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Friday, September 14, 2001

Freshmen, 8th grade Eagles get first wins

Staff Writer

Three of the Pecos Eagles' sub-varsity football teams got their  first wins of the 2001 season on Thursday, while another came  close to rallying at the finish for their first win of the year.

The Eagles' freshmen and eighth grade teams got their first wins, the ninth graders by a 40-0 score at home over the Alpine Bucks and the eighth graders against two different schools, with the purple team winning in Alpine, 36-6, and the gold team beating Crane at home, 6-0.

Also down in Alpine, Pecos' seventh graders were beaten by Alpine, 14-0, while at Eagle Stadium, the junior varsity came close to a three-touchdown rally against the Bucks before losing, 23-20.

The freshmen played first in Pecos on Thursday and jumped out to a 32-0 halftime lead, as five different players scored touchdowns for the Eagles. Rashad Terry ran in from 50 yards out in the first period and Chad Evans caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Saul Pina after that for a 12-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Tito Gonzales scored on a 53-yard run and moments later Gilbert Solis intercepted an Alpine pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown. Evans caught his second TD pass of the day from Pina before halftime, this one from 17 yards out, and Lou Almadar had an 11-yard touchdown catch from Jack Bradley in the fourth quarter.

Joel Martinez and Mark Navarette had two point conversion runs after Solis' and Almadar's scores for the ninth graders, who are 1-1-1 on the season.

The JV was tied with Alpine at halftime, 6-6, but then saw the Bucks use two long scores, including an 85-yard pass play on 3rd-and-18, to take a 21-6 lead. Pecos came back to within a point, on Bino Barreno's second touchdown run of the game, from five yards out, and got to within a point two minutes later, on a 37-yard Jose Reyes pass from Lionel Abila after the Bucks fumbled the ensuing kickoff.

But a low pass foiled the try for a tying extra point, and instead Alpine intercepted a two-point conversion pass and ran it back for a 23-20 lead. Pecos would get two more tries at the end zone, the last following an interception with under two minutes to play, but after reaching the Bucks' 35, Reyes' fourth down pass was intercepted. The loss dropped the JV to 0-2-1 on the year.

The eighth grade teams are both 1-1 after their wins. Josh Payan had a four-yard touchdown run in the first half, and the Eagles picked up a safety on defense in the closing minutes after losing the ball on downs inside the Cranes' five yard line. In the purple game at Alpine, Pecos took a 24-0 halftime lead as Josh Anchondo scored three times, including once on a kickoff return. And Eddie Vela also had a TD for Pecos.

The seventh grader purple team is 0-1-1 after being shut out for the second straight week. However, this time, they were unable to do the same to their opponent, as Alpine scored once in the second period and once in the fourth quarter. The seventh grade gold team game against Crane was cancelled because of a lack of players for Crane.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. varsity football game between Pecos (1-1) and Alpine (2-0) is the only District 2-4A contest of the night. Four of the five other 2-4A games were canceled on Wednesday, and the Fabens-Canutillo contest was canceled Thursday morning.

Eagles seek win streak going into district play

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will try to go into the District 2-4A portion of their 2001 season on a three-game winning streak, when they host the Kermit Yellowjackets and Presidio Blue Devils on Saturday at the Pecos High School gym.

Play is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with Pecos playing the first and final matches, while the Jackets and Blue Devils face each other in-between. The Eagles' junior varsity and freshman teams also are scheduled to play Kermit and Presidio on Saturday.

Pecos goes to Clint on Tuesday for their district opener, and came into this week having won only four of their first 19 matches. But the Eagles were able to score a 15-6, 15-7 win at home on Tuesday over Fort Stockton, and coach Becky Granado said she hoped a team meeting the day before helped solve some of Pecos' communication problems.

"They had a team meeting (Monday) to clear up things that were bothering them," she said. "I think they started understanding each other better and that's what teamwork is all about."

One of Pecos' five wins so far this season came against Kermit, last month in the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, and the Eagles also defeated the Jackets in pool round play of their own Cantaloupe Classic Tournament the following week. They have yet to face Presidio this season.

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