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Monday, September 18, 2000 

Eagles show little life in 6-0 overtime loss

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 16, 2000 -- Maintaining focus for more than a couple of weeks at a time has  been a problem over the years for the Pecos Eagles football team.

The latest case in point was Friday night, when a completely flat Eagle squad came out for their home opener against the Alpine Bucks and were outplayed for most of the night, falling in overtime, 6-0, on D.T. Dominguez' 24-yard touchdown pass to Roman Rodriguez.

"We should have won by four touchdowns," said an angry coach Gary Grubbs, who said his team appeared unfocused throughout the entire week leading up the game.

"We did not have good workouts. The coaches told them every day they had to pick it up and they did not pick it up," he said. "We told them all week long you're going to win the game Friday by how you practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but it didn't sink in."

Unlike the previous week's 26-20 OT defeat at Fort Stockton, when Pecos battled back from a series of second quarter mistakes that put them in a 20-7 hole, the Eagles showed little signs of life even when Alpine's errors gave them first downs twice inside the 15-yard-line. They ran just two plays that gained more than 10 yards on the night — an 18-yard run by Daniel Terrazas that was immediately nullified by a fumble on the next play, and an 11-yard run by Jason Carrillo near the end of regulation, when Pecos was facing a 1st-and-25 deep in their own end and the Bucks were playing their defense back.

Carrillo did have a 37-yard run in the first period and Omar Luna ran 80 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage. Both went for scores, but both were called back due to holding penalties, the only penalties of the night for Pecos until late in the game.

Pecos had three other chances inside the Bucks' 20-yard-line. The first, in the third quarter came after a bad punt snap gave the Eagles the ball at the Bucks' 10, ended with Pecos going 23 yards in the wrong direction and losing the ball, when Richard Rodriguez was sacked an fumbled. The second was early in the fourth quarter after Terrazas recovered a Buck fumble at midfield. His 18-yard run and an earlier nine-yarder by Carrillo set Pecos up with a 1st-and-goal at the 10, but Rodriguez fumbled the snap, which Tayln Muench recovered to kill the threat.

The last one was in final overtime, after a pass interference call against Kevin Wood on a Rodriguez pass to Tye Edwards. But the Eagles gained just three yards on their next three plays, and Matthew Levario's 30-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

Alpine then took over and after going five yards backwards on a procedure call they were bailed out when Terrazas was called for interference against Ramon Rodriguez on a 3rd-and 15 pass at the 24-yard line. That gave the Bucks new life, and while they would be flagged one more time for holding, Dominguez came back on the next play and found Rodriguez, who beat two Eagle defenders down the right sideline for the winning score.

While the Bucks were by far the more focused team Friday, they shot themselves in the foot as many times or more than Pecos. Alpine picked off the first two passes by quarterback Freddy Torres, with Raul Tucker returning the second one 41 yards to the Eagles' 1. But the Bucks were then flagged for illegal procedure before they could get off a snap, and two plays later Dominguez threw into traffic at the goal line and was picked off by Adan Salgado, who returned the ball to the Eagles' 10.

Torres was starting for injured quarterback Alex Garcia, but lasted only into the second period. He was pulled after pitching the ball back to Carrillo in the end zone on an option play at the Pecos 2. The Eagles back was swarmed on by six Alpine defenders for what should have been a safety, but one of the six managed to grab Carrillo's facemask for a 15-yard penalty and a first down, nullifying the safety.

While Rodriguez took over for Torres after that, Grubbs was quick not to blame the sophomore for the Eagles' problems.

"I'll tell you one thing, we aren't going to pin this loss on any one kid. There were 30 kids out there who lost the ballgame," he said.

Overall on the night, Pecos failed to complete a pass in eight tries and were held to just 85 yards total offense while committing six turnovers. Alpine linebacker Heli Contreras spent most of the night roaming free in the Eagles' backfield, as the Bucks posted their third straight shutout to start the season.

Alpine, meanwhile had four turnovers and 227 yards in total offense — not a bad number for Pecos' defense, which spent at least 35 of the game's 48-plus minutes on the field — but was more yards than the Bucks had managed against either of their first two opponents, Anthony or Van Horn.

After the opening period, Alpine was able to move the ball enough to get out of holes in their own end of the field, and pin Pecos back when their drives were stopped. Other than the blown chance after the interception, the Bucks' best scoring opportunity came late in the fourth period, after Robert Rodriguez returned a Richard Rodriguez fumble off an option keeper to the Pecos 30. Dominguez passed 13 yards to George Keller for a first down before the drive stalled, and the Bucks then botched a 25-yard field goal attempt by Victor Torres on a high snap with 3 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

The second straight overtime loss left the Eagles with a 1-2 season record going into Friday's home game against Presidio, which beat Marfa last week to end a losing streak dating back to the 1998 season.

at Pecos
Pecos             0    0    0    0    0    - 0
Alpine            0    0    0    0    6    - 6

Alp.- Rm. Rodriguez 24 pass from Dominguez (no  kick attempted).

                              Alp            Pec
First Downs                     13              5
Rushes-Yds                  44-123          36-85
Passing Yds                    104              0
Passes                      8-22-1          0-8-2
Punts-Yds                   3-37.7         6-36.7
Fumbles-lost                   3-3            6-4
Penalties-Yds            10-101           5-42     

- Alpine, Keller 17-63, Dominguez  8-36, Clanton 2-16, Torres 9-14, Ramon 2-5, Tucker 1-4,  Meunch 1-2, Navarette 1-0, Vega 1-(-1), Rm. Rodriguez  1-(-2), Pittman 1-(-14). Pecos, Terrazas 7-37, Carrillo 12-35,  Lara 11-13, Torres 1-0, Rodriguez 5-(-7).
PASSING - Alpine, Dominguez 8-22-1-104. Pecos,  Torres 0-4-2-0, Rodriguez 0-3-0-0, Juarez 0-1-0-0. 
RECEIVING - Alpine, Mata 2-30, Ramon 2-9,  Rm. Rodriguez 1-24, Vega 1-17, Keller 1-13, Funk 1-11. 
MISSED FIELD GOALS - Pecos, Levario 25 (blocked).

Pecos wakes up in time to earn split

PECOS, Sept. 18, 2000 -- Pro teams sometimes suffer jet lag during games on road  trips. Saturday, the Pecos Eagles volleyball team apparently  had "fiesta lag" going into their road matches with the Denver  City Mustangs and Plains Cowgirls.

"We were very flat. Listening to them in the van on the way  up, they stayed out late with the (16th of September) festivities on,"  said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, and the results showed on the court  at Plains High School Saturday afternoon. Pecos was swept  by Denver City in their opener, 16-14, 15-7, then woke up in time to  win the second game over Plains, 14-16, 15-12, 15-13 in their  final matches before the start of District 2-4A play.

The Eagles' coach said the problem against the Cowboys were mainly on offense. "In reality, we played much better on defense. We got to some balls I didn't think we would pick up. On offense we were making a lot of mental mistakes and hitting the ball out."

Pecos rallied from an 8-3 deficit in Game 1 against the Mustangs to take a 14-10 lead, only to see Denver City come back and score six straight points for the victory. In Game 2, the Mustangs turned a 4-4 tie into an 11-4 lead, and the Eagles never got closer than five points after that.

As a result of the loss to Denver City, Granado said, "I changed the lineup when we played Plains. I took Philly (Fobbs) out and started D'Andra up front. I had D'Andra and Michelle (Saenz) opposite each other, and that kind of woke Philly up."

The opening game against the Cowgirls was almost the same as Game 1 against Denver City. Pecos held a 14-13 lead, but Plains then scored three straight points to get the win. But in the second and third games, the Eagles were able to come through at the end, breaking a 13-all tie in Game 2 and a 12-12 tie in Game 3.

"You could tell we looked a lot better in the second game, even though the score was close," said Granado, who put Fobbs in for Ashley Salcido, after she strained a muscle in Game 2. "She came in towards the end of the second game and got out there and started pounding the ball, and it was just kind of contagious. Everybody wanted to pound the ball," Granado said.

The split put the Eagles at 18-6 on the season going into their district opener at home against Clint on Tuesday. The Lions swept Pecos in district last season to win the 2-4A title, after Pecos won a non-district match earlier in the year.

The Eagles also beat Clint in non-district play at the start of this season, and Granado is hoping the Lions don't reverse that result for the second year in a row.

"I think they're starting to realize if you're not going to produce out there, you're going to be on the bench," the Eagles' coach said.

Missed kick in OT spoils Bears' rally

PECOS, Sept. 18, 2000 -- A missed extra point kick in overtime was the difference for the  Balmorhea Bears Friday night, as they dropped their second game in a row on the  road, this one by a 33-31 score to the Sands Mustangs.

Balmorhea scored on their overtime possession, on the third touchdown pass of the night from Jerry Mendoza to Isaiah Rodriguez, covering 24 yards, but the Bears' extra point kick was blocked and the Mustangs then won it, when Junior Martinez was able to make his two-point kick, following Cesar Martinez' 7-yard touchdown run.

The blocked kick spoiled a fourth quarter comeback from a two-touchdown deficit for the Bears. Sands led 26-12 when Balmorhea scored on a 20-yard pass from Mendoza to Rodriguez, and then made their only two-point kick of the night, following Billy Rodriguez' 5-yard TD run, tying the game.

Balmorhea never led in the contest, falling behind 12-6 at halftime. Adriel Ramon had a 6-yard scoring run in-between touchdown passes by Sands' Chance Nichols to Hale Looney for 15 yards and 10 yards to Junior Martinez. All three extra point tries were blocked, but in the third period Sands finally got one, after a 30-yard TD pass from Nichols to Looney.

The host Mustangs earlier had gone ahead 18-6 on a Junior Martinez one-yard TD run, before the first of the three TD passes by the Bears' a 45-yarder from Mendoza to Rodriguez.

The loss drops Balmorhea to 1-2 on the season with their final two pre-district games at home this Friday and on Sept. 29. The latter game will be a match-up with former District 8-A foe Grandfalls, but this week's game probably has more importance _ a non-district contest against district rival Dell City, who the Bears are expected to battle for the runner-up playoff berth in 8-A six man football behind Sanderson, which beat Sands on Sept. 8 at home, by a 48-24 final score.

Balmorhea will play their district game against the Cougars in Dell City next month, which will be the Bears' second trip to Dell City this season. The teams scrimmaged there last month, and the Cougars will go into this Friday's game with a 2-0 record, after taking this past Friday off.

Bears win pair over Prowlers' JV

PECOS, Sept. 18, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears volleyball team took care of Fort  Stockton's junior varsity volleyball teams on Saturday, and coach Gary  Gallego is hoping next year the Bears will be good enough to earn a shot  at the Prowlers' varsity squad.

"We beat their junior varsity A and B teams," Gallego said, as the Bears swept the Prowlers `B' team, 15-2, 15-7, then won in three games over the `A' squad, 15-8, 13-15, 15-13, at the Fort Stockton High School gym. "Fort Stockton's got 71 girls in their program, and we've only got 32 girls in our high school. We have 17 in the (volleyball) program, and I hope next year we'll be able to play their varsity and compete."

Gallego said the Bears had little trouble in the opener against a mostly-sophomore lineup of Fort Stockton players, but in the second match, "In the second and third games we got behind both times, but the girls didn't press and they played strong and were able to come back."

He said Balmorhea trailed by as many as six points in the third game before rallying for the two-point victory.

Celina Rodriguez had nine kills in the three-game victory, while she and Julia Garlick had seven apiece in the opening sweep of the Prowlers `B' junior varsity. Amber Briceno added five blocks in the second match, while setter Terri Hernandez led the Bears with 11 assists and added six ace serves in the three games, and had 31 service points overall in the two matches.

The varsity's wins improved Balmorhea's season record to 11-5. The Bears are off until Saturday, when they'll play a couple of matches against the Marathon Mustangs. Fort Stockton's did pick up a 15-3, 15-5 victory over Balmorhea's junior varsity team on Saturday.

U.S. gets swim golds, struggle in gymnastics

Associated Press Writer

SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 18, 2000 — American swimmers Lenny Krayzelburg  and Megan Quann showed they can beat the world's best. The U.S.  men's gymnastic team still can't. 

Krayzelburg and Quann each won gold medals for the United States at the Olympic pool Monday.

The gymnasts, trying to medal at a non-boycotted games for the first time since 1932, didn't even come close. They finished fifth, while China cruised to the men's team gold.

The U.S. men won the team title at Los Angeles in 1984, but most Eastern bloc nations boycotted those games.

At the aquatic center, the Ukrainian-born Krayzelburg pulled away from Australian Matthew Welsh to win the 100-meter backstroke and collect his first gold medal. His Olympic record time of 53.72 seconds was just .12 off the world mark he set at the same pool last year.

"It's better than anything I've ever done in my life," Krayzelburg said.

Quann, competing in her first Olympics at age 17, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.05.

Australian teen sensation Ian Thorpe earned a silver medal to go with two golds he already has won, but he had to be about as glum as the U.S. gymnasts.

Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband outswam Thorpe in the 200-meter freestyle, tying the world record he set the day before with a time of 1:45.35.

The 17-year-old Thorpe had thrilled his nation by setting a world mark and winning the 400 freestyle Saturday. Minutes later, he anchored the Aussie 400 free relay squad that upset the United States and smashed another world record.

Thorpe couldn't win his third gold or reclaim the record Van den Hoogenband took from him on Sunday. After two days of having his face plastered across every front page and TV screen in Australia, Thorpe finished second in 1:45.83.

While Thorpe dropped to 2-1 in Olympic events, the U.S. teams in boxing, baseball, softball, women's basketball and women's volleyball all stayed unbeaten Monday with easy victories in the early phases of their tournaments.

The United States and Olympic host Australia shared the lead in the medal count with 13 each at the end of competition Monday.

The Americans had 6 gold medals, 5 silver and 2 bronze — the Aussies 3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze. France was close behind with 12 (4-6-2) and China was next with 10 (4-1-5).


— BOXING: Six fights, six wins for the United States.

Ricardo Rocky Juarez, a 125-pounder, won his first bout Monday and so did 165-pound boxer Jeff Lacy to keep the American unbeaten streak alive at the Sydney Games. Both fights were stopped in the third round under the mercy rule because the Americans were up 15 points.

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