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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Sub varsities beaten by Crane, travel to Sweetwater

The Pecos Eagle sub-varsity football teams will be trying to bounce back from rough losses at home this past Thursday, when they make the long drive to Sweetwater this Thursday evening for games against the Mustangs.

Meanwhile, Pecos’ junior high teams will have a week to recover from their losses last Thursday in Crane, as all three teams saw their records go to 1-1 on the season.

The Eagles’ JV was routed at home by Crane, 50-0, to drop to 0-4 on the season, while the ninth graders fell to 0-3 with a 30-0 loss at home to the Golden Cranes. Crane scored two touchdowns each in the first, second and fourth quarters of the JV game, along with a single score in the third period, while the Cranes put two scores across in the first and third periods of their freshman win.

At crane, Pecos’ eighth graders were handed their first loss of the season, after winning their opener and going undefeated a year ago, as Crane scored once in each of the first three periods for a 24-8 victory. Jeremy Martinez scored Pecos’ only touchdown and added the two-point conversion.

The seventh grade Eagles also allowed three TDs and also saw their record evened at .500 with a 24-0 loss, while the seventh and eigth grade ‘B’ team players were combined into one team and were shut out by the Cranes, 6-0. The junior high teams will be off this week while the high school teams take on Sweetwater, but will return to action on Sept. 30 versus Fort Stockton, while the varsity, JV and freshman teams have the week off.

Eagles look to corral turnovers, running Mustangs

Staff Writer

After two years during which “run” was a four-letter word for the Pecos Eagles, they’ve done far better running the ball this season -when they’ve been able to hold onto it.

Friday night at Eagle Stadium, Pecos will need to hold onto it a lot, as they take on a team that really likes to run the ball in the Sweetwater Mustangs, when the Eagles close out their pre-district schedule with their first game in seven years against Sweetwater, starting at 7:30 p.m.

After a narrow loss in their opener to Lubbock Cooper, Sweetwater has bounced back to win three straight games, two narrow wins over San Angelo Lake View and Andrews, and a 52-25 win over the Eagles’ District 3-3A rival, Greenwood.

In their win at home last Friday, the Mustangs used a five-yard TD run by Joseph Banyard with just 34 seconds to play to beat Andrews, 28-21. It capped a night in which Sweetwater ran the ball on 58 of their 62 offensive plays, with the running game accounting for 285 of their 290 total yards.

“They’ve got a lot of speed. One breakdown and they’re out the gate,” said Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis. “You’ve got to play sound football when you play an option team. You’ve got to take care of your assignments.”

Against Greenwood, Sweetwater ran the ball for 265 of their 350 yards. Their main threat is quarterback Jeremy Thompson, who ran for 104 yards against Andrews, but Willis said the Mustangs have several other backs capable of causing problems for the Eagles.

“They don’t pass very much. They’ve got Banyard, (Kendall) Carrillo and that little (Skye) Green kid, but their main backs are Banyard and Carrillo,” said Willis. “They’ve got some good size guys across the front and just like to come after you.”

While the offense has been consistent for the Mustangs, the defense has been a little less so. Greenwood’s numbers against Sweetwater looked like the Mustangs’ totals versus Andrews, as they rolled up 329 yards on the ground in a losing effort.

In contrast, Andrews managed just 31 yards on the ground, but burned Sweetwater for 321 yards in the air, along with all three touchdowns. The host Mustangs did come up with three interceptions, including a touchdown return by Justin Clowers that opened the scoring, while Carrillo sealed the win with a final play interception.

“Greenwood moved the ball on them. It was close until the fourth quarter, and then they kind of wore out Greenwood,” said Willis. He said against Andrews, “They were very susceptible to the pass. Their secondary guys are so aggressive sometimes they bite on play-action stuff.”

The Eagles’ passing game didn’t do much last week, gaining just 19 yards, but the rushing game went for 251, with 191 of that by sophomore Luis Ortega, who brought his total for the season up to 586 yards, just 39 fewer than Pecos had as a team during the 2003 season.

Willis is hoping the Eagles can have another good night rushing the ball on Friday. “The big thing for me is if we can establish the running game we can keep the ball out of their hands,” he said.

The other problem for the Eagles has been keeping the ball in their own hands. After fumbling just once in their opener against Midland Christian, Pecos has fumbled 18 times in their past three games, losing 12 of them, with five leading directly to touchdowns.

“When we put the ball on the ground (in practice on Monday) we lined up and ran, so we’re trying to get their attention about holding onto the ball,” Willis said. “That’s what I’m hoping to establish, keep the ball out of their hands and hold onto the football. “We definitely don’t want to get into a turnover battle, because they’re definitely the best football team we’ve seen this year,” he added.

One change made last week due to the absence of lineman Adam Ybarra was to return senior Booker Fobbs to defensive end. Fobbs had a 44-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run on offense, but spent most of his time on the other side of the ball for the first time this season, and Willis said he’d remain at the end spot against the Mustangs.

“He definitely makes us better there. He had 10 tackles and three sacks,” Willis said. The last meeting between Pecos and Sweetwater was in 1997, when both were members of District 4-4A. The two were district rivals for 18 years, but during that span Pecos won just once, a 19-14 decision at the Mustang Bowl in 1981. Depending on the final season standings, the teams could meet again in November, in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs. Starting Lineups Sweetwater Pecos Offense Defense QB ( 7) - Jeremy Thompson 155 DE (11) - Chad Evans 220 FB (42) - Alan Copeland 190 DT (54) - Jacob Marquez 225 WB ( 3) - Joseph Banyard 167 DT (55) - Adrian Barreno 200 SE ( 8) - Brian Pittman 155 DE (47) - Booker Fobbs 200 LT (52) - Ty Palmer 261 LB (52) - Jonathan Carrasco 170 LG (71) - Zach Gilbert 240 LB ( 7) - Eddie Vela 170 C (60) - Lance Clark 240 LB ( 1) - Tito Gonzales 175 RG (63) - Carl Cummings 230 CB (22) - Rashad Terry 170 RT (74) - Joel Carrillo 260 R (10) - Saul Pina 165 TE (86) - Russell Clayton 220 S (16) - Josh Payan 170 FL (15) - Kendall Carrillo 180 CB (21) - Simon Castillo 165 Defense Offense DE (56) - Brandon Fangman 185 QB (10) - Saul Pina 165 DT (41) - Gilbert Clayton 240 RB (31) - Luis Ortega 170 DT (43) - Alex Garcia 185 SE ( 4) - Luis Licon 155 DE (53) - T.J. Rasson 190 WB (22) - Rashad Terry 170 LB ( 3) - Joseph Banyard 167 LT (55) - Adrian Barreno 200 LB (83) - Justin Adams 170 LG (50) - Julio Orosco 240 LB (30) - Jacinto Rosas 157 C (65) - Chance Fincher 190 CB ( 6) - Michaell Williams 145 RG (62) - Albert Lopez 230 FS ( 8) - Brian Pittman 155 RT (77) - Michael Lee 220 SS (15) - Kendall Carrillo 180 TE (11) - Chad Evans 220 CB (22) - Skye Green 140 SE (21) - Simon Castillo 165 K (--) - Parker Morrow 185 P/KO ( 7) - Eddie Vela 170 K (55) - Adrian Barreno 200

Crane gives Pecos girls rude welcome home

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles’ first home game in 3 1/2 weeks left coach Becky Granado with little to be happy about Tuesday night, as the Eagles suffered through a bad start and a bad finish while being swept by the Crane Golden Cranes, 25-12, 25-21, 25-10.

Crane jumped out to big leads early in both the first and third game, while rallying from an early 8-2 deficit in Game 2. The Eagles staged a small comeback of their own, cutting a 20-15 lead by the Cranes to 22-21, but were unable to tie the game and were done in by Crane’s taller front line.

“We don’t know how to think for ourselves. We have no court sense,” Granado said. “We were not aggressive at all today. We were just hoping Crane would give us some points or something.

“They’re going to have to start thinking for themselves and start being more aggressive. There are moments when we do some good things, but then we don’t capitalize,” she added.

Crane did give Pecos a lot of points at the start of Game 2, as the Eagles didn’t score on their own until Danielle Garcia tipped a shot over the Cranes’ front line for the 8-2 lead. But J.J. Farmer, Destini Schul and Amanda Baker led a 7-0 run that turned the six-point deficit into a one-point lead.

The Cranes would take the lead for good at 11-10 on a Schul spike, but the Eagles kept things close through a series of missed serves on both sides. A Candace Regelman spike and a couple of missed hits by Schul would get the Eagles to within 22-21, but Baker then connected on a kill and Lakyn Martin finished off the game after a bad set by Brittany Rodriguez.

Crane scored seven of the first eight points in Game 3, and outside of a pair of spikes by Rodriguez and Regelman, the Eagles had almost no offense in the final game. Granado said Pecos may have been a bit intimidated by Crane’s bigger front line, led by the 6-foot-1 Baker who had one block of a Garcia kill for a point in the third game.

“I told our back line girls they need to move up when 34 (Baker) is hitting, because she’s putting the ball straight down. But she kept hitting the ball in front of us, and we were too slow to react,” Granado said.

The loss dropped Pecos to 15-13 on the season going into their final pre-district road game, this Saturday afternoon at Kermit. The Eagles will also host the Yellowjackets the following Saturday, before opening District 4-3A play on Oct. 4 against Fort Stockton. The Eagles swept Kermit in three games this past Saturday in Presidio, after beating them twice earlier in the season. “I don’t know if this is going to help us or not,” Granado said. “We have two weeks to get ready, and it’s up to them what direction they want our season to go in district.”

Pecos outlasts Presidio, sweeps Kermit

The Pecos Eagles made their long trip south on Saturday to Presidio worth the effort, as they came away with a pair of wins, over the Blue Devils and the Kermit Yellowjackets. The Eagles improved their record to 15-12 on the season by sweeping Kermit, 25-18, 25-19, 25-14, then outlasted Presidio by 25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13 scores for their second win of the season over their District 3-3A rivals.

The wins came four days after Pecos was swept on the road by one of their other district rivals, Fort Stockton, and coach Becky Granado said, “We had more offense against both Presidio and Kermit. I think that’s the most offense we’ve had all season, but it’s easier to have an offense when they only have one blocker up there.

“Presidio had a few rotations where she only had one blocker, and two or three when she had two, and we had a little more trouble,” Granado said. “We had moments when we couldn’t pass the ball, but it seems like there are always moments when we have problems passing or blocking.

But we did play better overall. We were hustling instead off standing around, and Danielle (Garcia) and Brittany (Rodriguez) just took over at the net, and that was good to see.”

Saturday’s match against Kermit replaced a scheduled match against Marfa as part of the dual meet. The Eagles are also scheduled to play their final two pre-district matches against the Jackets before starting 4-3A play at home versus Fort Stockton on Oct. 5.

Eagles hatch flock of turnovers in 34-28 loss

Staff Writer

After a six-turnover night the previous week against the Kermit Yellowjackets, things didn’t figure to get any worse for the Pecos Eagles this past Friday night against the Crane Golden Cranes. But they did, and the Eagles’ giveaways sent Pecos down to their third loss in four games.

Pecos turned the game’s first turnover into a score, as Rashad Terry turned a Riley Roussaire fumble into a 93-yard touchdown return. But after that, the turnovers all were committed by the Eagles - eight in all, the first a game-tying interception return by Ivan Quezada later in the first quarter, followed by six lost fumbles. The final one, a recovery in the end zone by Adrian Galindo with 5:29 to play, ended up providing the Golden Cranes with their margin of victory, as they held off two Eagle comebacks to win by a 34-28 final score.

“I think we broke the turnover record tonight,” said Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis, whose team has given away the ball 18 times in their last three games. “We could be a good football team, but it’s the same story every week.

“But I’ve never been so proud of the kids in a loss, because when we got down 28-7 we easily could have given up. We fought our way back in, but when you commit 10 turnovers, it’s tough to beat anybody,” Willis said, as two other possible Pecos turnovers were nullified by penalties during the game.

Aside from their late comeback, the Eagles were able to keep the score at 7-7 going into the final two minutes of the half, despite their first have problems on offense. Crane outgained Pecos 130 yards to 67 in the opening half, but the only scores for the game’s first 22-plus minutes were Terry’s return on the Cranes’ opening drive and Quezada’s interception of a Saul Pina pass that bounced off Terry’s hands, just after Crane’s Daniel Laureaan had missed a 27-yard field goal.

Crane failed to take advantage of Pecos’ first two lost fumbles, but after Booker Fobbs was stripped of the ball at the Eagle 35-yard-line with just over two minutes left in the second quarter, freshman quarterback Seth Doege hit Stephan Galindo with a 31-yard pass, and then found Chris Nuno in the back of the end zone for a touchdown 1:08 before halftime to put Crane ahead.

The Cranes then took the opening kickoff of the second half and scored three plays later, on a 65-yard pass from Doege to Tyler Lee 1:21 into the period. And things got even worse for the Eagles when Eddie Vela fumbled the kickoff, which Garrett McNease recovered to set up another Doege TD pass, this one to Stephan Galindo from two-yards out, which put Pecos down 21 points less than 3 1/2 minutes into the third period.

That lead didn’t last very long, and Willis said the turnaround actually was sparked after Crane’s third touchdown, when the Eagles and Cranes got into a scuffle on the extra point. “After the fight the crowd started yelling and got our players pumped up and we finally started doing something. But we need to start out games like that,” Willis said.

Ortega went through the left side of the line and broke clear for a 74-yard touchdown run 30 seconds after Galindo’s score, and fobs added the two-point conversion on a “swinging gate” run to cut the lead to 28-15.

Crane then ran into their own problems, but instead of turnovers, penalties and bad snaps from center on offense in the second half slowed the Cranes down.

They were flagged for two penalties on their next series, leading to a punt. Two plays later Crane wiped out an interception of Pina by Daniel Sanchez with a roughing the passer call. The Cranes then got hit with another 15-yard penalty on the next play, when Pina was facemasked on a 5-yard run. That got Pecos down to the Crane 44, where Pina and Fobbs worked a perfect option pitch, getting Fobbs clear for a 44-yard TD run.

Adrian Barreno’s extra point brought the Eagles to within six, at 28-22, with just under five minutes left to play in the third period.

“That was beautiful. We’ve been running the option all week long in practice, and Saul had been checking to the option when they lined up inside, but in the first half when we tried it we fumbled it,” Willis said, referring to a lost fumble on a pitch to Ortega in the opening period.

Crane would drive the ball inside Pecos’ 20 on their next series, but the drive stalled after Doege was called for intentional grounding while trying to avoid a sack by Fobbs. That gave the Eagles the ball back with a chance to take the lead, but on a 3rd-and-2 play from their own 42 the Eagles lost their fifth fumble of the night, as Pina fumbled the snap from center, with Casey Johns recovering at the Eagles’ 42.

Once again, Crane drove inside the 20, on a long run by Roussaire, and once again, the Eagles stopped the drive, this time on consecutive sacks of Doege by Jonathan Carrasco and Chad Evans. But Crane downed Stephen Galindo’s punt at the 1-yard-line, and on the next play Ortega was stripped of the ball in the end zone, with Adrian Galindo recovering for the score.

Down by 12, the Eagles drove 59 yards in just over three minutes for their fourth touchdown of the night. An 11-yard shovel pass from Pina to Fobbs - the longest pass play of the night for Pecos - started the drive off, and Oretga then broke free for a 44-yard gain down to the Crane 5. The Cranes then hurt themselves with another penalty, facemasking Ortega on third down after stopping him for a four-yard loss, and given another series of downs, Oretga was able to score on third down from two yards out with 2:05 to play.

The Eagles missed the extra point, but got one last chance when Vela’s onside kick was recovered by Robert Nunez at the Pecos 45. However, Pina’s first down pass was incomplete, he was sacked by Hugo Garcia on second down and his deep third down pass to Terry was picked off by Doege at the 20, sealing the victory.

Pecos ended up rushing for almost 200 yards in the second half, and Ortega just missed his second 200-yard rushing night of the season, finishing with 191 yards on 20 carries. But the Eagles ended up with only 19 yards passing in the game. “We’ve got to find a way to throw the ball to open things up,” said Willis, who added that Pina’s 2-for-10 night was helped by several drops by Pecos receivers.

Crane’s win put them at 3-1 on the season, while the Eagles’ loss dropped them to 1-3 going into the final pre-district game at home this Friday against Sweetwater. The Mustangs also are 3-1 on the season, having won three straight games after an opening loss to Lubbock Cooper. At Crane Crane 7 7 14 6 -- 34 Pecos 7 0 15 6 -- 28 First Quarter Pec. - Terry 93 fumble return (Barreno kick), 2:32 Cra. - Quezada 22 interception return (Laureaan kick), 8:09. Second Quarter Cra. - Nuno 5 pass from Doege (Laureaan kick), 10:52 Third Quarter Cra. - Lee 65 pass from Doege (Laureaan kick), 1:21. Cra. - S. Galindo 2 pass from Doege (Laureaan kick), 3:27. Pec. - Ortega 74 run (Fobbs run), 3:47. Pec. - Fobbs 44 run (Barreno kick), 7:03. Fourth Quarter Cra. - A. Galindo fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed), 6:31. Pec. - Ortega 2 run (kick failed), 9:55. Pec Cra First Downs 11 16 Rushing-Yds. 38-251 39-107 Passing Yds 19 175 Passes 2-10-2 11-21-0 Punts-Avg. 3-36 4-32.3 Fumbles-Lost 7-6 5-1 Penalties-Yds. 4-40 8-62 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - Pecos, Ortega 20-191, Fobbs 2-46, Pina 16-14. Crane, Roussarie 11-79, Lee 5-33, A. Galindo 3-10, McNease 2-3, Doege 18-(-18). PASSING - Pecos, Pina 2-10-2-10. Crane, Doege 11-21-0-175. RECEIVING - Pecos, Fobbs 1-11, Terry 1-8. Crane, S. Galindo 3-46, Lee 2-73, Nuno 2-18, Roussarie 1-21, McNease 1-9, Eyler 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS - Crane, Laureaan 27 (WL).

Pecos splits with Stockton to open season

Pecos Eagles swimming coach Terri Morse said she went with quantity over quality on Saturday, in the Eagles’ season-opening meet at Fort Stockton. But she’s also hoping to see the quality improve next weekend, when Pecos competes in its first invitational meet of the 2004-05 season.

The Eagles swam in a dual meet relay event in Fort Stockton on Saturday, and while the girls weren’t tested in their six events - Fort Stockton had only two relay teams entered - the Panthers boys won five of the six relays held and outscored the Eagles 39 points to 21 in the final standings.

That doesn’t sound good, coming off last season’s fourth place finish at state, but Morse wasn’t overly concerned about the final numbers.

“We have a young boys team and a small team in terms of numbers,” she said. “Because of those numbers we weren’t able to field as many relays as Fort Stockton did, and I also spread the relays out so our young swimmers weren’t on as many relays together by themselves.”

“I’ve got three really good swimmers, and each relay was not quite as fast as it could have been. If we had stacked them, we could have won the medley relay and the 200 or 400 relay, but I wanted to have more relays to give the other kids a chance,” she said. The only event in which the Eagles’ three returning swimmers competed together was the 200-meter butterfly relay, which used only three swimmers. Junior Matt Elliott and sophomores Kyle Winkles and Matt Oglesby won that with a 2:08.30 metric time, 41 seconds ahead of Fort Stockton.

Pecos placed second in four other relays and finished third in the other event on Saturday. In the 200 medley relay, Winkles and Oglesby swam with Alonzo Garcia and Luke Serrano and finished with a 2:24.66 time to Fort Stockton’s 2:12.14. The Panthers also fielded ‘B’ ‘C’ relay teams in the event. In the 200 backstroke, Garcia, Oglesby and Winkles finished with a 2:25.19 time to Fort Stockton’s 2:18.24, in the 200 breaststroke relay Oglesby, Elliott and Dustin Windham were second with a 2:51.52 time to Fort Stockton’s 2:43.12, while in the 400 relay Winkles, Elliott, Windham and Matthew Florez swam a 4:38.84 time to Fort Stockton’s 4:29.47.

In the other ‘A’ relay, the 200 freestyle, Florez, Windham, Serrano and Elliott placed third, with a 2:16.03 time, while the Panthers ‘B’ and ‘C’ relays swam 1:54.91 and 2:14.21 times. The Eagles did have one ‘B’ relay team of Florez, Windham and Garcia, who were third in the 200 fly.

The 200 meter backstroke and 200 breaststroke relays on the girls’ side were the only event where the Eagles and Prowlers competed, as Pecos ended up winning the points standing by a 48-4 margin. Teddie Salcido, Lindsey Shaw and Ashley Horsburgh won the medley with a 2:46.03 time, and the ‘B’ team of Ashley Contreras, Ashley Mendoza and Cynthia Marmalejo were second, with a 3:22.97 time, four seconds ahead of Fort Stockton. In the breaststroke relay, Shaw, Amie Reynolds and Cassandra Mata won with a 3:03.63 time.

In the other races, Salcido, Shaw, Horsburgh and Susan Moore swam a 2:30.68 in the 200 medley relay, and Marmalejo, Mendoza, Mata and Amanda Contreras had a 2:56.72 time; Salcido, Moore and Reynolds swam a 2:44.66 time in the 200 meter butterfly, and Mata, Marmalejo and Contreras had a 3:14.50 time; in the 200 freestyle Horsburgh, Reynolds, Mendoza and Moore won with a 2:13.37 time while in the 400 free relay, Horsburgh, Salcido, Reynolds and Moore swam a 4:52.35 time and Mendoza, Contreras, Mata and Shaw had a 5:34.69 time.

“Some of the times of the newer ones I hoped would be a little faster, since they have been working out all this time,” Morse said. “Some of the times were decent, but I think the main thing I took from the meet is we’re not in the shape we should be. We need to buckle down and we can’t miss as many practices as we have.”

Pecos’ next meet will be the Ector County ISD Invitational on Oct. 1-2 at the University of Texas-Permian Basin in Odessa. Morse said she wouldn’t know about her final lineups until grades come out, but added, “I’ll probably change some things up in practice to see if I can get a little more out of them.”

Bears prepare for district with 57-6 win

Staff Writer

The Balmorhea Bears got rolling after a slow start Saturday night against the El Paso Immanuel Christian Warriors, and needed just one half to put away the Warriors for their third win in as many games this season.

Brandon Mendoza and Levon Barragan had a pair of touchdown runs apiece, and Mendoza also caught a 55-yard TD pass from Americo Rios, as Balmorhea defeated El Paso, 57-6, in a game ended at halftime under the 45-point rule.

Saturday’s game was both Balmorhea’s home opener for the 2004 six-man football season, and their final pre-district game. “We’re getting ready for Grandfalls next week. That’s going to be a tough game for us,” said Bears’ coach Adolfo Garcia, who despite the final score, said he’s hoping for a better effort at home this Friday against the Cowboys than in Balmorhea’s last two games.

“Our defense at the first of the year was ahead of our offense, but now our offense is way ahead of our defense. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said. “Our offense is clicking, just like last week (in a 76-70 overtime win at El Paso Jesus Chapel). Our offense couldn’t be stopped by their defense, but our defense couldn’t stop their offense.”

Garcia was concerned because of several missed chances by Immanuel Christian in the early going of the game. The Warriors had a couple of open receivers drop passes, though the Bears’ defense did set up the game’s first score when Justin Machuca picked off a T.J. Little pass on El Paso’s second offensive series.

Barragan would score from four yards out with 5:50 left in the opening period, and then after another dropped pass on fourth down Rios took a pitch on the next play and went 34 yards for a touchdown, and a 14-0 Balmorhea lead.

Guillherme Lima, who had dropped the fourth down pass, would have more problems, as he fumbled the ensuing kickoff for El Paso. The Bears recovered, and Barragan got his second TD on the next play, scoring from 25 yards out.

The Warriors would then get their own score of the game, on a four-yard pass from Enrique Rodriguez to Josh Martin, which was set up by a 39-yard completion by Rodriguez to Chris Madrid. That game with 44 seconds left in the opening period, but the Bears would get the points back before the quarter ended, as Mendoza scored on a 44-yard run at the nine-second mark.

His’ second score game with 8:35 left in the second period, on the pass from Rios, set up by an interception of Rodriguez by Barry Bordayo on the previous play.

“About half of my JV got to play some, because Sanderson had to cancel us on Thursday, because they had gotten too many hurt on the varsity to play JV,” Garcia said. “Americo Rios is on the JV right now, but I probably need to put him up on the varsity, because he’s very quick and very fast.”

The Bears’ final three touchdowns of the game also were on one-play drives. Mendoza scored on a 43-yard run following an El Paso punt with 6:16 left in the half, Eddie Lozano scored on a 45-yard run after a Barragan interception with 3:24 left in the half, and Benjamin Orosco got the Bears past the 45-point mark with a 13-yard TD run with 58 seconds to play, set up by a bad punt snap by the Warriors.

The Bears will face a Grandfalls team that is 2-1 on the season after a 52-6 win over Klondike two weeks ago. In addition to being their District 6-A six-man opener, Friday’s game will also be homecoming for the Bears.

“We’ve got three very tough games coming up for us with Grandfalls, Sierra Blanca and Dell City. They’re all going to be very big tests,” Garcia said. EP Bethel 6 0 x x - 6 Balmorhea 28 29 x x - 57 First Quarter Bal. - Barragan 4 run (A. Lozano kick), 4:10 Bal. - Rios 34 run (kick failed), 4:34. Bal. - Barragan 25 run (kick failed), 5:53. EPI - Martin 4 pass from Rodriguez (kick failed), 9:16. Bal. - Bd. Mendoza 44 run (A. Lozano kick), 9:51. Second Quarter Bal. - Bd. Mendoza 55 pass from Rios (kick failed), 1:25. Bal. - Bd. Mendoza 43 run (A. Lozano kick), 3:44. Bal. - E. Lozano 45 run (Rios pass from A. Lozano), 6:36. Bal. - Orosco 22 run (A. Lozano kick), 9:02. EPI Bal First Downs 3 8 Rushes-Yds. 15-14 15-268 Passing Yds. 62 55 Passes 5-16-3 1-4-0 Punts-Avg. 1-68 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-0 Penalties-Yds. 2-9 2-15 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - El Paso, Rodriguez 3-35, Lima 5-6, Little 3-(-12), Calzada 4-(-15). Balmorhea, Bd. Mendoza 3-102, Ed. Lozano 2-47, Rios 1-34, Bordayo 3-33, Barragan 3-29, Orosco 1-22, Rodriguez 1-6, A. Lozano 1-(-5). PASSING - El Paso, Rodriguez 5-9-2-62, Little 0-7-1-0. Balmorhea, Rios 1-1-0-55,, Dominguez 0-3-0-0. RECEIVING - El Paso, Martin 22-12, Madrid 1-39, Rutkowski 1-6, Little 1-5. Balmorhea, Bd. Mendoza 1-55. MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.

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