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Friday, October 26, 2001

Eagles JV ties Mustangs, freshmen fall

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity football team came up a little short  in the special teams department of getting their first win of the  2001 football season on Friday, but they didn't get a loss either while  playing at home against the Andrews Mustangs.

Pecos and Andrews in a 20-20 tie in the JV game at Eagle Stadium, but up in Andrews, the Eagle freshmen came up far short against the Mustangs, as Andrews dropped them back to .500 on the season with a 38-0 win.

The JV had to rally three times after Andrews touchdowns, and then hold off the Mustangs after a low punt snap ended up giving the Mustangs a first down on the Eagles' 11-yard-line with 1:05 to play. The tie left the JV with a 0-5-2 season record.

Pecos took their only lead of the night, at 8-6, on a 71-yard pass from Jose Reyes to Jason Sanchez, and two point conversion pass from Lionel Abila to Sabino Barreno off a bad extra point kick snap. But the snap problems would hurt Pecos later, as they were unable to get off a kick after their second touchdown, and were unable to try a 25-yard field goal with under four minutes to play after the Eagles tied the game at 20-20 in the third period.

Andrews had take a 6-0 lead on a 7-yard touchdown run in the opening period, and later scored from 10-yards out and added a two-point conversion to grab a 14-8 lead. After Barreno's 3-yard run in the second period tied the game, the Mustangs immediately regained the lead on a 72-yard kickoff return.

Pecos missed one chance to tie the game just before halftime, but did get the tying TD late in the third period, on Joe Maruffo's 18-yard run. However, the go-ahead extra point try was blocked.

The ninth graders are 3-3-2 on the season after their loss at the Mustang Bowl. "They muscled us early. We fought back and slowed them down, but we didn't stop them," said coach Tino Acosta. "The kids played tough. They played their hearts out, but they were just a better team last night."

The JV and freshman games were the only sub-varsity contests on the schedule this week, as all four of Pecos' junior high football teams had the day off.

Tonight, Pecos' varsity makes the 220-mile drive to Canutillo to face the Golden Eagles in an 8 p.m. CDT start. It's the first of two straight trips to El Paso for the Eagles. Who are 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in District 2-4A play. Canutillo is 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in district, but have been plagued by turnovers in their last three losses, to offset good defensive efforts.

That includes last week's 18-12 loss to El Paso Mountain View, which is tied for first with Pecos and faces Clint tonight. Fabens takes on San Elizario in tonight's other district game.

EP Mountain View (2-0 district, 5-1 season) at Clint (1-1, 4-2): Both teams beat San Elizario by roughly the same score during the first two weeks of district play, but the Lobos were able to beat Canutillo in the closing seconds last week, 18-12, while Clint was blanked by Pecos the week before, 36-0.

Joey Amaya either had 1,087 or 975 yards rushing so far this season for Mountain View _ there's a dispute about last week's total _ but either way he does lead all 2-4A runners in total yardage and will be facing a Clint team that gave up a lot of rushing yards in each of their last three games. Mountain View only allowed 14 yards passing to Canutillo, but will be tested by Clint's Tony Alvarado and the Lions' short passing game.

San Elizario (0-2 0-6) at Fabens (1-1, 5-1): The Wildcats out-gained Pecos by 155 yards last week, but lost the ball four times inside the Eagles' 20-yard line and dropped their first game of the season. Vicente Macias was also held under 100 yards in his first game back after ineligibility, but last year's state-leading rusher still has a chance of at least reaching the 1,000 yard rushing mark for 2001.

San Eli is still allowing over 400 yards per game on defense, though thanks to new running back Arturo Hernandez, the Eagles have developed a bit of a running game in recent weeks. Hernandez has gone over the 100 yard mark in both of San Eli's district games, though not far enough above 100 yards to offset their defensive problems.

Eagles seek home playoff win over Tigers

Staff Writer

Getting to play No. 1-ranked Hereford doesn't seem like all  that great a reward for winning a bi-district playoff game, but the Pecos  Eagles will still be trying to set up that match-up Saturday afternoon, when  they host the El Paso High Tigers in the bi-district round of the Class  4A playoffs, starting at 2 p.m. in the new Pecos High School gym.

It's the third time in five seasons the Eagles and Tigers have met in the bi-district round. El Paso High came up with a 15-13, 4-15, 15-13 victory over Pecos playing in Van Horn back in 1997, while the Eagles went to El Paso Burges in 1999 and downed the Tigers, 13-15, 15-11, 15-8, which also earned them a match-up against a Hereford team ranked No. 1 and on their way to an eventual 4A state title.

The Eagles secured their first-ever home playoff match thanks to a 9-15, 15-13, 15-10 win in Van Horn over Clint in a second place playoff on Monday, while El Paso High lost to El Paso Riverside, 15-4, 6-15, 15-1, after finishing in a three-way tie for first with Riverside and Burges in the District 1-4A standings.

Unlike Riverside, which eliminated Clint from the playoffs on Thursday with a 15-6, 15-11 victory, coach Becky Granado said the Eagles matched up fairly even against the Tigers in terms of size, and said the two teams also play similar styles.

"They run a 5-1 (offense) like we do," said Granado, meaning an offense with only one setter, though she added that might change on Saturday. "I brought up Jeanie (Canon) from the JV, and I hope we can go with a 6-2 instead of a 5-1. Hopefully, having Jeanie will allow J.J. (Jessica Rodriguez) to be a hitter, instead of being a setter all the way around."

Christina McDonald and Mia Ortiz were El Paso's main hitters in their loss to Riverside, while on defense, Granado said unlike some of Pecos' 2-4A rivals, "All their kids come up on defense. They don't have anybody back, and I hope we can recognize that."

After their win on Thursday, Riverside will take on San Angelo Lake View in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs next Tuesday. Meanwhile, District 2-4A champ El Paso Mountain View will face Dumas in the area round of the playoffs, after the Demons eliminated Big Spring Thursday night. Burges, which downed Riverside this past Tuesday to take the 1-4A title, will play this coming Tuesday against Canyon Randall, which ousted Andrews from the bi-district round in three games Thursday night.

Swimmers get look at rivals in Big Spring

The Pecos Eagles swimming team gets their first look at some of their District 3-4A rivals on Saturday, as well as a look at a couple of their regional opponents, when they compete in the Big Spring Invitational, at the Big Spring YMCA pool.

Coach Terri Morse said the meet starts today with diving, but the Eagles will not have any competitors there this week, and will skip the trip until Saturday's 11 a.m. swimming finals.

This is the first invitational meet of the season and the third overall for Pecos. They split a dual meet against El Paso Montwood and swept Monahans in a dual at home earlier this month, and will go into Saturday's races seeded first in all six of the relays and in about half of the individual events.

"You really don't know if that means anything going in. Some of those teams may not have swum yet this year," said Morse.

Along with the host Steers, the Eagles' other district rivals _ Monahans, Andrews, Fort Stockton, Seminole and Abilene Wylie _ will be entered, as will Odessa Permian, Amarillo Caprock, Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls Hirschi.

Going by the seedings, Big Spring seems to be the Eagles' biggest challenge. "I think they've got a pretty decent boys team. From what I've heard they've got more numbers, so they're better depth-wise, but I think we've got a few more good swimmers," Morse said.

"I think on the girls' side the quality is spread out, but I think we have a little bit of an advantage due to our numbers," she added. "But there are some girls on the list I haven't seen before, so we're just going to have to see what they can do."

Seeded first going into the meet on the girls' side are Rachelle Eisenberg in the 100 yard breaststroke, Jessica Minjarez in the 500 freestyle, Catherine Minjarez in the 100 butterfly and Betsy Lujan in the 100 freestyle. Top seeded individuals for the boys going into Saturday's meet are Will Oglesby in the 100 fly and 100 backstroke and Max Key in the 100 freestyle.

Saturday's meet is the only out-of-town meet for Pecos during the first month of the season. They'll host Fort Stockton in a dual meet next Thursday and then host the Pecos Invitational on Nov. 9-10.

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