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Friday, September 29, 2000 

Pecos hosts Mountain View,seeks tie for first

PECOS, Sept. 30, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles get a rare Saturday home match this weekend, and get  a chance to get back into a tie for first place in the District 2-4A  standings, when they host the El Paso Mountain View Lobos in freshmen, junior  varsity and varsity matches.

Play will start with the ninth graders at 2 p.m., and the JV and varsity contests beginning at about 3:30 and 5 p.m. in the new PHS gym.

For the first two seasons of district play, the Eagles have played all but two of their Saturday matches in the El Paso area, and have only lost once, last season at Clint. In contrast, the Eagles have lost three times at home during that same span, including their district opener 10 days ago against the Lions.

"Maybe I should load them on a bus and drive them around a while before we play on Saturday," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, whose team bounced back from their loss to Clint with a strong effort last Saturday at Fabens, then were a little less sharp at home on Tuesday, but still posted a 15-8, 15-8 win over Canutillo.

One of the road games the Eagles didn't play on Saturday was last year against Mountain View. The referees didn't show up that day, and Pecos had to make the 180-mile trip back to El Paso at the end of the season to face the Lobos, who were battling San Elizario for the final District 2-4A playoff berth.

This year, the Lobos can take a big step towards winning the 2-4A title with a victory in Pecos on Saturday. After a three-win season in 1998, Mountain View lost a playoff for third last year, and so far in 2000 are 3-0 in district, having knocked off Clint in three games on Tuesday, 15-9, 12-15, 15-5.

Junior Diana Gonzales is the Lobos' leading hitter and was a first-team all-district pick last season, while setter Diana Cineseros also earned all-district honors as a sophomore. Both have been on the varsity since Mountain View's 3-21 season in 1998, and the Lobos have two other regulars back from last year in Laura Torres and Marlee Garcia.

The Eagles may be without hitter Ashley Salcido for the third straight game due to back problems, though Granado said Pecos was able to get through the first six-weeks grading period unharmed.

Swimmers open season at EP Montwood

PECOS, Sept. 30, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' swimming team opens its 2000-2001 season  by taking a trip out to El Paso on Saturday for a dual meet against  the Montwood Rams, the first of three dual meets to kick off the  new season.

The trip to El Paso is one of two on Pecos' schedule this year, one less than the Eagles faced having to make when they were realigned into District 1-4A with El Paso High, El Paso Burges, Bowie, Ysleta, Parkland, Riverside and new Class 4A school El Paso Chapin. Pecos, the only District 2-4A school with a swim team, appealed that move and were allowed to stay in District 3-4A with Monahans, Fort Stockton, Andrews, Big Spring, Seminole and Abilene Wylie.

The Eagles come into the season as the defending District 3-4A and Region I-4A champs on the boys' side, and finished fifth last February in the first-ever Class 4A Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin. Pecos' girls were second both at district and regional to Monahans last season.

Montwood placed third in District 2-5A last season, and like the Eagles fared better in the boys' division at district and regionals. Coach Terri Morse said she would have about 80 percent of her team available on Saturday.

"They're not doing diving, so I'm not taking the ones who only dive." she said. "Eventually, I'll have about 37 on the team, but I have a few right now who are in other sports."

After Saturday, the Eagles will have their home opener next Thursday against Odessa Permian, then host Fort Stockton in a dual meet two weeks later. This year's Pecos Invitational is scheduled for Nov. 10-11, and the District 3-4A meet will be on Jan. 26-27 at Big Spring.

JV suffers strange loss to Loboes

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 30, 2000 -- Things got a little chippy and/or a little strange at Eagle Stadium  and Crockett Middle School Thursday, as Pecos' eighth grade and  junior varsity teams dropped games to the Monahans Loboes.

Over in Monahans, things were just rough, period, for Pecos' freshman football team, while Crockett's seventh graders fared much better, splitting a pair of low-scoring games against the Loboes' junior high squad.

The JV ended up having two of their linemen ejected on what was a game-tying interception for Pecos, and Monahans then ran up the middle for a 43-yard touchdown following a turnover in their 26-20 victory. Over at Crockett, the Eagles and Loboes had words at the finish of the `A' game, won by Monahans 26-12, after they took Thursday's `B' game, 24-12.

Up in Monahans, the Loboes beat Pecos' freshmen, 51-13, while the seventh grade `A' team blanked Monahans, 6-0, and the `B' team dropped a 14-6 decision.

None of the Pecos coaches could figure out what happened on Erza Varela's 32-yard interception return for a touchdown. Peter Juarez passed to John Saenz for the tying two point conversion, but by then linemen Hugo Rodriguez and Tomas Valles had been tossed from the game, over the strong protests of the Pecos coaches who said neither player did anything wrong.

The ejections were part of a strange night as far as the scoring went. Juarez and Ricky Plummer hooked up on a 29-yard TD pass in the second period, but then Monahans scored two times in the final five seconds of the half, both on passes over the middle to the tight end. The first came on a 11-yard fourth down play and the second off a 32 yard pass as time expired, after the Loboes recovered an onside kick.

The Loboes tacked on another TD after an interception early in the third period, before the Eagles tied the game on the recovery of a blocked punt in the end zone by Robert Natividad and Varela's interception return.

Monahans led all the way in the eighth grade games. Pecos' `A' team scores came on a 10-yard Jacob Marquez run and a TD run by Robbie Saldana, while the `B' team got both their touchdowns on runs by Rashad Terry, the last covering 94 yards in the closing minute of play.

The freshmen fell behind Monahans 36-0 at the half before each team scored two touchdowns in the final two periods. Oscar Parada ran in a touchdown and Joe Marruffo caught a TD pass for the ninth graders.

"We came alive in the second half, but we were just too slow starting," said coach Steve Cross, who added that due to grades, the freshmen and junior varsity teams would probably be combined for the next three weeks.

The seventh graders got the only score in the `A' game on a 10-yard TD pass from Joshua Anchondo to Isaac Gutierrez, while Javier Mendoza threw four yards to Genaro Reyna for the `B' team's touchdown.

"They got up on us early. They scored in the first three minutes of the game," coach Robbie Ortega said of the `B' team's loss. In the `A' game, "We played real well, except that penalties and dropped passes killed our drives. The defense played real well, and kept Monahans at bay. They didn't move the ball on us."

Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eagles' varsity goes to Monahans to take on the Loboes. Monahans is 1-2 on the season and had last week off, after a 42-7 loss at Midland Greenwood on Sept. 15. Pecos is 2-2 following their 37-8 win last Friday over Presidio, and tonight's game marks the halfway point of the season for the Eagles. They'll take next week off, then resume play with their homecoming and District 2-4A opener on Oct. 13 against the Clint Lions.

This is also the first week of the season that all six District 2-4A teams are in action. Clint goes to El Paso High, while Canutillo hosts El Paso Austin, Fabens plays at Santa Teresa, N.M., El Paso Mountain View goes to El Paso Burges and San Elizario is at El Paso Bowie.

Clint (1-2) at El Paso High (2-1): The Lions run a little more this season than they have in the past, but they still try to outscore you to win games. Last Friday, they almost did that to Cathedral, cutting the lead to 28-27 before a blocked extra point was returned for the game's final two points in a 30-27 victory. Jesus Grijalva has become the Lions' main rushing threat, running for 259 yards in two-plus games.

El Paso High may be the surprise of District 1-4A this season. They routed Canutillo in their opener and last week defeated El Paso Austin by a 31-14 final score. The Tigers ran for 317 yards last week, with Christian Valenzuela and Manny Pacillas both gaining about 100 yards on the night.

El Paso Austin (1-2) at Canutillo (1-2): The Golden Eagles took last week off after a 28-17 loss to El Paso Burges, which intercepted a Julian Lopez pass on the final play of the game and returned it for their last touchdown. Before then, Lopez had thrown for 166 yards and two touchdowns, but Canutillo was held to just 47 yards rushing by Burges' defense.

Austin upset El Paso Ysleta two weeks ago, 21-7, as Irving Campbell ran for 230 yards. Last week, Campbell got himself run off the field in the first quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct in their loss to El Paso High.

Fabens (2-2) at Santa Teresa (0-3): Will Vicente Macias go into district play in two weeks with over 1,000 yards rushing for the season? That's about the only big question surrounding tonight's game. Santa Teresa has played three 2-4A teams _ Canutillo, San Elizario and Mountain View _ and has been outscored 115-6, with just over half that total coming a week ago in their 56-6 loss to the Lobos. Macias has run for 693 yards in four games this year.

Macias ran for 244 yards against District 2-4A favorite El Paso Parkland last week, and overall Fabens gained 375 yards on the ground against the Matadors. But just like last season, the Wildcats couldn't finish off their drives and were beaten by a 24-19 score. The Wildcats allowed just over 330 total yards to the unbeaten Mats, who had put up 35 points on Mountain View and San Elizario earlier this season.

El Paso Mountain View (1-2) at El Paso Burges (1-2): Outside of their win over Canutillo, the Mustangs have gotten hammered by Class 5A schools El Paso Hanks (42-14) and El Paso Montwood (35-3) in their other two games. Burges scored first last week on a 42-yard Danny Pacheco field goal, but were outgained on the night by Montwood, 402 yards to 138. Against Canutillo, quarterback Willie Mata ran for one touchdown and threw for two others.

Mountain View bounced back with last week's rout of Santa Teresa after opening losses to El Paso Cathedral and Parkland. Jose Garcia ran for 113 yards last week, while Arturo Muniz has throw for 521 yards in three games.

San Elizario (2-1) at El Paso Bowie (2-1): Two years ago, the Eagles showed things were changing with a win at Bowie, their first-ever victory over a Class 4A opponent. Last year, San Elizario won the District 2-4A title and after an opening loss to Parkland, has routed Santa Teresa and Deming, N.M., in their last two games by a combined 87-6 score. Frankie Tapia ran for 140 yards in last week's rout of Deming, a game that turned around when the Wildcats fumbled away the ball on the San Elizario 6-yard-line in the second period, down 14-6.

Bowie has struggled through two rough years, but put up 49 points on Clint two weeks ago and last Friday beat rival El Paso Jefferson, 31-14. Ricky Tuda has run for 403 yards in the past two games, and the Bears held the Silver Foxes too just 100 yards in total offense a week ago.

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