Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, September 13, 1999
Eagles bag Bucks after slow start
By JON FULBRIGHT
ALPINE, Sept. 13, 1999 -- The band showed up a little late at the Pecos
Eagles' football game Friday night in Alpine against the Bucks. The offense
arrived even later, but the important thing for Pecos was it made an appearance
in a big way for the first time this season.
The band got to Jackson Field too late to play the school song prior
to the start of the game, while the Eagles' offense showed up after Pecos
had dug itself a 12-0 hole in the first period against the Bucks. That
changed everything in the second period, when the Eagles scored three times,
before adding solo touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to notch
their first win of the season, by a 34-20 final score.
Jacob Esparza ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three
passes for 100 yards, including a short dump pass from quarterback Alex
Garcia that turned into a 75-yard scoring play in the fourth period, which
gave Pecos some breathing room in a turnover-filled game.
"I was pleased with the kids. They played their hearts out, and when
they got down 20-6 they never gave up," Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs said.
"We played good on defense and tonight they did an outstanding job on offense.
Coach (Elias) Payan did a good job mixing the plays up."
Pecos ended up with 360 yards total offense, 313 more than in their
17-0 season-opening loss to Denver City. But in that game, the Eagles didn't
allow a second touchdown until there were 90 seconds to play. On Friday,
Alpine had put it into the end zone twice before eight minutes had gone
by in the game.
"It didn't look good down in the first quarter 12-0," Grubbs said. "They
got an interception and a TD and on the play the receiver was wide open.
He (Garcia) just overthrew him."
Robert Rodriguez picked off the pass and raced 46 yards to the end zone
with 3 ½ minutes gone in the game, and four minutes later, quarterback
Cougar McBride broke through a pile and raced 51 yards for a touchdown
after Aaron Funk had recovered a bad pitch by Garcia to Esparza, caused
by nose tackle Joel Vega.
"One thing he was doing was swatting at the ball, and he was reaching
through and getting the quarterback's legs," Grubbs said. Vega caused all
kinds of problems in the early going for Garcia and the Eagles, including
hitting running back Lea Carson behind the line on a 4th-and-2
play early in the second period to stop a Pecos drive.
But the Bucks would have turnover problems of their own as the game
wore on. Daniel Terrazas stopped McBride for a five yard loss after Vega's
play on Carson, then stripped the ball from the quarterback in a pile and
recovered at the Bucks' 35.
On the next play Esparza took a pitch out from Garcia and went left,
then improvised, cutting back against the play and running 35 yards for
the Eagles' first score of the season, with 8:28 left in the half.
"We had some blocks, but he didn't hit the hole and decided to cut back,"
Grubbs said. "He probably would have gotten five yards, but we'll take
the other play the way it turned out."
McBride was banged up a little by Pecos' defense on the next series,
after runs of 11 and 17 yards, and was replaced by quarterback D.T. Dominguez.
The sophomore wasn't as good a runner as McBride, but did a better job
pitching the ball out, getting it to James Carrillo for a 23 yard gain
down to the Eagles' 5-yard-line. McBride then returned and went around
right end two plays later for his second touchdown, and followed that with
a two-point run to give the Bucks a 14-point lead.
Pecos cut that in half less than 90 second later, after a scary moment
for the Eagles, when Carson failed to fall on a short kickoff at the 28-yard
line. Abraham Bustos tried to fall on the live ball, but knocked it out
of bounds at the 22. One play later, the Bucks were flagged for an unsportsmanlike
conduct call after stopping Garcia for a two-yard loss, and that seemed
to jump-start the Eagles' attack.
Garcia found Terrazas over the middle for a 14-yard completion, and
Esparza then got outside for runs of 22, 17 and 11 yards, the final one
taking it all the way to the end zone with 3:10 left in the half.
Pecos had the ball back less than a minute later after a pitch-back
play by Alpine was busted up by the Eagles' defense, with Jaime Herrera
recovering the loose ball at Alpine's 38-yard line. Mason Abila gained
18 yards on a reverse, and two plays later Garcia found Kevin Bates behind
the Bucks' defense for a 17-yard touchdown. Roy Marta's extra point was
wide, leaving Pecos down 20-19 at the half.
The turnovers continued in the second half for both sides. Each team
ended up losing the ball seven times, with Pecos fumbling nine times overall,
losing five. Alpine also lost five fumbles, and threw a pair of interceptions
to Bates, the first coming at the Eagles' 26-yard line four minutes into
the second half.
Garcia then tossed his second interception of the night, to Paedric
Rayburn near midfield. But Rayburn, who had fumbled a punt a few minutes
earlier, lost the ball again, with Cesar Coria getting it at the Eagles'
47. That set-up the go-ahead score for Pecos, a five-yard run by Esparza
after he and Donnie Winfrey had runs of 12, 13 and 11 yards on the drive.
Marta then kicked the extra point from 30 yards out after a holding call,
for a 26-20 lead.
Pecos' defense then had to stop the Bucks several times before Esparza's
TD reception. They forced a punt on the next series, after a 30-yard completion
from McBride to Rayburn, and then got the ball back on downs, after Vega
slipped through and caused another Garcia fumble at the Pecos 36. A few
moments later, Vega had the ball again at the Pecos 43, after an Abila
fumble, and this time, with Dominguez back at quarterback, the Eagles were
able to hold the Bucks at the 25.
Three plays later, Garcia dumped the ball off to Esparza on a 3rd-and-10
play, and the senior found an opening down the sidelines for his fourth
touchdown of the game. Alpine would get the ball back three more times,
but each ended in turnovers, with fumble recoveries by Richard Rodriguez
and Abila and Bates' second interception of the game.
Rodriguez also split time with Garcia at quarterback in the second half,
while Winfrey, who didn't run the ball at all in the first half, ended
up as Pecos' second-leading rusher, with nine carries for 52 yards as a
replacement for Carson, who Grubbs said aggravated a groin injury.
"Another thing that really pleased me was the offense was able to shift
quarterbacks in and out, and that improves our dimensions," Grubbs said.
"Alex really improved tonight, and Richard gives up the option of running
Pecos 0 19 7 8 -34
Alpine 12 8 0 0 -20
Alp. _ R. Rodriguez 46 interception return (run failed), 3:25
Alp. _ McBride 51 run (run failed), 7:41
Pec. _ Esparza 35 run (kick failed), 3:32.
Alp. _ McBride 4 run (McBride run), 7:25.
Pec. _ Esparza 11 run (Marta kick), 8:50.
Pec. _ Bates 17 pass from Garcia (kick failed), 10:55.
Pec. _ Esparza 5 run (Marta kick), 7:57.
Pec. _ Esparza 75 pass from Garcia (Esparza pass from Garcia), 5:53.
First Downs 17 9
Rushes-Yds. 50-229 36-139
Passing Yds. 131 53
Passes 5-11-2 3-9-2
Punts 3-23.3 3-34.3
Fumbles-lost 9-5 6-5
Penalties-Yds 9-65 6-50
RUSHING _ Pecos, Esparza 22-156, Winfrey 9-52, Carson 6-33, Abila
3-31, Rodriguez 2-(-18), A. Garcia 4-(-25).
Alpine, McBride 12-108, Carrillo 5-27, Dominguez 6-7, Bustos 3-2, Walker
1-2, LeBlanc 3(-4).
PASSING _ Pecos, Garcia, 5-10-2-131, Rodriguez 0 1-0-0. Alpine,
McBride 1-5-0-30, Dominguez 2-3-1-23, LeBlanc 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING _ Pecos, Esparza, 3-100, Bates 1-17, Terrazas 1-14.
Alpine Mata 2-23, Rayburn 1-30.
MISSED FIELD GOALS _ None.
Pecos pulls out win at Greenwood
GREENWOOD, Sept. 13, 1999 -- Winning at Greenwood hasn't been something
the Pecos Eagles have been able to accomplish lately. So coach Becky Granado
was happy to see her volleyball team pull out a three-game victory against
the Rangerettes Saturday afternoon, even if there were some bumpy spots
along the way.
"We played like we did on Tuesday night. We dug ourselves in a hole
then had to work twice as hard to get ourselves out," Granado said about
Pecos' 18-16, 11-15, 15-11 win. "In the third game, we had to come back,
but once we took the lead we stayed in front, but it seemed like in all
three games we were playing catch-up ball."
"As far as the offense goes, we did a much better job. Philly (Fobbs)
had 10 kills, which is the most she's had in a match," the Eagles' coach
said. Greenwood's Stephanie Willis had two more kills than that, but Fobbs
also had nine blocks in the match to just one for Willis.
"We're not making as many mental mistakes as we did early in the season.
On defense, we're moving a little bit quicker. Our back line kids are starting
to read the hitter more and are not getting caught standing around," Granado
The win was the Eagles' first at Greenwood in four years and third straight
this season, after Pecos failed to win a game at the Seminole Invitational
on Labor Day weekend.
Granado said her team didn't look as nervous has they had at Seminole.
"I think the kids are more relaxed. They're getting used to the rotation
and are getting used to playing with the people around them," she said.
The win lifted Pecos' season record to 9-7 going into Tuesday's match
in Monahans against the Loboes, the next-to-last one for the Eagles before
District 2-4A play opens on Sept. 21 in Fabens.
Greenwood's freshmen defeated Pecos by 16-14, 11-15, 15-3 final scores
on Saturday, while Pecos' junior varsity played in the Andrews Tournament,
losing in the finals to Monahans' JV for the second time in three tournaments
Cowboys' counterattack stuns `Skins in OT
By JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer
LANDOVER, Md. — The Washington Redskins scored 32 straight points and
thought the game was over. Then the Dallas Cowboys ran off 27 in a row,
matching the biggest comeback in franchise history.
The result Sunday was the highest scoring edition of the historic Cowboys-Redskins
rivalry, with Dallas winning 41-35.
"I was just a little overwhelmed out there," said Cowboys coach Chan
Gailey. "It's all a little bit of a blur. It gives you more to build on
than if you win 28-14."
The Cowboys trailed 35-14 entering the fourth quarter. Some astute play-calling,
especially some strong runs from Emmitt Smith when the Redskins were expecting
the pass, engineered a rally that culminated with Rocket Ismail's 76-yard
touchdown catch in overtime.
"This was as good as any Cowboys-Redskins game I've ever seen," said
Calvin Hill, a former Dallas and Washington running back. "And I've seen
a lot and I've been involved in a lot."
Ismail, signed as a free agent to add speed to the receiving corps,
split the safeties after the Redskins bit on a play-fake to Smith. He was
wide open for Troy Aikman's fifth touchdown pass.
"Right before we broke the huddle, I turned to Rocket," said Smith,
who ran for 109 yards on 23 carries. "And I said, `Rocket, get it,' because
I knew all I had to do was make a good fake, the way we were running the
Dallas has rallied from 21 points down to win once before, 30-27 in
overtime against New Orleans in 1984. The Cowboys had made up a big deficits
to beat the Redskins twice before, coming back from 20 points down in 1983
and 17 in 1979.
"I think this is probably the wildest game I've ever been a part of,"
said Aikman, 28-for-49 for 362 yards and three interceptions.
The Cowboys sent the game into overtime on Michael Irvin's 12-yard reception
with 1:46 left. The crucial extra point by Richie Cunningham hit the left
upright before going through.
Washington had a chance to win the game on the last play of regulation,
but holder Matt Turk fumbled the snap on what would have been a 41-yard
field-goal attempt by Brett Conway.
The loss hit the Redskins hard. They collapsed in last year's season-opener
against the New York Giants, lost their next six games. They had hoped
to put that behind them while impressing new owner Dan Snyder.
"I think we didn't taste blood like we probably should have," said fullback
Larry Centers. "When we had them down, we should've gone into a feeding
frenzy and really finished them off. We failed to do that and as a result
we gave them hope."
By the end of the game, the Redskins were exhausted mentally and physically.
Several players missed plays late while being treated for cramps.
"Five quarters just let the air out of my tires," said receiver Michael
With the injured Deion Sanders, Kevin Smith and Quentin Coryatt and
the suspended Leon Lett missing from the Dallas defense, Washington had
no problems moving the ball for three quarters. Only fumbles by Stephen
Davis and Brad Johnson inside the Dallas 15 kept the Redskins from putting
the game our of reach.
Picking on reserve cornerbacks Kevin Mathis and Charlie Williams, Johnson
marked his Redskins debut by completing 20 of 33 passes for 382 yards with
touchdown throws of 41 yards to Westbrook and 50 yards to Albert Connell.
Davis had his first 100-yard game, rushing for 109 yards on 24 carries
and two touchdowns.
On their first two possessions, the Cowboys marched 80 and 82 yards
for touchdowns, with Aikman hitting tight end David LaFleur for scoring
passes of 15 and 14 yards.
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