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Friday, September 21, 2007

Eagles JV falls to Loboes, varsity opening

The Pecos Eagles’ junior varsity tennis team got a one-week head start on the Eagles’ varsity this week, starting their 2007-08 season with a match at home against Monahans.

Coach Bernadette Ornelas said the Loboes used an advantage in doubles play to score a 9-6 victory over Pecos in the JV match. The two varsity teams will face each other this coming Tuesday in Pecos, in the Eagles’ 07-08 opener.

“We’ve finally got a big enough team to have a full JV on the girls’ side. We’ve got some really good freshmen girls, but we’re still a little short on boys,” she said. The boys had three singles matches and one doubles match, while the other 11 matches were on the girls’ side.

“I’m carrying the top eight on my varsity, and right now we have eight (boys), but I’m letting some of my freshmen boys play at the JV level,” she added.

The boys’ lone win was an 8-0 victory by Tanner Hardwick over Chris Juarez. The girls won four of their five singles matches, with Meagan Fuentes and Dakota Long also winning in doubles play.

Following their match with Monahans on Tuesday, Pecos will have back-to-back JV and varsity matches next Thursday and Saturday in Fort Stockton against the Panthers. Their other fall varsity matches are Oct. 2 at Midland Trinity; Oct. 13 in Midland against Sweetwater; Oct. 16 at Monahans; and Oct. 23 at home versus Fort Stockton. The JV will have two matches in October, at Monahans on the 9th and hosting Fort Stockton on Oct. 18.

Monahans JV (9) at Pecos JV (6)

Boys Singles

Avery Valeriano lost to Ronnie Rios, 8-4; Tanner Hardwick defeated Chris Juarez, 8-0; John Paul Briones lost to Juarez, 8-0.

Girls Singles

Meagan Fuentes defeated Nicole Eddings, 8-2; Dakota Long defeated Vianca Guzman, 8-1; Brittany Rayos lost to Lindsey Self, 8-6; Andrea Rodriguez defeated Anbel Rios, 7-5; Rocio Munoz defeated Samantha Escamilla, 6-1.

Boys Doubles

Valeriano and Hardwick lost to Rios and Juarez, 9-7.

Girls Doubles

Fuentes and Long defeated Eddings and Sellers, 8-1; Rayos and Jessica Esquivel lost to Guzman and Self, 8-4; Cristina Munoz and Hernandez lost to Escamilla and Rios; Andrea Rodriguez and Marcem Maneje lost to Sellers and Eddings, 8-4; Diana Munoz and Ashley Acosta lost to Guzman and Self, 8-4; Vanessa Contreras and R. Munoz lost to Escamilla and Rios, 9-7.

Coaches taking Pecos back to basics for homecoming versus Denver City

The Pecos Eagles will be going back to basics to try to avoid going into District 1-3A play with a winless record, and they’ll try to do it before a homecoming crowd on Friday night, when they host the Denver City Mustangs in a 7:30 p.m. game.

The Eagles are 0-2 after their 28-8 loss this past Friday in Kermit against the Yellowjackets, in a game where they allowed over 300 yards rushing on the night. Coach Chris Henson said confusion on defense helped contribute to Kermit’s final two touchdowns, on 96- and 51-yard runs, and that for Friday’s game, the coaching staff was going to make things a little simpler for the players.

“We’re going to go back to the basics with what we’re doing. We may have given them a little too much too soon,” he said. “The kids can tell you what to do, but they didn’t react on the field. We’ve got to get them aligned right and we’ve got to play basic football.”

Fixing the defense will also mean doing a better job against the pass against a Denver City team that put the ball up a lot in both of their games, a 13-6 win over Lamesa and their 43-12 loss to Levelland, along with their storm-shortened game two weeks ago in Seminole.

Denver City had over 200 yards passing and three touchdowns a year ago in their 35-25 win over Pecos, but have an almost entirely new starting lineup this year. “They’re real young, and have got a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing,” Henson said.

“They’ve got some quick receivers and spread the offense out. Sometimes they go with four wide and an empty backfield, and their quarterback (Colt McDowell) is pretty bold and likes to run the ball, so we’re going to try and keep him contained.”

“They try to get their receivers down in the empty zones, so we’ve got to try and keep them contained,” Henson said. “They have a freshman (Alberto Alarcon) who has a lot of quickness. He also starts at corner for them, and No. 5 (Sergio DelaRosa) and No. 1 Gustavo Burciaga) also have a lot of quickness and also start both ways.

“I think if we can control the ball more, we can wear them down by keeping their defense on the field,” he added.

McDowell had a touchdown pass to Burciaga, who also returned a fumble for a score in last week’s 43-20 loss to Levelland. DelaRosa had the other score, on a 1-yard run, and Mustangs led twice in the game and were tied at 14-14 at halftime, before being outscored 29-6 in the second half.

Denver City allowed Levelland to control the ball in the second half, and the Lobos ended up with nearly 400 yards rushing on 61 attempts. Last year, the Eagles ran for over 300 yards in their loss, 90 of it by Hector Ramirez, who was held to just 63 yards by Kermit a week ago.

Pecos played that game minus starting center Justin Contreras, who will be back for Friday’s game.

Henson said running back Timo Reyes would also play, but has been bothered this week by a leg injury.

The Eagles start district play next Friday in Anthony against the Wildcats, who are 3-0 and have outscored their opponents 125-0 so far in 2007. Anthony was Pecos’ homecoming opponent a year ago, and the Eagles had to rally from a 21-13 deficit in the final period to win, 31-21. Henson is hoping his team is a little more focused on Friday.

“We said homecoming is not for them, since they haven’t gone anywhere yet,” he said. “We’re trying to keep them focused, but they do have the parade on Friday and everybody is kind of excited about that.”

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