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Friday, October 10, 2003

Eagle teams split contests with Jackets

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles' seventh grade football team scored a lot of points on, the junior varsity team gave up a lot of points to, and the eighth grade Eagles scored the same amount of points as the Kermit Yellowjackets on Thursday, as the teams split their three sub-varsity games in Pecos and Kermit.

Playing in Pecos, the seventh graders remained undefeated on the season, beating Kermit by a 36-20 final score, while the eighth graders saw the Jackets score with 13 seconds remaining to pull out a 16-16 tie. Up in Kermit, the combined freshman and junior varsity squad fell behind early, and ended up losing to the Jackets by a 38-0 final score.

"It was just a mixture of a little bit of everything," said JV coach Junior Williams. "We combined the teams on Tuesday because of grades and had people playing out of position. But we've got two weeks now to work with them before our next game, so we'll be OK."

Williams said Kermit scored on their opening drive, and then scored again moments later when they picked up a bad long snap by Pecos and ran it in for a touchdown. The loss dropped the JV's record to 2-5 on the season.

The seventh and eighth grades had to drop their gold team games on Thursday due to failing grades, but the seventh grade purple team was able to improve to 5-0 on the season with their victory.

Jeremy Martinez scored three touchdowns, while Kevin Herrera and Heath Armstrong added scores, as the Eagles took an early lead on Kermit and then held off comeback attempts by the Jackets. Armstrong and Herrera also added two point conversions for the Eagles.

The eighth graders got their touchdowns on a nine-yard run by Gerald Saenz in the first period and a 55-yard pass from Drake Bradley to Jeremy Dunlap in the third period. But they had to stop a two-point conversion try by Kermit after their late touchdown to preserve the tie.

The Jackets got a first half safety off a fumbled pitch by Dunlap from Bradley in the Pecos end zone, and scored on a 37-yard run and added a two-point conversion late in the third period. The tie put the eighth grade purple team at 1-3-1 on the season.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity will host Kermit in their 2003 homecoming game. It's also the District 4-3A opener for both teams and the first of three district home games for the Eagles out of four contests. They'll have next week off due to the abandonment of Presidio's football program, then host Monahans on Oct. 24.

Presidio's absence from the district schedule also means Fort Stockton will be idle tonight. The Panthers added a game last week against Alpine to fill out their 10-game schedule, while Kermit added Odessa Permian's junior varsity a week ago for their 10th game. Pecos played its added game back in August, defeating Midland Christian while losing their regularly scheduled game to Lubbock High a week ago, 44-12.

Pecos was minus several players that game who are supposed to be back tonight, though the Eagles did suffer a pre-game setback when senior John Parent sprained his ankle in practice on Thursday.

Tonight's only other district game has Monahans hosting Greenwood, in a match-up in the top two finishers in 4-3A last season.

Greenwood (4-1) at Monahans (2-3): The Rangers came into last year's game undefeated after a narrow win over Andrews and faced a Loboes' team that had struggled on offense, but had played well on defense during pre-district play. Monahans was able to contain Greenwood's offense somewhat, but couldn't get anything going on their own and lost to the Rangers by a 28-0 final score.

This season, Greenwood comes into the game off a narrow loss to Andrews, while Monahans is struggling on offense again, having lost last Friday at Lamesa, 7-0. Chris Sembrano, who scored Lamesa's only touchdown in their 19-12 loss to Pecos, had an interception return of a Kevin Kenyon pass for the game's only touchdown, as the Loboes were beaten despite out-gaining the Tornadoes by 100 yards.

Greenwood lost in overtime at Andrews two weeks ago, and have been doing as well on offense this season as they did a year ago, when they went undefeated until losing in overtime in the Class 3A-Division II state title game. But defensively, the Rangers are allowing about 50 more yards per game so far in 2003.

Dawson Wilbur leads the district in passing yardage with 863 yards, despite playing one less game so far than Pecos' Saul Pina or Kermit's Landon Forga, while Jeremy Audis maintains his lead in the district rushing stats with 599 yards. Like Pecos, Monahans has gotten the bulk of their offense this season through the air, as Kenyon has thrown for 755 yards.

Pecos girls travel to Kermit for 4-3A opener

The Pecos Eagles aren't exactly in the driver's seat yet, as far as the Class 3A playoffs go, but the Eagles will try to strengthen their hold on second place in the District 4-3A standings on Saturday, when they travel to Kermit to take on the Yellowjackets, in the second half opener for both teams.

The Eagles are 4-1 in district and 12-14 on the season after outlasting Greenwood on Tuesday, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 14-25, 16-14, at the Pecos High School gym. The win put Pecos a game up on the Rangerettes, who host 5-0 Monahans on Saturday.

Kermit, meanwhile, has gone winless in the first half of district play for the second year in a row after a promising effort in pre-district play. That included tying the Eagles in pool round play at the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament back in August, but in their return to Pecos for the district opener on Sept. 23, the Jackets were swept by the Eagles, 25-22, 25-20, 25-17. This past Tuesday, Kermit won their first game over Fort Stockton, 25-23, but then dropped the final three games of the match, 25-21, 25-22, 25-12.

"Hopefully we can take care of Kermit on Saturday and Presidio on Tuesday, and then take a week off before going to Monahans," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. The Eagles need wins in three of their last five district matches to assure themselves of an eighth straight trip to the playoffs.

"We just need to take care of business and win the games we should be able to win, and everything else will fall into place," Granado said.

Play opens on Saturday with the freshman and junior varsity matches, at 5 and 6 p.m.

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