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Friday, October 5, 2001

Pecos wins, loses games in final minutes

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles sub-varsity football teams went 1-2 in late  game comebacks on Thursday and 2-4 overall on the night, as the  seventh grade purple and freshman teams pulled out wins while the  junior varsity, the eighth grade squads and the seventh grade purple team  lost their games at home.

The losses all came to Fort Stockton, with the JV losing in the final 90 seconds, 20-13, while the eighth grade purple team lost to the Panthers on the final play of the game, 28-22. The eighth grade gold team fell by a 14-6 score and the seventh grade gold team was beaten, 8-0.

Winning in the final period was the Eagles' freshman team, 26-15 over Marfa's junior varsity, while the seventh grade purple team won by a baseball score of 2-0 over Fort Stockton in Pecos.

Coach Tino Acosta said Marfa held a 15-14 lead going into the final period when the Eagles got two fourth quarter touchdowns. "The kids stepped up and really, really wanted to win the game last night," he said.

Five different players scored for Pecos, with Saul Pina scoring on a 10-yard run, Adam Ybarra on a run from 40 yards out, Gilbert Gonzales on a 50-yarder and Rashad Terry on a 30-yarder in the closing minutes. Hilario Bustamantes added a two-point conversion run for the freshmen, who are 3-2-1 on the season.

The JV fumbled the ball away twice in the last 3½ minutes, the second coming immediately after their own interception in the end zone, to allow Fort Stockton to win on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 1:33 to play. Earlier, Pecos saw Fort Stockton score immediately after they had taken 7-0 and 13-7 leads in the first and fourth periods, with the Eagles' touchdowns coming on a three-yard pass from Jose Reyes to Ricky Barreno and a Israel Matta 67-yard run. Lionel Abila added the extra point kick after Barreno's score for the JV, which is 0-5-1 on the season.

The eighth graders lost on a halfback reverse followed by a shovel pass back to the quarterback and 62-yard run as time expired, after their late fumble allowed Fort Stockton to tie the score with 1:14 to play. Fort Stockton had led at halftime, 16-6 before Pecos took a 22-16 lead on second half scores by Julio Orozco and Josh Anchondo, both from three yards out. Orozco also had a three-yard TD run in the second period for Pecos and a pair of two-point conversion run for the Eagles, who are 2-3 on the season.

The seventh grade purple team improved to 3-2 as they used a punt down to the 1-yard-line and a safety to win, tackling a Fort Stockton runner in the end zone on the next play.

The eighth grade gold team got their only score on a Donnie Myles touchdown run and fell to 1-2-1 for the season, while the seventh grade gold team was shut out for the second time this season by Fort Stockton and are 0-3 overall.

Pecos' varsity is off tonight, before starting District 2-4A play at Clint a week from tonight. Fabens is also off tonight, while in the other 2-4A games, El Paso Mountain View is at El Paso Ysleta, Clint goes to El Paso Burges, Canutillo hosts El Paso Bowie and San Elizario plays El Paso Cathedral at El Paso High.

EP Mountain View (3-0) at EP Ysleta (1-1): Mountain View has relied on its defense to win so far this season as much as their offense, a big change from recent seasons. Running back Joey Amaya did run for 181 yards in the Lobos' 20-12 win over Burges, but Mountain View's defense also knocked running back Josh Holguin and quarterback Eddie Mata out of the game with injuries. Ysleta has been able to throw the ball behind quarterback Ricky Najera again this season, but has had little success so far on the ground.

Clint (3-0) at EP Burges (1-2): The Lions beat El Paso High a week ago as Tony Alvarado threw for over 100 yards and Manny Estrada ran for over 100. Clint is also allowing about 150 yards less per game on defense than they were at this time last year. But even with all their injuries on offense, Burges should be the toughest team the Lions have faced so far this season.

Bowie (1-2) at Canutillo (2-1): The Golden Eagles were outscored by El Paso Austin a week ago, 39-23, but should be able to move the ball tonight against Bowie, which beat San Elizario last week, 32-13, but gave up over 300 yards on offense. Hector Saldivar will be trying to maintain the District 2-4A rushing lead for Canutillo, while defensively they'll try to stop Cesar Montanez, who ran for 283 yards on San Eli last Friday.

San Elizario (0-3) vs. EP Cathedral (0-5): This should be a high-scoring game, since both teams have had all kinds of problems on defense this season. San Eli lost their best defensive player, linebacker Santiago Elizade, in the first game of the year and are allowing over 400 yards per game, while Cathedral has given up 195 points in five games. They were beaten a week ago by Deming, N.M., 54-14, a week after Deming downed San Eli, 38-0. Quarterback Bo Solis did run and pass for nearly 200 yards last week against Bowie for the Eagles.

Eagles, Lions battle for second Saturday

Second place, and a leg up on the race for the playoffs, will be on the line Saturday afternoon at the Pecos High School gym, when the Eagles host the Clint Lions to begin the second half of the District 2-4A volleyball schedule.

The Eagles and Lions will meet around 4 p.m., following the freshman and junior varsity contests at 2 and 3 p.m.

Both teams come in with similar records for the season _ Pecos is 10-17 while Clint is 8-14 _and both come in with 3-2 records in district, following wins on Tuesday. The Eagles defeated San Elizario at home by 15-7, 15-13 scores, while Clint won at Canutillo, 15-10, 15-11.

For the past four weeks the Eagles have started each of their matches strong, winning the first game eight straight times, but have struggled after that. They have been able to pull out the second game in six of those eight contests, including coming from a 9-2 deficit to win on Tuesday, but haven't been able to bounce back from second game losses, including last month's 13-15, 15-1, 15-9 loss at Clint in the district opener for both teams.

Clint was favored to battle El Paso Mountain View for the 2-4A title this season, but after their win over Pecos two of the Lions' starters, including senior hitter Marissa Arnold, quit the team. Clint then lost two of their next three games before bouncing back with their win on Tuesday over Canutillo.

"We'll just have to worry about one girl (senior Collanne Bramblett) and try and slow her down," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, who will be "swapping" middle blockers on Saturday.

Granado said she'll be without senior Jennifer Martinez, but will get back junior Tiana Terry, who has been out the past two weeks with an ankle injury.

"We just need to get ready for the second half. We have three home games and two away games and we need to win our games here," said the Eagles' coach, whose team will travel to face Fabens, which is a game behind Pecos and Clint, next Tuesday.

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