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Thursday, October 10, 2002

Eagles, Jackets look for new starts in 4-3A opener

Staff Writer

Neither the Pecos Eagles nor the Kermit Yellowjackets had a pre-district to remember during the 2002 football season. But both teams have a chance to turn things around Friday night, when the Eagles travel to Kermit to face the Jackets in the District 4-3A opener for both teams.

It's the first time in 26 years the teams have faced each other as district rivals, though they've been playing non-district games regularly since the mid-1980s. Last season, the Eagles needed an 85-yard scoring drive in the final 2:22 of the game to beat Kermit, 25-24, after the Jackets had jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, and led 24-13 with 7½ minutes to play.

Kermit ended up winning only once last season, and had just two wins in 2000. But after losing their District 4-3A openers to Crane, Monahans and Alpine that season, the Jackets defeated Fort Stockton and Presidio in their final two regular season games, and won a tie-breaker over the Panthers and Bucks to make the playoffs.

Coming back after bad starts is what both Pecos and Kermit will be trying to do starting on Friday. Both teams are 1-4 on the season, the Eagles after their 49-7 loss at home to Lubbock High a week ago, while the Jackets took last week off after their 30-13 loss to Denver City.

"We were beat up against Denver City," said Jackets' coach Glen Jones, who said the bye week has allowed him to give several injured players two weeks rest to get healthy. "Had it been a district game a couple of kids would have played, but we held them out for the extra week."

Kermit's other losses were to Ozona, Seminole and Reagan County, while their win came by a 22-21 score over Brownfield, which turned around the following week and defeated the Eagles by a 13-6 final score.

"We need to get a win," said Eagles' coach Fred Carter. "We've pretty much been trying to instill in the kids that everybody's record is 0-0, and that this is the season that counts."

"We're confident the kids can play with them," said Carter, who was forced to sit out several players last week for disciplinary reasons, while running back Matthew Levario was held out to recover from a thigh bruise suffered in Pecos' 38-7 loss at Crane two weeks ago. Levario ran for 189 yards last year against Kermit and caught a key fourth down pass from quarterback Freddy Torres on the Eagles' winning touchdown drive.

One player the Eagles won't be getting back is all-district offensive lineman Tony Trujillo. "We lost Tony for the year with a broken foot," Carter said. "He stepped in one of those gopher holes out on the practice field."

Carter said Victor Reyes would take Trujillo's spot on the offensive line.

The Eagles were held to one-yard rushing and 52 yards total offense last week against Lubbock High, and have been burnt both on the ground and through the air by Crane and Lubbock High in the past two weeks. The story has been the same for Kermit, which allowed over 400 yards rushing in their opening loss to Ozona, and gave up three touchdown passes in their last game against Denver City.

"We're just about in the same boat," Jones said of the two teams. "We're running a new defense this year (split-6) and I've taken over the calling the defensive plays, but we're still trying to get the cobwebs out of it."

Jones said on offense, Kermit has gone with sophomore Landon Forga as the starter after he split time with junior Lupe Munoz early in the season. "The junior is probably the better athlete, but the sophomore has made the better decisions," Jones said. Forga had two touchdown passes in Kermit's last second loss to Seminole back on Sept. 13.

"He throws pretty decently, and gets it to a number of receivers," Carter said. Hunter Hardaway had the two TD catches against Seminole, while Munoz and Chris Bennett are his other targets.

At running back, the Jackets also have used a couple of players, J.R. Hernandez and Erby Sauceda. "Both of them also start on defense, so they when they spent time on offense they usually split series," Jones said.

"They run that one-back offense and run a lot of misdirection out of that," Carter said. "We have four films on them so we know what they can do."

Defensively, Jones said Sauceda and Tanner Gill at the tackles have been among his best players so far in 2002. "We've got 16-17 starters back, but most of them started as sophomores, so we've got a lot of experience, but we're still young," he said. "But I definitely think we're a better team at this point of the season than we were last year."

After Friday's game, the Eagles get an unplanned one-week break because of Presidio's decision not to play a varsity schedule this season. That will give Pecos an automatic victory, but the loss of that game means three of the Eagles' four district contests this season will be on the road.

Pecos, Kermit cutting back sub-varsity grid games

A shortage of players after the six-week grading period has left the Pecos Eagles' sub-varsity football teams with only three games on the schedule today against the Kermit Yellowjackets.

Pecos' junior varsity and freshman teams will be combined for a 6 p.m. game this evening against Kermit, while the junior high teams will play 5 and 6:30 p.m. games on the Jackets' home field.

The JV and freshman teams were combined last week, and lost an 18-6 game to Fort Stockton, leaving the JV with a 3-2 mark on the season. Pecos led in the game 6-0 on a Jose Garcia touchdown, but saw the Panthers tie the game by halftime and score twice in the final two periods.

The eighth graders are still seeking their first victory of the season, after losing in Fort Stockton last week by a 20-0 final score. It left the eighth grade purple team with an 0-4 record. The seventh grade purple team is 1-2-1 after losing at Fort Stockton, 36-0.

Pecos, seventh and eighth grade gold teams played last week, and lost by 6-0 and 16-8 scores.

Pecos' sub-varsity teams are still scheduled to play their games next week against Presidio, even though the varsity football game against the Blue Devils has been cancelled.

Rec department soccer sign-ups

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is signing up boys and girls for youth soccer between now and next Saturday, Oct. 19.

The leagues are open to boys and girls ages 4½ to 14. Parents can pick up enrollments forms at the Recreation Department office in the old Pecos High School gym during office hours. Entry fee is $10 per child, and forms must have the signature of both parents and a birth certificate also must be provided.

For further information, call the recreation department at 447-9776.

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