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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Eagle boys 9th at Lubbock cross-country

The Pecos Eagles cross country team didn’t have any top 20 finishers this past Saturday, running in the Class 3A division of the Lubbock Invitational. But the Eagles did place in the Top 10 as a team on the boys’ side at the meet, held at the site of next month’s Region I-3A race at Mae Simmons Park.

Pecos’ boys finished ninth overall, while the Eagle girls didn’t have enough runners for a team score. Canyon’s boys won the meet with a 38 point total, while Clint edged out Borger for second, 114 points to 116.

Pecos ended up with 263 points, finishing in-between Fabens (245 points) and Abilene Wylie (275). Individually, Andrews’ Tommy Lee Lloyd won the race with a 16:30 .1 time to a 16:32.4 for Clint’s Fred Cordero.

The best finish for Pecos was by Gus Mendoza, who ended up 36th with an 18:45.9 time. Edward Rodriguez was close behind in 39th place with an 18:53.8 time, and was followed by Jesse Juarez and Ray Gonzales, 46th and 47th with 19:06.4 and 19:08.7 times; Edgardo Madrid, 95th with a time of 21:38.3; Richard Dutchover, 108th with a 23:25.2 time; and Elias Alvarado, 111th with a time of 26:36.5

The best finish for the girls was a 30th place by Kayla Natividad, who ran the two-mile course in 13:57.9, 1:45 in back of Aries Bazaldua of Canyon, which also won the team title with 43 points to 96 for Levelland. Following Natividad for the Eagles were Lilly Gutierrez, 70th with a 15:41.5 time; and Aileen Rayos, 84th with a 16:46.5.

The Eagles will send both their high school and junior high teams to Alpine this Saturday, for their next-to-last race before District 2-3A competition on Oct. 22 in Monahans.

Pecos downs Crane in final pre-district match

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team closed out their pre-district schedule on Saturday with their second win of the season over the Crane Golden Cranes.

The Eagles, who defeated Crane two weeks earlier at the Sul Ross Tournament in Alpine, downed the Cranes this time by scores of 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19 to improve to 22-4 on the season, going into Tuesday’s District 2-3A opener, at home against Fort Stockton.

“We started out just wonderful. We were talking, moving and then all of a sudden we went cold,” said Eagles’ coach Helen Kimbrough. “We lost our focus and let them back into the game.”

Pecos led most of the way in Game 1, going up at one point 18-8 before the Golden Cranes rallied late, getting to within 24-23 before the Eagles were able to secure the victory. Pecos had an easier time at the finish of Game 2, going up at one point by a 22-14 margin, but in Game 3 they were never able to catch the Cranes after falling behind by a 12-8 score, and in the final game the Eagles had to use an 8-0 run to turn a 17-14 deficit into a 22-17 lead, after Crane had wiped out a 12-5 Eagle advantage with an 11-point run.

Kimbrough said she was still working on some new plays for Pecos going into their 2-3A opener, which may have caused some problems.

“When I put something new on, my girls tend to think too much. They’re not relaxed,” she said. “At first I thought we were going to be OK, but when they (Crane) started playing their game, we went on the defensive and didn’t take it too them.

“We started making mental mistakes and started playing in spurts. You can’t play a good team like that and not play all the time,” she said. “We also had one rotation that they scored a lot of points on, and hopefully I fixed that.”

Tuesday’s match against Fort Stockton will also be the Eagles’ second of the season against the Prowlers. The teams played in the Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament in late August, with the Eagles coming away with a 25-14, 25-10 victory.

“We played Fort Stockton in the tournament, but I know they are going to be a whole lot better, because they went five games against Crane,” Kimbrough said.

Tuesday’s game is the only one at home for the Eagles in district until mid-October. They’ll go to Monahans this Saturday, then to Presidio and Fort Stockton next week.

Pecos also won Saturday’s junior varsity and freshmen games in Crane, while Kimbrough said the ninth graders’ other scheduled match on Saturday, at home versus Monahans, was cancelled.

Sub-varsity teams split games with Cranes

The Pecos sub-varsity football teams had three good defensive games on Saturday against the Crane Golden Cranes, ending up with a win and a tie playing at home and a two-point loss playing on the Cranes’ home field.

Pecos’ seventh graders won their game over Crane by a 28-8 score, while the eighth graders ended up in a 0-0 deadlock, their second scoreless tie of the season. Playing in Crane, a two point conversion was the difference, as the Cranes edged the Eagles by an 8-6 score.

In the seventh graders’ win, Devante Jenkins scored three of Pecos’ touchdowns, while quarterback Bradley Shaw had Pecos’ other TD. Shaw also added a two-point conversion, as did Isaiah Ramirez for the Eagles, who improved to 2-1 on the year.

“The defense played a good game, even the backups play well,” said coach Jerry Parent, after Pecos lost a 38-34 game to Denver City the previous Saturday.

The eighth graders scored their third shutout in as many games this season, but were unable to duplicate their results on offense from the previous Saturday’s 32-0 win over Denver City.

“They got one interception off us, and we got one off them, they got one fumble off us, and we got one off them,” said coach Art Rios. “There were a couple of good goal line stands, and we held them at the goal line at the end of the game.”

He said Josh Aguilar had a good game running the ball on offense, while linebacker Luis Villalobos and safety Joel Jaramillo played well on defense. Eddie Pando, Israel Espudo, Alex Montano and the rest of the defensive line also played well,” he said.

The JV got their only touchdown of the game from German Rodriguez while falling at Crane, which left them with a 1-4 record on the season. The Eagles’ freshman team was scheduled to play Crane as well, on Saturday, but that game was cancelled.

Both the freshmen and JV teams will play on Thursday in Monahans, starting at 5 and 7 p.m., while the junior high teams will host the Loboes, starting at 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Bears hand Longhorns first loss of season

The Balmorhea Bears jumped out to an early lead on Friday night, and won their third straight game of the season in their first road game of the season, as they downed the Buena Vista Longhorns by a 53-22 final score.

Playing at Imperial, the Bears went up 6-0 after one period, then outscored the Longhorns 28-0 in the second quarter. “The defense did a really good job. We had them 34-0 at the half and held them to 68 total yards,” said Balmorhea coach Debiasie Mendoza. “Our defense continues to improve and continues to carry our offense.”

He said the Bears forced Buena Vista to punt the first four times they had the football, while the offense finally got things going in the second period.

“We went to the spread and used the speed we do have to get into some mismatches,” Mendoza said. “We had one deep pass and a couple of short runs.”

Adam Ramon had Balmorhea’s first two scored, a 5-yard run in the first period and a 10 yarder in the second quarter. After that, Nigel Lozano passed 30 yards to Jeremy Baeza to make it 20-0, and Baeza and Lozano followed with touchdown runs ofr15- and 35-yards for the 34-0 halftime lead.

Gabriel Jurado’s 45-yard run in the third period got the Bears close to ending the game under the 45-point rule. The Bears went up 41-0 before the teams traded scores the rest of the way, with Jurado catching a 15-yard pass from Russell Garlick and Roman adding his final TD of the night, on a 5-yard run, in the final period.

Corey Cobb had 15- and five-yard touchdown runs in the final period, and Corey Gibson caught a 21-yard pass from Joey Acosta in the third period for Buena Vista’s scores. “Two of our freshmen had good games on defense,” Mendoza said. “Freshman Marcus Beltran kept getting in there on the quarterback, and Jeremy Baeza, who is one of our smallest kids, he had 12 tackles, three of them for losses.”

Buena Vista dropped to 4-1 on the season with their loss, while the Bears improved to 3-1 going into this Friday’s game against 5-0 Rankin, which defeated Eden on Friday by a 68-21 score. The Red Devils defeated the Bears a year ago, and this will be Balmorhea’s first game against Rankin on their home field since 1985, the last year the Bears played an 11-man schedule.

“They’re ranked No. 4 in the state, and have 45-pointed everyone but one team,” Mendoza said. “We’re going to continue to go out and play tough ball, and I think we can do all right if we play our game. If we can get a couple of turnovers here and there, control the clock and move it against them, I think we’ll be all right.”

In other games involving the Bears’ District 1-A-Division II six-man rivals, Dell City routed San Angelo New Life School, 51-6, and Sanderson was beaten by Grandfalls, 59-36.

Wildcats storm back in second half to beat Eagles

Between the dust storm and the hailstorm Friday night the Pecos Eagles’ offense came up dry in their district opener against the Anthony Wildcats.

The Eagles, who took a 6-0 lead into halftime, managed just 50 yards of offense in the final two periods, and only 32 of that between the dust storm that delayed the start of the second half by more than 30 minutes and the hailstorm that caused another 30-minute delay, but not until after the Wildcats had scored the last of their four touchdowns in a 26-6 victory.

The dust storm was caused by the outer edge of a severe thunderstorm than passed just to the east of Anthony, and forced both teams back into the locker room due to zero visibility on the field. The hailstorm hit with 1:44 left in the game, after quarterback Luis Alvarez’s 25-yard touchdown run had put a cap on the Wildcats’ victory. Pecos had out-gained Anthony 176 yards to 131 in the first half, but between the two delays the Wildcats ran and passed for another 220 yards, while the Eagles managed only one first down.

“We didn’t come off the ball at all in the second half,” said Eagles’ coach Chris Henson, “We were getting ready to come back onto the field when they delayed the game and sent us back into the locker room, and that thing was so small we were just stuffed in there. So I let them go out into the gym and they started talking to their parents and their friends, and we just seemed to lose our edge after that.”

Defensively, the Eagles also struggled in the second half. They allowed the Wildcats a couple of big plays in the opening two quarters but were able to use a turnover and a defensive stand to keep Anthony scoreless. But in the final two periods the Eagles allowed the Wildcats to convert several third- and fourth-down plays to keep drives alive.

“After the game, that’s what I told them, how many times we had them in second and long and third and long and let them escape,” Henson said.

Pecos did get running back Timo Reyes back for Friday’s game, after he missed last week’s 17-14 loss to Denver City with a leg injury. But they played without quarterback Paul Zubeldia, who hurt his knee in last week’s game. Wingback Chris Sotelo, who finished the Denver City game at quarterback, again started there on Friday in place of Zubeldia.

“He was cleared to play by the doctor on Friday, but we held him out just to be on the safe side,” Henson said. Sotelo would set up the Eagles’ only score with a 41-yard scramble to the Anthony 1-yard-line early in the second quarter, but his lack of height cause problems in locating receivers downfield, and led to a second-half interception by Martin Anaya that set up the Wildcats’ second touchdown of the game.

“He’s a great running back, and he had to quarterback with Paul out because he knows all the plays, and can set people up on offense,” Henson said. “Nathan Duke is a few years behind, but he’ll get better. He’s just not ready to run all the plays we have right now.”

Duke came in after the hailstorm delay and completed an 18-yard pass to Hector Ramirez, but was then picked off by Anthony’s Meraz in the closing seconds.

Pecos drove the ball inside Anthony’s 40-yard-line to start the game, only to see a fumble by Hector Ramirez give the ball to the Wildcats. Alvarez then hit Sal Garcia with a 19-yard pass to get Anthony into Eagle territory, but Pecos’ Joseph Rodriguez would then recover a fumble by Marco Aguilar, the first turnover the Eagles had gotten since their season-opening game against Alpine.

Anthony’s next series included a 64-yard run by Mike Lugo on a 1st-and-21 play from the Wildcats’ 6-yard-line. But the Eagles would stop Anthony on downs when Alan Bustillos went for no gain on a 3rd-and-2 run, and Garcia was taken down by Quinton Roman for a six-yard loss on a fourth down reverse.

The Eagles then set up their score on the first play of the third period on a fake punt, with Ramirez running 28 yards to the Anthony 39. Three plays later, a first down run by Sotelo was wiped out by an illegal block, but on the next play the quarterback was able to scramble out of trouble and head down the right sideline before being knocked out at the 1.

Ramirez scored on the next play, giving Pecos their first lead of the year and putting Anthony behind for the first time, on the first points the Wildcats had allowed all season.

The Eagles would hold the Wildcats on their next series, and stop Anthony just before halftime after two first downs, with Hector Meraz replacing Alvarez at quarterback. But when the third period opened Alvarez led the Wildcats on a 14-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 7:15, and ended with a 3-yard TD pass from the quarterback to tight end Mike Guillen.

Alvarez would run for 27 yards on a 2nd-and-17 early in the series, then hit Garcia for 10-yards on a 3rd-and-6, and ran for another 14 yards on a 3rd-and-13 at the Pecos 31. Meraz’s extra point gave the Wildcats a 7-6 lead.

Ramirez was stopped at the line on two runs on the Eagles’ initial series of the half, and Sotelo then overthrew the running back on 3rd-and-9, with Anaya returning it 16 yards to Pecos’ 29. Two plays later Lugo went around the left side 19 yards for the score and a 13-6 lead.

Pecos’ next series ended with a Vincent Palomino punt, but the Eagles were able to stop the Wildcats on downs at their own 35. However, one play later Bryan Mora was hit on a run to the right and fumbled. Andy Perales recovered for Anthony and on the next play, Lugo got through the right side of the line on a counter play and raced 35 yards to the end zone.

Pecos would finally get a first down on their next series, when Sotelo and Jonathan Dominguez hooked up for a 14-yard pass play. But the drive then ended when linebacker Oscar Fierro caught Sotelo on a bootleg attempt on a 4th-and-3. The Wildcats were able to run four minutes off the clock before turning the ball over on downs as the rain began to fall, but the Eagles went nowhere on four plays, and Alvarez then scored after the change of possession.

The win improved Anthony to 5-0 on the season going into their game. Pecos, meanwhile, fell to 0-4, not including their Sept. 7 game against Andrews, which was called early in the third period due to lightning. The Eagles return home to host 1-3 Monahans on Friday. The Loboes lost their final pre-district game this past Friday by a 33-7 score to Graham. In the other two district openers, Fort Stockton routed Fabens, 48-6, and Clint shut out Tornillo, 32-0.

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