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Thursday, September 27, 2001

Eagles hoping to halt win streak by Loboes

Staff Writer

The tone of last year's game between the Pecos Eagles  and Monahans Loboes was pretty much set on the first play from  scrimmage, when quarterback Scott Moore dropped back and hit a quick pass  to split end Ruben Silvas, who turned it into an 83-yard touchdown play on  the way to a 34-8 victory by the Loboes over the Eagles.

Moore and Silvas have both graduated, as have most of the other Monahans running backs and receivers from a year ago. But the current group of Loboes will try to extend their team's 17-game winning streak against Pecos, when the teams meet Friday night at 8 p.m. in Eagle Stadium, in Pecos' 2001 homecoming game.

"We'll be ready for that thing. I'll drill it into their heads," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs of last season's opening play, which started the Loboes on their way to a 386-yard night on offense, the most yardage Pecos gave up in a game last season.

This season defense has been a problem in the early going for Pecos, though the Eagles hope things turned around last week in their 62-8 win at Presidio. Pecos allowed the Blue Devils only 88 yards in total offense and scored the most points for any Eagle team in a single game since 1946, while bouncing back from a pair of four-touchdown losses to Fort Stockton and Alpine.

Monahans, meanwhile, has lost twice in their first three games by 49-0 scores, to Snyder and Midland Greenwood, but in-between scored a 28-14 win over Seminole.

"They're very fundamentally sound. They have some good skill people on offense. Their running backs have good speed and they have a big wide receiver in Mark Covington," Grubbs said.

Loboes' coach Larry Hanna said the 6-foot-3, 200 pound Covington, "has got a little size to him, but he hasn't been out the last couple of years. He didn't play since junior high." Derek Carter is Monahans' other receiver.

Noah Miles is the Loboes' quarterback, and one of the few returning players from last season. He came in after Moore was hurt in the second half and threw a four-yard touchdown pass midway through the third period for the final score of the night.

Other than the game against Pecos, Hanna said Miles only played a few other late season games at quarterback, though he saw time on defense in the secondary, where he was hurt during a pre-season scrimmage against Andrews and missed the team's season opener. "He's getting better, and we're gradually opening up more throwing for him," the Loboes' coach said.

"He's about 6-2 and is a very good athlete," said Grubbs. "I haven't seen him run the ball much, but he's a good passer with an accurate arm and throws a really nice ball."

The Loboes have been operating on running back by committee so far in 2001. The group includes tailbacks Michael Roberson and fullback Grason Hiers, though Hanna said the Loboes have used four other runners in the backfield this season.

Tackles Doug Crumrime and Josh Powell are the only returning starters on offense for the Loboes, who are expected to battle Fort Stockton, Alpine and Crane for the three District 4-3A playoff berths.

In their last game, Monahans was able to move the ball on their first series inside the Rangers' 5-yard-line, but came up empty. "Their quarterback got sacked and then they missed a field goal. After that Greenwood pretty much controlled play," Grubbs said.

"Greenwood's really tough. We moved the ball some, but we just didn't get the ball in the end zone," said Hanna. "We know we've got a tough non-district schedule, but we just don't want to get spanked."

"Our defense hasn't been able to stop the run this season," he added. "It's a combination of inexperience and technique. We've been overpowered at times, but mostly it's not being in our station, at the right place at the right time."

"Ronnie Robledo at middle linebacker has been a solid player," Hanna said. "And Leland Walker and (Andrew) Galvan in the secondary have played well."

"Defensively they're probably not as fast as they've been in the past, but they're still very, very aggressive," said Grubbs.

Pecos' defense also had been weak against the run until last week, when they allowed only 38 yards to Presidio. However, Grubbs said the Eagles would still make a few more changes for Friday's game.

"We're going to start Jaime Herrera at middle linebacker and Hugo (Rodriguez) will start at defensive tackle, where he played for us last year," Grubbs said.

Offensively, he said Tomas Valdez is back after missing a couple of games due to injury. "Jae Ewing will start at center, but Tomas looked good in practice," the Eagles' coach said.

Pecos ran for 451 yards last week, with both quarterback Freddy Torres and running back Oscar Parada going over 100 yards, while Matthew Levario scored four touchdowns for the Eagles, who'll be trying to go into district play with a winning record for the first time since 1997.

"As coaches we really haven't built it up this week that we're playing Monahans, but the kids know it. We're just trying to get ready for our first district game (on Oct. 12) against Clint," Grubbs said.

Eagles edged by Panthers before district opener

The Pecos Eagles' second meeting of the season against the Fort Stockton Panthers tennis team was a lot closer than the first one was a month ago, though the Panthers were still able to come away with a 9-7 win Tuesday afternoon on the Pecos High School tennis courts.

Fort Stockton had beaten Pecos 15-6 in the teams' season opener last month on the Panthers' home courts. This time, the Eagles took all but one of the seven girls' matches, while Fort Stockton took all but one of the nine matches on the boys' side.

"I didn't have two of my top six for the boys and girls," said coach Mike Ortiz. "The boys couldn't get out of work, so I had to move people up, and if I had had those other two girls we wouldn't have lost a match.

"We go back there (to Fort Stockton) on Tuesday, and I'll have a full team, so this was good experience," Ortiz added.

Tuesday's singles matches were limited to single sets, and Ortiz said the top two singles matches for the girls and the top singles match for the boys were the best ones of the day. Natalia Ornelas won her match by a 9-7 score, as did Brenda Fuentes, over Casee McKenzie and Kirti Ghandi, while Trent Graham was beaten in his match, 8-6 by Bjorn Subia.

The boys' win came from Jay Dannelly, who won at No. 3 singles against Vishal Chopra, 8-1. Jennifer Rayos and Amanda Fleming were the other girls' singles winners, while Fuentes and Ornelas and Rayos and Elizabeth Carreon teams up for doubles victories.

In-between their matches with Fort Stockton, the Eagles will play the first of their three District 2-4A dual meets, at home this Saturday against Fabens. The Eagles defeated the Wildcats earlier this month by a 17-4 final score in Monahans, which will be the site of this year's district tournament in late October.

The District tournament is being held on the Loboes' home courts because the Pecos High Schools courts are due to begin reconstruction. Saturday's matches will be the last ones at home for the Eagles during the fall season.

Fort Stockton (9) at Pecos (7)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham lost to Bjorn Subia, 8-6; Stephen Lamb lost to Travis Sawyer, 8-5; Jay Dannelley defeated Vishal Chopra, 8-1; Michael Orona lost to Eric Fierro, 8-4; Orlando Mendoza lost to Bryan Rainwater, 8-0; Frankie Hernandez lost to Brian Fierro, 8-0.

Girls Singles

Natalia Ornelas defeated Casee McKenzie, 9-7; Brenda Fuentes defeated Kirti Ghandi, 9-7; Elizabeth Carreon lost to Britt Bollier, 8-1; Jennifer Rayos defeated Lujan, 8-2; Amanda Fleming defeated Hampton, 8-1.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Dannelley lost to Subia and Sawyer, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3); Lamb and Mendoza lost to Fierro and Fierro, 6-1, 6-1; T.J. Hardwick and Hernandez lost to Chopra and Rainwater, 6-2, 6-1.

Girls Doubles

Fuentes and Ornelas defeated McKenzie and Ghandi, 6-4, 6-2; Carreon and Rayos defeated Bollier and Lujan, 6-1, 6-3.

Pecos sub-varsity squads take on Monahans today

For the first time in three weeks, all six of the Pecos Eagles' sub varsity football teams are scheduled to be in action today, when they take on the Monahans Loboes.

Pecos' seventh grade and ninth grade teams will be at home against Monahans, while the eighth grade and junior varsity squads will be playing on the Loboes' home fields. The junior high gold games for both grades begin at 4 p.m., followed by the purple teams games at 5:30 p.m. Starting time for the freshman and JV games is 6 p.m.

The junior high purple teams were scheduled to host Presidio last week, but avoided the thunderstorms that hit Pecos when the Blue Devils canceled, and ended up going to Van Horn instead, where the seventh graders won, 28-6, while the eighth graders scored a 24-121 win.

The seventh graders are 1-1-1 on the season, while the eighth graders are 2-1. Pecos seventh grade gold team is 0-1 and the eighth grade team is 1-1 going into their games with Monahans.

The Eagles' freshmen defeated Presidio last Thursday, 20-0 are are 2-1-1 on the season, while the JV fell to 0-3-1 after losing to Odessa High's sophomores by a 27-12 final score.

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