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Friday, October 11, 2002

Eagles hope to regain tie for second on Saturday

After falling out of a tie for second place on Tuesday, the Pecos Eagles volleyball team stands a good chance of falling back into a tie for one on Saturday, if they can come up with their third win of the season over the Kermit Yellowjackets.

The Eagles start the second half of District 4-3A play with a 4 p.m. match against the Jackets, as Pecos looks to improve on their 3-2 mark through their first five district matches.

"It's been an interesting first half. Hopefully we can bounce back in the second half," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, who wasn't happy with her team's play in Tuesday's 15-11, 15-12 loss at Midland Greenwood. The win moved the Rangerettes a game ahead of Pecos in the 4-3A standings.

"Our heads just weren't there. We were passing the ball into the net, or our blockers would tip it and the back line would just watch it fall in," said Granado, who added she may make some lineup changes for Saturday's match.

"Some people may be spending more time on the bench," she said, while up front, Granado said she may readjust her blockers.

"I may move Mindi (Harrison) outside and put Danielle Garcia in as middle blocker. I think she's a little more aggressive than Mindi, and it will get her ready for next season," when most of the Eagles' current front line players will graduate.

Pecos started off district play three back on Sept. 24 with a 15-4, 15-2 win at Kermit, after defeating the Jackets in non-district play at home three days earlier, 15-4, 15-8.

The Eagles' main concern against the Jackets was the Jackets' 6-foot middle hitter/blocker Amber Broadway. She had a couple of hits and blocks for points early in the two games in Pecos, but was mostly contained by the Eagles in the rematch in Kermit.

While Pecos hosts Kermit, Greenwood has to go to Monahans on Saturday to face the first place Loboettes in their second half opener. Monahans won in two games in Midland back on Sept. 24, and has yet to lose a game in district play through the first half of the schedule.

The Eagles and Jackets will open play on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the freshman match, followed by the junior varsity match at about 3 p.m.

Eagles split JV, Jr. high grid games

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles and Kermit Yellowjackets split four  sub-varsity football games on Thursday, with the junior varsity winning the  lone game in Pecos, while the Jackets took two of three junior high games  in Kermit.

The junior varsity improved to 4-2 on the season with a 26-21 win over Kermit, while Pecos' eighth grade gold team scored a 6-0 road win and the seventh and eighth grade purple teams lost to the Jackets, 12-6 and 32-0.

Pecos never trailed in the JV game, but after taking a 14-0 lead in the second quarter saw the Jackets respond almost immediately to each of the Eagles' final three touchdowns.

Jose Gonzales and Saul Pina scored on 3-yard runs, and Adrian Barrera added the extra point kicks to give Pecos their two touchdown lead. Kermit then scored just before halftime on a two-yard run to cut the margin to 14-7, and in the third period scored on an 18-yard run the series after the Eagles went up 20-7 on a 33-yard pass by Pina to Simon Castillo.

Kermit had a chance to tie the game early in the final period, but were stopped on four downs by Pecos inside the 5-yard-line. The Eagles then got their final score on a 1-yard run by Josh Payan with just over two minutes left, but Kermit cut the lead to five a minute latter on a 57-yard run and two point conversion. But Pecos was able to recover the onsides kick with 1:30 to play and was able to run out the clock.

In the eighth grade gold team's win, Huric Salgado had the game's lone score, as the gold team improved to 2-2 on the season, while the purple team fell to 0-5 with their loss.

The seventh graders are now 1-3-1 after their loss to the Jackets. Coach Keith Windham said Jeremy Dunlop had Pecos' only touchdown.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles and Jackets varsity teams will meet at Walton Field in Kermit, in the District 4-3A opener for both schools. The two teams each suffered through 1-4 pre-district records, but the winner of tonight's game will be tied for first place in the district standings with the winner of the Monahans-Midland Greenwood game and Fort Stockton, which gets an automatic 2-0 forfeit victory tonight over Presidio, which opted to only play junior high and sub-varsity schedules this year.

Monahans (3-2) at Greenwood (5-0): After scoring only nine points in their first two games, losing to Merkel and Seminole, the Loboes have found enough offense to come up with wins in their last three games, over Alpine, Lubbock Cooper and Lamesa, the latest by a 25-15 score a week ago.

Joey Aguilar has taken over as quarterback from Noah Miles in recent weeks, and was part of both Lobo scores in their win over Cooper, and last Friday had a 46-yard touchdown pass to Miles, while Adrian Dominguez ran for 88 yards and a pair of scores against the Tornadoes.

Greenwood completed a perfect pre-district schedule two weeks ago with a 26-23 victory over Andrews. The Rangers also own victories over Sweetwater and Snyder, both of whom are expected to make the playoffs out of District 3-3A.

In the win over Andrews, Cody Hollums had three touchdown runs, two in the first four minutes of the game, and the last one with just over two minutes to play, after Andrews rallied from a 14-0 deficit to take a 23-19 lead. Hollums ran for 103 yards on just eight carries, 70 on a third quarter TD run, as the Mustangs concentrated on stopping Jeremy Audis and Dawson Wilbur, who were held to 72 and 79 yards respectively.

Andrews hurt the Rangers through the air and dominated the third period, outscoring the Rangers 20-7, after Greenwood had controlled play to start the second half in each of their first four games.

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