Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, September 6, 2001
Bears opening at home against No. 2 Panthers
The Balmorhea Bears have a chance to make a statement early in the 2001
football season Friday night, when they play their home opener against the
Whitharral Panthers, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Whitharral is the state's No. 2 ranked team in six-man football, behind
only Panther Creek, and won their season opener over Happy last Friday by
a 52-7 final score. Balmorhea, meanwhile, is unranked, but is expected to
battle No. 4 Sanderson for the District 8-A six man title this season.
"It could be (a big game) as far as the polls go, but we'll see in the
long run what takes place," said Bears' coach Ennis Erickson, whose team
opened their 2001 season last Friday with a 46-0 win at Imperial.
The Bears grabbed 18-0 and 32-0 leads after the first two quarters, and
then scored their final two touchdowns in the fourth period, to end the game
under the 45-point rule. Five different Balmorhea players had touchdowns
last Friday, and the Bears' defense held the Longhorns without a pass completion.
Doing that against Whitharral figures to be a lot tougher. Panther's passer
Jordan Barker threw for three scores a week ago, two of them to Brandon Hoskins
of 24- and 26-yards. Will Kristinek also had a touchdown pass in the victory,
and ran for another score.
"They seem to like to pass more than in the past," said Erickson, whose
team will be facing the Panthers for the third year in a row. They rallied
from an 18-point second half deficit two years ago to defeat Whitharral on
the final play of the game, 35-34, but were shut out by the Panthers last
season in Whitharral, 45-0. The Panthers ended up reaching the state semifinals
before losing to Highland.
Eagles jr. high football teams open seasons
The Pecos Eagles' junior high football teams will open their 2001 seasons
this afternoon, with games against the Fort Stockton Cubs in Pecos and Fort
Pecos' freshmen and junior varsity teams will also be playing tonight,
with the ninth graders at home and the JV on the road, as both teams look
for their first victories after season-opening ties a week ago.
The Crockett Middle School seventh graders will join the JV in making
the drive down U.S. 285 to Fort Stockton. The gold team will play at 4 p.m.,
followed by the purple team at 5:30 at the Fort Stockton Middle School Field.
Pecos' eighth graders will be at the Crockett field for their gold and purple
games, also starting at 4 and 5:30 p.m., while the freshmen and junior varsity
teams will begin their games at 6 p.m. at the high school fields.
The JV made it only a little over halfway through their season-opening
game at Kermit a week ago, as thunderstorms stopped play with the teams tied
at 8-8. Jose Reyes passed to Lionel Abila for the Eagles' lone touchdown,
with Beno Barreno getting the tying two-point conversion after Kermit had
taken an 8-0 lead.
Pecos' freshmen ended up in a scoreless tie last Thursday at Carlsbad,
after beating the Cavemen freshman squad in a scrimmage game, 2-1, two weeks
earlier. Tonight's game is the first of four straight home games for the
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