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Friday, September 20, 2002

Eagles pick up victories despite shortage of TDs

Staff Writer

Touchdowns were hard to come by for the Pecos Eagle  sub-varsity football teams on Thursday, but wins weren't, as the Eagles picked up  three plus one tie in their six games, against Monahans and Brownfield.

The Eagles' freshman and JV teams went to Brownfield and both came away with wins despite problems. The ninth graders lost four fumbles but still managed to win by a 2-0 score, while the JV jumped ahead of the Cubs 24-0 at halftime and had to hold on for a 24-22 win.

In Pecos, Pecos' seventh grade gold team edged Monahans 8-6 after the teams played a scoreless tie last week, while the Eagles' purple team was the one to play a scoreless tie with the Loboes this Thursday at the Crockett Middle School field

Things didn't go as well over at Eagle Stadium. The eighth grade gold team lost to Monahans for the second week in a row, 34-6, while the purple team fell behind the Loboes 22-0 at the half and ended up losing, 28-0.

The JV is 3-0 on the season, though coach Gaylon Doan said "The thing the kids have got to learn is they're preparing to play for the varsity and they've got to learn to play four quarters of football."

Rashad Terry scored touchdowns on runs of 20- and 45-yards and Tito Gonzales scored on a 15-yard reverse, the same play the Eagles used to beat Lamesa in the closing minutes last week. Aurelio Lopez had a pair of two-point conversion runs and quarterback Saul Pina had the other one for the Eagles.

The ninth graders are 3-1 after their win, despite losing the four fumbles and having an Eddie Vela touchdown called back by a penalty. Coach Jo Jo Wilson said the only points came on a safety when Brownfield's punter stepped out of the end zone.

"Overall we dominated. There were just a lot of errors and sloppy play," he said. "We got inside the 10-yard-line four times and didn't score."

In the eighth grade games, A Lucas Macha touchdown run was the only score for Pecos. The gold team, which lost 14-0 to Monahans last week, trailed 16-6 at the half, and saw the Loboes score three times off turnovers in the final two periods. The gold team is 1-2 and the purple team 0-2 on the season.

In the seventh grade games, the Eagles' only scores were a touchdown and two-point conversion run by Vincent Palomino in the gold game, but Pecos was able to stop Monahans' tying two-point conversion to pick up the win. In the purple game, neither team got inside their opponents' 15-yard-line during the entire game. The gold team is now 2-0-1 and the purple team is 1-0-1 on the season.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity will take on Brownfield in their 2002 homecoming game. Pecos is trying to avoid dropping two straight games after an opening win for the third season in a row. They bounced back a year ago with wins in their final two pre-district games, but have a much tougher road this year before District 3-4A games begin, with a trip to 3-0 Crane next week followed by a game versus 1-1 Lubbock High on Oct. 4.

Tonight's four other district games have San Angelo Lake View at Fort Stockton, Snyder at Greenwood, Kermit at Reagan County and Monahans going to Lubbock Cooper.

San Angelo Lake View (0-3) at Fort Stockton (1-2): The Chiefs' defense hasn't dropped to the level of the late 80s and early 90s, when 400 yards per game allowed wasn't uncommon, but Lake View has been giving up a lot of yards and points in their opening three games.

Fort Stockton, on the other hand, hasn't gained that much in their games. They did move the ball well in the second half against El Paso Burges two weeks ago, but were held to only a single score by Ozona last week and Colorado City in their opener. Joseph Lauderdale ran for 212 yards against Burges, and could have another big night against the Chiefs.

Defensively, the Panthers have been the reverse of their offense, with their only really bad half the opener at Burges, while the defense played well in the second half of that game and in their two losses

Snyder (0-2) at Greenwood (3-0): This may actually be a step down for the Tigers in their level of competition after their opening two games, against Class 4A's No. 4-ranked Frenship and Abilene Wylie, which pounded Lake View in their opener. Quarterback T.J. Jones ran for 131 yards and passed for another 125 against Wylie, which rallied to beat Snyder 28-14 after trailing 14-7 at the half.

Greenwood shut down Sweetwater at home last week, 13-6, winning on Jeremy Audas' 15-yard touchdown run with 4:57 to play. The other numbers also were almost dead even _ Greenwood outgained Sweetwater by a yard, and both teams gained over 225 yards on the ground.

Kermit (1-2) at Reagan County (3-0): After six really bad quarters to start the season, Kermit has played six pretty good quarters the past two weeks, rallying to beat Brownfield and then coming close to winning at Seminole last week, before losing in the final 40 seconds, 16-14.

Kermit had trouble running on Seminole, but quarterback Landon Forga threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns, both in the third quarter. Reagan County, meanwhile, remained undefeated with a 20-6 victory over McCamey, as their quarterback, Ross Brown, threw for 121 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score.

Monahans (1-2) at Lubbock Cooper (1-1): The Loboes got their first win last week, 17-0 over Alpine, while Cooper defeated Tahoka after opening with a loss to Lamesa.

Monahans has played good defense in all three of their games, but could mange only one touchdown in their two losses. Last Friday, the Loboes got 103 yards and a touchdown out of running back Johnny Rodriguez, and held the Bucks to just 113 yards total offense.

Cooper held Lamesa to 258 yards in their 29-8 loss _ the Tornadoes ran for 412 on Pecos last week, while Lubbock was giving up 373 yards to Tahoka but still managed to come out with a 27-20 victory. Lance Wiley scored on a 4-yard run with 26 seconds to play, after Tahoka had tied the score at 20-20 with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter.

Pecos ends pre-district against 3-4A rivals

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team closes out its pre-district schedule on Saturday, by getting a look at two more of their District 3-4A rivals, when they host the Kermit Yellowjackets and Presidio Blue Devils in varsity and freshman matches.

The Eagles will play the freshman games starting at 11 a.m., coach Becky Granado said, and then will take on Presidio at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils and Jackets will play after that, and the Eagles will then take on Kermit, starting sometime around 3 p.m.

Pecos is 5-11 on the season after splitting a pair of matches in Fort Stockton on Tuesday. They lost to Crane 15-11, 15-10, then defeated the district-rival Prowlers, 15-11, 15-11.

"Defensively Maritza (Sandoval), Mari (Mendoza) and Vanessa (Garcia) did a good job," coach Becky Granado said. "We still need work covering cross-court kills, but as far as covering down the line, they got after it."

It was the second win of the season for the Eagles over Fort Stockton. The Eagles haven't faced either the Jackets or Blue Devils yet, but Granado said, "We scrimmaged Kermit (in Monahans) and we've seen Presidio."

Those are the same two teams the Eagles will face next week in their 3-4A openers _ they go to Kermit on Tuesday and they host Presidio again next Saturday.

While the high school teams play at the new Pecos High School gym on Saturday, Crockett's seventh and eighth grade teams will be hosting their own tournaments. All four eighth grade teams will play at the Crockett gym, and three of the four seventh grade squads will play at the Zavala Middle School gym.

Pecos' green and gold eighth grade teams begin play at 8 a.m., Pecos white will face Presidio at 10 a.m. and Pecos purple will take on Marfa at 11 a.m. In the seventh grade bracket, Pecos green faces Fort Stockton at 8 a.m., with the winner facing Pecos purple at 12 noon, and Pecos gold faces Van Horn in a 9 a.m. match.

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