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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Eagles looking to stop Loboes, find offense

Staff Writer

The Monahans Loboes found their missing offense just in time to open the District 4-3A portion of their 2003 football schedule. The Pecos Eagles didn't.

Friday night at Eagle Stadium, Pecos will try to find their missing offense in time to stay in the District 4-3A playoff race, when they host the first place Loboes in a 7 p.m. start.

Monahans came into district play off a 7-0 shutout loss at Lamesa, and having scored more than two touchdowns in only one game this season. But in the past two games, the Loboes have racked up 69 points, shocking sixth-ranked Greenwood in their 4-3A opener two weeks ago, 35-34, then racing out to a 27-0 lead on Fort Stockton in the first half last Friday, before ending up with a 34-22 victory.

"It's improved immensely over the past three weeks," said Loboes' head coach Larry Hanna. "It seems like our team always comes around at this time of year."

The Eagles, meanwhile, were off last week, after losing their district opener to Kermit by a 14-8 final score. It was the sixth game out of seven so far in 2003 for Pecos that has been decided by eight points or less, and the third time this season the Eagles' offense were unable to take advantage of a fourth quarter turnover by their opponent to take the lead.

The loss left Pecos with a 3-4 season record, while Monahans is 2-0 and 4-3, and can clinch a trip to the playoffs with a win on Friday.

Both teams have gone to a more pass-oriented type of offense this season, and over the past two weeks Monahans has picked up over 700 yards, much of that through quarterback Kevin Kenyon. He leads the district in passing with 1,164 yards and is now second on the team in rushing with 260 yards.

"It's just a matter of them getting to know the offense and getting all our kids going in the same direction," said Hanna. "We started off against Lamesa moving the ball real well, but we just didn't finish it off."

"When they played Lamesa they were doing the same thing they're doing now," said Eagles' coach Patrick Willis, whose team gained under 100 yards, but scored three touchdowns in their Sept. 13 win at Lamesa. "The key for us is don't get beaten by their lineman defensively and line up and take care of our responsibilities."

"Their receivers were wide open against Greenwood," said Willis, who played for Monahans when Hanna was an assistant coach there in the mid-1980s. "Against Fort Stockton they did whatever they wanted to early, until Fort Stockton got adjusted and made a run at them."

"It's more of a controlled passing game that we've run, with a lot of close passes, but we will throw it long at any time," said Hanna. Richard Covington, the defending district champ in the 100-meter dash, has been the team's main receiver, with 14 catches for 257 yards and two touchdowns, while Tyson Carter had caught nine passes for 200 yards and a score. Both players also have carried the ball on reverses eight times this season.

"Lately, they've been trying to run all their reverses to Tyson Carter. I would have thought they would run it to Covington, but anybody with that speed is still a threat," said Willis.

Monahans is led in rushing by Johnny Rodriguez, with 284 yards, though he only has two touchdowns to seven for Kenyon.

"Johnny Rodriguez is probably in there more than anyone, along with Dimas Porras. Those two carry more from the backfield," Hanna said. Porras ran for two touchdowns and caught three passes a year ago, in the Loboes' 29-0 win over the Eagles.

Hanna said on the line, center Lance Porter has been the team's strongest lineman, while adding that tackles J.W. Burnett and Fermin Vasquez, "came on and played real well the last couple of games."

Defensively, Monahans and Pecos' numbers are similar. The Loboes gave up five touchdowns to Greenwood, but came up with a key stop at the end of the game to preserve their win, and then shut down Fort Stockton early last week, while building a four touchdown lead.

"Our defense really did a good job. We gave up a big run to (Wayne) Jefferson in the second quarter of about 60 yards, but he can take it to the house any time. In the third quarter we turned the ball over a couple of times and gave them a short field," Hanna said.

"Their front seven is pretty good," said Willis. "They don't make a lot of mistakes and they're well-disciplined.

"As always, the difference maker is going to have to be the offensive line. They need to give us some time to take advantage of some of the things we see," Willis said.

"Dimas Porras has been a solid leader all year long," Hanna said of his linebacker, who returns along with middle linebacker Ben Swanson after all-district seasons in 2002. He added that Jesus Pedroza in the secondary and Vasquez and Ruben Arroyo on the line also have played well.

Against Kermit, Willis moved Oscar Parada to quarterback for part of the game, and he led the Eagles on a game-opening 64-yard scoring drive, all of the yards coming on the ground. But Parada did not complete a pass in the game, while Kermit's line was able to target Saul Pina and Jose Reyes when they were in the game mainly to throw the ball, and shut out Pecos the rest of the night.

The Eagles have had two weeks to work on those problems, and Willis said the timing of the bye week was "Great. It gave us time to work on a lot of fundamentals and to make the changes we need to make after a three-game skid.

"In every game except Lubbock High we've been right there until the end. It may not be just one thing, it may be a few things here and there like a fumble or a pass interference call that moves them out from their own end that slows us down, but we've been working on correcting those problems."

Starting Lineups

Monahans Pecos

Offense Defense

QB ( 9) - Kevin Kenyon 160 DE (56) - Chad Evans 210

RB (30) - Johnny Rodriguez 160 DT (54) - Jacob Marquez 180

SE ( 4) - Richard Covington 155 DT (66) - Victor Reyes 165

WB (32) - Tyson Carter 150 DE (47) - Booker Fobbs 210

LT (70) - Fermin Vasquez 215 LB ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165

LG (51) - Fabien Hinojos 200 LB (32) - Eddie Vela 155

C (50) - Lance Porter 220 LB ( 7) - Aurelio Lopez 175

RG (77) - Ryan Munoz 260 CB ( 3) - Jaime Muela 140

RT (55) - J.W. Burnett 175 R ( 9) - John Parent 175

TE (81) - Ruben Arroyo 200 S ( 2) - Oscar Parada 180

WR ( 3) - Jimmy Wright 160 CB ( 6) - Simon Castillo 155

Defense Offense

DE (81) - Ruben Arroyo 200 QB (10) - Saul Pina 165

DT (70) - Fermin Vasquez 215 RB (22) - Rashad Terry 160

DT (63) - Tyrel Dutcher 202 SE ( 9) - John Parent 175

DE (55) - J.W. Burnett 175 WB ( 2) - Oscar Parada 180

LB (24) - Dimas Porras 205 LT (56) - Chad Evans 210

LB (72) - Ben Swanson 185 LG (62) - Travis Burkholder 225

LB (20) - Michael Gonzales 155 C (71) - Daniel Medina 160

CB (21) - Jesus Pedroza 165 RG (55) - Adrian Barreno 195

SS (12) - Matt Walsh 150 RT (66) - Victor Reyes 165

FS (33) - Adrian Rios 165 TE ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165

CB (31) - Adrian Carrillo 140 SE ( 6) - Simon Castillo 155

K (30) - Johnny Rodriguez 160 P (32) - Eddie Vela 155

P ( 9) - Kevin Kenyon 160 K ( 5) - Alex Orosco 165

Pecos hosting Monahans in first home meet

Pecos Eagles' swimming coach Terri Morse plans to make a few changes, both out of design and possibly out of necessity this evening, when the Eagles host the Monahans Loboes in their first home swim meet of the 2003-04 season.

The Eagles and Loboes will swim starting at 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School pool. It's the first of three home meets this season for Pecos, all between now and the middle of November.

The meet is also the third so far this season for the Eagles. Both the boys and girls teams took second place in Odessa earlier this month, and both swept Fort Stockton in a dual meet last Thursday.

Morse switched up some of her swimmers last week from what they had been entered in at the Odessa Invitational. For tonight, she said, "Some are swimming in their regular events and some aren't. It's hard to say right now, because I've got some who may be sick, so I may have to change my relays again.

"I have a couple of girls who are kind of sick right now, and my boys I may switch around some. I really don't know what some of the other teams have. I'll have to wait and see Andrews and Big Spring, so for now, I'm not sure what I'm going to do," she said.

Pecos swept all of the races against Fort Stockton last Thursday, and earned five first place finishes out of 12 races on the boys' side in their season opener In Odessa.

Pecos will go to Big Spring next weekend for the Big Spring Invitational, then host Fort Stockton and hold their own invitational meet over the next two weeks. They'll also have a dual meet against Midland High and Midland Lee during that time.

Diving today will start before swimming, at about 4:30 p.m., though Morse said, "Monahans doesn't have any divers, so this is going to be more of a practice meet. I've got one that's just going to practice and two that are going to dive."

Junior high teams host Loboes,

JV squad playing in Monahans

Pecos' junior high football teams will be playing their second and third games of the season against the Monahans Loboes today, while the Eagles will have a combined freshman and junior varsity team in Monahans to take on the Loboes this evening, at 7 p.m.

The seventh grade purple and gold teams will host Monahans, the seventh graders at the Crockett Middle School field and the eighth graders at Eagle Stadium, both at 4 and 5:30 p.m.

The JV and freshman combined team lost their last game, 38-0 at Kermit, which left the JV with a 2-5 season record. The junior high teams played only purple squad games two weeks ago against the Yellowjackets, with the seventh graders winning 36-20 to go to 5-0 on the season, while the eighth graders are 1-3-1 after ended up in a 16-16 tie with Kermit.

The seventh grade purple team beat Monahans in September, 6-0, while the eighth grade team lost on the Loboes' home field, 30-0. The gold teams have played Monahans twice already, splitting those games with the Loboes.

Aside from the junior high and high school games at Eagle Stadium today and Friday, Pecos' Pee Wee football teams will be hosting teams from Kermit, Andrews and Seminole on Saturday at the high school field. The Chiefs and Vikings will take on Kermit at 10 and 11 a.m., the Dolphins and Packers will face Andrews at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., and the Colts and Redskins will face Seminole at 3 and 4 p.m.

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