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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, November 11, 1999
Eagles eye better success against Indians
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Nov. 11, 1999 -- When the Pecos Eagles go into their Class 4A
bi-district football playoff game on Friday, they'll be facing:
- A third place team with a below .500 record;
- A team that has a big line and runs the ball a lot;
- A school with twice the enrollment as the Eagles and with the home
Which means the Eagles are pretty much in the same situation this week
against the El Paso Ysleta Indians that they were a year ago against the
El Paso Burges Mustangs. But Pecos will be hoping the similarities end
there, as they'll look to avoid a repeat of last year's 27-14 loss when
the teams meet at Hutchins Field, starting at 8:30 p.m. CST.
The Eagles aren't flying as high as they were a year ago entering the
playoffs _ they went into last season's bi-district game off a 48-0 win
over San Elizario, which gave them a share of the District 2-4A title.
This time, Pecos comes into the game following a 12-0 loss that gave San
Eli the district title and dropped Pecos into third place in the final
However, thanks to Clint's victory over El Paso Mountain View, the Eagles
ended up as the Division I (large school) representative in the playoffs,
and facing a Ysleta team that, while one of the biggest Class 4A schools
in the state, is also coming into post-season play off a defeat, 27-20
in double overtime to El Paso Riverside.
"We've got a lot of similarities, record-wise and on offense and defense,"
said Ysleta coach Steve Carri, whose team comes in with a 4-6 mark compared
with Pecos' 5-5 record. Both teams went 3-2 in district play.
Ysleta's 1-4 start in pre-district play included a 35-28 homecoming
loss to the two teams' only common opponent, Mountain View. The Eagles
beat the Lobos two weeks later in Pecos by a 28-20 score.
"Mountain View broke some long plays. They had some special teams plays,"
Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs said. "The first couple of times Ysleta moved
the ball on them, but then Mountain View just shut them down,"
Along with losing the game, the Indians also lost starting quarterback
Ricky Najera for the season with a broken collarbone that night. Larry
Villarreal took his place, and has been the Indians' starter for the past
"He plays a lot for us at defensive end, and he played for us last year
at quarterback," Carri said. "He started three games and comes from a long
line of quarterbacks, so he was never really uncomfortable."
Last week, Villarreal was 5-for-12 for 89 yards, with an interception
and a 40-yard touchdown pass to Manny Morales. "They've got a real strong-armed
quarterback, even though they don't tend to throw very much," Grubbs said.
"They run the I (formation), the power set, and the run the veer."
"Basically we run out of the I formation and are about 70-30 run to
pass," Carri said. Most of the running is done by Victor Bustillos, who
had 122 yards and two touchdowns last week, and has run for 1,263 yards
and 12 TDs overall this season.
Ysleta' offense has been up and down this season, scoring 32 points
on Burges, but managing just 14 against El Paso High during district play.
"We've got a pretty young offensive line," Carri said, though the Indians
do have seniors Daniel Quinones and Bubba Morales and average about 230
"They look pretty big on both sides of the line, and they've got a big
fullback and a real experienced tailback," Grubbs said. "They've got a
couple of players the play both ways, but it appears that they're mostly
skill (position) players."
Defensively, Ysleta will be trying to bounce back mentally from last
week's loss. Riverside forced overtime by tying the game on a fourth down
touchdown pass from 12 yards out with five seconds to play. "Our kids are
focused," Carri said. "They'll be able to bounce back, because we've had
our backs against the wall several times."
"I think on my part, I'm a first year head coach and the staff is inexperienced,
and that hurt. At one point we were starting seven sophomores, but we went
into the season knowing that's what pre-district is for," Carri added.
"They play defense like we do and run a 4-3," Grubbs said. Pecos' defense
has played well in four of the Eagles' five district games, but the offense
continues to struggle. They failed on two early scoring chances last week,
and were unable to get inside the 40-yard line in the second half before
San Elizario clinched the win with a touchdown in the final minute.
"We're going to try some new wrinkles, but we try some every week. Sometimes
they work, sometimes they don't," the Eagles' coach said. "Every Saturday
when we game plan, we come up with a series or two we think will be best
against our opponent."
Grubbs will get fullback Jacob Esparza back from his one-game suspension,
and will have a healthier Mason Abila in the secondary. But the Eagles
lost five players to grades this week, which will have linebackers Trent
Riley and Daniel Terrazas playing both ways against Ysleta and Craig Wein
getting a start at the third linebacker position.
The winner of Friday's game will face either Hereford or Plainview in
the area round of the Division I playoffs. Ysleta beat Canutillo last season
in bi-district before losing to Plainview in the area round.
Pecos' past results at Ysleta mixed
PECOS, Nov. 11, 1999 -- It's been a while since the Pecos Eagles have met
the El Paso Ysleta Indians on the football field -- 52 years to be exact.
That's the last time the Indians hosted the Eagles in a football game,
and that's also two fewer points than they scored against the 1947 Pecos
squad, in a 54-6 victory.
The Eagles definitely don't want a repeat of that game on Friday night,
but they wouldn't mind duplicating the results of their last game at Ysleta's
Hutchins Field, just eight years ago. Pecos opened the 1991 season with
a 21-0 victory over El Paso Del Valle, a school so new at the time it didn't
have a football field of its own.
Hutchins Field is located right behind Ysleta High School, and while
not many Eagle fans headed out there on Friday may have made that 1991
trip to El Paso, some may have been in the area in recent years, since
the school is located just a half-mile west of the Turning Stone Casino
on the Tigua Indian reservation.
Fans coming from Pecos to the game should get off Interstate 10 at Exit
34 and go south on Loop 375 (Americas Ave.) over the railroad bridge to
Alameda Ave. (State Highway 20). From there, turn right and head west about
1½ miles, past the casino and Zaragoza Road. The high school is
on the left side of Highway 20, at 8600 Alameda Ave.
Barkley fights Shaq to draw but Rockets get loss
HOUSTON, Nov. 11, 1999 (AP) - The game got interesting after the second-quarter
wrestling match between Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley.
After the scuffle, Glen Rice took over with 24 points as the Los Angeles
Lakers sent the Houston Rockets to their fifth straight loss, 89-88 Wednesday
The Lakers won for the fifth time in six games, and the Rockets are
off to an 0-5 start, their worst since 1982.
"At first, I didn't think Shaq did anything," Lakers coach Phil Jackson
said. "But in looking at it from a different angle, it look like he (Shaq)
might have tried to shove him with an open hand to the shoulder or something.
"For whatever reason, Charles was upset and instigated it. It sure changed
the complexity of the game. It was an exciting game after that."
O'Neal and Barkley were ejected after a scuffle under the Rockets' basket
with 9:03 to go in the second quarter.
Barkley tried to go up for a layup, and his shot was blocked under the
basket by O'Neal, and the ball went out of bounds.
Barkley threw the ball at O'Neal, and the two grappled each other to
the floor as players and coaches from both teams rushed to quell the scuffle.
"He (Barkley) did one of his Charles-like things, he just didn't want
to play tonight," O'Neal said. "Obviously he is frustrated the way his
team is playing. He wasn't doing much and his team is 0-5."
Barkley had calmed down after the game.
"I can't let him hit me and get away with it," Barkley said. "My grandma
would be mad at me if I let him get away with it. I had to defend myself."
Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich had little to say about the ejections.
"When you've got the strongest man in the league coming at you, what
are you going to do?" Tomjanovich asked.
The Lakers were in the lead most of the game and had an 89-84 edge with
1:38 to go.
The Rockets got it down to one point on a basket by Carlos Rogers with
57 seconds to go and two free throws by Steve Francis with 38 seconds left.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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