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Thursday, September 2, 1999

Eagles face tough challenge  at Seminole

PECOS, Sept. 2, 1999 -- The may not have set the world on fire through the first two-plus weeks of the season, but the Pecos Eagles have made it into the championship round of both tournaments they've been entered in so far this season.

That record will be put to the test on Friday, when Pecos travels to the Seminole Invitational. The Eagles will play Lubbock Coronado at 11:30 a.m., then take on former district rival San Angelo Lake View at 3:30 p.m. and Odessa High at 5:30 p.m.

The Eagles know about one of their opponents - they come off a victory over Odessa High and a loss to Alpine in Alpine on Tuesday, which kept Pecos at the .500 mark for the season, at 5-5 overall. As for the other two, coach Becky Granado said, "I don't know anything about Lubbock Coronado, but I know Lake View is good, they've won both tournaments they've been in."

The Maidens took first place in the San Angelo Invitational last weekend after winning the Ector County ISD Tournament two weeks ago. On Tuesday, they swept Brownwood, 15-4, 15-6 to remain unbeaten on the season at 11-0.

Coronado, meanwhile, comes into play Friday off a 15-13, 15-7 loss to one of Odessa High's district rivals, Abilene High.

The pool winner will play at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, as will the third place finisher, in the consolation bracket. The runner-up plays in the quarterfinals at 9:45 a.m., and the fourth place finisher will play at 10:30 a.m.

The Eagles are still having problems generating offense when junior Philonicus Fobbs is not scoring, though Granado said Pecos' defense improved on Tuesday.

"We hustled more on defense and were digging the ball out more," she said. "We're still having a tough time, but we're picking it up more."

Aside from Lake View, Hereford will be the other top Class 4A team in the tournament, paired with Odessa Permian, Lubbock Estacado and Amarillo River Road in pool play.

Ailing Eagles face Denver City

PECOS, Sept. 2, 1999 -- A couple of former assistants will be looking for their first head coaching wins tonight at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, when the Pecos Eagles open their 1999 football season with a 7 p.m. game against the Denver City Mustangs.

It's the first game as Eagles' head coach for Gary Grubbs, and the first for Denver City's Terry Summers, who, like Grubbs, moved up from an assistant coach's role last season, when the Mustangs defeated the Eagles in Odessa by a 20-12 final score. Luis Villegas ran for 169 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game, during which the Eagles lost linebacker Robert Gonzales for a month due to injury.

This time, the Eagles come into the game without Gonzales' replacement, Joe Robert Lara, or Lara's replacement, Omar Luna.

Lara hurt his knee two weeks ago, and will be out at least until the start of District 2-4A play, Grubbs said. Luna took his place, but needed emergency appendectomy surgery over the weekend. Add to that a knee sprain suffered by offensive lineman Micha Huffman and an ankle injury to defensive lineman Jacob Weidner, and Grubbs said Pecos will be either hurting or inexperienced at several spots tonight.

"We're just having a bunch of bad breaks right now, but I still think we're going to win the football game," he said, adding the Eagles do have to perform better than they did in workouts earlier this week.

"We've just got to do a good job of executing. Right now we're having a hard time in practice."

Denver City, meanwhile, missed the playoffs for the first time in several years in 1998, and is looking at two quarterbacks to replace Villegas, who graduated.

Sophomore Armando Galvan and junior Blu Kostelich are expected to split time tonight. "We're probably going to platoon them for the first three or four games until we get in synch," Summers said. "They both play on defense also (at cornerback), so this gives us a chance to give them a little rest."

"They're going to be plenty tough," Grubbs said. "We looked at the films, and they've got a sophomore quarterback who's comparable to him (Villegas)."

"We watched them against Andrews and Seagraves, and their defense seems to get a lot of people to the football," said Grubbs, though Summers downplayed the Mustangs' scrimmage efforts against those two teams.

"We haven't looked good against Andrews or Seagraves," he said. "But we have kind of long running goals to get a little bit better week to week."

"Defensively we seem to be real similar. We don't have as much size up front as in the past," the Mustangs' coach said. Amado Rodriguez, who has moved into a defensive end spot, has done the best job so far, Summers added.

Including their two out-of-town scrimmage games against Monahans and Greenwood, tonight is the middle of Pecos' five game "road trip" to start the season. They'll go to Alpine and Fort

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