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Thursday, September 2, 2004
Pecos faces DC, looks to end Monahans loss streak
Jimmy Carter was president the last time the Pecos Eagles varsity football team won a game in Monahans.
The Eagles will play there later this year, but on Friday night, they have a chance to end their long losing streak in Monahans - if not against the Loboes themselves - when they take on the Denver City Mustangs at Lobo Stadium, in what officially is Pecos’ 2004 home opener.
The delays in installing the artificial turf surface at Eagle Stadium is the reason for the unusual location for Friday’s game, at a site Pecos last came away from with a victory in 1980. Pecos-Barstow-Toyah officials were able to work out an agreement with Monahans ISD officials to host the game at Lobo Stadium, on a week in which Monahans’ varsity is idle.
Eagles’ head coach Patrick Willis played on two of the Lobo squads that scored home wins over Pecos, and he’ll be looking for both his first win as a head coach in his old home stadium and his first win of the 2004 season, after the Eagles dropped their opener last Saturday to Midland Christian.
While defense and special teams were the Eagles’ biggest problems in their loss to last week’s group of Mustangs, the Mustang squad they’ll face on Friday struggled to move the ball after the early part of their season opener against Lamesa. Denver City managed only 135 yards in total offense in a 13-7 double overtime defeat, though Willis said the Mustangs do have several offensive threats Pecos needs to be concerned with on Friday.
“They run lots of pitches and counters, and they shift into the ‘I’ and try to bust it into the strong part of the formation,” he said.
“Their running back (Rowdy Warren) is a shifty type of kid. He’s not like Midland Christian’s back (Courtney Greer), but he’s shifty, and they have a fast receiver (Rashaad Williams), and they look to get him the ball,” Willis added. “Their quarterback (Russell Green) is pretty decent. He made some good throws and runs well.”
Denver City, which defeated Pecos to open the season in 1998 and 1999, dropped from Class 3A to Class 2A this year, and coach Terry Summers said a lack of depth hurt the Mustangs in their loss to Lamesa.
“I think they wore us down, because almost all our kids go both ways,” he said. “I felt like in the fourth quarter and rolling over into overtime the kids got a little gassed.”
He added that along with a lack of players, “We’ve got a lot of young kids on the field for the first time, and they made a lot of mistakes. We’ve got about six or seven who were starting their first varsity games.”
Summers said on defense the Mustangs made a couple of mistakes to allow Lamesa’s Bryan Brown to score the tying and winning scores. “I think again, that comes down to fatigue,” he added.
“Defensively, they’re very aggressive. They like to blitz a linebacker on about every play,” Willis said. “They’ve got a good defensive tackle who’s a squatty body, No. 52 (Brownie Depew) who reminds me of Tick (Victor Reyes, the Eagles’ defensive tackle last season).”
Willis said aside from working on getting into better position on defense and staying in their lanes on the special teams - problems that cost Pecos three touchdowns last week - the Eagles also need to improve on their passing game. Saul Pina went 7-for-20 against Midland Christian, with the longest completion only going for six yards.
“Offensively our passing game had too many dropped passes. If you don’t make them respect you, they’re just going to stack it inside,” Willis said, where running backs Booker Fobbs and Luis Ortega picked up most of their combined 235 yards rushing last week.
While this will be the first of two games this season in Monahans for Pecos, Summers said this would be the first-ever visit he can recall for Denver City to Lobo Stadium.
“None of our kids have ever been to Monahans. We’ve never had a chance to play there, and Pecos plays there all the time, so I would think it would be an advantage for Pecos,” he said.
Denver City Pecos
QB (12) - Russell Green 174 DE (11) - Chad Evans 220
FB (34) - Bobby Hunt 171 DT (54) - Jacob Marquez 225
FB (32) - Rowdy Warren 175 DT (55) - Adrian Barreno 200
SE ( 9) - Rashaad Williams 150 DE (57) - Adam Ybarra 190
LT (75) - Sammy Renteria 222 LB (52) - Jonathan Carrasco 170
LG (50) - Andy Quezada 193 LB ( 7) - Eddie Vela 170
C (60) - Jimmy Minchew 222 LB ( 1) - Tito Gonzales 175
RG (67) - Elizar Salazar 185 CB (22) - Rashad Terry 170
RT (72) - Danny Boiles 235 R (10) - Saul Pina 165
TE (86) - Shane Garner 222 S (16) - Josh Payan 170
WR ( 7) - Sean Kelley 170 CB (21) - Simon Castillo 165
DE (86) - Shane Garner 222 QB (10) - Saul Pina 165
DT (75) - Sammy Renteria 222 RB (47) - Booker Fobbs 200
DT (52) - Brownie Depew 160 SE ( 4) - Luis Licon 155
DE (34) - Bobby Hunt 171 WB (22) - Rashad Terry 170
LB (32) - Rowdy Warren 175 LT (55) - Adrian Barreno 200
LB (44) - Ray Romo 171 LG (50) - Julio Orosco 240
LB (74) - Santos Garcia 222 C (65) - Chance Fincher 190
CB ( 5) - Erron Dawson 130 RG (62) - Albert Lopez 230
SS ( 7) - Shawn Kelley 170 RT (77) - Michael Lee 220
FS (12) - Russell Green 174 TE (11) - Chad Evans 220
CB ( 9) - Rashaad Williams 150 SE (21) - Simon Castillo 165
P/KO ( 7) - Eddie Vela 170
K/ P (34) - Bobby Hunt 171 K (55) - Adrian Barreno 200
RCDC softball tournament to benefit Special Olympics
The Reeves County Detention Center will sponsor the inaugural RCDC Special Olympics Softball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11 beginning at 7 a.m. at Martinez Field.
The tournament will have a $125 entry fee with a maximum of 15 players per team, and an entry deadline of Sept. 7. Plaques will be given to the tournament’s top three finishers, and the tournament champions will also receive a T-shirt.
A home run derby with a $5 entry fee will also be included, and all funds from the tournament will go towards the Special Olympics.
A concession stand will also be open during the tournament. For further information on the tournament, contact Maj. John Salazar at the RCDC III unit, at 447-2909, ext. 1528, or 940-9162.
Netters get consolation titles in season opener
The Pecos Eagles’ tennis team had a tough time in their opening matches of the season this past weekend in Fort Stockton. But the Eagles did come away with three consolation titles from the singles and doubles meet that featured teams from the Permian Basin and the El Paso area.
“We didn’t have all our players. We only had three girls in singles and one doubles team,” said coach Mike Ortiz. “The others either didn’t make the trip or they were sick.”
No Eagle won an opening round match on either day, but Sara Natividad did come back to win consolation at No. 4 girls singles, while Mimi Ornelas and Jerris Rayos won the mixed doubles consolation title and Francisco Ornelas and Jesse Hanks won consolation in the No. 1 doubles bracket.
Natividad lost to El Paso High’s Amanda Ortega, 6-0, 6-2, then defeated Fort Stockton’s Stephanie Ellis, 8-3, and her teammate Darry Ripley, 8-5. Ornelas and Rayos lost to Cortez and Davis of El Paso Burges, 6-1, 6-3, then beat Molina and Menchaca of El Paso Montwood, 8-5 to win consolation. Hanks and Ornelas lost to Meiras and Perkins of el Paso Americus, 6-2, 6-2, then beat Moreno and Fuentes of Fort Stockton, 8-2, and Bradshaw and Nunez of McCamey, 8-3.
Mimi Ornelas had dropped her two matches on Friday at No. 1 singles, while Catherine Garcia dropped both of her matches playing at No. 2 girls singles. On the boys’ side, Francisco Ornelas dropped two matches playing in the No. 1 singles bracket, as did Hanks at No. 2 singles, Rayos at No. 3 singles, Curtis James at No. 4 singles, Chris Sotelo at No. 5 singles and Cody Zamarippa at No. 6 singles.
Ortiz said Sotelo and Zamarippa did play well on Saturday in doubles, even though they lost both their matches. The two fell to Quiroga and Kasher of El Paso Montwood, 3-6, 6-0, 13-11, then were beaten in the consolation bracket by Monahans’ Ochoa and Chanelle, 9-8.
“They should have won that one. It was a good match,” Ortiz said of the three-set loss. “That was my freshman team, and they did a good job.”
In the other doubles match, Natividad and Garcia lost both their matches in the No. 2 bracket.
The Eagles will have a four-week break in their shortened fall schedule after this past weekend’s openers. Their next matches are scheduled for Sept. 21, though Ortiz said he has to revise his original schedule.
Pecos takes on Seminole after Alpine victory
The up-and-down nature of the Pecos Eagles’ volleyball season was on display in one game Tuesday night, as the Eagles started strong, but ended up having to pull out a five-game victory over the Alpine Bucks.
The 25-21, 25-17, 17-25, 22-25, 15-7 victory improved the Eagles’ season record to 10-7 going into this weekend’s Seminole Invitational. Pecos opens play against the host Maidens at 9 a.m. on Friday, and will face either Midland High or Amarillo River Road in the second round. The winners of the early matches will play on Friday at 2 p.m., while the losers will meet in a 12 noon match.
“We’re just not into the game. We’re going though the motions out there,” said Eagles’ coach Becky Granado. “It took us four games to pick up the momentum of the game, but you can’t wait around until the fifth game to start something.”
The Eagles did fare better against the Bucks on Tuesday than they did in their season opener at home, when they beat Alpine in the first game and then dropped the next three games in the match. This time, Granado said her team did OK in the first two games, but “we started slacking off in the third game. We couldn’t pass the ball, and even free balls we had trouble passing.
“The fourth game was pretty much the same way. We couldn’t get anything going,” she said. “Finally, in the fifth game Jessica Florez serving got us started. We scored about seven straight points on her serve.”
“We did have a couple of good blocks from Brittany (Rodriguez) and Danielle (Garcia), but we had a tough time passing. We’d pass to the 10-foot line, and that made it tough to get them any hits,” Granado said.
This weekend’s Seminole Invitational will match the Eagles against the toughest field they’ve faced this season. The rest of the Pecos’ half of the 16-team bracket matches Big Spring against Odessa Permian and Hereford against Lubbock Estacado, while Friday’s other opening matches have San Angelo Lake View against Pampa, Monahans versus El Paso Chapin, Lamesa against Levelland and Andrews against Lubbock Coronado.
Granado said she hadn’t had a chance to watch Seminole two weeks ago when they were at the Sandhills Tournament, but said, “Seminole’s got that big girl (Stacy Fitzhugh) and Brittany’s just going to have to try and slow her down.
“Besides their big girl, as far as the hitters go we pretty much match up against them as far as height goes. Hopefully we can out there and play some ball,” she said.
Pecos’ sub-varsity teams split their matches with the Bucks on Tuesday. The freshmen Eagles defeated Alpine, 25-23, 25-17, while the JV lost to the Bucks, 25-17, 25-22. Both the JV and ninth grade squads are idle this weekend.
Meetings set for bowling leagues
Ward Lanes in Monahans will be having an organizational meeting for the 2004-05 women’s leagues beginning next week.
The meeting for the Pin-Up League will be at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7; the Ladies Major League will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; the Ladies Classic League will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13; and the Tuesday Sundowners League will hold their meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
Pecos picks up consolation after slow start in morning
A slow start - and late arrival - Saturday morning meant a trip to the consolation bracket for the Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team. But if nothing else, the 19th Annual Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament this past weekend at the Pecos High School gym showed that the race for the playoffs in District 3-3A is going to be a close one in 2004.
The Eagles, who swept former district rival Fabens in their pool round match on Friday, were swept themselves by the Wildcats at 8 a.m. on Sauturday in the quarterfinals of the tournament, then came back to sweep Marfa and Fabens to capture the consolation title Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Presidio Blue Devils and Fort Stockton Prowlers, two of the Eagles’ three current district rivals in volleyball, ended up in the tournament finals, where Presidio was able to pull out an 18-25, 25-22, 11-25, 25-19, 15-8 win to claim t he tournament title.
Pecos lost their opening match Saturday to Fabens, 25-19, 25-21, after a 16-14, 15-4 win over the Wildcats on Friday afternoon. “I don’t think we were prepared mentally, and our middle blocker got here late, so I benched her,” Eagles’ coach Becky Granado said of Saturday’s loss. “We were more worried about playing music instead of playing the game.
“Fabens didn’t beat us because they were pounding the ball. We just made a lot of mental mistakes. They had a one-man block and we just had a hard time hitting around it,” Granado said.
Things were much easier against Marfa and Kermit, teams the Eagles also swept in pool round play on Friday. The Eagles downed the Shorthorns, 25-8, 25-3, after a 15-9, 15-7 win the previous day, and followed up their pool round 15-3, 15-6 win over Kermit with a 25-16, 25-15 win over the Jackets, who dropped out of the Eagles’ district this season.
“They were relaxed. We got a lot of good hits, and for a while all we were doing was serving to them,” said Granado. The Eagles scored 20 straight points in their second game win over Marfa on Saturday, turning a 2-1 lead into a 22-1 margin.
Despite not making it into the championship round, Pecos did get to face both Presidio and Fort Stockton during pool play on Friday, and split with both teams. The Eagles lost their opener to the Prowlers, 16-14, and fell in their first game to the Blue Devils, 15-13, then came back against both teams to win by 15-11 scores.
The other pool round matches for Pecos resulted in a 15-8, 15-17 split with El Paso Parkland and a 15-7, 15-17 split against Van Horn.
“There are still a lot of things we need to work on,” Granado said on Monday. “I want them to get up there and hit the ball. Right now, we’re having trouble getting to the ball, or we’re getting there before the ball is set. We don’t have time right now, but Wednesday and Thursday we’re just going to work on fundamentals.”
“As far as defense, we got caught standing around a couple of times. We were just there standing and watching the ball, and we had trouble passing free balls,” she said.
Sophomore Amalie Herrera did earn a spot on the all-tournament team for here back line play on defense, while Presidio’s Vanessa Armendariz was named Most Valuable Player, and Fort Stockton’s Alexis Ramirez was the tournament’s Outstanding Hitter. Perla Perez of Fabens was named Outstanding Setter, after the Wildcats defeated Parkland, 26-24, 25-20, in the third place match.
The other all-tournament players were Presidio’s Yasmin Herrera and Laura Olivas, Fort Stockton’s Ruby Bernal, Parkland’s Tina Nadry and Van Horn’s Amber Urias.
Bears rout Lake Arthur to open six-man season
A week after dominating the Lake Arthur Panthers in a pre-season scrimmage, the Balmorhea Bears turned around this past Saturday and did the same thing when it officially counted, as they went to Lake Arthur and came away with a 49-0 victory.
Six different players scored touchdowns for the Bears, who ended the game in the third period under the 45-point rule. “I had six running backs, though only four of them really got to carry the load,” said Bears’ coach Adolfo Garcia.
“We played everybody on defense, and I had 13 kids out there this week,” he added. That’s about half the number the played in the scrimmage against Lake Arthur, but the other already had played on Thursday, after the Bears added a season-opening game against Grady for their junior varsity team.
Quarterback Michael Dominguez had a pair of touchdown passes in Saturday’s game, a 21 yarder to Ismael Rodriguez to open the scoring, and a 67-yard pass to Michael Rodriguez for the only TD of the second period. In between, Balmorhea got touchdown runs of five yards by Barry Bordayo, 25 yards by Levon Barragan and two yards by Alexis Lozano, to give them a 29-0 lead after one period.
The Bears made it 43-0 in the third period when Michael Hernandez fell on a fumble in the end zone by Lake Arthur for a touchdown, then ended the game under the 45-point rule on Barrgan’s second score of the game, on a three yard run.
Lozano also had three extra point kicks for the Bears, while Brandon Mendoza passes to Ryan Woodruff for a one-point conversion in the opening period.
Dominguez only threw four passes in the game, with both his completions going for scores, while Mendoza was 2-for-5 for 39 yards, Garcia said. Bordayo led the Bears with 76 yards rushing, while Mendoza had 46 yards, Bordayo 34 and Lozano 17 yards. Defensively, Garcia said Balmorhea only allowed Lake Arthur 94 yards in total offense, all but four of that on the ground.
The Bears’ varsity has this Friday off, but the JV will be in action against one of Balmorhea’s District 6-A varsity rivals, Marathon, in a 7:30 p.m. game on the Mustangs’ home field. The JV won their opener against Grady, by a 43-0 score. The varsity’s next game is on Sept. 11 in El Paso, against Jesus Chapel.
Punt returns help Mustangs boot Eagles, 32-14
It took a little while for the Pecos Eagles to finally get their hands on Midland Christian’s Courtney Greer. But they never could figure out how to contain teammate Tim Hartnett.
Greer, an off-season transfer from Midland Lee, blasted through the right side of the line on the game’s first offensive play and ran for a 63-yard touchdown, then gained another 31 yards on his next three carries before gaining just 21 more yards on his final 10 attempts of the night.
But it was the Mustangs’ other transfer, Tim Hartnett, who did in the Eagles Saturday afternoon at Grande Communications Stadium. He returned punts 67 and 87 yards for touchdowns in the first half, then hauled in a 42-yard TD pass from Corey Culp early in the fourth quarter for Midland Christian’s final score of the night, as the Mustangs rolled out to a 32-0 lead on the way to a 32-14 victory over Pecos, in the season opener for both teams.
“We’ll get better,” Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis. “There were things we talked with the kids about, but evidently, we didn’t work on them enough.”
About the only time the Eagles were able to stop Hartnett was when he mishandled a punt early in the final period near midfield. The Eagles had a chance to recover, but the Mustangs would come up with the ball 20 yards further back on the field, and Hartnett would score two minutes later on the pass from Culp.
He showed off his speed on his two punt returns for scores, but the main culprit both times was bad coverage by the Eagles on the outside. Hartnett only needed to get around a couple of defenders both times after fielding Eddie Vela’s punts before finding a clear path up the Mustangs’ sideline to the end zone.
“On both punt returns we lost containment, then we finally got smart and didn’t kick it to him anymore,” Willis said. “The kid from Midland High (Hartnett) has legitimate 4.3 speed.”
His first score came just 3:11 into the game, and followed Greer’s TD run 23 seconds after the opening kickoff, on a play where Willis said, “We didn’t line up right,” which allowed the Mustangs’ back an open path once he got through the line.
Offensively, the Eagles running game got over 100 of their 249 yards on the ground in the final period, along with both touchdowns, on a 58-yard run by Booker Fobbs and a 39-yarder by Luis Ortega. But despite the big runs coming after the game was decided, the Eagles did a good job in the early going moving the ball on the ground, though they were never able to break a big play the way Midland Christian did in the first three quarters.
Fobbs ended up with 152 yards on 26 carries, while Ortega ran for 83 yards on seven carries. But the ground game was not supported by the passing game on Saturday, as quarterback Saul Pina could only hit a series of short passes in the first half, and was limited to 22 yards passing for the game.
“At least we know we can run the ball. That’s what we’ve been concentrating on,” said Willis. Saturday’s 249-yard rushing total was more than a third of the Eagles’ 625 total rushing yards for all of the 2003 season.
Pina started off 6-for-10 passing, but had only one completion after that, though he wasn’t helped by several drops by Pecos’ receivers. “They were giving us the underneath stuff, and we were dropping it, then they would take the long one away. Their linebackers confused Saul some. Sometimes they would drop (back), and sometimes they didn’t,” said Willis. “Until we hit something deep they’re going to stack it up against us at the line.”
Meanwhile, Midland’s passing game wasn’t even worse until their final scoring drive. Culp missed on his first five passes, while Jonathan Beal, on a first quarter reverse option pass, dropped the ball while trying to throw, with Hartnett 20 yards behind the defense in the end zone.
That play followed runs of 15- and 10-yards by Greer and ended with a botched field goal attempt by Midland Christian. But after a first down run by Fobbs Pecos’ drive stalled and Hartnett returned his second punt of the night for a score.
Culp’s TD pass hit Hartnett in stride behind Pecos’ defense going towards the left corner of the end zone, and came after he had scored Midland’s fourth touchdown of the day, on a 34-yard quarterback keeper around the right side midway through the third period.
Pecos’ best runs were mainly up the middle, including both scores. Fobbs had runs of 9- and 12-yards early in the game, though his average yards per carry went down in the second half, while Ortega gained eight in his only carry of the first half, before running for another 75 yards in the final period. Pecos missed the extra-point try after the first touchdown, while Pina hit Chad Evans on the two-point conversion following Ortega’s TD in the final minute of the game.
Midland Christian’s win avenged a 15-8 loss in Pecos last season. The Eagles will now try and get their first win of 2004 on Friday night against Denver City, in what was supposed to have been their home opener. But due to delays in the installation of the artificial turf at Eagle Stadium, the game will be a 7:30 p.m. start in Monahans, and Pecos is now scheduled to play Kermit on Sept. 10 in the 2004 home opener.
Denver City scored early in their season opener on Friday against the Eagles’ new District 3-3A rival, Lamesa, but were blanked the rest of the way and lost in double overtime, 13-7. The other new district foe for Pecos, Seminole, shut out Post, 6-0, in their season opener, while Monahans lost on Friday at Merkel, 27-13, and Fort Stockton was edged by Colorado City, 9-7, on Saturday in a game that followed the Pecos-Midland Christian game at Grande Communications Stadium.
Mid. Christian 12 6 7 7 -- 32
Pecos 0 0 0 14 -- 14
MC - Greer 67 run (kick failed), 0:23
MC - Hartnett 87 punt return (pass failed), 3:11
MC - Hartnett 67 punt return (kick failed), 2:27
MC - Culp 34 run (Beal kick), 5:40
MC - Hartnett 42 pass from Culp (Beal kick), 2:08
Pec. - Fobbs 58 run (kick failed), 5:28
Pec. - Ortega 39 run (Evans pass from Pina), 11:11.
First Downs 13 10
Rushing-Yds. 39-249 29-261
Passing Yds 22 73
Passes 7-20-1 4-10-0
Punts-Avg. 6-32.3 2-53.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yds. 3-20 8-66
RUSHING - Pecos, Fobbs 26-152, Ortega 7-83, Pina 6-14. Midland, Greer 14-115, Martinez, 3-68, Culp 3-40, Kalt 5-28, Hartnett 1-12, Beal 1-1, Cunningham 1-0, Burelson 1-(-1).
PASSING - Pecos, Pina 7-20-1-22. Midland, Culp 2-7-0-58, Burelson 2-2-0-15, Hartnett 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING - Pecos, Terry 2-10, Gonzales 2-10, Licon 1-6, Payan 1-(-1), Fobbs 1-(-3). Midland, Hartnett 1-42, Kalt 1-16, Yocham 1-9, Martinez 1-6.
MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.
JV gridders fall to MC, face DC with freshmen
The Pecos Eagles’ junior varsity football team will be joining the varsity this week in seeking to bounce back from a season-opening loss, while hoping some of their players are able to come back from opening game injuries, and Pecos’ freshmen will be seeking to open their season with a victory, as both teams go on the road Thursday for games at Denver City.
The Eagles’ JV dropped their opening game of the season this past Thursday on the road to Midland Christian, falling to the Mustangs by a 27-0 final score. And as with the varsity, the JV found themselves trailing after Midland’s first play on offense.
“The first series we did all right, but then we had a holding penalty that hurt us,’ said Eagles’ coach Junior Williams. “We punted and then they scored on the first play, a 70-yard pitch.”
Williams said the Eagles continued to trail by a 7-0 score until late in the first half. “There were 15 seconds left in the half and we were in a prevent defense, but they threw a screen and went 40 yards for a touchdown,” he said.
“After that we got a lot of injuries. We had kids playing in positions they normally don’t play in, and it got ugly,” Williams said.
Last week’s game was to have been played in Pecos, but was moved due to the delays in installing the artificial turf at Eagle Stadium. The JV and ninth graders will also play their next games after Denver City on the road, Sept. 9 in Kermit, before opening at home the following week against the Crane Golden Cranes.
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