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Monday, August 21, 2000

Cavemen rock Eagles in scrimmage

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 21, 2000 -- Two weeks of work before the start of the 2000 football season  is pretty much what the Pecos Eagles need after their scrimmage  against the Carlsbad Cavemen, because Saturday morning's 120 plays  on offense and defense showed there are a lot of things the Eagles need  to improve on.

Carlsbad outscored Pecos 6-1, getting half their touchdowns during the controlled scrimmage portion of play and outscoring the Eagles 3-1 during the 12-minute timed segment that wrapped things up at Eagle Stadium.

"We've got a lot of things to do," said head coach Gary Grubbs. "They got the better of us and we know it."

Carlsbad ended up out-gaining Pecos overall 504 yards to 199 and picked up 25 first downs to just eight for the Eagles, though it was the Pecos' problems on defense Grubbs focused on after the game.

"It was our total defense. We didn't play very good technique," he said. "We've got a long way to improve there, but we will get better."

Compared to the Cavemen, who open their season this Friday against Alamogordo, the Eagles just weren't very aggressive during the scrimmage, and were pushed around by Carlsbad's front line. The secondary also blew several coverages down the middle, leading to a pair of touchdown passes by Caveman quarterback Pete Subia, who had the bulk of Carlsbad's 185 yards passing on the day.

On the ground, Carlsbad averaged 7½ yard per carry, with only two negative yard plays all day, both during the second series. In contrast, three of Pecos' first four rushing plays went for negative yards, and the line had trouble blocking out the Cavemen defenders on the option.

"A lot of that is that in practice we don't get to see things move as fast as we did out here," said Grubbs, who rotated his three quarterbacks throughout the game.

The bright spot for Pecos probably was the passing game. After going 0-for-4 on the first seasons, quarterbacks Richard Rodriguez, Alex Garcia and Peter Juarez hit nine of their final 15 passes for 158 yards, 71 of that on a Rodriguez-to-Jason Gonzales bomb that got Pecos it's lone touchdown. Rodriguez was able to scramble away from the Cavemen defense while rolling to his right, and found Gonzales behind the Carlsbad secondary for the score.

Aside from Gonzales, Eagle quarterbacks hooked up a couple of times with Alvaro Navarette for short gains, while tight end Pifi Montoya had the nicest-looking gain of the day a 23-yard hot pass in the slot during the second series.

On the ground, the Eagles managed just one run of more than 10 yards, a 15-yarder by Jason Carrillo off the sweep to close out the first series. The next longest gain on the ground for the Eagles was a quarterback scramble by Juarez during the second series.

"We ran the option offense a little better towards the end and started doing some good things, but we were a little nicked up in there," said Grubbs, who was without starting linemen Chris Deishler and Micah Huffman going into play and saw several other players wind up on the sidelines.

On the junior varsity level Saturday, the Eagles played three 20-play scrimmages against Carlsbad's JV and the Loving and Jal, N.M. varsity squads.

The scrimmages were held between the 40-yard-line and the goal line at both ends of the field, which did deprive Pecos of one defensive touchdown against Loving, while the Falcons scored twice against the Eagles. Jal's varsity then defeated Pecos by a 3-1 score, while the Eagles' JV closed things out with a 2-0 win over Carlsbad.

Barney Rodriguez had a four-yard touchdown run against Jal, while quarterback Freddy Torres ran 12 yards for one score and then hit Israel Varela for a 25-yard touchdown pass later in the series.

The Eagles' JV and freshmen teams open their seasons on Aug. 31 against Kermit, the night before the Eagles begin play at Walton Field against the Yellowjackets, whom the Eagle coaches scouted in a scrimmage at Sonora Saturday night.

Eagles `ruled out’ of Sandhills finals

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug 21, 2000 -- The double-elimination format of the Monahans Sandhills Volleyball Tournament certainly got the Pecos Eagles more games than they had faced before – so many, in fact, the state’s high school rulebook made them stop.

The Sandhills Tournament switched from a pool round format to double-elimination this season. But the bracket as drawn up turned out to have one minor flaw, and that was if a team lost their opening round match and then came through the loser’s bracket all the way to the finals, they would surpass the four matches allowed per day under University Interscholastic League rules.

That’s what happened to the Eagles, who lost their first match of the tournament in three games to Andrews Friday morning, then beat Clint and Monahans in three games Friday afternoon, and followed that up with a two-game win over Van Horn and three game victories over Big Spring and Lubbock Trinity Christian on Saturday.

That should have put them back up against Andrews in the finals, but the Eagles would be in violation of University Interscholastic League rules if they won the rematch against the Mustangs and then played a deciding game for the tournament title.

“I felt bad for the girls. They played well and really wanted it,” said coach Veronica Valenzuela, who was subbing for head coach Becky Granado again over the weekend, though she did call Granado when the controversy arose before the title match.

“If we had played Van Horn on Friday it would have been all right, but the way it ended up wasn’t fair to us,” Granado said. “She (Monahans coach Patty Hall) told them they could either play one game for the championship or two games if that’s what Andrews wanted, and of course they did.

“I didn’t see and point in playing it because even if we won (the first match) we would still come in second. I know coach (Penny) Bane thought it wasn’t fair to do it the other way, but I just told them we wouldn’t play and she understood,” said Granado, who missed the first week of the season while her father was in an Odessa hospital

The Eagles’ 6-1 weekend had its up and down moments. In their loss to Andrews, Pecos won the first game, 15-12, and held a 14-8 lead in the second game only to see the Mustangs come back for an 18-16 victory. Andrews then won the third game, 15-9, and the Eagles appeared to show the after-effects of that in their next match against Clint.

After taking a 3-0 lead in the opening game, Pecos allowed their district rivals to roll off 15 straight points to earn the victory. But then the Eagles came back and routed the Lions, 15-1, and then rallied from a 7-2 hole to win the deciding match, 15-12.

After that, Pecos then did to Monahans what Andrews had done to them a few hours earlier. The Eagles lost the opening game 15-10 and trailed in Game 2, 14-7, only to rally for a 16-14 victory. They then followed that up with another 16-14 win over the Loboes, in which they had to come back from an 11-5 deficit.

Pecos’ only two game match of the tournament was Saturday morning, when they defeated Van Horn, 15-8, 15-6. Then, it was back to three game matches for the Eagles, who beat Big Spring, 15-7, 9-15, 15-9 and then took Trinity Christian, 9-15, 15-9, 15-11.

The three-game matches made one concession to time, in that the deciding games were played under `speed-up rules’ in which all side-outs, including serves into the net or over the back line, counted as points for the other team. That benefited the better-serving team overall, which helped the Eagles a little bit in their win over Clint and a lot in their victory against Monahans.

On Saturday, Valenzuela said, “We pretty much did it on our own (in the third game). They had a few mistakes, but we played a lot smarter against Big Spring and Lubbock Trinity.

“When Philly (Fobbs) was hitting, they started sitting back and waiting on her and she started dinking it on them,” Valenzuela said. “Both she and D’Andra (Ortega) did well blocking-wise, and our defense finally started moving, which was our main problem. The girls started looking at the hitters better and reacting.”

“I don’t know why, we get things going for a while and then it stops,” said Valenzuela who took her team into the locker room between games after both their opening loss to Clint and their second game loss to Big Spring.

“After the second game I took them into the dressing room to talk to them and they played well after that. They passed, set and the hitters found the hole,” said Valenzuela. She added that Dee Dee Molinar was named Outstanding Setter for the tournament, Becky Gonzales was named Outstanding Defensive Player and Fobbs won the Outstanding Hitter award.

While the varsity went undefeated in an unusual manner on Saturday, the Eagles’ junior varsity and freshman teams also won all their games Saturday, though in different brackets of their tournaments after pool play in Monahans.

The JV ended up in the consolation bracket after pool play Friday, and beat Kermit for the consolation title, while the freshmen did get to face Andrews in the championship game of their division, and defeated the Mustangs to claim the title.

The Eagles will take their 8-1 season record back on the road Tuesday, for a pair of matches in Midland against the Snyder Tigers and Lee Rebels. Pecos’ home opener will be on Friday, in pool round play at the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament.

May makes Woods work for PGA title

AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 21, 2000 — The only question left for Tiger Woods  in major championships may be how he wins them. 

If they're anything like the PGA Championship, golf is in for a treat.

Blowout wins in the U.S. Open and British Open gave way Sunday to a thrilling duel down the stretch before Woods edged Bob May by a stroke in a three-hole playoff to win his third straight major title.

It was the fifth major overall for Woods, but this show may have been his finest.

"It was one memorable battle," Woods said. "Birdie-for-birdie, shot-for-shot, we were going right at each other."

Woods barely had a chance to hold the Wanamaker trophy aloft, though, and he was already being asked the question that may haunt his career.

What's next?

Four majors in a year, of course — something no one has ever done. Or a second green jacket at Augusta that would give Woods four in a row — and an argument that four straight qualifies as a Grand Slam no matter whether they are all in the same year.

"I'd like to think it does," Woods said. "But that's not up to me to say."

At the age of 24, Woods cemented his spot in golf lore even further by matching May birdie for birdie down the stretch before going three extra holes to claim his fifth major championship.

Unlike his romps at Pebble Beach and St. Andrews, this one was never decided until Woods came out of a greenside bunker for par on the final playoff hole to beat May by a shot.

"I think it's got to go down as one of the best duels in the game, in major championships," Woods said.

The huge throngs cheering wildly would find it hard to argue. And so would May, whose back-nine 31 gave him his third straight 66 but left him in only a tie after the regulation 72 holes with a PGA-record 18-under 270.

"I think if you shoot three 66s in a major you should win," he said. "But you are playing against the best player in the world, and he proved that is not good enough."

Woods used only 15 putts over his last 12 holes — and both he and May made stirring birdie putts on the final hole of regulation — to finish his own personal Grand Slam of scoring records in major championships.

He lost the lead early in the round and didn't regain it until the first overtime hole, when a 25-footer for birdie sent him prancing and pointing at the hole in glee.

If it weren't for a 15-footer he made for par on the 15th hole of regulation, though, May might be holding the Wanamaker Cup instead. After Woods made the par putt, May missed his 4-footer for birdie and what could have been a three-shot lead with three to go was only one.

"Ball game is on now," caddie Steve Williams told Woods as they walked off the green.

Indeed it was. Two holes later, Woods would hit a sand wedge to 4 feet and make the birdie putt to tie.

It merely set the stage for the drama on 18, when both players hit the par-5 with their second shots but both faced long efforts over tall ridges to get close to the hole.

May, who got his tour card only last fall and had only one European Tour win to his credit, hit his first to the back fringe 18 feet away. Woods then got his to 6 feet.

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