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Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Pecos' cross country squad to be young

The 2003 season gets underway on Saturday for the Pecos Eagles' cross country team at the San Angelo Invitational, with coach Rudy Jurado's team going with mostly younger runners in both the boys and girls divisions.

After four years of going up against some of the best cross country runners in the state as a member of District 2-4A, Pecos' boys took advantage of the move to District 4-3A to claim their first district title. Most of those runners are gone, but Jurado does have more girls on his team right now, after qualifying one runner for regionals a year ago.

"We've got seven boys and five girls," he said. "I lost five seniors. The only ones I have right now that ran before are Jeremiah Mora and Joshua Cobos."

"As far as the girls go, they're all new. I've got Olivia Marruffo, Cirenne Fuentes, Michelle Wein, Jasmine Rodriguez and Jennifer Martinez," Jurado said. Wein ran for part of last season as a freshman, while the only regional qualifier for the girls from last year, Leslie Rodriguez, is not running in 2003, he said.

Saturday's meet will start at 10 a.m. near the Carlsbad State School, northwest of San Angelo. The Eagles' next meet after that will be on Sept. 20 in Big Spring.

Eagles seek to surpass '02 win total against Bucks

Staff Writer

What happened in last year's game between the Pecos Eagles and the Alpine Bucks turned out to have no connection whatsoever with the way the remainder of the 2002 season would go for either team.

The Eagles routed the Bucks, 35-10, but it was Alpine that ended up advancing to the playoffs, winning their second straight district title after an 0-3 start, while the Eagles wouldn't win another game on the field for the remainder of the season.

Alpine closed 2002 with seven straight victories to reach the playoffs, and won their eighth straight regular season game this past Friday, routing Sonora by a 35-14 final score in their 2003 season opener. Pecos, meanwhile, ended an eight game regular season losing streak on Friday, beating Midland Christian, 15-8, in the debut game for new head coach Patrick Willis.

This Friday night, the Bucks will try and extend their regular season win streak, while the Eagles will try to surpass their on-field victory total for all of 2002, when they host Alpine in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Oscar Parada ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter last season, while the Eagles survived some late-first half punting and pass defense problems to beat Alpine for the first time in three years. But they faced a Bucks team that had graduated most of their players from a year earlier, when they won the District 4-3A title before dropping down to Class 2A a year ago.

Alpine recovered from their early season losses in time to grab the District 1-2A crown, and coach Brent Evans said most of the key players from the 2002 team are back this season, and the Bucks rolled up over 400 yards total offense in their opening game win.

"Familiarity with the offense has helped tremendously, and the continuity with the system has helped a lot, too," Evans said, adding that the Bucks also had a couple of players miss last year's game, both due to injuries and disciplinary reasons.

One was quarterback Mario Estrada. "He didn't play last year because he was hurt, but he's got a lot more experience this year," Evans said.

"They run an option offense and the (wish)bone and have got a good, quick quarterback," Willis said. "He's a pretty good runner, and was co-MVP of their district last year."

After earning MVP honors on offense a year ago, Estrada ran for 135 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown, in the Bucks' win over Sonora last week, while passing for another 120 yards and a TD to Ryan McWilliams, who had Alpine's lone score on offense in last season's loss to Pecos.

McWilliams is back as the Bucks' main receiver, as is running back Zack Dodson, who gained 101 yards and scored twice in the win over Sonora, which Evans said was the Bucks' first victory over the Broncos in 11 years.

The Eagles allowed just 117 yards rushing and 154 yards overall in their victory against Midland Christian, though the Mustangs were able to open up some holes in Pecos' line, mostly during the first half. Willis said he hoped his players will have eliminated some of their mental mistakes on defense, going into Friday's game.

"You've got to play good disciplined football when you play an option team, because they give you so many looks," he said. "My main thing is if we get lined up in the right places, we'll be all right."

Defensively for Alpine, Evans said he returns eight players, led by linebacker Bruce Collier. "He was second team all-state last year and had a pretty good game last week with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery," the Bucks' coach said.

"They're an aggressive defensive team," Willis said. "He (Collier) worries me. He makes plays all over the field and is real aggressive. He likes to do a lot of stunting."

Evans added that Dodson and Steven Rodriguez also played well on defense for Alpine. They're among nine players listed as two-way starters for the Bucks, though Evans said, "We try to rotate them in and out a lot, so some of them may start both ways, but they're not playing all the time. Probably the ones we play that don't get a whole lot of rest is about four."

The Eagles gained over 300 yards last week, with quarterback Saul Pina throwing for 148 yards while Booker Fobbs ran for 87 yards and a touchdown. However, he also had a TD called back by a penalty, one of 14 on the night for Pecos. The Eagles also had three turnovers and a blocked punt, but those were offset by Midland Christian's five turnovers, including one on a 4th-and-3 from the Pecos 5-yard-line with a minute to play, after the blocked punt had set the Mustangs up at the Eagles' 12-yard-line.

"I'm glad to get one behind us," Willis said. "I think the more experience we have the better our offense is going to be, and we've worked on a lot of little things this week."

The Eagles did suffer one loss, when sophomore lineman Julio Orosco broke his ankle during workouts on Labor Day. However, Willis said some of the other Pecos linemen who didn't begin practicing until late August should be able to contribute more on Friday against Alpine.

Starting Lineups

Alpine Pecos

Offense Defense

QB (16) - Mario Estrada 165 DE (56) - Chad Evans 210

RB (20) - Zac Dodson 175 DT (54) - Jacob Marquez 180

WR (33) - Steven Rodriguez 150 DT (66) - Victor Reyes 165

TE (41) - Lamar Keller 181 DE (47) - Booker Fobbs 210

RT (69) - Patrick Carrillo 180 LB ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165

RG (50) - Angel Carillo 188 LB (33) - Joe Marruffo 170

C (58) - Jason Loeffler 210 LB (20) - Bino Barreno 160

LG (73) - Todd Peters 260 CB (30) - Jose Garcia 150

LT (52) - Bruce Collier 180 R ( 9) - John Parent 175

WB (31) - Jonathan Wood 145 S ( 2) - Oscar Parada 180

SE (88) - Ryan McWilliams 151 CB ( 6) - Simon Castillo 155

Defense Offense

DE (58) - Jason Loeffler 210 QB (10) - Saul Pina 165

DT (73) - Todd Peters 260 RB (22) - Rashad Terry 160

DT (50) - Angel Carrillo 188 SE ( 9) - John Parent 175

DE (33) - Steven Rodriguez 150 WB ( 2) - Oscar Parada 180

LB (24) - Lorenzo Lujan 190 LT (56) - Chad Evans 210

LB (41) - Lamar Keller 181 LG (62) - Travis Burkholder 225

LB (52) - Bruce Collier 180 C (71) - Daniel Medina 160

CB (31) - Jonathan Wood 145 RG (55) - Adrian Barreno 195

SS (20) - Zac Dodson 175 RT (66) - Victor Reyes 165

FS (88) - Ryan McWilliams 151 TE ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165

CB (38) - Daniel Stokes 180 SE ( 6) - Simon Castillo 155

K (82) - Gerry Lujan 170 P (32) - Eddie Vela 155

P (88) - Ryan McWilliams 151 K (55) - Adrian Barreno 195

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