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Friday, September 27, 1996
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PECOS, Sept. 27 -- Hurricane Fausto is long gone and the cold front that
was supposed to bring rain to the area Thursday took a detour east, so
conditions will be right this weekend for the West of the Pecos
Invitational Championship Golf Tournament.
The third annual tournament was delayed two weeks by Fausto's rains,
which organizer Royce Cassell said cost it about 16 players. "It's still
going to be a good tournament, there just aren't the numbers I had hoped
for," he said.
"We're going to have about 35 from out-of-town and about 40 locals,
though people still have until tomorrow (today) to enter," Cassell said.
"We had about 15 coming from El Paso two weeks ago, and it looks like
about all of them had to withdraw."
Most were scheduled to compete in the `Best of the Best' championship
flight, one of six in the tournament. "We had 15 scheduled in that
flight, but nine had to drop out because of the weather. But we picked
up seven more to replace them," Cassell said. "For a while I didn't
think we'd have a championship flight."
He said the top flight would have two local golfers, along with 11
others from Monahans, Fort Stockton, Fort Davis, Alpine, Marfa, Sonora,
Lubbock and Amarillo, "so we've got a varied field of championship
Cassell did say that last year's champ, George Marshall of Cleburne, was
one of those who couldn't make it to the rescheduled tournament, but Jim
Bob McNeil, who won the inaugural tournament in 1994, would be entered.
Tee times are scheduled between 7:45 and 9:45 a.m. for the second
through fifth flights, while the championship flight and first flight
are scheduled to tee off between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Facing open dates, the Eagles JV came up with a game last night against
Colorado City at Odessa High, while the freshman were able to schedule
Van Horn's JV for Thursday afternoon at the Pecos High School practice
field, prior to the home opener for Pecos' eighth graders, against
Both home teams ended up with shutouts, the ninth graders by a 16-0
score, and the eighth graders 32-0 over the Bucks, while the JV almost
did the same, winning 36-8 over Colorado City.
"The defense shut them out until the fourth quarter," JV coach Mike
Ferrell said, adding that the offense ran up over 400 yards in improving
to 4-0 on the year.
Hector Garcia had a pair of touchdowns, Robert Gonzales, Len Carson and
Joseph Torres also added scores, and Gonzales kicked four extra points
and had a two-point conversion in the first half, as the Eagles built a
22-0 halftime lead.
The freshman did all their scoring in the second quarter, as Roy Marta
went over from three yards out, and Derek Zubledia hooked up with Jacob
Weidner on a 13-yard touchdown pass. Joe Robert Lara ran in both
two-point conversions for the Eagles, who bounced back from last week's
loss at Monahans.
The eighth graders' gave Alpine problems from the start, after the
Bucks were left stranded by a bus breakdown on the way to Pecos. Saul
Garcia returned the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown, then
closed out the first half with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Chris Bryant.
In-between, Orlando Munoz and Trent Riley had 40- and 41-yard TD runs in
the first and second periods for the Eagles.
Garcia passed to Pifi Montoya for a two-point conversion after Bryant's
score for a 26-0 halftime lead, and the Eagles got the only score of the
second half just before the final whistle, as Juan Perez went over from
13 yards out.
The win lifted the eighth grader's mark to 1-1 on the season. There
were no games Thursday for the eighth grade `B' team or for the Zavala
seventh grade squads.
Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eagles' varsity plays its 1996 homecoming game
against Fabens. Its the last of three straight home games and three
straight games against District 3-3A opponents. They'll face one more
Class 3A foe next week in Kermit, before beginning District 4-4A play.
Their game with the Yellowjackets also begins a stretch of four road
games in five weeks for the Eagles.
The Eagles are one of five district teams at home tonight. Big Spring
hosts Snyder, Monahans is at Fort Stockton, Brownwood goes to San Angelo
Lake View and Amarillo Palo Duro is at Sweetwater. Andrews is the lone
road team, as they travel north to Levelland.
Andrews (1-2) at Levelland (2-1): The Mustangs led Midland High at the
half a week ago, before Sam Powell broke loose in the second half and
turned a 9-6 deficit into a 30-9 victory. THe Mustangs figured to be
stronger on offense this year than defense, with most of their starters
back on that side of the ball, but so far sophomore Shaud Williams has
been the only standout.
Levelland hadn't been setting the world on fire on offense until they
routed Slaton last week. Canyon held them to 154 total yards in a 24-7
win two weeks ago.
Snyder (1-2) at Big Spring (1-2): The Steers are almost as close to
being 3-0 as the Tigers are to 0-3 right now, but that still doesn't
mean Big Spring is a lock here. Snyder edged Andrews on a late field
goal, were beaten by Sweetwater in a close game two weeks ago, and were
pounded by Abilene Wylie, 34-7, this past Friday. Big Spring beat the
team that figures to be Wylie's main district rival, Ballinger,
in-between losses to Monahans and Lubbock Estacado.
Pecos' Ray Parada wasn't the only 4-4A player lost for the season last
week. Steers' quarterback Jarod Helms went down with a season-ending
foot fracture. However, he was already sharing time with sophomore Tori
Mitchell, he of the two bronze medals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes at
last spring's state track meet. You obviously play for the run with
Mitchell behind center, but this will give him two weeks to work on his
throwing before they host the Eagles in the district opener.
Amarillo Palo Duro (1-1) at Sweetwater (3-0): Fullback Joe Jaramillio
was the other district running back lost for the season due to a broken
leg. He gained over 100 yards against Brownwood, but quarterback Andrew
Boatright and halfback Jason Blueford have done the same since then
against Snyder and Frenship, so the Mustangs still have a lot of weapons
to work with.
Their big problem so far - if a 3-0 team has a big problem - has been
their defense, which is allowing a lot more yardage than any Sweetwater
team has given up in a while. As Lake View has found out the past few
years, a great offense can get you through the season, but a leaky
defense will get you when the playoffs roll around.
Palo Duro didn't show much in a season-opening 14-3 loss to Plainview,
but fared better last Friday in routing Hobbs, 28-3. Sweetwater figures
to be a little bit tougher, especially after a 255-mile road trip.
Brownwood (2-1) at San Angelo Lake View (2½-0): The Chiefs won a
storm-shortened 17-14 decision at Austin LBJ last Friday, but since LBJ
had dropped their first two games by a combined 124-9, the Chiefs didn't
really enjoy the win as much as they expected to. They also didn't enjoy
last season's tie against the Lions, one of the bright spots in a 1-8-1
debut season for former Sweetwater and Andrews coach W.T. Stapler.
He's having a much better time this season. After an opening loss to
Sweetwater, the Lions beat Brownwood 37-21, and edged Belton a week ago,
35-34. San Angelo's defense looks a lot better than the past two
seasons, when they still won the 4-4A title; shutting down Brownwood's
wishbone tonight would confirm that trend.
Monahans (3-0) at Fort Stockton (2-1): The Loboes say there's no
revenge factor from last year's 21-20 home loss to the Panthers. O.K.,
but with the Loboes hosting both Alpine and Fabens - the only two
district teams that figure to give them a challenge - this will be the
last tough road test for Monahans until the playoffs begin in November.
Fort Stockton's Jacob Vasquez is one of the state's rushing leaders,
after a pair of 200-yard games and a 100-yard effort in the Panthers'
loss at El Paso Ysleta. Monahans surrendered over 200 yards to Antwoyne
Edwards in their win over Big Spring, and allowed Richard Gutierrez to
gain 142 yards on just 14 carries a week ago, so there's an area the
Loboes need to work on by the time they get to post-season play.
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PECOS, Sept. 27 -- Three matches into the District 4-4A schedule, and
the Pecos Eagles already face must-win contest on Saturday in Big Spring
against the Steers.
The Eagles, 1-2 in district, travel to Big Spring to take on the 0-2
Steers in freshmen, junior varsity and varsity contests at 12 noon, 1:45
and 3 p.m. It's the first of three straight on the road for the Eagles,
who'll play a non-district match in Kermit against Seminole and go to
San Angelo Lake View on Oct. 5.
The Eagles put themselves in a hole with a 15-8, 16-14 loss at home on
Tuesday to Fort Stockton, the Prowlers' first victory in Pecos in 15
Fort Stockton jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opener, then scored the
final five points after seeing their margin cut to 10-8. But the second
game hurt the most, as the Panthers scored the final seven points to
rally from a 14-9 deficit, with the last five coming as Pecos tried to
get one break serve that would rotate leading hitter Lori Marquez back
to the front line.
Big Spring, meanwhile, lost their district opener to Fort Stockton, then
dropped a 6-15, 15-9, 15-13 decision on Tuesday to Sweetwater, leaving
them with a 4-13 season mark. Combined that with the fact that the
Eagles beat the Steers three weeks ago in the Seminole Tournament, 15-4,
15-5, and Saturday's match is one Pecos can't afford to let get away.
"I think some of them are going to get determined after this loss,"
Eagles' coach Nora Geron said following Tuesday's match that left her
team with a 9-12 season mark. "I think there are enough of them to pull
Big Spring's offense has come mainly from senior LaTosha Wilbert, an
all-district pick last year. She earned all-tournament honors earlier
this season in Odessa, but was kept in check by the Eagles in their
Sept. 7 meeting.
Fort Stockton's win on Tuesday tied them for first with San Angelo, and
the Maidens host the Prowlers on Saturday, while Andrews goes to
Sweetwater in the other 4-4A match.
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