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The freshmen took advantage of a series of Alpine turnovers to defeat
the Bucks, 18-0, while the JV used an Alpine fumble to get their first
score, and went on to a 29-8 win.
The ninth graders scored on their second offensive play, as Jacob
Esparza went 66 yards after an Alpine fumble to score with 4:31 left in
the opening period. The Bucks actually controlled the ball for most of
the first half, but couldn't break through and trailed, 6-0.
In the second half, Pecos made a 12-0 on a 9-yard TD pass from Derek
Zubledia to Jacob Weidner. It came after Pecos recovered a punt
officials ruled had touched an Alpine player. The try for two again
failed, but the Eagles put the game away midway through the final
period, when Robert Lara scored from 46 yards out.
Thursday's game was the first at home for the freshmen but the second
for the JV, who got their first score on a 1-yard Robert Gonzales run as
time expired in the opening period. It came after the Eagles had
recovered an Alpine fumble on the Bucks' 12-yard line.
John Gutierrez' kick made it 7-0, and the Eagles upped the lead to 13-0
5½ minutes into the second period, when Oscar Luna hooked up on an
11-yard TD pass to Lucio Florez. In the third period, the fumble went
Pecos' way again, only this time it was their own, as Orlando Matta
picked off Gonzales' fumble at the goal line and scored to make it 19-0,
with Gonzales adding the two point run.
Four minutes later, Hector Garcia went in from 39 yards out, and Florez
added the try for two to complete Pecos' scoring. The Eagles' second
unit then stopped a couple of Alpine drives, before the Bucks ended the
shutout on a 3-yard run with 3:35 to play.
Tonight at 8 p.m., Pecos' varsity plays its 1996 home opener, against
the Alpine Bucks. Both teams come in with 0-1 marks, after seeing
halftime ties turn into 15-point losses -- Pecos 21-6 at Lamesa and
Alpine 33-18 at home to Crane.
It's also the first meeting in 17 years between the two teams on the
varsity level. The series ended when Pecos was put in the eight school
District 2-4A in 1980, leaving them with just three non-district games.
Pecos won the final meeting, 26-12, and the five meetings prior to that,
with the Bucks' last victory a 16-14 decision in 1973.
Big Spring, Andrews and Fort Stockton also take on teams they haven't
faced in a while tonight. The Mustangs host Brownfield, the Steers go to
Ballinger and the Panthers travel to El Paso Ysleta, while the other two
District 4-4A squads, San Angelo Lake View and Sweetwater, take on
longtime rivals Lamesa and Snyder.
Big Spring (0-1) at Ballinger (1-0): The Steers remain the team hardest
to figure out on any given week among 4-4A schools. They've never played
well at Monahans, and dug themselves a 27-7 hole on the Loboes' field
last week, came back to take a 28-27 lead and then saw Monahans win it
in the final minute, 34-28 on a TD run by Brandon Stephens.
Antwoyne Edwards ran for 219 yards against a Monahans defense that shut
out Midland Greenwood in it's opening scrimmage. The same Greenwood team
was hammered by the Bearcats, ranked No. 4 in the latest Class 3A
football poll, by a 48-14 final score in their opener a week ago.
Ballinger's Ricky Guerrero had almost as big a night at Edwards,
running for 173 yards and three scores. This game was 14-all until the
final 3½ minutes of the half, when two Bearcat touchdowns broke it open.
Brownfield (0-1) at Andrews (0-1): The Mustangs bounced back from a
heartbreaking loss to Snyder a year ago with a rain-soaked home victory
over Lubbock Estacado. It will probably be raining again tonight, but
the Matadors are still a few weeks off for the Mustangs, who'll try to
pick up their first win over the Class 3A Cubs.
Brownfield figures to have a rough time this year going south on U.S.
385. They've already lost to next door neighbor Seagraves, 29-13, and
has to face district rival Seminole later in the season. Don't count on
Andrews losing to a team that just lost to a Class 2A opponent.
Fort Stockton (1-0) at El Paso Ysleta (1-0): The Panthers figured to
break out in a big way against Santa Teresa, N.M. last week, and they
did, with a 450-yard offensive effort in a 42-0 win. They should do the
same this week against the District 3-4A Indians, who are hoping for the
first winning season in eight years with a drop down this fall from
Class 5A. Still, weird things usually happen when 4-4A teams head over
the mountains to play in El Paso.
Fullback Jacob Vasquez did have any trouble playing there two weeks
ago, as he scored four touchdowns in a scrimmage against Canutillo,
prior to his four-TD, 228-yard night versus Santa Teresa. Ysleta's win a
week ago was over El Paso Cathedral by a 13-12 score. How good Fort
Stockton is should be clearer starting next week, when they go to Lamesa.
Lamesa (1-0) at San Angelo Lake View (1-0): How good Lamesa is should be
clearer tonight, after they deal with the Chiefs. The Tornadoes were
outplayed by the Eagles for the first 22 minutes of last week's game,
but dodged a couple of bullets and used a 53-yard TD pass by Randy
Trevino to turn a 6-0 deficit into a victory.
Trevino's play-action fakes caused problems for Pecos, after he came on
for Jared Watson, who's gone for the season with torn knee ligaments. It
will be up to Trevino and running back Kevin Larry to carry the load,
while the Tors' run defense will try to handle speedy Adam Binnix better
than they contained Richard Gutierrez a week ago.
Lake View's run defense completely shut down Kerrville Tivy last week,
but the Antlers clawed their way back into the game and came close to
tying it before the Chiefs held on for a 21-14 victory. Quarterback
Sterlin Gilbert was able to avoid the blitz enough to throw for 188
yards, but Lake View would probably like to see their star quarterback
spending a little less time on the ground tonight than he did a week
Snyder (1-0) at Sweetwater (1-0): Ever since David Baugh arrived in
Snyder, the Tigers have always given his dad's old team more problems
than just about any other area school. They've won three of the last
seven meetings, and come off a big win over Andrews, in which they
rallied in the final minutes to take a 22-21 decision on Scott Sanders'
20-yard field goal. The Tigers also held the Mustangs to 79 yards
rushing -- pretty good considering Andrews has Shaud Williams, and their
other top three rushers from a year ago, back in 1996.
Sweetwater lost the state's top Class 4A rusher from a year ago in
Shaun Carr, but still racked up 240 yards a week ago against Brownwood.
The Mustangs spread the wealth around, with Carr's replacement, Jason
Blueford, ending up as the third leading runner behind quarterback
Andrew Boatright (97 yards) and fullback Joe Jaramillo (91 yards).
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PECOS, Sept. 13 - One week into the 1996 season, the Balmorhea Bears
have made their first appearance in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's six
man high school football poll.
The Bears, who jumped to a 43-0 first quarter lead at Marathon last
week, on the way to a 52-7 victory,, moved up from 11th in the preseason
poll to No. 8 this time. Balmorhea earned 23 points from voters,
including one first place vote, while overall No. 1 team Whitharral had
75 points and five of the seven other first place votes. No. 2 Milford
(66 points) and No. 3 Gordon (65) had the other two votes.
The only other District 8-A six man team to get a vote was Grandfalls,
which routed Sands last week, after an opening victory over Lake Arthur,
N.M., on Aug. 30. The Cowboys play in Balmorhea on Saturday against El
Paso Faith Christian, the team who'll host Balmorhea next Friday night.
The Bears open their home season tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Carlsbad
Victory Christian Academy.
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PECOS, Sept. 13 - The Pecos Eagles' pre-district schedule comes to an
end on Saturday, and they will try to continue their recent improved
play in Greenwood, against the Rangerettes and San Angelo Central
The Eagles were 3-8 prior to last Saturday, when they won the
consolation title at the Seminole Tournament with wins over Lubbock
Estacado, Big Spring and Midland Lee. The Eagles came back Tuesday and
swept the Rebels at home, before dropping a three-game match to Odessa
High that left them with a 7-9 mark for the season.
"We're looking a lot better right now. The girls are finally doing what
they're supposed to do," said Eagles' coach Nora Geron, who cited
improved scoring from her other hitters besides junior Lori Marquez has
made things easier on Pecos.
Greenwood will be a good test of how far the Eagles have come. The
Rangerettes defeated Pecos, 16-14, 15-10, in the semifinals of the
Cantaloupe Classic in Pecos two weeks ago, then took a 15-11, 15-14 pool
round match in Seminole last Friday.
In all four games, the Eagles were unable to come up with scores late in
the game when they needed them. The Eagles had game point in both their
opener in Pecos and their final game at Seminole, but saw the Rangers
break serve and come back to win.
The Rangers come into Saturday's matches with a 10-5 record after a
victory over 15-10, 15-13 Sweetwater, while San Angelo Central is 8-6 on
the year. The Bobcats swept a pair of matches in San Angelo on Tuesday,
getting past Brownwood, 15-6, 15-12, and Grandfalls, 15-5, 15-0.
Pecos' freshmen teams will also be playing at Greenwood on Saturday,
while the Eagles' junior varsity competes at the Andrews Tournament.
District 4-4A play opens for Pecos in Andrews next Tuesday, and their
home district opener in Sept. 21 against Sweetwater.
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