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Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998

Eagles face Alpine, OHS in rematches

PECOS, Sept. 1 -- The Pecos Eagles will get a chance to see
how much they've progressed in two weeks compared to the
Odessa High Bronchos and Alpine Bucks, when the Eagles and
Bronchos travel to Alpine tonight for a three-way meet
against each other for the second time this season, starting
at 4:30 p.m.

The teams opened their 1998 seasons in Pecos two weeks ago,
with Pecos sweeping OHS, 15-12, 15-7, then losing in two
games to Alpine, 15-7, 15-3, after the Bucks scored a two
game win over the Bronchos.

Since then, the Eagles have gone 3-4 on the season,
including a three-game loss to Alpine at Odessa High in the
Ector County ISD Tournament. This past Saturday, both the
Eagles and Bucks went 2-1 in the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic,
with the Eagles downing Fabens and Crane for fifth place
after a loss to tournament champion El Paso Bowie, while
Alpine defeated Crane and Monahans to win third, around a
semifinal loss to Wink, their only loss in 10 matches this

Odessa High is 5-5 after going 1-2 at the San Angelo
Tournament this past weekend. The Bronchos lost to San
Angelo Lake View and Amarillo Caprock, around a victory over
Big Spring.

Eagles coach Becky Granado was hoping to get junior Katrina
Quiroz back this week, after she missed the first two weeks
of play with a pulled muscle.

"Katrina should help us on the back line. She does a better
job of `reading' the hitters and knows where the ball is
going to go," said Granado, who tried several back line
combinations during this past weekend's tournament.

Pecos' Sherrie Mosby earned all-tournament honors on
Saturday, after coming up with strong games hitting against
Fabens and Crane. Pecos had trouble generating offense in
their two losses to Alpine, who put two hitters, Selena
Monclova and O'Lita McWilliams, on the Cantaloupe Classic
all-tournament squad.

Pecos' junior varsity and freshmen teams will also play the
Bucks and Bronchos tonight. The Eagles' JV beat OHS'
sophomores to win their division of this past weekend's
tournament, and beat Alpine two weeks ago while losing to
Odessa's JV. The freshmen also beat the Bucks in their
season opener, while falling to OHS' sophomores.

Seminoles rally to down Aggies

AP Sports Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Sept. 1 -- While the attention
focused on 26-year-old quarterback Chris Weinke, Florida
State won the Kickoff Classic with its real stars: Peter
Warrick, Travis Minor and a great defense.

Warrick had a career-high nine receptions, including a
go-ahead touchdown catch, Minor carried a school-record 34
times for 146 yards and the Seminoles limited Texas A&M to
20 second-half yards in posting a harder-than-expected 23-14
win Monday night.

In winning the traditional opener to the college football
season at Giants Stadium, No. 2 Florida State had to
overcome a 14-10 deficit that No. 14 Texas A&M took just
before halftime when a fumble by Weinke was returned for a

``I thought at the half that A&M had the momentum, and I
didn't know how in the world our team would respond,'' said
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, whose team was a 14-15
point favorite despite having just 12 seniors. ``Would we

The defense answered that question quickly. It stopped the
Aggies on their opening second-half possession and then
Warrick, the game's MVP, took over. He caught passes 12, 10
and 14 yards to set up the second of three field goals by
Sebastian Janikowski, a 28-yarder that made it 14-13.

A 21-yard punt return by Warrick following a three-and-out
series by the Aggies gave Florida State the ball at the A&M
37, putting the Seminoles in position to take control.

Four plays later, Warrick had his ankle rolled by defensive
back Sedrick Curry after an incomplete pass in the end zone.
The junior receiver was on the ground for a couple of
minutes and then gingerly walked to the sidelines.

However, he walked back on the field a little more than a
minute later and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Weinke,
who was 21-of-36 for 207 yards and two fumbles in his first
start in nine years.

``Coach told me I had to get back in there,'' said Warrick,
who finished with 106 yards receiving. ``My ankle was
hurting real bad, but (he said) that if I wanted to be a
great athlete I had to overcome injuries.''

Texas A&M, which had minus-2 yards rushing in the second
half, got the ball three more times and never got past its
own 39.

While Florida State only got one more field goal, Minor
became a workhorse, chewing up yardage and the clock in the
fourth quarter.

``With Travis and Peter, I have two guys with a lot of
talent on offense with me,'' Weinke said. ``Travis has the
ability to go all the way any time he touches the ball and
Peter is a big-time player. He was getting double-teamed,
but he still found a way to make plays.''

That's something Texas A&M had trouble doing on offense
throughout the game. The Aggies gained 133 yards overall,
with 49 coming on a first-quarter pass to Chris Cole. It set
up a 1-yard touchdown run by D'Andre Hardeman early in the
second quarter.

The Aggies' other score came on a 21-yard fumble return by
Jay Brooks after Weinke was sacked by Christian Rodriguez 29
seconds before halftime.

``I have to give a lot of credit to FSU,'' said Aggies
quarterback Branndon Stewart, who completed 10 of 21 passes
for 100 yards. ``They have so much speed and send so many
guys at you, it's hard to stop it every time. They got fired
up and did a better job in the second half.''

``They kind of overpowered us defensively,'' Texas A&M coach
R.C. Slocum said. ``I didn't want to pass against them in
predictable situations because they're so effective with the
pass rush.''

The Seminoles took a 7-0 lead on Minor's 3-yard TD run 7:58
into the game, completing a 39-yard drive that began when
Stewart fumbled the snap and cornerback Troy Saunders

Sirr Parker fumbled on the Aggies' next possession, and
Tommy Polley recovered at the A&M 35. The Seminoles settled
for a 33-yard field goal by Janikowski.

``Our defense played tremendously,'' Bowden said. ``The rush
was tremendous. I'm glad it's over. We had more unproven
parts for an opener than in any in the last four years.''

Weinke was the most unproven, making his first start after
giving up on a baseball career.

``I did some good things and I did some bad things, but
that's to be expected in your first start,'' Weinke said.
``The main thing was to go out there and get a win. And we
did that.''

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