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Friday, October 4, 2002

Sub-varsity gridders swept by Fort Stockton

Staff Writer

Touchdowns were hard to come by for the second week in a row for  Pecos' sub-varsity football teams, as they were swept in five games on Thursday  by the Fort Stockton Panthers.

Fort Stockton rallied from a 6-0 deficit in Pecos to defeat the Eagles' junior varsity, 18-6, while in Fort Stockton, the Panthers won the seventh grade purple and gold games, by 36-0 and 6-0 scores, and took the eighth grade games, 16-8 and 20-0.

Jose Garcia scored on a three-yard run in the second quarter for the JV, set up by a 35-yard run by quarterback Saul Pina. But the Eagles then tried and failed on an onside kick attempt after missing the extra point try, and Fort Stockton scored on a short drive, off a two-yard run with 52.8 seconds left in the half.

In the second half the Panthers took the lead with a 3-yard TD run after a blocked punt and sealed the victory with a 41-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. The loss left the JV with a 3-2 season record.

The eighth grade purple team is 0-4 after their shutout loss, while the gold team is 1-3 after their loss. Woody Tremble had a 60-yard scoring run for the Eagles' only touchdown.

The seventh graders failed to score in their games, with the gold team losing for the first time this season after three wins and a tie, while the purple team is 1-2-1 after their loss.

All those teams will be facing Fort Stockton again in three weeks, before Pecos' varsity hosts the Panthers in District 4-3A play. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity will host Lubbock High in their final pre-district contest.

The Eagles and Westerners are both 1-3 on the season. Pecos has lost three straight after their season opening win over Alpine, and are looking to improve their recent efforts on the line both offensively and defensively. Lubbock High has lost two straight, and coach Joe Laudermilk said the Westerners have been bothered by injuries to their front line, though he said on Wednesday he was hoping to get some players back for tonight's game, which is also their final pre-district contest.

All of Pecos' district rivals began their regular seasons a week ahead of the Eagles, and all but Monahans are taking tonight off before district play next Friday. The Loboes are facing a team the Eagles already have played this year in Lamesa, at home beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Lamesa (2-2) at Monahans (2-2): After rolling up over 400 yards rushing on Pecos in their eventual 42-26 win over the Eagles back on Sept. 13, the Tornadoes had almost the same thing done to them the following week by Levelland. That group of Lobos _ who edged Lubbock High last week 29-28 _ ran for 385 yards in a 30-15 win, and last week, Littlefield also found holes in Lamesa's front line to run for a 28-13 win. Quarterback Bryan Nowlin, who hardly threw at all against Pecos, has thrown for almost 300 yards in the last two games, as the Tors tried to come back from behind through the air.

Monahans defense has been strong in all four of their games so far this season, while the offense has come up with enough to win their last two games, 19-0 over Alpine and 14-7 two weeks ago at Lubbock Cooper. The Loboes have allowed only three touchdowns in their last 14 quarters of play, allowing only a 40-yard score to Cooper in the final period back on Sept. 20.

Joey Aguilar stopped a last-minute pass by Cooper to tie the game, and also had a hand in both of the Loboes' scores, running in from 3-yards out and throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dimas Porras. The Loboes only managed 227 yards in offense in the game against Cooper, which lost to Lamesa back on Sept. 6 by a 29-8 final score.

Eagles seeking third victory over Prowlers

The Pecos Eagles will try to remain at least tied for second place in the District 4-3A standings on Saturday, and solidify their chances for a seventh straight trip to the state volleyball playoffs, when they host the Fort Stockton Prowlers in a 4 p.m. match.

The Eagles dropped out of a tie for first with Monahans on Tuesday and into a tie for second with Midland Greenwood, after they lost to the Loboes by 15-6, 15-3 scores. The Eagles are now 9-12 on the season and 2-1 in district play.

The Prowlers, meanwhile, dropped out of a tie for third with Greenwood, as they lost in Midland on Tuesday by 15-12, 15-5 scores to fall to 1-2 in district and 7-14 on the season. Two of those losses have come against Pecos, on the Eagles' home court in the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament back on Aug. 31, and on Sept. 23 at Fort Stockton, and were both two-game sweeps.

But unlike the Eagles' sweeps this season over their other two district rivals, Presidio and Kermit, the Panthers were in three of the the four games they've played so far against Pecos, losing at home by 15-11, 15-11 margins. Because of that, Eagles' coach Becky Granado is hoping her players don't go into Saturday's game expecting an easy victory over the Prowlers.

"We can't take Fort Stockton lightly. The girls were saying that one of their (Fort Stockton's) goals was to beat us, so we're going to have to play to beat them," Granado said.

She said outside of Stephanie Herrera, the Eagles didn't play well in Tuesday's loss, allowing the Loboes to have uncontested spikes a number of times in the match, while failing to generate much offense of their own. Because of those problems, Granado said she was moving sophomore Danielle Garcia up to the varsity for Saturday's match.

"She's a more consistent hitter and that's what we need," the Eagles' coach said. "She's a better hitter from the weak side, and that's where she'll be playing."

Play will start on Saturday with the freshman match at 2 p.m., followed by the Eagles and Prowlers JV teams at about 3 p.m.

On Thursday, Pecos' seventh and eighth grade gold teams defeated Van Horn. The seventh graders won by 15-3, 15-6 scores, with Katrina Machuca and Valerie Millan as the leading scorers for Pecos, while the eighth grade team won in three games, 15-6, 16-18, 15-8. Pecos' seventh and eighth grade black teams will be in Crane for tournament play on Saturday.

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