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September 9, 1996

Missed early changes cost Eagles in loss

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 9 - The Pecos Eagles rebuilding is still a work in progress
after their season opening game against the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes.
However, things certainly look more encouraging than after the first
game of a year ago.
Pecos failed to take advantage of all but one scoring chance in the
first half, when they controlled play for all but a few minutes, while
Lamesa turned an apparent disaster into an opportunity for backup
quarterback Randy Trevino, and he made the most of it.
The junior sparked the sputtering Tornaodes in the final minutes of the
half with a 53-yard touchdown pass, then helped them take control in the
third period with a couple of key completions, while running back Kevin
Larry had a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns that turned a 6-6 tie
into a 21-6 Lamesa victory.
"That long pass before the half really swung the momentum," said Eagles'
coach Mike Belew, who saw his team fall short in his head coaching
debut. "We had really out-hit and out-gained them, but to give up a
score like that just before the half really swung things their way."
Larry started to get things going just prior to Trevino's TD pass to
Kevin Whiting with 1:13 left in the half. It capped an eight-play, 98
yard drive keyed by a couple of dives up the middle by Jason Williams
for 11- and 12-yards. But it looked as though Lamesa might run out of
time before the half if they had to rely on the ground game.
Starter Jarred Watson hit just one pass in the half, and then went down

with possible torn knee ligaments trying to cutback on a keeper with 2½
minutes left in the second quarter.
Trevino came on, and after handing the ball off to Larry twice and
Williams once, he faked into the line, stepped back, and hit Whiting
down in stride the right sideline, as he got behind the Eagles'
Up until that point, the Tors' lone completion had ended with an Eric
Garcia fumble and a Pecos recovery, one of two turnovers (plus a fumble
on a two-point conversion try) Lamesa suffered in the first half. The
Tors also would be whistled for running into the punter twice, as they
tried and failed to duplicate last year's two punt blocks in their 42-0
win at Pecos.
The Eagles came out with an aggressive game plan, and led by the running
of Richard Gutierrez, drove the ball downfield quickly on their first
series. The junior opened things with an 8-yard run, part of a 115-yard
rushing effort, while Jason Aguilar got outside for 20 yards on the
third play of the drive. But after picking up a first down inside
Lamesa' 40 two play later, Abila fumbled the ensuing snap, with Lamesa's
Thomas Coulter recovering at the 41.
Pecos' next series would end on a failed gamble, as Mark Abila was
stopped on a fake punt run on 4th-and-2 at the Pecos 30. Larry went
halfway to the end zone on the next play, but Williams was hit and
fumbled going up the middle on the play after that, with T.J. Huffman
recovering at the 12.
Again, Pecos drove the ball out, getting all the way to the Lamesa 25
before the drive stalled, when passes by Eric Aguilar and Jason Abila to
Ray Parada fell incomplete.
The Eagles finally got to the end zone on their next series, and this
time two fourth down conversions paid off. A 2-yard run by Gutierrez on
4th-and-1 at midfield helped the Eagles overcome a 2nd-and-19 hole at
their own 32, and Jason Abila capped the nine play, 68-yard drive on
4th-and-6 at the Tors' 25 by hitting Moses Martinez in the back corner
of the end zone for a 6-0 lead.
The Eagles' extra point try failed, but they almost picked up two points
after Lamesa's score, when Steve Harrison scooped up Larry's fumble and
raced 72 yards, before the Tors' back hauled him down at the Lamesa 18.
Unfortunately, it would be Harrison and the rest of the Eagles' defense
chasing Larry through most of the second half.
Pecos dodged a bullet early in the third period, after Trevino again
froze the Eagle defense with a fake and hit tight end Eric Wrona for 42
yards on a 3rd-and-11 play from Lamesa's 44. Linebacker Joseph Strain
would sack Trevino for a four-yard loss on the next play, and two plays
later Nufie Flores would step in front of split end Cam Wade and pick
off Trevino's pass at the 1.
The Eagles were able to get just one first down after the turnover
before being forced to punt, and Trevino would come back with another
key pass to Wrona, this one for 20 yards on a 3rd-and-10 at the Pecos
38. Larry would gain seven yards and a first down as the quarter ended,
and on the first play of the final period he took a pitch from Trevino
and went around left end the final three yards for the score. Again,
Lamesa's try for two failed.
Down by six, the Eagles put themselves in a hole after the kickoff, with
a holding penalty and an illegal procedure call. Forced to punt, the
Eagles saw the Tors overcome a 2nd-and-20 hole thanks to a 17-yard
hookup between Trevino and Wrona. James Morales ran for 13 yards on the
next play, and while a diving Strain was able to deflect an end zone
pass to Williams, Jesse Maholly came on and hit a 32-yard field goal to
make it 15-6 with 7:19 to play.
Penalties would again kill Pecos' chances on their next drive. A
clipping call after a first down put Pecos in a big hole, and a motion
penalty wiped out a 7-yard gain by Jason Aguilar after that. Pecos got
most of that yardage back, but another fumbled snap, this one on
4th-and-4 by Aguilar, was recovered at midfield by Randy Gregory.
Larry then ground out the last 34 of his 97 yards rushing, capping the
drive with a one-yard dive into the end zone with 51 seconds to play.
Belew said he didn't think his team wore out in the final period.
"Lamesa did some good things to get back into the game," he said. "They
used that quick pitch to take advantage of his (Larry's) speed, and a
guy like him, when he had a little success he just got hot in the
second half."
"I thought our kids played hard, we just made some mistakes due to
inexperience. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times, and that
cost us some scoring opportunities," Belew said.
The Eagles will try to even their season record at home this Friday
night, when they host the Alpine Bucks, who lost at home Friday to
Crane, 33-18. The Tors, who picked up a win for their new head coach,
Tim James, will be facing two of Pecos' District 4-4A rivals over the
next couple of weeks, in Fort Stockton and Lamesa.
Both those teams won on Friday - the Chiefs 21-14 at Kerrville Tivy and
the Panthers 42-0 over Santa Teresa, N.M. - while Sweetwater held off
Brownwood, 34-22, for the other district win. Big Spring saw a late
comeback fall short and lost to Monahans, 35-28, while Andrews lost to
Snyder for the third year in a row in the closing minutes, this time
22-21 on a late field goal.
at Lamesa
Pecos «LD »0____6____0____0_-_|6
Lamesa «LD »0____6____0___15_-_21

Second Quarter
Pec. - M. Martinez 25 pass from J. Abila (kick failed), 5:01.
Lam. - Whiting 53 pass from Trevino (run failed), 10:47.
Fourth Quarter
Lam. - Larry 3 run (pass failed), 0:06.
Lam. - FG Maholly 32 4:41.
Lam. - Larry 1 run (kick failed), 11:09.

Pec Lam
First Downs 13 13
Rushes-Yds. 39-204 37-161
Passing Yds 57 141
Passes 5-17-0 5-9-1
Punts-Avg 3-32 2-37
Fumbles-lost 3-2 5-3
Penalties-Yds. 7-50 7-55

RUSHING - Pecos, Gutierrez 19-115, J. Aguilar 12-60, Reyes 1-17, M.
Abila 2-14, J. Abila 1-0, E. Aguilar 2- (-1). Lamesa, Larry 25-97,
Williams 5-40, Medrano 3-19, Watson 1-3, Trevino 3-2.
PASSING - Pecos, J. Abila 5-15-0-57, E. Aguilar 0-2-0-0. Lamesa,
Trevino 4-7-1-132, Watson 1-2-0-9.
RECEIVING - Pecos, M. Martinez 1-25, Matta 1-13, Flores 1-9, J. Aguilar
1-9, M. Abila 1-9. Lamesa, Wrona 3-79, Whiting 1-53, Garcia 1-9.

Eagles get consolation at Seminole tournament

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PECOS, Sept. 9 - Take away their pool round match against the host
Seminole Maidens, and the results of this weekend's play by the Pecos
Eagles was bay far their best of the 1996 season.
After falling to 3-8 on the season with a pair of homecourt losses last
Tuesday, the Eagles won consolation at the Seminole Invitational,
blowing past Lubbock Estacado and Big Spring before posting a three-game
victory over Midland Lee on Saturday. The Eagles swept the Matadors,
15-2, 15-3, then beat their District 4-4A rivals, 15-4, 15-5, before
beating Lee, 15-12, 13-15, 15-10, to avenge a loss to weeks ago on the
Rebels' home court.
"We played well," said Eagles' coach Nora Geron. "I was very happy with
the kids."
The Eagles rallied in their consolation finals opener against the
Rebels, after seeing Lee come back from a 10-3 deficit to take a 12-11
lead. The Rebels were able to hold off a Pecos comeback in Game 2, while
the Eagles pulled away in Game 3 at the end, after holding 10-9 and
11-10 leads.
In both games against Lee, the Eagles were able to get their winning
points with Lori Marquez on the back line.
"Gail (Taylor) started controlling the front line, which I was real glad
to see. We needed to start scoring points with Lori on the back line,"
Geron said.
She added that the Eagles' were also helped by the return of senior
Veronica Carrasco on the back line, after she missed two weeks due to a
knee injury. "We got Veronica back on Wednesday, and that really helped.
We can get some senior leadership out of her, and it showed in practice.
We had our two best workouts of the year Wednesday and Thursday."
Pecos had little trouble beating Estacado in their quarterfinal match on
Saturday, rolling off the final 13 points in Game 1, then seven straight
in Game 2 to turn a 6-3 lead into a 13-3 advantage. The Eagles'
afternoon victory over Big Spring was more surprising, since the Steers
had just missed out on a berth in the championship bracket on Friday,
splitting pool games with Lee and Lamesa.
"Big Spring seemed kind of unorganized. They've got some good looking
kids, but Lori came out and put some balls down and I don't know if they
got intimidated or if they're still working on their lineup," Geron
said. "They looked good on Friday against Lamesa, and on Saturday they
The Steers never really threatened in either game, as Pecos jumped to a
quick 5-2 lead in the opener, and scored the first nine points of Game 2.
Saturday's sweep came after the Eagles swept their pool match on Friday
against Alpine, 15-7, 15-7, lost a pair of close games to Midland
Greenwood, 15-11, 15-14, and were beaten by Seminole 15-6, 15-6.
Seminole wound up beating out Greenwood for third place in the
tournament, 15-5, 15-10, while Alpine missed a chance to face the Eagles
again with a 14-16, 15-12, 17-15 loss to Lee in the consolation
The Alpine and Greenwood matches were similar to the ones Pecos played
last week at the Cantaloupe Classic. They scored the final five points
of both games against the Bucks, then saw Greenwood rally from a 11-8
deficit to win Game 1, while coming back from a 14-9 hole in Game 2 to
tie things, only to see the Rangers break serve and win.
Against Seminole, the Maidens scored the final nine points of Game 1 to
break a 6-all tie, and nine of the last 10 points in Game 2.
Lubbock Coronado downed Hereford for the tournament title, 15-5, 15-11,
after a 15-12, 15-6 semifinal victory over Seminole, while Monahans beat
Odessa High and Lamesa for fifth place, after a quarterfinal loss to
The Eagles and Rebels will get to see each other again in a hurry, when
they face each other in a four-way meet in Pecos on Tuesday. The Eagles
face the Rebels and Odessa High at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., while Lee and OHS
also take on Imperial in varsity and JV matches.

Bears jump on Mustangs early, 52-7

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PECOS, Sept. 9 - The Balmorhea Bears came within 18 seconds of ending
their season-opening game against Marathon at the half. But it took just
52 seconds of the third quarter for the Bears to secure their first
victory of the season.
The Mustangs used a touchdown jut before halftime to avoid seeing their
home opener end at the half under the 45 point rule, but couldn't keep
the Bears from finishing things off with a Roger Lopez run and a Arturo
Miranda pass to Scott Clark, as Balmorhea posted a 52-7 victory.
Having scrimmaged Marathon two weeks earlier, the Bears already knew
they had the advantage going into Friday's game, and coach Michael
Brrandey was able to use all his players by the time the second quarter
began with the Bears holding a 43-0 lead.
Clark had two of Balmorhea's six first quarter scores, as did Debe
Mendoza. Clark's came less than 30 second apart. He returned a Marathon
fumble three yards for a score with 7:20 left in the period, then pulled
in a three-yard TD pass from quarterback Zane Rhyne with 6:52 left.
Mendoza had opened the scoring 36 seconds into the game, on a five-yard
run, and later added an 18-yard run midway through the period. A 20-yard
run by Vincent Calderon and a two-yarder by Jouse Mendoza were the
Bears' other scores, while Miranda also had a one-point conversion pass
to Ryan Steig and a pair of two-point kicks.
A safety early in the second period gave the Bears a 45-point margin,
and Balmorhea's reserves were able to maintain that until the Mustangs'
lone all-district player from a year ago, Anthony McGuire, scored on a
25-yard run at the 18 second mark.
The win was the fifth straight by the Bears over the Mustangs under the
45-point rule, going back to the 1994 season. It gave the Bears a 1-0
season mark going into Friday's home opener against Carlsbad Victory
Christian, while Marathon falls to 0-1 on the season.
Defending district champion Buena Vista was the only other District 8-A
six man team to lose this past weekend, falling by a 46-40 score to
Three Way in a Saturday game at Sands. Grandfalls, which opened the
season with a two point win over Lake Arthur, N.M., a week ago, routed
Sands on Friday, 52-20, while Dell City and Sierra Blanca scored big
wins over a pair of El Paso schools on Saturday. The Cougars won under
the 45-point rule at El Paso Jesus Chapel, 60-15, while the Vaqueros
defeated Midland Trinity, 60-20, in a game played at Sierra Blanca.

at Marathon
Balmorhea 43___2____7____x__-52
Marathon 0___6____0____x__-|7
First Quarter
Bal. - Debiasie Mendozaa 6 run, (Arturo Miranda kick), 0:36.
Bal. - Scott Clark 3 fumble return (kick failed), 2:40.
Bal. - Clark 3 pass Zane Rhyne (kick failed), 4:08.
Bal. - Vincent Calderon 20 run (Miranda kick), 5:30.
Bal. - Mendoza 18 run (Stieg pass from Miranda), 5:46.
Bal. - Josue Mendoza 2 run (Miranda kick), 9:36.
Second Quarter
Bal. - safety, 2:43
Mar. - Anthony McGuire 2 (McGuire run), 9:42.
Third Quarter

Balmorhea - Roger Lopez 1 run (Clark pass from Miranda), 0:52.
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