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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, September 20, 1999
Eagles overpowered by Panthers, 17-14
By JON FULBRIGHT
FORT STOCKTON, Sept. 18, 1999 -- You're only as good as your last game.
And that means that right now, the Pecos Eagles have a lot of work to do.
After bouncing back from a minus-1 yard rushing performance on offense
against Denver City in their opener to roll up 360 yards offense against
Alpine, the Eagles fell back to earth Friday night in Fort Stockton. Their
line was dominated by the Panthers on both sides of the ball, at Fort Stockton
- outscored 100-0 in their first two games - came away with a 17-14 homecoming
Pecos was held to minus-23 yards rushing in the first half, although
22 of that was on a punt snap over the head of Daniel Terrazas that ended
up as a safety for the Panthers. Things were better in the second half,
when Pecos ran for 65 yards, but after cutting a 17-7 deficit to three
midway though the final quarter, the Eagles' defense couldn't come through,
allowing a series of runs by Ben Barron to eat up all but the final 47
seconds of the game, when Pecos got the ball back 84 yards away from the
"The kids didn't do what they were coached to do. We told them what
to key on and what to do, but they just didn't execute it," said Eagles'
coach Gary Grubbs. "We've just got to go back to the drawing board."
Fort Stockton rolled up 249 yards total offense, 227 of that on the
ground, which was more than double their total for the first two games.
Grubbs said the lack of offense hurt Pecos there as much as anything the
"The same thing happened against Denver City. When the defense is on
the field that long that's not good. You cannot expect the defense to be
on the field that long and not get tired with the size of kids we've got."
"Practice had been better, but it's not at the caliber we need to be
successful. We go out there and have 1 1/4- 1 1/2 good practices a week
and then play 1 1/4-1 1/2 quarters good in the game," the Eagles' coach
Friday's game has to be a cause of concern, especially since the Panthers
came in to the game off 50-0 losses to Crane - Pecos' opponent next week
- and El Paso Riverside, the team the Eagles could face in the bi-district
round of the playoffs.
"We better focus, or we're in for a long night next week," Grubbs said.
Crane improved to 3-0 with a 16-7 victory Friday over Seminole.
The Eagles did get a good game out of quarterback Alex Garcia, who was
7-for-13 passing for 133 yards and two touchdowns despite being under pressure
from Fort Stockton's pass rush much of the night. They also got a strong
effort out of Terrazas, who turned a short completion into an 80-yard touchdown
pass in the first period, after intercepting Nathan Sawyer at the Fort
Stockton 30 on the first series of the game.
But in an omen of things to come, the Eagles ground game found few places
to run against the Panthers' defense, with Donnie Winfrey coming up a half-yard
short of a first down on a 4th-and-2 pitch around left end.
"I thought overall Donny ran the ball well, but we've got to take advantage
of that situation," Grubbs said. "The defense does a good job, picks off
the ball and we get it in an awesome spot on offense and don't convert,
that sucks it out of your defense."
On Pecos' opening score, Garcia barely avoided defensive end Luke Groth
before floating a pass off to Terrazas, who got the first down, then got
one downfield block on his way to the end zone.
Pecos then stopped Fort Stockton on their next series but not before
some runs by Barron got the Panthers past midfield, and allowed them to
pin the Eagles deep in their own territory, setting up the bad punt snap
Pecos' defense stopped the Panthers again on their next series, after
a 55-yard kickoff return by Chris Holguin set Fort Stockton up on the Eagles'
25. But again, the Eagles' offense went nowhere, and this time, the Panthers
took advantage with a 12 yard punt return by Holgiun to Pecos' 45, followed
by a 10-play march to their first touchdown of the season.
Barron, who would carry the ball 22 times for 112 yards in the first
half, had a couple of nine yard runs and another shorter, but key run off
tackle on a 3rd-and-goal, from the five down to the one. That set up Sawyer's
fourth down quarterback sneak for the score. Barron then ran in for the
two-point conversion, giving Fort Stockton a 10-7 halftime lead.
The middle of the Panthers' line remained a cement wall for Pecos in
the second half, but the Eagles did have better luck running outside with
Winfrey and Jacob Esparza. They drove the ball past midfield on their first
series, but then did themselves in on a 4th-and-1 play, when Mason Abila
missed a pitch back from Garcia and the ball landed in a pile short of
the first down marker.
The Eagles stopped Fort Stockton's first drive of the half, but then
hurt themselves again with a holding call at the 20-yard line, before a
questionable call gave Fort Stockton the ball.
Garcia just lofted a ball over defensive back Mark Carrillo to Terrazas,
who appeared to catch it as he and linebacker Elias Sanchez fell to the
ground. But when the players got up Sanchez had the ball and the officials
ruled he had taken it from Terrazas before the tight end had hit the ground.
"At first the official said he had taken it away from him, then he said
Daniel caught it and it popped out and he took it from him," Grubbs said.
"It led to a touchdown by them so it was a big call in the game."
Set up inside the Eagles' 20, the Panthers appeared to score on a sweep
by Quintin Robledo. But a holding call set them back 10 yards, and Omar
Luna — playing his first game of the season after an appendectom — tackled
Arnulfo Molinar on an attempted reverse for another eight-yard loss.
Facing a 3rd-and-goal from the 22, Sawyer completed his only pass of
the night, a perfect throw to Doug Tipton in front of the goal post and
just over the fingers of defensive back Kevin Bates.
Down by 10, the Eagles appeared stopped on their next series when they
were faced with a 4th-and-7 from their own 38 after a holding call wiped
out most of a 16-yard Winfrey run.
But instead of punting, Pecos snapped the ball to Abila at the up-back
spot, and he was able to get around the left side and just past the first
The Eagles then went 53 yards for their touchdown, though it wasn't
easy. An interference call on a pass to Terrazas got Pecos out of a hole
after Esparza was tackled for a seven yard loss.
Esparza then got outside for 12-yards on a 4th-and-1 at the 31, and
finally, on 3rd-and-9 from the 18, a scrambling Garcia evaded three Fort
Stockton tacklers and throw the ball into the corner of the end zone, where
Derek Zubledia was just able to keep his feet in bounds for the touchdown.
Roy Marta's extra point made it 17-14, and then the Panthers got their
biggest break of the game, after Carrillo elected to run the kickoff out
when Marta boomed it nine yards deep into the end zone.
He was met by a trio of Eagles at the five, with Terrazas popping the
ball loose from Carrillo's hands. Unfortunately for Pecos, it bounced right
to Holguin and he almost took it all the way for the score, but was knocked
out of bounds by Tye Edwards at the 19.
With the wind blowing into the Panthers' face, that could have left
Pecos in good field position if they could stop Fort Stockton and force
a punt. They did on first down, holding Barron to a one-yard gain, but
on second down Robledo took a pitch an ran for eight yards behind the blocking
of Groth and Jaime Gonzales. Barron then went off tackle on eight of the
next nine plays, with gains of 13, 13, 11 and 12 yards on the drive.
Pecos finally got the ball back with 47 seconds left and with no time-outs,
after having to use two in the third period. A pressured Garcia was flagged
for grounding on first down, and had to spike the ball to kill the clock
on third down. He could only manage two short passes to Esparza on the
other two plays, as the Panthers took over on downs with 11 seconds left
and ran out the clock.
Fort Stockton's win left both teams with 1-2 records on the season,
with the Panthers going up against Monahans next week, while the Eagles
take on Crane in their 1999 home opener.
Pecos' two main District 2-4A rivals, Clint and El Paso Mountain View,
both won on Saturday, Clint 20-7 over El Paso Cathedral and Mountain View
39-0 against Santa Teresa, N.M.. Fabens, the Eagles' first district opponent
on Oct. 9, was routed by El Paso Parkland, 55-7, while San Elizario beat
at Fort Stockton
Pecos 7 0 0 7 -14
Fort Stockton 2 8 7 0 -17
Pec. - Terrazas 80 pass from A. Garcia (Marta kick), 7:02
Ft.S - Safety, Terrazas runs bad punt snap out of end zone, 11:10.
Ft.S - Sawyer 1 run (Barron run), 5:51
Ft.S - Tipton 22 pass from Sawyer (Hamm kick), 9:03.
Pec. - Zubeldia 18 pass from A. Garcia (Marta kick), 5:02.
First Downs 7 12
Carries-Rushing Yds. 33-42 51-227
Passing Yards 133 22
Passes 7-13-0 1-6-1
Punts-Avg. 2-32 3-39
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yds 3-26 5-40
RUSHING - Pecos, Winfrey 12-43, Esparza 14-21, Abila 3-14, Rodriguez
Garcia 2-(-12), Terrazas 1-(-22). Fort Stockton, Barron 35-193, Robledo
8-34, Matta 3-7,
Sawyer 3-(-2), Molinar 2-(-5).
PASSING - Pecos, A. Garcia 7-13-0-133. Fort Stockton, Sawyer 1-6-1-22.
RECEIVING - Pecos, Esparza 3-13, Zubeldia 2-25, Terrazas 1-80, Weidner
Stockton, Tipton 1-22.
MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.
Eagles' defense improves in win over Wildcats
PECOS, Sept. 20, 1999 -- Pecos Eagles coach Becky Granado was happy
with her team's defensive efforts on Saturday, as the Eagles closed out
their pre-district schedule with a win over the Wink Wildcats. But she's
still looking for a little more offense, with the 2-4A opener at Fabens
coming up tomorrow.
"We did a better job on defense than we have," Granado said after the
Eagles downed the Wildcats in Wink by 16-14, 15-10 scores. "Wink has a
couple of girls who can really hit the ball, but our defense adjusted.
"Saturday was the first time they understood to be ready for the hitter
and to be facing where the hitter is going to hit, so they did a much better
job getting to the ball," she said.
"As far as our offense, we have three strong rotations when Philly (Fobbs)
is up on the front line. But when she goes to the back line we don't have
somebody to step up and hit the ball on the floor."
"I felt good about the defense going into tomorrow's match. It's the
offense I'm worried about," the Eagles' coach added.
Saturday's game was similar to the Eagles' win over Wink 10 days earlier
in Crane, when the Eagles had one tough game against the Wildcats, with
a second that was a lot easier. Granado said while Wink again had some
problems with Pecos' serves, but "It wasn't so much the serves this time.
We got a couple more kills and they had a lot of mental mistakes."
The win improved Pecos' season record to 11-8 going into Tuesday's match
at Fabens, which will start about 7:45 p.m. CDT. Granado said the Eagles'
freshmen and junior varsity teams would both play the Wildcats at 6:30
Defensive finish cost DelaHoya decision
By TIM DAHLBERG
AP Sports Writer
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 20, 1999 — Oscar De La Hoya heard the boos as he backpedaled
around the ring in the final rounds, his anticipated brawl with Felix Trinidad
drawing to what seemed to be an anticlimactic close.
Perhaps the fans knew something De La Hoya didn't — that he was throwing
away certain victory in the biggest fight of his career.
What De La Hoya thought would be a triumphant boxing performance Saturday
night instead became a bitter defeat, proving once again that it never
pays to make assumptions in boxing unless your opponent is sprawled on
"I thought I had it in the bag. I swear, I really did," De La Hoya said.
"Now I know how Lennox Lewis feels."
De La Hoya's decision to spend much of the final three rounds letting
Trinidad chase him around the ring cost him dearly, mainly because he and
his cornermen were so intent on following their strategy that they forgot
how to do the math.
They also didn't count on the tenacity and heart of Trinidad, who refused
to be overcome by frustration and finally began landing some good right
hands just as De La Hoya began coasting in the final rounds.
The most anticipated non-heavyweight fight in more than a decade didn't
live up to its hype, despite the presence at ringside of the fighters who
fought classic welterweight and middleweight fights in the 1980s.
Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns were all
there to watch De La Hoya fight cautiously but effectively in the early
and middle rounds only to give the fight away by simply not pitching enough
in the final few rounds.
It was entertaining in a tactical way, but not to the 11,610 fans who
packed the Mandalay Bay arena expecting to see a brawl between a pair of
big punchers who both have suspect chins.
"For one time, I wanted to box and show a good boxing lesson," De La
Hoya said. "I guess that wasn't enough for the people at ringside."
Punching statistics showed De La Hoya landing 263 punches to 166 for
Trinidad, with almost all the difference coming in the left jab that the
WBC champion used to bloody Trinidad's nose early and cause his left eye
to almost swell shut.
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