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Friday, November 8, 2002 

Pecos, Greenwood teams end with home victories

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity football team closed out their  2002 season Thursday night with a win at home over the Midland  Greenwood Rangers, while Pecos' junior high teams dropped their  season-ending games on Thursday at Greenwood.

The JV rallied from a 6-0 deficit to down the Rangers by a 12-6 score, while Pecos' eighth graders lost to Greenwood, 26-12 and the seventh graders dropped purple and gold games by 16-6 and 6-0 final scores.

Greenwood took their 6-0 lead early in the second period on a two-yard touchdown run to cap a drive that started near midfield. Pecos then tied the game nine seconds before halftime on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Saul Pina. He would also score the Eagles' other touchdown with 11 seconds left in the third quarter on a 3-yard quarterback sneak, while the Eagles kept the Rangers from getting inside the 40-yard-line though the entire second half. The win allowed the JV to finish their season with a 7-3 record.

The eighth graders ended up 1-8 in what coach Michael Valencia said was a combined purple and gold squad game. Luis Ortega had both touchdowns for the Eagles on runs of two and 60 yards.

"That's one of the best games we've played all year. I'm proud of the way some of the `B' (gold) teamers stepped up and played," he said.

The seventh grade gold team ended up with a 3-4-1 mark after their second straight 6-0 defeat, while the purple team wound up with a 2-6-1 mark after their loss to the Rangers. Coach Keith Windham said Jeremy Dunlap had the only touchdown of the game for the seventh graders.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity will be in Greenwood to face the Rangers. It's the first-ever meeting in regular season play for the two schools, though they have played sub-varsity games against each other in the past and scrimmaged regularly during the 1990s.

Greenwood will be trying to go for an undefeated regular season with a win over Pecos tonight. The Rangers are 9-0 and 4-0 in district after their forfeit victory against Presidio last week. The Eagles will try to avoid their worst season record since 1994 with a victory. Pecos is 2-7 on the season and 1-3 in district after their 33-24 loss at home last week to Fort Stockton.

The Panthers are alone in second place, but thanks to Presidio's decision to forfeit their varsity games this year, third place Monahans has already clinched a playoff spot, while the Panthers need a win or a narrow loss to Kermit tonight to advance to the playoffs for the second straight season.

Monahans' 2-0 forfeit win over Presidio tonight will automatically put the Loboes into the playoffs, since Monahans gets second place in any three way tie-breaker with Kermit and Fort Stockton, based on head-to-head point totals. The Loboes are plus-18, having lost to Fort Stockton 7-6 while defeating Kermit last week, 26-7.

Fort Stockton is plus-1, while Kermit stands minus-19 going into tonight's game. So for Kermit to advance to the playoffs, they have to win by 10 points or more to get the tiebreaker. Fort Stockton would go to the playoffs with a win or a loss by nine points or less and would face Snyder in the Class 3A-Division I playoffs, while a Kermit win would put Monahans in against Snyder. Either Monahans or Kermit will face Sweetwater in the bi-district round, while Greenwood gets the winner of tonight's Denver City-Merkel game.

Kermit (2-2 district, 3-6 season) at Fort Stockton (3-1 district, 5-5 season): Fort Stockton's defense had a few breakdowns last week, but they used the 149-yard rushing night by Joseph Lauderdale to pull away from Pecos in the second half. The Panthers gained 258 yards, all on the ground, and figure to stay with the running game tonight against Kermit.

The Jackets have struggled against good defenses this season, managing only 30 yards rushing last week against Monahans. Landon Forga did have a touchdown pass to Lupe Munoz early in the third period, but also gave up a touchdown on a Grayson Hiers interception return in the opening period. Hiers also had a short TD run against Kermit, which is seeking its second trip in three years to the Class 3A playoffs.

Swimmers seek 2nd titles of year in Pecos Invitational

The Pecos Eagles swimming team will be trying for their second straight meet titles on Saturday, when they host nine other teams in the Pecos Invitational.

Diving is scheduled for 5 p.m. today, while the swimming finals will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Pecos High School pool.

The Eagles took both divisions of the Big Spring Invitational two weeks ago, after the boys placed second and the girls third last month in competition at UTPB in Odessa. This weekend's meet will feature most of the teams that swam in Big Spring, plus Lubbock High, Lubbock Coronado and Lubbock Monterey, though coach Terri Morse said those Class 5A schools probably wouldn't have their full squads in Pecos.

"I think they're bringing only the swimmers who are not going to the TISCA meet next week," she said. "There's a big meet in Dallas they go to, so they'll probably just bring those who didn't qualify."

Morse said the Eagles would be swimming mostly in the same events they competed in at Big Spring on Oct. 26. "The relays will be a little different," Morse said. "Ashley Carrasco is not swimming, but Kelsey (Holt) is, and I'll have `B' relays for the boys, because all my divers will be swimming."

The Eagles will add two divers for today's competition. Miguel Estrada will compete with Michael Juarez and Andrew Grant on the boys' side, while Michelle Wein will be the first girl to compete in diving for Pecos this season.

Going into the meet, both relay teams are seeded first in the 200 medley and 400 yard freestyle races, while the girls are seeded first as well in the 200 freestyle relay. Individually, K.W. Winkles is seeded first in the 200 individual medley, Will Oglesby is seeded first in the 100 yard butterfly and backstroke races, and Max Key is seeded first in the 100 yard freestyle and breaststroke events.

For the girls' Susan Moore goes into the meet seeded first in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle races, and Catherine Minjarez is seeded first in the 100-yard butterfly.

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