first team and defensive lineman
Jared Shelton was a second team pick. Fort Stockton, which
suffered through a 1-9 season, also had two players on the
team - first team linebacker Willie Woodberry and honorable
mention offensive lineman Aaron Hernandez, while San Angelo
Lake View had two honorable mention picks in wide receiver
Isaac Flores and defensive back Colby Sikes.
Eagles cagers face Rangers, Prowlers
The Pecos Eagle boys have a chance to get back to .500 on
the season this weekend, while Pecos' girls can at least get
back to .500 against one of the two teams they've beaten so
far this year in their final pre-Christmas game tonight.
The Eagle girls go to Fort Stockton for the second time this
season, for their fourth meeting of the year against the
Prowlers, while Pecos' boys will be home against the
Greenwood Rangers tonight, then go to Odessa on Saturday for
an afternoon game against the Bronchos.
The boys are 5-7 on the season after dropping three games
last weekend at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament. Coach
Mike Sadler's team was without starters in the tournament's
final two games, losses to district rival San Elizario and
Their last win was on Dec. 8 over Monahans by a 57-37 final
score. Greenwood has dropped a pair of games so far this
season to the Loboes, Pecos split their two games with
Greenwood last season, winning at home by a 49-45 final
score, after losing in Midland, 71-65.
Pecos already has faced Odessa High once this season, as the
Bronchos pulled away in the second half of their Nov. 27
game in Pecos to score a 72-46 victory. The Eagles' freshman
and junior varsity teams will play tonight against
Greenwood, but will not make the trip to Odessa on Saturday.
Pecos' girls, after sweeping Fort Stockton a year ago, are
1-2 against the Prowlers this season, and coach Brian
Williams said, "We could face them again at Reagan County,"
where the Eagles play in a New Year's week tournament.
Pecos lost last month in Fort Stockton by a 53-49 final
score, then beat the Panthers on Dec. 8, 36-33 before losing
in the Sandhills Tournament three days later by a 40-37
score. Along with defeats at the hands of El Paso Irvin and
Reagan County, they left the Eagles with a 2-10 mark, the
same record as Fort Stockton.
Ned Cantwell, Publisher
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