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Friday, November 19, 1999

Eagles put 15 on all-district team

Staff Writer
PECOS, Nov. 19, 1999 -- Defense was the strong point of the Pecos Eagles’ football team this season, and that was borne out on Wednesday with the selection of the All-District 2-4A football team.

Junior linebacker Daniel Terrazas was named the district’s Most Valuable Player on defense and seven other Pecos players were named to the first team defensive squad, while two of the Eagles’ three other starters were chosen to the second team unit, and four other players earned honorable mention in voting by the district’s coaches.

The Eagles finished regular season play with a 5-5 record, and were 3-2 in district, finishing in third place. They lost their bi-district playoff game to El Paso Ysleta last Friday by an 18-0 final score.

On offense, where things didn’t go as well for Pecos this season, the Eagles still managed to put two players on the first team 2-4A squad. Three others were second team selections and six Pecos players also earned honorable mention.

Outside of Terrazas, who was also named second team punter for 2-4A, none of the other Eagle players were two-way selections. Terrazas was an honorable mention as a sophomore in 1998 and was the team’s top tackler this past season and led the team with three interceptions, as the Eagles ended up allowing just 222.8 yards per game on defense. He earned second team as a punter with a 33.6 yard average per kick.

Pecos’ other first team selections on defense included both defensive tackles, senior Jacob Weidner and junior Gilbert Rodriguez, along with senior defensive end  Roy Marta, senior safety Jason Payne, senior cornerback Len Carson, and junior linebackers Trent Riley, and Omar Luna.

Senior Kevin Bates, at cornerback, and sophomore Mason Abila, at safety, were Pecos’ second team defensive selections. Payne, Cason, Bates and Abila all had two interceptions apiece this season, while Weidner had two fumble recoveries and two blocks for the Eagles in 1999.

Offensively, Pecos averaged just over 200 yards this year, but running back Jacob Esparza and tackle Orlando Lara, both seniors, were chosen to the first team. Esparza led the Eagles in both rushing and receiving with 686 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground during the regular season and 13 catches for 169 yards and a TD receiving.

Joining them on the second team were senior running back Donnie Winfrey, junior tight end Cesar Coria and junior lineman Joel Matta. Winfrey ran for 423 yards and three touchdowns after taking Carson’s place in the backfield for Pecos, while Coria moved out from the interior line to tight end at the start of district play, and handled blocking more than receiving, with one catch during district play for 14 yards, plus another in the Eagles’ playoff loss to Ysleta.

Honorable mentions on offense for Pecos were junior quarterback Alex Garcia, wide receivers Derek Zubledia, a senior, and Ricky Plummer, a sophomore, and linemen Ivan Guebara, a senior, and juniors Micah Huffman and Chris Dieshler. On defense, senior linebacker Craig Wein, junior defensive tackles Frankie Alvarez and Tye Edwards and junior defensive ends Sebero Jaquez were the honorable mention selections.

Quarterback Mike Perez from district champion San Elizario was named the MVP on offense for 2-4A, beating out Clint’s D.J. Check, despite Check’s setting the all-time passing yardage record for Texas high school quarterbacks this season. Both players are seniors.

Perez also made the first team as a linebacker, while San Eli junior Mike Tapia was also a two-way first teamer, at running back and cornerback.  San Elizario had just five all-district picks, but four were two-way selections. Clint had eight all-district picks, including district-leading receiver Jeremy Arnold and two-way first teamer Mike Peace, while Mountain View had the second highest number of selections to Pecos, with 13 players chosen.

All-District 2-4A Football Team
First Team
MVP - Mike Perez, Sr., San Elizario
QB - D.J. Check, Sr., Clint
RB - Jacob Esparza, Sr., Pecos; Mike Tapia, Jr., San Elizario; Gilbert Gonzales, Sr., Canutillo, Vicente Macias, Soph., Fabens.
TE - Patrick Tullius, Sr., Clint; Bobby Chavez, Sr., Fabens.
WR - Jeremy Arnold, Sr., Clint; Albert Juarrita, Sr., EP Mtn. View.
OL - Gladys Rodriguez, Jr., EP Mtn. View; Alex Noriega, Sr., Canutillo; Isaac Cardona, Sr., San Elizario; Orlando Lara, Sr., Pecos; Mike Pease, Sr., Clint.
Punter - Mike Perez, Sr., San Elizario
Kicker - Jesus Villanueva, Jr., EP Mtn. View.
MVP - Daniel Terrazas, Jr., Pecos
DE - Roy Marta, Sr., Pecos; Albert Jacobo, Jr., San Elizario.
DT - Charlie Roman, Sr., Fabens; Sergio Jasso, Jr., San Elizario; Jacob Weidner, Sr., Pecos; Gilbert Rodriguez, Jr., Pecos; Mike Pease, Sr., Clint.
LB - Jesse Ramirez, Jr., Canutillo; Trent Riley, Jr., Pecos; Omar Luna, Jr., Pecos; Mike Perez, Sr., San Elizario.
Safety - Jason Payne, Sr., Pecos; Abel Salazar, Sr., Fabens; Israel Hernandez, Sr., San Elizario.
Cornerback - Mike Tapia, Jr., San Elizario; Len Carson, Sr., Pecos; Josh Hernandez, Sr., Fabens.
Second Team
QB - Arturo Muniz, Jr., EP Mtn. View.
RB - Ricky Lopez, Sr., EP Mtn. View; Peter Terrazas, Sr., Canutillo; Beto Nunez, Jr., Fabens; Donny Winfrey, Sr., Pecos.
TE - Albert Jacobo, Jr., San Elizario; Cesar Coria, Jr., Pecos; Abe Mendoza, Jr., EP Mtn. View.
WR - Johnny Torres, Sr., Clint; Isaac Andozola, Jr., EP Mtn. View.
OL - Charlie Roman, Sr., Fabens; Ray Garcia, Jr., Fabens; Josh Rosas, Jr., Fabens; Sergio Jasso, Jr., San Elizario; Joel Matta, Jr., Pecos; George Munoz, Jr., Clint, Jesus Hurtado, Soph., EP Mtn. View; Joseph Medina, Jr., Canutillo.
Punter - Daniel Terrazas, Jr., Pecos.
DE - Andy Nolasco, Sr. Clint; Zeke Machuca, Jr., EP Mtn. View; Victor Garibay, Sr., Canutillo.
DT - Tony Balderas, Sr., Clint; Albert Calderon, Sr., EP Mtn. View; Rocky Melendez, Jr., Canutillo; Josh Rosas, Jr., Fabens.
LB - Ricky Gallardo, Sr., Fabens; Victor Gonzales, Sr., EP Mtn. View; Carlos Gonzales, Jr., EP Mtn. View.
Safety -- Abe Mendoza, Jr., EP Mtn. View; Mason Abila, Soph., Pecos.
Cornerback - Kevin Bates, Sr., Pecos; Raphael Carrasco, Jr., EP Mtn. View.

Eagles host tough OHS, girls face Buffs

PECOS, Nov. 19, 1999 -- There’s a pretty good chance the Pecos Eagles’ next two basketball games will be the toughest ones they play all season.

That may or may not turn out to be a confidence booster for the young Eagle squad, depending on how they do in their back-to-back games against the Odessa High Bronchos, starting tonight at the Pecos High School gym.

The Eagles host OHS in junior varsity and varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and then take a week off before traveling to Odessa for a rematch with the Bronchos on Sept. 27.

Pecos’ girls will also be at home this weekend, but their game against the Stanton Buffaloes won’t be until 4 p.m. on Saturday at the PHS gym.

Both teams opened their 1999-2000 seasons with homecourt losses on Tuesday, the boys by a 55-43 score to Monahans and the girls by a 56-35 margin against Alpine. Stanton also dropped their season opener on Tuesday by the same 21-point margin, 55-34 to Ozona, but things went a lot better for Odessa High - they handed Andrews it’s worst basketball defeat in years, by a 100-24 final score.

OHS shut out Andrews in the first period on Tuesday, 29-0, while the Eagles struggled against Monahans’ press in the opening eight minutes, falling behind by a 17-2 score. Adrian Rayos led the Eagles in scoring with 10 points, while the Bronchos had a balanced attack with five players scoring over 10 points, led by Chris Evans’ 18.

“We just need to keep practicing on our ball handling. That’s all we can do,” said Eagles’ coach Tino Acosta, who added while the ballhandling can be improved, Pecos’ height disadvantage was something the team would just have to live with this season.

“Everybody is going to be bigger than us this season, so I’m not worried about that,” Acosta said.

Tonight’s game will also be the first game in Pecos for ex-head coach Bobby Milliorn, who coached the Eagles between 1990 and 1995 before leaving for Odessa.

His assistant back then, Brian Williams, will hope his girls can play Saturday against Stanton the way they played the first five minutes against Alpine, when the Eagles took a nine-point lead. Alpine then got back into the game against Pecos’ second team, and the Eagles were never able to get their offense back on track after that. Philly Fobbs led Pecos’ scorers with 10 points.

“I can’t complain about our (number of) shots, because we shot the ball more than last year,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to find a way to do better on offense and defense.”

Stanton’s girls had a game like Pecos’ boys on Tuesday, as they fell behind 21-2 after one period and spent the rest of the night trying to cut into Ozona’s lead. Rachel Madison led the Buffaloes in scoring with nine points.

The game is being played Saturday afternoon to avoid conflict with Stanton’s Class 2A playoff game tonight against Iraan. Play will start with the JV contest at 2:30 p.m.

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