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Friday, November 5, 1999

Sub-varsities end with win, loss, tie

Staff Writer
PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles’ junior varsity football team ended their season with a win, the eighth grade with a loss and the seventh grade with a tie on Thursday, in games against Crane and Wink.

The JV made a last minute schedule change from Crane to Wink, after Crane coach Alan Cherry decided to give his JV players game time tonight in their varsity match-up against Presidio. Pecos’ freshmen had beaten Wink’s JV at home last month by a 12-8 score, and this time, the combined JV and freshmen teams posted a 12-0 shutout over the Wildcats.

Crane did sent an eighth grade team, and they scored three plays before the end of the half and three plays into the third quarter to beat Pecos’ `A’ team, 12-6, while the `B’ team lost by a 34-0 final score. Over in Crane, the Eagles’ seventh graders rallied from a first half deficit to tie Crane in their final `A’ game of the season, 14-14.

Adam Ybarra had a TD run for the seventh graders, and Javier Esquivel added a 35-yard run and a two-point conversion to earn the tie. There was no `B’ game played in Crane on Thursday.

The eighth grade `A’ team scored in the first period, off an eight-yard run by Beno Barreno, before Crane scored on a fourth down play from six yards out with eight seconds left in the half, then added a 60 yard TD run two plays after the second half kickoff.

The JV got both their scores against Wink in the second half, off a four-yard run by Chris Lara in the third period, and a 29-yarder in the final quarter by Alvaro Navarette.

Regular season play ends tonight for Pecos’ varsity in San Elizario, where they’ll look to tie the host Eagles for a share of the District 2-4A title. San Elizario is 4-0 in district and 7-2 on the season, while Pecos is 3-1 and 5-4.

Both teams have already made the playoffs, and San Elizario will face either El Paso Riverside, El Paso Burges or El Paso Parkland next week in the Division II playoffs. Pecos could face any of those three teams in the Division II playoffs, or they could meet Riverside or El Paso Ysleta in the Division I playoffs, depending on the outcome of tonight’s Clint-El Paso Mountain View game and two games in District 1-4A, Burges against Parkland and Riverside versus Ysleta.

Clint faces Mountain View with the final district playoff spot on the line for the second year in a row, while in the other district game tonight, Canutillo hosts Fabens.

Clint (2-2 district, 5-4 season) at EP Mountain View (2-2, 5-3): Last year, Clint used some big plays by D.J. Check and Jeremy Arnold, including one for 99 yards, to outscore Mountain View, 38-36. Arnold had big games against Pecos and Fabens in district, as Clint scored a combined 89 points, but was kept under control by Canutillo and San Elizario, both of whom won on the Lions’ home field.

Check’s hopes of setting the all-time Texas passing record have taken a hit in the past two weeks against the two Eagle squads. He would need to throw for over 500 yards tonight to do it, which based on the two teams’ games this year, is unlikely, but not impossible.

Mountain View has been the strangest teams so far this year. They opened their season by handing Parkland their only defeat so far, and a win tonight would probably set them up for a rematch with El Paso Ysleta, whose homecoming they spoiled in early October with a 35-28 win. But outside of Canutillo, the Lobos haven’t done a good job of stopping the run in district play, giving up big yards to San Elizario, Pecos and Fabens last week, though they were able to pull out a 36-33 win.

Clint also has had more of a problem defending the run than the pass this season, so they may be happy to see Mountain View – while Lobos quarterback Arturo Munoz is throwing for over 210 yars per game, their running attack is the only one in the district averaging less than 100 yards per contest. Getting a good game out of Ricky Lopez and/or Jose Garcia will be one of the keys for the Lobos.

Fabens (0-4, 3-6) at Canutillo (1-3, 1-8): The Wildcats have had one of the most frustrating district seasons possible. They lost to Pecos in overtime and Clint with under 90 seconds to play, then blew an extra point try late in the fourth quarter of a 14-13 loss to San Elizario, and dropped last week’s three-point game to Mountain View. Fabens’ Vicente Macias ran for over 200 yards in the losing effort, and has now gained over 1,200 yards in his freshman season.

Despite allowing 82 points in their last two home games, Fabens continues to lead the district in team defense, and with a 17 point victory tonight would actually finish their five District 2-4A games having outscored their opponents overall.

Canutillo had another second half collapse in Pecos last week, allowing 32 points after going in at halftime with a scoreless tie. The absence of quarterback Jesus Navarette hurt the Golden Eagles, who tried both Mark Dominguez and Julia Lopez at quarterback. They will get back leading rusher Gilbert Gonzalez, who was tossed from last week’s game for fighting with Pecos’ Joey Garcia, after falling behind 20-0.

Aikman says collision still causing pain

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Nov. 5, 1999 — Four days after Indianapolis safety Jeff Burris went helmet to helmet with him, quarterback Troy Aikman took a couple of aspirin and worked out with the Cowboys, getting ready for a Monday night game in Minnesota.

Aikman said after Thursday's practice he's still having headaches, but expects to be OK for the Vikings game.

"I don't know. If I'm still experiencing headaches a week after, then that would be a concern and that would be discussed. I'd hate to say right now that I would not play. But I'd hate to say I definitely would play," Aikman said.

"The only comment I guess I can make is I plan on playing, and I will go out and practice this week, anticipating that the headaches will stop."

Aikman has suffered five concussions as a Cowboy, but none has prevented him from playing the following week.

The Cowboys, who were criticized because Deion Sanders returned to play in the Washington game on Oct. 24 after a concussion, refuse to say that Aikman even suffered a concussion. Trainer Jim Maurer termed what happened as "a hit to the head" and said an MRI didn't reveal any damage.

Maurer said it's not unusual for Aikman to still experience headaches. That the headaches don't last as long and aren't as severe is a good sign, he said.

The Cowboys made no effort Thursday to give backup Jason Garrett any extra snaps.

Aikman missed only one series

Pecos hosts Lee-Andress playoff

PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 -- The Midland Lee Rebels will face the El Paso Andress Eagles in a Region I-5A area volleyball playoff match on Saturday at 12 noon at the Pecos High School gym.

Lee won the District 4-5A title and drew an opening round playoff bye. The Rebels come into the match with a 25-7 record. Andress finished second to El Paso Franklin in District 1-4A and won it’s bi-district match over El Paso Montwood on Tuesday by 15-5, 13-15, 15-3 scores to improve to 23-6 on the year.

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