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Friday, September 24, 1999

Eagles fall to Cranes, split games in Alpine


By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer
PECOS, Sept. 24, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagle sub-varsity teams managed just one win in six games Thursday, with the seventh grade `A' team come away with a road victory over the Alpine Bucks.

Zavala's `A' team beat Alpine 38-0, while the `B' team stayed at home and lost to Crane's seventh grade `A' squad by a 30-8 score. Both of Crockett's teams lost, the `A' team in Alpine, 18-0, and the `B' team at home against Crane, 36-0, while Pecos' freshmen and JV teams lost in Crane, by 40-6 and 14-0 scores.

The JV fell to 1-2 on the season as Crane scored once in the first half and again in the final minute of play. "They were a good team, and we had a good defensive effort," coach Junior Williams said, "We moved the ball up and down the field, but we just had a couple of mental mistakes. We'd get a 4th-and-1 and go offsides before the snap, and that hurt us."

Freshman coach Tino Acosta said Pecos made too many early mistakes did in his team. "Fumbles in the first half just killed us," he said. "We played hard, but we just made too many mistakes."

A Freddie Torres 30 yard pass to Robert Carrasco accounted for Pecos' only score.

Alpine's `A' team jumped out to a 12-0 lead early on Crockett, then added a fourth quarter score, coach Rudy Juardo said. "Our quarterback John Parent got injured in the second half, and that hurt us. We drove about 50 yards downfield when he got hurt, and we just had to hold on after that," he said.

The `B' team had played Crane's `B' squad to a scoreless tie last week, but were outnumbered and out-manned by Crane's combined squad on Thursday. The Cranes took a 20-0 halftime lead, and then added scores in each of the final two periods.

The seventh graders got two touchdown runs from quarterback Robbie Saldana, who also had TD passes to Booker Fobbs and Gabriel Orona. Jacob Marquez had Pecos' other score, coach Robbie Ortega said.

"The A team finally came around. The boys finally started remembering their plays and assignments," he said. The `A' team is now 1-1 while the `B' team is 0-3 following their loss to Crane.

Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eagles' varsity plays its home opener against Crane. The Eagles come in with a 1-2 season record after their loss last week against Fort Stockton, and are looking for a better start from their running game against the 3-0 Cranes than they've gotten so far this season. The Eagles have thrown for more yards than they've run for so far in 1999, and in the first quarter have run for just a combined 42 yards in their three starts.

Gaining more yards through the air than on the ground is nothing new for several of Pecos' District 2-4A rivals, led by Clint, which faces its toughest test so far when they host El Paso Parkland. El Paso Mountain View goes to El Paso Burges, Fabens is in Presidio, San Elizario is at El Paso Bowie and Canutillo goes to El Paso High in tonight's other district games.

El Paso Parkland (3-1) at Clint (2-0): After their 63-56 win over El Paso High, Clint played a more normal game last week, downing El Paso Cathedral 20-7. D.J. Check is averaging nearly 240 yards and four touchdown passes a game so far, while Clint's defense surrendered just 134 yards last week.

Parkland is playing its fourth straight game against a district school. They routed San Elizario in Week 1 and beat Fabens last Friday, 55-7, but were plagued by turnovers in a 17-13 loss to Mountain View. Artise Cheeks ran for 308 yards and four TDs last week for the Matadors, who are one of the fastest Class 4A teams in West Texas.

El Paso Mountain View (2-0) at El Paso Burges (2-1): The Lobos had no trouble with Santa Teresa, N.M. last week, allowing just 51 yards on defense while gaining almost 420. Arturo Muniz threw for 263 yards, while Ricky Lopez ran for 124 more, with three touchdowns.

Burges, the team that defeated Pecos in the Class 4A playoffs last season, beat Las Cruces Onate last week by a 38-18 final score. The Mustangs haven't changed much from a year ago _ they're averaging over 200 yards rushing per game led by running back Andy Diaz, who has gained over 350 yards so far.

Canutillo (0-3) at El Paso High (1-2): After a slow start a year ago, Canutillo used its bye week to turn things around, winning six of their last seven games to share the district title with Pecos. This time, they'll be looking for ways to jump start the offense, which played well in the first half against Riverside, but has managed just 28 points overall.

El Paso High allowed 111 points in opening losses to El Paso Eastwood and Clint, but came back last week to defeat El Paso Austin, 36-20. The Tigers have run for over 700 yards in their last two games, with Robert Garcia gaining 232 a week ago, when El Paso jumped out to a 38-7 halftime lead.

San Elizario (2-2) at El Paso Bowie (1-2): The Bears became the first Class 4A team San Elizario ever defeated last season, and last week became the second team in a row (Canutillo being the first) to lose to El Paso Jefferson despite allowing only one touchdown. Bowie lost 7-6, and fumbled the ball away five times on the night.

San Elizario has won both their games by shutouts, defeating Tornillo last week, 39-0. Quarterback Mike Perez had a 70-yard touchdown run a minute into the game, and is averaging 200 yards per game rushing and passing this season.

Ryder Cup begins play near Boston

By TIM DAHLBERG
AP Sports Writer
BROOKLINE, Mass., Sept. 24, 1999 Scotland's Paul Lawrie hit a drive through the morning chill today, opening the 33rd Ryder Cup matches before big crowds lining the fairways of one of the country's most historic country clubs.

It didn't take long for the U.S. team to get a huge cheer, with David Duval sinking a 10-footer for par on the first hole as he and Phil Mickelson tied the hole with Lawrie and Colin Montgomerie.

The four morning matches featured alternate shot play, with four afternoon matches playing best ball.

The United States needs 14 1/2 points to regain the cup from Europe, which has won the last two competitions, while Europe can keep the cup if it gets 14 points or better.

The day's top pairing followed the first match off the tee. It featured Tiger Woods and Tom Lehman against Spain's teenage sensation Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik.

Lehman was the first to find the fairway on No. 1, splitting it with a 3-wood to leave Woods an easy approach to the green.

The 33rd Ryder Cup is being played at The Country Club, where in 1913 former caddie Francis Ouimet won the U.S. Open and was credited with triggering a golf boom in the United States.



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