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Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Eagles seek better results in Midland

PECOS, Aug. 22, 2000 -- Two matches in one day counts as a breather for the Pecos  Eagles, compared to the number of games they played this past weekend at  the Monahans Sandhills Tournament. But they'll be playing in a place  that has offered them little in the way of relief the past couple of  seasons, when they travel to Midland to face the Lee Rebels and Snyder  Tigers, starting at 4:30 p.m.

After sweeping their season opening matches from Alpine and Odessa High a week ago, the Eagles dropped their opening match in three games to Andrews on Friday, then came back to win five matches over the next two days before running out of matches allowed in one day under University Interscholastic League rules.

Pecos beat former district rivals Monahans and Big Spring, current district rival Clint and Midland Trinity in three games and swept Van Horn to earn a championship game rematch with Andrews. But since the Eagles could not play a deciding game in the double-elimination tournament without violating UIL rules, coach Becky Granado opted to default the championship to the Mustangs.

"Our biggest problem this season has been on defense, but we looked better there on Saturday," said coach Veronica Valenzuela, who handled the varsity squad last week while Granado was in Odessa, where her father is hospitalized. "We've got some juniors out there for the first time who are a little unsure of what to do, but hopefully the older players will pick them up."

The 7-1 start for Pecos is their best in four years, but they figure to get tested today by the Tigers and Rebels, who have swept the Eagles in the three-way match-up each of the past two seasons.

Lee has been on the wrong end of a bunch of close games so far in 2000, but has played a tough early schedule and will have the home court advantage tonight. Midland went 2-4 in pool play this past Friday and 0-2 in matches on Saturday at the Ector County ISD Tournament, falling to San Angelo Central, 16-14, 15-13, and Amarillo Palo Duro 15-13, 16-14, in their consolation round matches. The Rebels are 0-3 on the season after a 18-16, 15-13 loss to Seminole in their season opener.

Snyder, meanwhile, placed third this past weekend at the Bev Bell Classic in Abilene, defeating Arlington Bowie in their final match after a loss to Springtown in the semifinals. The Tigers went 6-0 in pool round play on Friday, while Ashley Deke was named to the all-tournament team. The Tigers are 2-2 on the season with their other loss coming at the hands of Abilene High.

Pecos' junior varsity will also take on the Rebels and Tigers in Midland today, while the freshman Eagles will go to Crane for a pair of late afternoon games. The freshmen won their division of the Sandhills Tournament on Saturday, while the JV took the consolation title in their division over the weekend.

Pecos freshmen stonewall Cavemen rushers

PECOS, Aug. 22, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' freshman football team made their first road  trip of the 2000 season an enjoyable one on Saturday, as they went up  to Carlsbad and came away with a 3-2 victory over the ninth  grade Cavemen.

Coach Steve Cross said the Eagles actually played better on defense than the final score indicated. "It wasn't an accurate picture of what happened. On the ground we held them to under 60 yards," he said.

"We got off to kind of a slow start, but just accelerated all the way through," he added.

"They had two big pass plays they scored on, one on the final play of the first series and one on the final play of the second series," Cross said, both of which covered about 35 yards. "They couldn't run on us at all."

Pecos first team offense was shut out on their opening series by the Cavemen, but the Eagles did score once in the second series, on a 31-yard run by Joe Marruffo, and then scored twice during the goal line portion of the scrimmage, something that was not part of the JV or varsity scrimmages in Pecos.

Cross said John Parent passed 10 yards to Lionel Abila on the first play of the goal line series, and Oscar Parada ran in from six yard out on the fourth play for the Eagles' other score. Overall, Pecos gained a little over 200 yards on offense during the scrimmage, while Carlsbad was held to under 150.

"Carlsbad had about minus-19 yards in goal line. Every time we hit them we knocked them back," he said.

"We had a real good day. The boys were very aggressive, very coachable and very smart, as well as having a good attitude," said Cross.

The freshmen will open their 2000 regular season on Aug. 31, along with the JV, as they host the Kermit Yellowjackets. The Eagles' varsity opens their regular season schedule the following night, at Walton Field in Kermit.

Jones may let Hayes into Ring

HOUSTON, Aug. 22, 2000 (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones  is reportedly considering adding troubled wide recover Bob Hayes  to the team's hallowed Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium, which could  provide the precedent for allowing Michael Irvin into the ring. 

"Right now, I'm considering Bob for the Ring of Honor, and I believe he deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, too," Jones told the Houston Chronicle in Tuesday's editions. "He's at the top of my list."

What could earn Hayes, who played from for the Cowboys from 1965-74, a spot would be the team records held by the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Hayes leads the Cowboys in receptions by a rookie (46), receiving yards by a rookie (1,003), touchdowns as a rookie (12), career receiving touchdowns (71) and longest reception for a touchdown (95 yards).

He is tied with running back Tony Dorsett for most touchdowns by a rookie (13) and is third on the list of players with most seasons leading the team in touchdowns (4), leading the team in receiving yards (5), and in career touchdowns (76).

The speedy Hayes has also been credited with spurring teams to use zone defense rather than man-on-man coverage.

What could keep him out is a post-Cowboys drug conviction that landed him in jail for 10 months and three trips to rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse.

"It's easy to sit here and think of all the reasons to not do it," Jones said. "What's hard is to look at someone (Hayes) who, by every right, should qualify for our Ring of Honor."

The Ring of Honor around Texas Stadium was established by former Cowboys president Texas Schramm for "former players and coaches who made outstanding contributions to the club." Schramm considered character and morals factors for being allowed into the ring.

Over the Cowboys' 40-year history, only 10 players have been inducted into the Ring of Honor. They include Tom Landry, Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Mel Renfro, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Don Meredith, Don Perkins, Chuck Howley and Lee Roy Jordan.

But according to the Chronicle, even Schramm has said he believes Hayes deserves to be in the Ring of Honor.

Since buying the Cowboys in 1989, Jones has inducted four of them — Landry, Dorsett, Jordan and White.

As far as Irvin — who won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, but also tarnished the team's with a 1996 arrest for cocaine possession — Jones said it is too early to consider him.

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