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Friday, October 25, 2002

Pecos teams heading to Ft. Stockton, Big Spring

Two Pecos Eagle teams will be headed out of town on Saturday, one for their first meeting of the year with their district and regional rivals and the other for a meeting that could determine whether or not they make the playoffs this season.

Heading east Saturday morning will be the Eagles' swimming team, as they compete in the Big Spring Invitational, starting at 11 a.m. Heading south will be Pecos' volleyball team, as they play their final regular season road contest in Fort Stockton against the Prowlers, starting around 4 p.m.

The Eagles fell out of a tie for second in the District 4-3A standings on Tuesday with a 15-1, 15-3 loss at home to first place Monahans. It left Pecos with a 5-3 record in district, 12-14 on the season.

Fort Stockton lost on Tuesday night to Midland Greenwood, 15-11, 15-12, which left the Rangerettes alone in second play and also clinched a playoff spot for Greenwood. Pecos can clinch a post-season berth on Saturday with a win over the Prowlers, while Fort Stockton needs wins on Saturday and Tuesday in Kermit and a loss by Pecos on Tuesday against Greenwood to force a third place playoff.

The Eagles have swept the Prowlers in all three of their meetings this season, including a 15-12, 15-5 win at home on Oct. 5. They also own a 15-11, 15-11 win in Fort Stockton, which coach Becky Granado hopes the Eagles can duplicate on Saturday.

"I just hope we play better on the road than we did at Presidio," Granado said, referring to the Eagles' last match on the road, a 5-15, 15-12, 15-13 win over the Blue Devils on Oct. 15.

Pecos' swimmers also have faced Fort Stockton twice this year, coming out ahead at the Odessa Invitational and in a dual meet in Pecos last Thursday. On Saturday, they'll see the rest of their District 3-4A rivals, along with Class 4A teams Pampa, Amarillo Caprock, Burkburnett and two of the three Wichita Falls schools.

Odessa Permian and all four of Midland's public and private schools will be there, though coach Terri Morse said Midland High and Midland Lee would probably have mostly junior varsity swimmers entered.

"They usually go to our meet, but they're not this year, so I guess they decided to go to Big Spring," she said.

Morse added that her swimmers would be back in their usual events on Saturday, after swimming in different races last week against Fort Stockton.

"The only thing I won't have is Daniel (Quintana) in the 500 (freestyle). He's going to swim in the 100, and Gary (Garcia) is going to swim the 500 instead of the 100," Morse said. "Michael (Juarez) will also swim the 50 instead of the 100, but everyone else will swim their regular events."

Juarez will also compete in the 1-meter diving competition, which will be tonight at 6 p.m.

Home teams post Jr. high, JV victories

The home teams came out on top in all five of Thursday's sub-varsity football games between the Pecos Eagles and Monahans Loboes, which translated into four junior high wins for the Loboes in Monahans and one junior varsity win for the Eagles in Pecos.

The JV won for the sixth time in eight games, jumping out to a 14-0 halftime lead on the way to a 28-12 win over Monahans, while the Eagles' junior high squads lost their games on the road, with the eighth grade purple team falling 27-12, the eighth grade gold team 56-6, the seventh grade purple team 22-0 and the seventh grade gold team, 12-0.

The Eagles got two touchdown runs from quarterback Saul Pina in the JV's win, a one-yard run in the second period and a 20-yarder in the fourth quarter, after Monahans cut Pecos' lead to 14-6. Pina had thrown to Adrian Barreno for the first Pecos touchdown in the opening period, and Adam Ybarra had Pecos' final touchdown, a two-yard run after a Monahans turnover.

Barreno also had two extra point kicks while Jose Gonzales had a two-point conversion run for the Eagles, who assured themselves of a winning record with the victory.

The eighth grade purple team fell to 1-6 on the season, but improved on their first meeting with Monahans, a 28-0 loss in Pecos. Larry Johnson and Jesse Hanks had the two touchdowns for the Eagles.

The gold team lost for the third time this season to Monahans and are 2-4 on the year. Pecos' points came from Uric Salgado, who returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

The seventh grade purple team is 2-4-1 after their loss to the Loboes. It was the second time the Eagles have been shut out by Monahans, though the first time they played a scoreless tie.

The seventh grade gold team is 3-2-1 on the season after their loss. The gold team earlier played a scoreless tie with Monahans and beat the Loboes, 6-0.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Monahans, the Eagles' varsity will take on the Loboes. Both teams need wins tonight and in their games next week to have a shot at advancing to the playoffs. The 1-1 Eagles host Fort Stockton next week and close regular season play with a trip to Midland Greenwood, while the 0-2 Loboes travel to Kermit next week and then get a forfeit win over Presidio the final week of regular season play.

Thanks to their forfeit win next week, both Greenwood and Fort Stockton will play Pecos next, after meeting tonight in Midland for sole possession of first in the District 2-4A standings.

Fort Stockton (2-0 district, 4-3 season) at Greenwood (2-0, 7-0): The Rangers were banged up a little last week by Kermit, despite winning 35-0, and are expected to play minus at least three starters and possibly a fourth in running back Jeremy Audis. But Greenwood already played once this season without one of their starting runners, fullback Cody Hollums, and ran for over 400 yards against Ballinger, which has gone 5-1 since then.

Fort Stockton faces the same problem Monahans did two weeks ago when they lost at Greenwood 28-0 _ generating enough offense to stay with the Rangers. Like the Loboes, the Panthers' defense has played well most of the time this season, but the offense has struggled, though they have run the ball slightly better than Monahans, with back Joseph Lauderdale getting most of the work. He gained 59 yards and scored the game-tying touchdown in last week's 7-6 overtime victory against the Loboes. A 30 percent chance of rain tonight in the Permian Basin could also help the Panthers defense slow Greenwood down.

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