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Friday, September 13, 2002

Eagles' sub-varsity teams post wins

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity and freshman teams went on the  road for the first time this season and came up with one-touchdown wins  over the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, Pecos' junior high gold teams weren't able to come up with any touchdowns playing at home, though the seventh graders were still able to come away with a tie against the Monahans Loboes.

The JV rallied from a 14-6 halftime deficit and won their game over Lamesa, 20-14, while the ninth graders took an early lead over the Tornadoes and came out on top by a 14-8 final score.

Neither team was able to score in the seventh grade game between Pecos' gold team and Monahans' white team at the Crockett Middle School field, while in the eighth grade game the Loboes used touchdowns in each half to defeat the Eagles, 14-0. Pecos' junior high purple teams were idle this week, and will face Monahans' green teams at home next Thursday.

The JV used a reverse on a 4th-and-12 play to score their winning touchdown, a 14-yard run by Tito Gonzales with two minutes to play. Coach Gaylon Doan said Rashad Terry had Pecos' other two touchdowns, including one on a 99-yard run.

"We scored first and made it 6-0, and then they recovered a fumble and scored and made it 8-6," Doan said. "Then right before the half they hit a long pass to make it 14-6."

The JV is now 2-0 on the season while the ninth graders are 2-1 after their victory. Josh Anchondo had both Eagle touchdowns, on runs of eight and one yard, coach Jo Jo Wilson said, while Eddie Vela had Pecos' two-point conversion run.

"We got after them all the way," said Wilson.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity takes on Lamesa in their 2002 home opener at Eagle Stadium. It's the first regular season meeting between the two teams since 1997, when Pecos scored a 27-6 victory at home over Lamesa. The Tornadoes had won four of the five previous meetings between the teams.

Depending on the final standings, tonight's game could be a preview of a possible bi-district playoff game in November between the Eagles and Tors, and is one of three games between District 4-3A and District 3-3A teams tonight. Sweetwater travels to Midland Greenwood, Kermit goes to Seminole and in the other two 4-3A games, Monahans hosts Alpine and Fort Stockton hosts Ozona.

Sweetwater (1-1) at Greenwood (2-0): The Rangers scored their second straight easy win last Friday, 33-7 over Shallowwater, while the Mustangs, after opening with a victory over Vernon, were beaten a week ago at Graham, 24-19.

Sweetwater quarterback Mychael Carrillo ran for 199 yards in a losing effort, as the Mustangs allowed Graham to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 24-13 advantage after three quarters. The third period has also been Greenwood's big quarter so far in 2002 _ they outscored Shallowwater last week 26-0 after going in at halftime tied 7-7. Jeremy Audis ran for 149 of the Rangers' 388 yards on the ground.

Alpine (0-2) at Monahans (0-2): The Loboes have had a problem familiar to Eagle fans in past seasons; good defense, no offense in their first two games, a 21-3 loss at Merkel and a 7-6 loss last week against Seminole. Actually, Monahans has had some offense _ running back Grayson Hiers has gained over 100 yards in both games _ but the Loboes have stalled inside the 30-yard line.

Pecos runners picked up 270 yards rushing in last week's 35-10 win over Alpine, and Sonora also ran the ball well the previous Friday in a 19-0 shutout of the Bucks. Alpine quarterback Jim Bob Steen had a couple of good option runs early against the Eagles, but the Bucks' only points came on two safeties off bad punt snaps and a touchdown following the first, which was aided by a roughing the passer call.

Ozona (2-0) at Fort Stockton (1-0): The Panthers figured to have a good running night against El Paso Burges last week and did, with Joseph Lauderdale rushing for over 200 yards against the Mustangs. But the Panthers had to rally in the final period to win on Adam Elrod's 30-yard field goal with two seconds to play, after allowing Burges to score 21 points over a nine-minute span of the first half.

Ozona ran for over 400 yards in their 33-0 season opening win over Kermit. Last Friday, the Lions had to score twice in the final period to beat Brady, 21-7. The only points Ozona has allowed this season came on a Brady kickoff return, and the Lions have given up under 70 total yards rushing in their first two games.

Kermit (1-1) at Seminole (2-0): The Yellowjackets fell behind Pecos' opponent next week, Brownfield, 21-0 at home after two periods a week ago, then rallied to defeat the Cubs, 22-21. J.R. Hernandez ran for 163 yards, but quarterback Erby Saucedo scored all three of the Jackets' touchdowns, including the game winner with 4:55 to play. Kermit won despite allowing over 340 yards offense, as Brownfield lost the ball four times on fumbles.

Seminole is trying to become a surprise factor in the District 3-3A playoff race this season. They've already equaled their 2001 win total, beating Muleshoe in their opener and Monahans a week ago. Jeremy Hill's 45-yard touchdown run was the Indians' lone touchdown last week, but a missed extra point by Monahans allowed Seminole to escape with the road victory.

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