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Monday, October 25, 1999

Arnold runs over Eagles in Lions victory

By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer
CLINT, Oct. 25, 1999 -- After the Pecos Eagles defeated the Clint Lions in Pecos a year ago, one of the Eagle coaches mentioned in passing that Clint would be better off on offense if they put receiver Jeremy Arnold in the backfield and had him run the ball more.

One year later, the Eagles became victims of that plan, as Arnold spent most of Friday night in Clint running around and through Pecos' defense, on his way to a three-touchdown, 207-yard rushing night, as the Lions defeated the Eagles by a 41-18 final score.

Arnold had touchdown runs of 23 and 26 yards in the first half, when Clint built a 20-0 lead, then went in from 37 yards out in the third quarter to all but end Pecos' comeback hopes, after the Eagles had narrowed the margin to 20-12 earlier in the period.

"Turnovers didn't beat us. What beat us was we couldn't stop Jeremy Arnold," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs, though he did add the turnovers "did put us in a bad position."

Both teams had three turnovers in the game, but the Lions did far more with the Eagles' giveaways plus one lucky bounce than Pecos could do with Clint's errors.

Clint's Mike Peace picked off an Alex Garcia pass in the second period and returned it 59 yards to the Pecos 1 yard line, where quarterback D.J. Check scored on play later, for Clint's third TD on the night. Then late in the third period the Lions' Domingo Lozano set up two touchdowns within a span of 1:02, recovering a Jacob Esparza fumble to set up a 27-yard scoring drive, then doing the same after Albert Montellano hammered a line drive into the face and hands of up-man Martin Guzman on the ensuing kickoff. Two plays later Arnold broke around the right end for his third TD of the game.

Check, who had been averaging over three touchdown passes a game going into Friday's matchup, wouldn't get one on Friday until there was 2:04 to play, off an eight-yard pass to Andy Novas. He finished the night just 12-for-30 for 136 yards, but was only sacked twice by Pecos' defense and hurt himself only once, when Mason Abila picked off a pass over the middle in the second period that Pecos converted into their first touchdown of the night, a 20-yard scoring run by Esparza.

"We really didn't defend the pass that badly, we just couldn't stop the run and had some poor tackling," Grubbs said. "I felt we'd have a hard time shutting down everything, because we had a hard time shutting down Mountain View last week."

Len Carson had the other interception of Check, picking off a pass at the goal line in the first period to thwart a Clint drive, while Kevin Bates stole the ball from Arnold after a 20-yard reception just before halftime, allowing the Eagles to keep the score at 20-6.

Abila then returned the second half kickoff 68 yards to the Clint 27, and Esparza broke through on the right side of the line for his second TD of the game on the next play, cutting the lead to

20-12. Pecos; defense then stopped Clint on three plays, and after taking over at their own 20 marched deep into Lion territory.

Clint coach Bill Culpepper said he hadn't been using Arnold on defense as much since converting him to running back four weeks ago, after D.J. Shepard quit the team. But he was out there when the Eagles drive reached Clint 5-yard-line and made the key defensive play of the game, as Garcia tried to force a pass into Esparza on a 3rd-and-goal and was picked off by Arnold, who returned it to the 12.

The Lions didn't score on the series, but Esparza fumbled on the Eagles' next offensive play and moments later, Clint ran a pick play on Bates, allowing Patrick Tullius to get free for a 20-yard pass play down to the 2, which set up Check's score.

Pecos' passing problems again helped kill the Eagles inside the 20-yard-line. They were just 6-for-20 through the air in the game, and lost despite out-gaining the Lions by one yard, 373 yards to 372.

"When you get 373 yards you should score more than 18 points," Grubbs said. "Not getting into the end zone (off Arnold's interception) right there hurt, but we'll regroup next week."

Pecos did suffer one serious injury, to lineman Micah Huffman, who hurt his knee in the second period. "It looks pretty serious," Grubbs said of the injury, the second to Huffman this season. "Ian Dominguez went in and did a pretty good job for Micah on short notice."

The Eagles and Lions are both 2-1 in District 2-4A after the game, with Clint going to 5-3 on the season while Pecos falls to 4-4. Clint now faces district-leading San Elizario, which beat Fabens on Friday, while the Eagles host Canutillo, 1-2, which lost at Mountain View in Friday's other district game, at Clint

Pecos            0    6    6    6 -18
Clint            7    13  14    7 -41

First Quarter
Cln. - Arnold 23 run (Montellano kick), 5:57.

Second Quarter
Cln. - Arnold 26 run (Montellano kick), 3:18.
Cln. - Check 1 run (kick failed), 6:39.
Pec. - Esparza 20 run (kick failed), 10:20.

Third Quarter
Pec. - Esparza 27 run (run failed), 0:20.
Cln. - Check 2 run (Montellano kick), 10:34.
Cln. - Arnold 37 run (Montellano kick), 11:36.

Fourth Quarter
Pec. - Esparza 1 run (run failed), 5:26.
Cln. - Nolasco 8 pass from Check (Montellano kick), 9:56.

                                     Pec            Cln
First Downs                    20              17
Rushes-Yds             48-306      31-228
Passing Yds                    67            144
Passes                     6-20-2     12-30-2
Punts-Yds                   2-32          4-35
Fumbles-lost                  2-1            2-1
Penalties-Yds              3-22          6-50

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing - Pecos, Esparza 25-142, Carson 7-98, Winfrey 10-49, Zubledia 2-22, Abila 2-4, A. Garcia 2-(-9). Clint, Arnold 23-207, Check 6-19, Montellano 2-2.
Passing - Pecos, Garcia 6-19-2-67, Zubledia 0-1-0-0. Clint, Check 12-30-2-144
Receiving - Pecos, Payne 1-28, Esparza 1-14, Carson 1-12, Plummer 1-12, Winfrey 2-1. Clint, Arnold 2-40, Tullius 3-39, Nunez 3-23, Medrano 2-20, Torres 1-14, Nolasco 1-8.
Missed Field Goals - None.

Netters nip Fabens for regional berth

FABENS, Oct. 25, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles tennis team had just enough players Saturday morning to pull out a regional tennis berth over the Fabens Wildcats, so it didn't matter later that day when they had a lot fewer players around to face the Clint Lions.

The Eagles defeated Fabens in the semifinals of the District 2-4A Tennis Tournament by a 10-9 final score, before several of their players had to jump in a van and go to Odessa, to participate in the UIL area marching contest Saturday night. That left the Eagles four players short against Clint, and they forfeited six matches in a 9-1 victory by the Lions.

The Eagles had to default several matches a week ago in Fabens, in an 11-7 loss to the Wildcats. This time, coach Bernadette Ornelas had a full team while Fabens was shorthanded.

"Fabens was two boys short, so they had to default a mixed doubles, a doubles and a boys singles," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas. The three matches were the difference this time, since the Wildcats won all seven boys matches that were played while the Eagle girls took seven of their nine matches for the second week in a row.

To do that though, the Eagles had to get a pair of split set victories at No. 5 and 6 singles, by Tiffany Jarrett and Prescilla Levario. She defeated Sonia Galvan, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, while Jarrett also rallied to down Melissa Salcido, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0.

"Tiffany was the last match on the court. She was down 6-5 (in the second game) and about ready to give it up when she came back and won the last two games," Ornelas said. "Both teams were in suspense for about 30 minutes."

The other winners on the girls' side were Teresa Minjarez, Rachel Pharoah and Rebecca Wein in singles play, while Wein and Levario and Pharoah and Vanessa Miranda won their doubles matches. Miranda and Pharoah also came up with the Eagles' lone win over Clint in the afternoon match, held at San Elizario.

The boys' closest match came at No. 5 singles, where Orlando Mendoza was edged by Lee Mathewson, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.

The victory moved the Eagles into regionals for the second year in a row and the third time in six seasons. Pecos will play in the Region I-4A Tournament at Wichita Falls on Friday, though Ornelas said she wouldn't know who the Eagles' opponent will be until later this week.

Pecos (10) at Fabens (9)
Boys Singles
Jay Dannelley lost to Joey Pinon 6-3, 6-0; Bobby Sotelo lost to Adrian Zavala, 6-0, 6-1; Jerry Orona lost to Jesus Ortiz, 6-4, 6-0; Michael Tremble lost to Steven Ornelas, 6-0, 6-0; Orlando Mendoza lost to Lee Mathewson, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6; Jayson Hinojos won by default.

Girls Singles
Teresa Minjarez defeated Cindy Cordero, 6-2, 6-0; Vanessa Miranda lost to Daisy Gonzales, 6-2, 7-6; Rachel Pharoah defeated Saminah Ihmud, 6-0, 6-0; Rebecca Wein defeated Rebecca Campos, 6-4, 6-3; Tiffany Jarrett defeated Melissa Salcido, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0; Prescilla Levario defeated Sonia Glavan, 5-7, 6-4 6-0.

Boys Doubles
Dannelley and Tremble lost to Pinon and Zavala, 6-2, 6-0; Sotelo and Orona lost to Ornelas and Ortiz, 6-1, 6-2; Mendoza and Hinojos won by default.

Girls Doubles
Minjarez and Jarrett lost to Cordero and Gonzales, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Miranda and Pharoah defeated Campos and Salcido, 6-4, 6-1; Wein and Levario defeated Ihmud and Karla Roman, 6-0, 6-1.

Mixed Doubles
Sarah Metler and Anthony Casillias won by default.

Pecos (1) vs. Clint (9) at San Elizario

Boys Singles
Bobby Sotelo lost to Martin Renteria, 6-0, 6-0; Alvaro Chacon, Cln., won by default; Steve Baca, Cln., won by default.

Girls Singles
Stephanie Marmaljo, Cln., won by default.

Boys Doubles
Sotelo and Orona lost to Renteria and Louie Morales, 6-2, 6-0; Mendoza and Robby Hanks lost to Jesus Ortega and Rigo Nunez, 6-1, 6-2; Chacon and Baca, Cln., won by default.

Girls Doubles
Minjarez and Jarrett lost to Laura Lechuga and Fay Abdelgudes, 6-1, 7-6; Miranda and Pharoah defeated Letty Alarcon and Marmalejo, 6-0, 6-1; Gonzales and Corral, Cln., won by defeault.

Mixed Doubles
Loera and Hugo, Cln., won by default.
 

Eagles falter, then rally at San Elizario

By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer
SAN ELIZARIO, Oct. 25, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team clinched second place in the District 2-4A standings on Saturday, but not without a struggle against the San Elizario Eagles.

This afternoon, San Elizario will be hoping the Eagles can pull off another win, this time over the El Paso Mountain View Lobos, in order to keep their hopes for a post-season berth alive.

Pecos jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first game, a 4-0 lead in the second game and 5-0 in the third game against San Elizario, then struggled all three times. They had a big enough lead in the opener to hold on for a 15-7 victory, but saw t he host Eagles score eight straight points in Game to, turning an 8-4 deficit into a 12-8 lead on the way to a 15-9 win.

Then in the deciding game, the Eagles would lead by as much as a 7-2 score, before San Elizario caught Pecos at 8-all, and then rallied again to grab 13-11 and 14-13 leads, but couldn't put the Eagles away. Alexa Marquez had a couple of kills, and Melanie Franco came up with a pair of ace serves to give the Eagles a 17-15 victory, and set up a bi-district playoff game next Saturday against the El Paso High Tigers.

"We just played with them. We slacked off an played with no intensity," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado."We started off real good in the first game, and had then 11-0 and then started playing their game, and they will beat us at their game."

San Elizario, which both came into and left the match a half-game behind Mountain View in the race for the final playoff berth, had problems of their own with sloppy play, especially in the first game. Eight of Pecos' first 12 points were on unforced errors, while the others came on a block by Philly Fobbs of Rosario Flores, a tip of an overset by Franco, and serves by Franco and Amy Chabarria.

Pecos then had their own problems with serves, as Joanna Valadez and Ana Morales had aces, and Flores added a kill to cut the lead to 12-7, before the Eagles regrouped and won, off another Chabarria serve, a dink by Fobbs and her block of Valadez.

In the second game, the Eagles were able to regroup one time, after San Eli tied the score at 4-4. Two missed back line spikes by the host Eagles an ace by Monica Meza and a dink by Franco widened the lead back to four before the Eagles fell apart. A couple of bad hits by Franco, a Flores block on Ashley Salcido and a bad relay by Lily Payen tied the game, and kills by Crystal Morales and Franco followed as part of the game-ending 11-1 run.

Pecos had problems handling Kathy Flores serves in Game 3, when San Eli rallied from five points down to tie. "They had some tough serves, but we just didn't adjust to the ball," Granado said. "It seems like they're afraid to adjust to the ball themselves. They want me to tell them when to adjust and where to go, but there are times they have to do it on their own."

The Eagles down 13-11 when they got kills by Salcido and Marquez to tie the game. But San Elizario got to match point when Leslie Brown touched a Rosario Flores kill that appeared headed out of bounds, then saw their own serve defense fall apart. Valadez missed a tip attempt then spiked the ball into the net, tying the score. A Marquez kill gave Pecos match point, and after San Elizario's Flores re-tied the game on a Flores kill, the Eagles broke serve off a Fobbs dink and won when Franco put two serves into the middle of the court.

The win improved Pecos' record to 7-2 in District 2-4A and 18-10 overall, while San Elizario fell to 4-6 and 16-18, but remained in the playoff picture thanks to Clint's 15-4, 15-4 win over Mountain View.

Pecos was hoping to avoid another trip today to El Paso, but will have to face the Lobos at 5:30 p.m. CDT. An Eagle win would force a one-game playoff for third place on Tuesday between San Elizario and Mountain View, which is 4-5 in district. Today's match is a make up of the Sept, 24 contest which was canceled when the officials failed to show up.

I hope our girls come out and play, I don't want to go all the way out there on a Monday to lose," said Granado, who added she may alter her lineup a little to deal with Mountain View's Diana Gonzales.

As for El Paso High, the Eagles will face them on Saturday at Burges High School at a time to be decided on Wednesday. Burges will host either San Elizario or Mountain View in the other bi-district match, which will be held before or after the Pecos-El Paso High contest.
 

Bears make short work of shorthanded Longhorns

By SMOKEY BRIGGS
Staff Writer
BALMORHEA, Oct. 25, 1999 -- The Balmorhea Bears started strong Friday night against the Buena Vista Longhorns a feat that has eluded the Bears for much of the season.

The Bears ended a three-game losing streak with a 56-6 win over Buena Vista, and also kept their playoff hopes alive with their first district victory of the year.

Coach Ennis Erickson's team kicked to the Horns to start the game. Four downs later the Bear defense lead by Reggie Lozano handed the offense the ball on the 38 yard line and the fireworks began.

Chris Cook got things rolling for the Bears with a 10-yard blast up the middle on the first play from scrimmage, but two plays later the Bears found themselves looking at fourth down and needing several yards for the first down.

Cook got the call again and plunged through the middle of the line to get the first down.

The Bears handed off to Adriel Roman after that and Roman broke loose into the secondary and down to the 6-yard line.

Two plays later Josue Mendoza took the handoff and sliced through the line and into the end zone. The points-after attempt failed and the Bears led 6-0.

The lead didn't last long as the Longhorns, who dressed only seven players for the game, came storming back.

Longhorn running back John Duckett took the kickoff at the 10 and followed his blockers 70 yards up the left sideline to the end zone.

Arturo Rodriguez blocked the points after attempt to keep the game tied at 6- all.

Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Billy Lozano lost the handle on the ball and the Longhorns recovered on the Bear 35.

A flag against the Bears and a hard run by Duckett and the Longhorns were knocking on the door and it was beginning to look like it might be another bad start for the Bears.

Buena Vista handed off to Duckett again who ran into Bear defensive end Larmer Lethco near the line of scrimmage. Lethco separated Duckett from the ball with a tremendous hit and Adriel Roman recovered for the Bears on the 12-yard line.

The offense was still sputtering however, and only managed about 8 yards before turning the ball over to the Longhorns on downs again.

On second down the Longhorns fumbled again and this time Josue Mendoza fell on it for the Bears.

After two short gains the Bears handed off to Cook, who slashed against the grain for big yards down to the Longhorn 25.

Isaiah Rodriguez followed Lethco's block down to the 9 on the next play for another first down and setting up first and goal for the Bears.

The Longhorn defense stiffened and two plays later the Bears were still a long way from the end zone. Billy Lozano took the handoff on third down and sprinted off right tackle and into the corner of the end zone.

Cook's points-after kick was good and the Bears led 14-6 with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

It was all Bears after that.

On the next set of downs Cook and the rest of the Balmorhea defense forced a punt, and Isaiah Rodriguez returned the kick 35 yards before he was brought down. A personal foul on the play marched the ball down to the Longhorn 15.

The Bears capitalized on the mistake and on first down Manny Mendoza tossed a pass to Josue Mendoza in the end zone. Cook's point's after were good again and early in the second quarter Balmorhea led 22-6.

After the kick the Longhorns again ran into a hard-hitting Bear defense and were forced to punt after three downs.

The Bear offense marched the ball to the 28-yard line behind the running of Cook and Jerry Mendoza before Arturo Rodriguez reeled off a pass to Kevin Rodriguez.

Longhorn defender James Heritage dragged Rodriguez down 7 yards short of the goal line, but two plays later Lozano took the handoff and plunged up the middle for the score. Cook made the extra points kick and with 5:57 left in the 2nd quarter the Bears led 30-6.

After the kick the Horns came up short on downs again and gave the ball to the Bears at midfield. On first down Cook scrambled out of the backfield in what looked like a broken play and rambled to the 11 before Heritage brought him down from behind.

Josue Mendoza got the call on first down and sprinted into the end zone behind two Bear lineman.

Longhorn Robert Tarin blocked the points-after and the score was 36-6.

Billy Lozano added another touchdown before the end of the first half and this time the points after kick was good.

With time running low in the half the Bears kicked off once more to the Horns who brought it out to the 30. Three hard runs by John Duckett earned about 8 yards and the Horns lined up in punt formation again.

This time the Horns faked the punt and Leroy Jurado hauled in a pass on the 22-yard line, but the clock was ticking down.

The Horns recovered their own fumble on first down and tossed another nice pass, this time top Josh Duckett who advanced the ball to the 12 and set up first and goal.

With less than 20 seconds left John Duckett ran the ball to the seven. Rushing through their huddle the Horns snapped the ball on 2nd down just before the horn sounded but it was in vain. Long Horn quarterback Robert Tarin's pass missed its mark and the half ended.

The second half was short and sweet for the Bears who took the opening kickoff and marched the length of the field before Josue Mendoza broke loose for a touchdown from 25 yards out.

After the kick the Horns handed the ball to John Duckett on first, second, third and fourth down. Four yards at a time Duckett earned a first down despite a swarming Bear defense. But three downs later the Horns were again in a fourth down situation. This time an incomplete pass ended the possession.

On first down Josue Mendoza scrambled down to the Longhorn 36 and then on second down Adriel Roman busted loose again for another touchdown making the score 56-6 and ending the game on the 45-point rule.

The win raised Balmorhea's record to 3-3 and 1-2 in district, and while the Bears remained in the playoff chase, they were hurt by Sanderson's 72-36 victory over Grandfalls, one of the teams the Bears have lost to in district play. Sanderson and the other team to beat the Bears, Dell City are tied for first with 3-0 records, with Balmorhea going to Sanderson this Friday for a must-win game.

Lost offense rediscovered by Cowboys

By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Oct. 25, 1999 Albert Connell and Michael Westbrook tried challenging Deion Sanders with words and actions. They lost in both areas.

Sanders was his usual solid self at cornerback and he recovered from a head-rattling hit on a punt return to take his next return 70 yards for a game-sealing touchdown as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 38-20 Sunday.

"I know a lot of people want to make a name for themselves off me because I'm a big game player," Sanders said. "But I can still hunt, too."

While Sanders led the defense and special teams, Troy Aikman took care of the offense as Dallas snapped a two-game losing streak.

Aikman led the Cowboys (4-2) to 17 points on their first three drives, then threw a touchdown and ran for one in the second half to hold off a Redskins rally.

It was quite an awakening for a Dallas offense that had scored two touchdown and 20 points over the last two games, both losses to NFC East foes. The Cowboys and Redskins are now tied for the division lead.

"Considering the fact that we lost the last two, this game might have been a little bigger. Everybody knew that," said Aikman, who finished 20-of-32 for 244 yards and ran for a touchdown. "I don't think anybody was questioning themselves. We just needed to go out and do it as a group."

The Redskins hadn't lost since falling 41-35 to the Cowboys in overtime. Their NFL-leading offense was making them cocky, so much so that Connell and Westbrook said during the week that Sanders couldn't handle them.

Sanders fired back by daring Washington quarterback Brad Johnson to throw his way.

Sanders showed how fired up he was by stuffing Stephen Davis for a 4-yard loss on the game's first play. It was just the fourth tackle for a loss in his career. On the next play, he punched Connell one of the loudest squawkers and got away with it.

Midway through the first quarter, Sanders was knocked senseless. On his second punt return he was crunched by Dan Turk and hit again by Mike Sellers, leaving him with what was announced as a mild concussion.

Sanders didn't return until midway through the third quarter and it was without permission.



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