Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, September 17, 1999
Eagles' football game attracts showers again
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- New concrete, new asphalt, a dirt trench and
a football game apparently is the way to attract rain to Pecos.
For the third week in a row while work is underway installing the new
track at Eagle Stadium, it's rained on a Pecos Eagle sub-varsity football
game. This time, Thursday's deluge was so hard it force postponement of
Pecos' junior varsity football game against the Fort Stockton Panthers,
35 minutes after the start of the game.
Varsity head coach Gary Grubbs said the game would be made up on Saturday,
starting at 2 p.m. at the Crockett Middle School field. The game will be
moved over to the eighth grade field because crews from San Antonio are
scheduled to apply the top rubber surface to the track over the next several
days, so it will be ready before the varsity's home opener a week from
today against Crane.
If nothing else, the rain did give the new drainage system at the track
it's first test _ after Pecos-Barstow-Toyah superintendent Don Love and
athletic director Bubba Williams dug out an 18-inch deep hole to uncover
the outlet pipe on the northeast corner of the track.
Water running under the track was a major cause of the old foundation's
deterioration. The drain is supposed to channel the water away from the
area, though water was moving very slowly towards it from the southeast
end of the track, and Love said there was still a sinkhole problem near
the track's southwest corner.
Neither JV team scored before the showers and lightning arrived, and
neither eighth grade `B' team could score in their earlier game at the
Crockett Middle School field against Crane. In the seventh grade `B' game,
Crane defeated Pecos by a 26-8 score, while in Fort Stockton, Pecos' freshmen
lost to the Panthers by a 30-12 final score.
"We just had too many mistakes and allowed too many long runs," said
freshman coach Tino Acosta. "We kind of showed our immaturity last night,
but our kids also showed some maturity when they didn't quit."
Fort Stockton held a 22-6 lead at halftime, and both teams had one touchdown
in the second half. A pair of quarterback sneaks by Freddie Torres accounted
for the Eagles' scores.
In the seventh grade `B' game, Crane used a series of long quarterback
runs to get their scores. Pecos led once, at 8-6, after a 57-yard TD run
by Gilbert Gonzales, with Jarrett Grubbs running for the two-point conversion.
Pecos' junior high `A' teams scrimmaged each other before the `B' games,
with the eighth graders scoring a 40-6 victory.
Tonight in Fort Stockton, the Eagles' varsity faces the Panthers in
a 7:30 p.m. start. The Eagles are trying to get off to a 2-1 start for
the second year in a row, while the Panthers are hoping to avoid an 0-3
beginning for the second straight season.
Pecos' District 2-4A rivals are all in action tonight with the exception
of Canutillo, which began its season a week early. Clint plays at El Paso
Cathedral, El Paso Mountain View hosts Santa Teresa, N.M., Fabens is at
El Paso Parkland and San Elizario goes to Deming, N.M.
Clint (2-0) at Cathedral (1-1): El Paso High succeeded in keeping
D.J. Check from completing any big plays to Jeremy Arnold, holding the
all-state receiver to one catch for five yards. But Check hooked up with
every other receiver for 306 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-56 win. On
the plus side, Clint was up 63-42 before El Paso High got a pair of late
scores. On the down side, El Paso High scored just seven points the previous
week and allowed 48 against Eastwood, which lost it's home opener to Andrews.
Cathedral shut out Fabens last Friday, 7-0, allowing the Wildcats' 164
passing yards, but picking off three Rigo Estrada passes. They were beaten
by Del Valle in their opener, 34-7.
Fabens (1-1) at Parkland (1-1): From a 42-0 win over Deming to
a loss to Cathedral, the Wildcats offense dropped sharply in Week 2. Estrada
had three TD passes in the opening win, while running back Vincente Macias
didn't have a bad night, with 82 yards rushing last week, but that was
125 yards less than in the opener against Deming.
Parkland won their opener over San Elizario, but was beaten last week
by Mountain View, 17-14. The Matadors committed six turnovers and fell
behind 17-0 before scoring twice in the final period. Quarterback Raul
Camacho had a five-yard TD run and 80 yard scoring pass to Artise Cheeks.
Santa Teresa, N.M. (0-3) at EP Mountain View (1-0): The Loboes
got a 92-yard rushing performance from Ricky Lopez, while the rest of the
team ran for minus-6. He also caught four of the 11 completions by quarterback
Arturo Muniz, who moved over from a receiver's spot last season. Mountain
View still has their No. 1 pass catcher, Albert Jaurrieta, who had one
TD catch against Parkland.
Santa Teresa, after a respectable season a year ago, as fallen back
to the level of two and three years ago, when they were Fort Stockton's
favorite whipping boy. They were blanked by San Elizario in their season
opener and last week were routed by New Mexico Military Institute, 30-7.
San Elizario (1-2) at Deming (0-3): Santa Teresa is better than
Deming, however, and Deming wasn't very good a year ago, either, they lost
at San Elizario.
The Eagles dropped their second straight game a week ago, losing to
El Paso Americas, the second-year Class 5A school that has its first senior
class this season. Mike Perez got San Elizario's lone TD and continues
to average better than 100 yards in both rushing and passing through three
Moose calls season over after injury
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Sept. 17, 1999 — Daryl Johnston watched Chris Spielman's
attempted comeback a little closer than most NFL players. After all, if
anyone understood what Spielman was going through, it was Johnston.
Johnston and Spielman both underwent neck fusion surgery in 1997. Johnston
returned as a fullback for the Dallas Cowboys in '98, but Spielman sat
out to help his wife battle breast cancer. Her improvement encouraged the
linebacker to try coming back this year with the Cleveland Browns.
Spielman didn't make it. A hit in an exhibition game left him temporarily
paralyzed. Even though it wasn't related to his previous injury, it was
enough to convince him that he needed a less violent way of life.
"I sat there and watched Chris Spielman when he went through his ordeal
and I asked myself the same questions," Johnston said. "But until it happens
to you, you don't have to have any answers."
Now, it's happened to him.
Johnston, 33, said Thursday he has a bulging disc in his neck that will
force him to miss the rest of this season.
He'll try rehabilitating it in hopes of avoiding a second operation,
which would severely limit his range of motion. He said he's going through
rehab with the goal of being able to play again.
Unlike Spielman, Johnston had no idea trouble had returned.
A hit by Washington defensive lineman Marco Coleman early in the fourth
quarter of Dallas' 41-35 overtime victory Sunday left Johnston with a burning
sensation in his shoulder.
Although it was the first "burner" he'd felt since his herniated disc
in 1997, he only missed a few plays. Shortly after returning, he recovered
a fumble that kept alive the Cowboys' comeback from a 21-point deficit.
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