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Friday, September 17, 1999

Eagles' football game attracts showers again

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- New concrete, new asphalt, a dirt trench and a football game apparently is the way to attract rain to Pecos.

For the third week in a row while work is underway installing the new track at Eagle Stadium, it's rained on a Pecos Eagle sub-varsity football game. This time, Thursday's deluge was so hard it force postponement of Pecos' junior varsity football game against the Fort Stockton Panthers, 35 minutes after the start of the game.

Varsity head coach Gary Grubbs said the game would be made up on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. at the Crockett Middle School field. The game will be moved over to the eighth grade field because crews from San Antonio are scheduled to apply the top rubber surface to the track over the next several days, so it will be ready before the varsity's home opener a week from today against Crane.

If nothing else, the rain did give the new drainage system at the track it's first test _ after Pecos-Barstow-Toyah superintendent Don Love and athletic director Bubba Williams dug out an 18-inch deep hole to uncover the outlet pipe on the northeast corner of the track.

Water running under the track was a major cause of the old foundation's deterioration. The drain is supposed to channel the water away from the area, though water was moving very slowly towards it from the southeast end of the track, and Love said there was still a sinkhole problem near the track's southwest corner.

Neither JV team scored before the showers and lightning arrived, and neither eighth grade `B' team could score in their earlier game at the Crockett Middle School field against Crane. In the seventh grade `B' game, Crane defeated Pecos by a 26-8 score, while in Fort Stockton, Pecos' freshmen lost to the Panthers by a 30-12 final score.

"We just had too many mistakes and allowed too many long runs," said freshman coach Tino Acosta. "We kind of showed our immaturity last night, but our kids also showed some maturity when they didn't quit."

Fort Stockton held a 22-6 lead at halftime, and both teams had one touchdown in the second half. A pair of quarterback sneaks by Freddie Torres accounted for the Eagles' scores.

In the seventh grade `B' game, Crane used a series of long quarterback runs to get their scores. Pecos led once, at 8-6, after a 57-yard TD run by Gilbert Gonzales, with Jarrett Grubbs running for the two-point conversion.

Pecos' junior high `A' teams scrimmaged each other before the `B' games, with the eighth graders scoring a 40-6 victory.

Tonight in Fort Stockton, the Eagles' varsity faces the Panthers in a 7:30 p.m. start. The Eagles are trying to get off to a 2-1 start for the second year in a row, while the Panthers are hoping to avoid an 0-3 beginning for the second straight season.

Pecos' District 2-4A rivals are all in action tonight with the exception of Canutillo, which began its season a week early. Clint plays at El Paso Cathedral, El Paso Mountain View hosts Santa Teresa, N.M., Fabens is at El Paso Parkland and San Elizario goes to Deming, N.M.

Clint (2-0) at Cathedral (1-1): El Paso High succeeded in keeping D.J. Check from completing any big plays to Jeremy Arnold, holding the all-state receiver to one catch for five yards. But Check hooked up with every other receiver for 306 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-56 win. On the plus side, Clint was up 63-42 before El Paso High got a pair of late scores. On the down side, El Paso High scored just seven points the previous week and allowed 48 against Eastwood, which lost it's home opener to Andrews.

Cathedral shut out Fabens last Friday, 7-0, allowing the Wildcats' 164 passing yards, but picking off three Rigo Estrada passes. They were beaten by Del Valle in their opener, 34-7.

Fabens (1-1) at Parkland (1-1): From a 42-0 win over Deming to a loss to Cathedral, the Wildcats offense dropped sharply in Week 2. Estrada had three TD passes in the opening win, while running back Vincente Macias didn't have a bad night, with 82 yards rushing last week, but that was 125 yards less than in the opener against Deming.

Parkland won their opener over San Elizario, but was beaten last week by Mountain View, 17-14. The Matadors committed six turnovers and fell behind 17-0 before scoring twice in the final period. Quarterback Raul Camacho had a five-yard TD run and 80 yard scoring pass to Artise Cheeks.

Santa Teresa, N.M. (0-3) at EP Mountain View (1-0): The Loboes got a 92-yard rushing performance from Ricky Lopez, while the rest of the team ran for minus-6. He also caught four of the 11 completions by quarterback Arturo Muniz, who moved over from a receiver's spot last season. Mountain View still has their No. 1 pass catcher, Albert Jaurrieta, who had one TD catch against Parkland.

Santa Teresa, after a respectable season a year ago, as fallen back to the level of two and three years ago, when they were Fort Stockton's favorite whipping boy. They were blanked by San Elizario in their season opener and last week were routed by New Mexico Military Institute, 30-7.

San Elizario (1-2) at Deming (0-3): Santa Teresa is better than Deming, however, and Deming wasn't very good a year ago, either, they lost at San Elizario.

The Eagles dropped their second straight game a week ago, losing to El Paso Americas, the second-year Class 5A school that has its first senior class this season. Mike Perez got San Elizario's lone TD and continues to average better than 100 yards in both rushing and passing through three games.

Moose calls season over after injury

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Sept. 17, 1999 Daryl Johnston watched Chris Spielman's attempted comeback a little closer than most NFL players. After all, if anyone understood what Spielman was going through, it was Johnston.

Johnston and Spielman both underwent neck fusion surgery in 1997. Johnston returned as a fullback for the Dallas Cowboys in '98, but Spielman sat out to help his wife battle breast cancer. Her improvement encouraged the linebacker to try coming back this year with the Cleveland Browns.

Spielman didn't make it. A hit in an exhibition game left him temporarily paralyzed. Even though it wasn't related to his previous injury, it was enough to convince him that he needed a less violent way of life.

"I sat there and watched Chris Spielman when he went through his ordeal and I asked myself the same questions," Johnston said. "But until it happens to you, you don't have to have any answers."

Now, it's happened to him.

Johnston, 33, said Thursday he has a bulging disc in his neck that will force him to miss the rest of this season.

He'll try rehabilitating it in hopes of avoiding a second operation, which would severely limit his range of motion. He said he's going through rehab with the goal of being able to play again.

Unlike Spielman, Johnston had no idea trouble had returned.

A hit by Washington defensive lineman Marco Coleman early in the fourth quarter of Dallas' 41-35 overtime victory Sunday left Johnston with a burning sensation in his shoulder.

Although it was the first "burner" he'd felt since his herniated disc in 1997, he only missed a few plays. Shortly after returning, he recovered a fumble that kept alive the Cowboys' comeback from a 21-point deficit.

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