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Friday, October 15, 1999

Pecos' title hopes depend on win at Clint

PECOS, Oct. 15, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team's home court problems have been offset by their success on the road over 1½ seasons of District 2-4A play.

That record, and the Eagles' hopes for a second straight district title, will be put to the test on Saturday, when they travel to Clint to face the Lions, in a 3:30 p.m. CDT start.

Pecos won the district title a year ago after an opening loss at home to Fabens, scoring a three-game victory on the Wildcats' court as part of a 5-0 record on the road. This year, the Eagles are 2-0 away from Pecos, taking both matches in two games, while struggling in all four of their home matches, including last month's 10-15, 15-12, 15-13 loss at home to Clint.

Pecos has won their last three matches at home, but all have gone the distance, including Tuesday's 15-12, 14-16, 15-10 victory over El Paso Mountain View. They also own a 15-4, 15-9 non-district win over Clint, at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

If we play like we did tonight we won't win," Granado said. "We seem to play at everybody else's level, so it's going to be tough."

Even in their loss to Pecos, Clint was able to hit the ball harder than the Eagles, but suffered from problems both with their own serves and in handling serves by Pecos. They cut down on those mistakes in their win last month, with Denise Duran, Polly Wagner and Collanne Bramblett coming up with key spikes at the end of the final two games.

With a 7-0 district record, Clint has already clinched a post-season berth, and a win Saturday would lock up the District 2-4A title. Pecos can clinch a playoff spot with a win, and possibly earn themselves back-to-back trips to Van Horn later this month, to make up their canceled Sept. 25 game at Mountain View and for a first place playoff wit the Lions.

Eagles lose to Mustang, Crane teams

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 15, 1999 -- It was a winless night for the Pecos Eagles sub-varsity football teams on Thursday. The freshmen were beaten in the closing seconds of their game by the Crane Golden Cranes, 33-32, while the seventh and eighth grade teams were defeated by the Andrews Mustangs. Pecos' junior varsity team was idle Thursday.

Playing at home, the seventh grade `A' team fell to Andrews, 29-8, while the `B' team dropped a 24-6 decision. Meanwhile, the eighth grade `A' team dropped a 50-0 decision in Andrews, while the `B' team was also routed by the Mustangs, 64-0.

The freshmen didn't have the end game luck either with the final score or with the officials that the varsity did last week in Fabens. Crane won on a five-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 10 seconds left, after Pecos had gone in front early in the final period by a 32-20 score.

The ninth graders were flagged for two personal foul penalties in the final 2:20, which helped set up Crane's winning score, while a missed holding call on a sweep down to the five yard line with 29 seconds left also cost the Eagles.

Pecos led three times in the game, while Crane held a 14-8 lead before the Eagles got a tying TD just prior to halftime.

Jason Carrillo had touchdown runs of 35, 58 and six yards in the second half, while David Elkins caught an eight-yard TD pass from Ruvel Carrasco and Matthew Levario caught one from Freddie Torres for a 15-yard TD in the first half.

The seventh grade teams got their scores on long runs _ the `B' team on a 60 yarder by David Ramirez and the `A' team on a run from 55 yards out by Adam Ybarra.

Up in Andrews the Eagles had a scare bigger than the final scores, when `B' team player Isaiah Juarez suffered a neck injury in the third period of that game. He was taken Permian General Hospital for X-rays, which appeared to be negative.

"Right now it looks like a bruised neck," coach Rudy Jurado said. "They did a CAT scan and they're supposed to give us the results this morning."

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Pecos' varsity takes on the El Paso Mountain View Loboes in the second district game for both teams. The Eagles are 1-0 after their 6-0 overtime victory at Fabens last Friday, while Mountain View is 0-1 following their 34-20 defeat at San Elizario.

The Eagles should get offensive lineman Orlando Lara back this week, after he missed the Fabens game with a back injury. "We'll play it by ear with him," said coach Gary Grubbs. "I don't think we'll have anybody going two-ways. The only ones might be (Kevin) Bates and (Jayson) Payne, the ones we run at receiver."

Pecos' next opponent, Clint, plays at Fabens tonight, while Canutillo goes against San Elizario in a battle of the other two 1-0 teams in District 2-4A.

San Elizario (1-0 district, 4-2 season) at Canutillo (1-0, 1-5): What's this? A game in which two district teams other than Pecos spend most of their time running the ball? Based on last week's results it could happen tonight when the two other Eagle teams in 2-4A meet.

Canutillo kept the ball out of Clint's hands much of the night, running the ball 54 times for 388 yards, out of 417 overall yards in their 27-21 win. Pete Terrazas had 171 yards and Gilbert Gonzales ran for 118 and also added a game-winning punt return for a score.

San Eli was a little more balanced _ they gained 409 yards against Mountain View, with a mere 288 of that on the ground. Quarterback Mike Perez took the early lead for district MVP on offense, running and passing for over 230 yards, while Mike Tapia also had a big night running the ball for the Eagles.

Clint (0-1, 3-3) at Fabens (0-1, 3-3): Clint's running game didn't fall apart when D.J. Shephard quit the team, but it affected their entire offensive game plan, since all-state receiver Jeremy Arnold had to become their main running back. Clint still managed three touchdowns and 300 yards offense last week, but the defense has been surrendering over 250 yards per game this season rushing, which should be good news for district-leading rusher Vicente Macias, who ran for 126 yards last week against Pecos.

Fabens defense doesn't figure to come out in an eight-man front tonight the way they did against Pecos. The Wildcats' pass defense wasn't tested much by the Eagles, but made a key mistake in overtime, when Josh Hernandez interfered with tight end Cesar Coria on a pass over the middle, setting up the game's only score.

Yankees again score one-run win over Sox

AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 1999 - What drama, these New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox create.

Bounces and bloops. Moves and counter-moves,

Home runs and near misses.

Only the result remains the same: greatness for New York, painful losses for Boston.

And so, as the AL championship series heads to Boston today, the Yankees lead 2 games to 0, on track for their third trip to the World Series in four seasons following Thursday night's 3-2 win, a game that can be replayed and analyzed endlessly.

"It was ridiculous. It was nerve-wracking," Tino Martinez said after watching the top of the eighth, a thriller - or tragedy, depending on your allegiance - that saw New York manager Joe Torre go through four pitchers, and Boston manager Jimy Williams exhaust his bench by using three pinch-hitters and two pinch-runners.

"That's the stuff, you sit home and watch a game and say, `Do this, do this, do this,' " Torre said.

With their 12th consecutive postseason victory, the World Series champions tied the record set by the Murderer's Row Yankees of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig who swept the World Series in 1927, '28 and '32.

"It is phenomenal. Obviously, you don't think about a streak that you're on. You just think about the game that you're playing and managing," Torre said. "You can't say it's hard to believe because it's happened, but it is - it's hard to believe. I can't think of anything else to say."

Tension built throughout the chilly night.

Martinez hit a solo homer in the fourth off Ramon Martinez, the brother of Red Sox star pitcher Pedro Martinez, who starts Game 3 Saturday against former Boston ace Roger Clemens.

Nomar Garciaparra put the Red Sox ahead in the fifth with a two-run homer off David Cone, starting for the first time since Oct. 2. To add intrigue, first base was open at the time and Troy O'Leary, just 2-for-22 in his career against Cone at that point, was on deck.

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