Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, November 2, 2000
Bears again get win by forfeit
PECOS, Nov. 2, 2000 -- They didn't play last week, and they're not going
to play this week, but the Balmorhea Bears are now on the edge of being
assured of playing in two weeks, when the six-man high school football
playoffs get underway.
The Bears, who were idle on purpose a week ago, get
another Friday off this week, as for the second year in a row their game against
the Sierra Blanca Vaqueros has been canceled. Sierra Blanca was forced
to forfeit the game due to a lack of players, after also forfeiting their
game a week ago against the Sanderson Eagles.
The Bears will now await what figures to be a battle for the
District 8-A six-man title next Friday at home against Sanderson. Both teams
are 2-0 in district, pending Balmorhea's official forfeit win over Sierra
Blanca as of Friday night and the Eagles' home game against Marathon.
A win by Sanderson would clinch playoff spots for both
themselves and the Bears, while Marathon, with a 2-1 district mark could still have
a shot at a playoff berth if they win their final regular season game
over the Eagles. Marathon would could then earn a post-season berth
with a Balmorhea win next week over Sanderson, while a loss by the
Bears to the Eagles would jumble things up, leaving all three teams with
3-1 marks and forcing a tie-breaker to decided the district's two
While the playoff qualifiers could be settled this Friday with
a Sanderson win, the Bears won't know their bi-district opponent
until next Friday, after their game with the Eagles and the final regular
season game in District 7-A, between Grandfalls and Sands. Both teams
are 3-0 in district and could clinch playoff berths with wins on Friday,
before facing each other to close out regular season play on Nov. 10.
Balmorhea lost at Sands back in September by a 33-31 score, and
then won at home two weeks later over their former district rival by a
62-38 score, for the Bears' first victory over Grandfalls since 1995.
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