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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, September 10, 1999
Mustangs rout Eagles, JV edges Alpine
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Sept. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles made the playoffs in football
last year, and they're supposed to make the playoffs again this year.
But when the end of January rolls around and the bi-annual redistricting
is announced, Pecos could find itself back in with its former District
4-4A opponents. And Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs and the other Pecos coaches
say the team still needs help to improve the overall level of play, especially
if they go back to their far tougher district alignment.
Case in point: Thursday night's combined scores on the seventh, eighth
and ninth grade levels against the Andrews Mustangs:
Andrews 182, Pecos 6.
"We can't compete until they give us an athletic period," Grubbs said.
"Andrews plays football since fourth grade and we don't start until seventh,
so you can't expect us to compete without doing something."
Divided up, Thursday's scores translated into 30-0 and 16-6 losses by
the Eagles' seventh grade `A' and `B' teams in Andrews, a 46-0 loss by
Pecos' ninth grade team at the Mustang Bowl and 34-0 and 56-0 home losses
by the Eagles' eighth grade squads.
Pecos' junior varsity didn't play Andrews and did get a win, 6-0 in
Alpine against the Bucks, to even their record at 1-1 on the season.
The freshmen do have several players on the JV and one, Eddie Mata,
had the only touchdown of the game, on an 82-yard run.
"The defense played real well and Eddie Mata and Jason Carrillo both
ran the ball well for us," said coach Junior Williams, whose team survived
five first half turnovers. "Joe Loa played a good game on defense for us."
Andrews' freshmen got all their points in the first half Thursday. "We
didn't get anybody hurt and we didn't quit," coach Tino Acosta said. "At
times we didn't execute that bad, but physically we were manhandled."
The eighth graders hurt themselves as much as being hurt by Andrews,
as the Mustangs scored two of their seven touchdowns in the `A' game on
blocked punts. The seventh grade `A' game was cut short, coach Robbie Ortega
said, due to lightning.
"Turnovers hurt. We fumbled three kickoffs," he said. "We did all right
on defense, but they only had half the field to work with because we'd
give the ball right back after they scored."
In the `B' game Andrews took a 16-0 lead before Pecos scored on a Gilbert
Gonzales touchdown run. Thursday's games were the season openers for both
the seventh and eighth grade squads.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles varsity goes to Alpine to take on the
Bucks. Pecos has won three straight games since the series resumed after
a 16-year break. The Eagles defeated the Bucks a year ago by a 23-8 final
score in a game they led only 7-0 entering the final period.
Pecos' District 2-4A rivals tonight are all in action, including El
Paso Mountain View, which had its scheduled season opener against Cobre,
N.M. last week canceled. The Lobos will host El Paso Parkland in their
season opener, while the team Parkland beat last week, San Elizario, hosts
El Paso Americas. El Paso Jefferson is at Canutillo, Clint is at El Paso
High and Fabens goes to El Paso Cathedral in the other district games.
EP Parkland (1-0) at EP Mountain View (0-0): Parkland just missed
the playoffs last season and is scheduled to battle El Paso Burges again
for third place in District 1-4A. They rolled up 34 points on San Elizario,
while allowing quarterback Mike Perez to run for 95 yards. Mountain View
lost quarterback Adolfo Villa to graduation, but returns most of his receivers,
including 1,000 yard pass catcher Albert Jaurrieta.
EP Americas (1-0) at San Elizario (1-1): After a shutout win
over Santa Teresa, San Eli had more trouble with the speed of Parkland
last Friday. This week, they'll face a team with an offense much like the
Eagles' own attack, focusing on quarterback Chris Ramirez. He ran for 240
yards and threw for 65 more in last week's 31-14 win over El Paso Bowie.
Clint (1-0) at El Paso High (0-1): The Lions had little trouble
against Anthony last week, going out to a 29-0 halftime lead on the way
to a 43-12 win. D.J. Check threw three touchdown passes to Jeremy Arnold
and D.J. Shephard ran for three more TDs. El Paso High was routed in their
opener by El Paso Eastwood, 52-14, a week after the Troopers managed just
three points in a home loss to Andrews.
EP Jefferson (1-0) at Canutillo (0-2): Both teams faced the District
1-4A schools scheduled to fight for that district's title last week. Canutillo
stayed close to El Paso Riverside for 3 ½ quarters before the Rangers
turned a 28-21 lead into a 48-21 victory, while Jefferson surprised El
Paso Ysleta, rallying from a 10-0 deficit to win, 13-10. Noel Rios ran
for 114 yards in the loss to the Rangers who host Pecos' next opponent,
Fort Stockton tonight, and _ if you believe the pre-season rankings _ will
be the Eagles' bi-district playoff opponent come November.
Fabens (1-0) at EP Cathedral (34-7): The Wildcats opened with
a convincing win over Deming last week, 42-0, as running back Vincente
Macias ran for 207 yards, while Bobby Chavez caught three passes for 88
yards, including two TDs. Cathedral was routed in their opener by El Paso
Del Valle, 34-7, and were outgained by a 416-120 margin. However, Del Valle
beat Canutillo two weeks ago by the exact same score, so that may say more
about the Conquistadors' defense than it does about Cathedral's offense.
Pecos girls face Greenwood
PECOS, Sept. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will try and
extend their brief winning streak to three games on Saturday, and remain
above the .500 mark for the season, when they travel to Greenwood to face
Pecos will face Greenwood in freshmen purple and gold and varsity matches,
starting at 2 p.m. Pecos' junior varsity will also be on the road, playing
in the JV division of the Andrews Invitational on Saturday.
The Eagles swept a pair of matches on Tuesday from Greenwood's district
rival, Crane, and Wink, on the Cranes' home court, after Pecos went winless
the previous weekend at the Seminole Invitational. The victories gave the
Eagles a 7-6 season record.
The teams have played once this season, splitting pool round games at
the Cantaloupe Classic in Pecos two weeks ago. Greenwood went on to win
the tournament title, and come off a home sweep of Sweetwater and Denver
City on Tuesday.
Davenport, Hingis face Williamses
NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 1999 (AP) — Defending champion Lindsay Davenport and
top-seeded Martina Hingis are the last obstacles to the first all-sister
final in Grand Slam tournament history.
Since Richard Williams predicted daughters Venus and Serena would meet
in the U.S. Open title match, 124 players have packed up their rackets
and picked up their checks.
Serena Williams, at 17 the younger of the hair-beaded, power-hitting
sisters, was to be the first to play spot in the final when she meets Davenport.
The second semifinal pairs Venus Williams, 19, against the 18-year-old
Hingis, who won her only U.S. Open singles title two years ago.
It marks the first time three teen-agers have reached the final four
since 1980, when Chris Evert was joined in the semifinals by Tracy Austin,
Andrea Jaeger and Hana Mandlikova. And it is the first time three American-born
players have gathered in the semis since Evert, Jaeger and Pam Shriver
did it in 1982.
The pairings for the men's singles semis were completed Thursday when
Cedric Pioline upset fifth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (16-14),
7-6 (10-8) and No. 7 Todd Martin defeated Slava Dosedel 6-3, 5-7, 6-4,
Saturday's other men's semifinal, which will be sandwiched around the
women's final, will be between No. 2 Andre Agassi and No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
"Lindsay hits the ball really hard. I hit the ball hard. It's going
to be fun," said Serena Williams, who has a 2-1 career record over Davenport,
winning their last two meetings. "It's pretty exciting for women's tennis."
Serena Williams has excited the crowds at the USTA National Tennis Center
as she powered her way into a Grand Slam tournament semifinal for the first
Venus Williams has been there, done that as far as playing this late
in one of the sport's four major tournaments. Her match against Hingis
is a replay of the U.S. Open final two years ago when Hingis easily won
in straight sets.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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