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Thursday, October 14, 1999

Eagles look to contain Lobos

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 14, 1999 -- Points were hard to come by in Fabens last Friday night, while four miles down the road in San Elizario they were racking them up in bunches.

Fortunately for the Pecos Eagles, they were the only ones to get any points at all in Fabens, as they escaped with a 6-0 overtime win. El Paso Mountain View wasn't as lucky _ they spotted San Elizario 20 first quarter points, then allowed two more scores in the second period of a 34-20 loss.

This Friday, the teams will meet in Pecos, starting at 7:30 p.m., with the Eagles seeking their third shutout in a row, while the Lobos look to avoid falling into a hole in the District 2-4A playoff race.

Pecos is 1-0 in district and 3-3 overall after last week's win, while Mountain View's loss dropped them to 3-2 on the year. "We've been good, bad, good, bad this year. Hopefully this will be our good week again," said Lobos coach Mike Jackson, whose team owns wins over two of the four squads expected to compete for the District 1-4A title, in El Paso Parkland and El Paso Ysleta.

Mountain View gave up nearly 300 yards rushing a week ago, with quarterback Mike Perez running and passing for over 100 yards. "He almost single-handedly beat us," In the second half we shut them out, but we just let them get too far ahead."

"San Eli had two weeks to prepare for them (with a bye week before their 2-4A opener), but they did outplay them big-time," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs. But he added, "I think they look pretty good on defense. They run an eight-man front, so they're going to be pretty aggressive against us."

"We started a little slow last week. We came out a little flat and didn't execute real well, and our receivers didn't catch the ball the way they should," the Lobos' coach said, while adding, "I'd put our receivers up against any others in the district.

Albert Jaurrieta moved into second place among district receivers behind Clint's Jeremy Arnold with three catches for 73 yards last week and has five touchdown receptions already this season. Ebert Munoz meanwhile is second to Arnold in number of catches, with 20 for 268 yards and three TDs.

"Number 20 (Jaurrieta) is probably their best althete, but overall their skill on offense is pretty good," said Grubbs. Jaurrieta had a touchdown catch in last year's 24-14 win by the Eagles at Mountain View.

Arturo Muniz, the team's fourth-leading receiver a year ago, has been the quarterback this season and is averaging better than 200 yards per game passing. "He's doing a super job and is only going to get better," Jackson said. "He's been able to spread it around so they (defenses) can't concentrate on any one of them, though on the long passes, he's still not there on those or the fade passes."

Another of Muniz' favorite targets is running back Ricky Lopez. He's got 15 catches this season for 177 yards and a TD, while rushing for another 350 yards and five scores.

"He started out this season at tight end, and when our other running back got hurt on the second play of the season against Parkland and we had to shift things around," said Jackson. "He's got some speed to get outside, although sometimes he cuts it back inside when he doesn't need to."

"Their offensive line is pretty young. Defensively, they've got most of them back, and they've got a pretty good linebacking corps," Grubbs said. Mountain View held Parkland to just 13 points, while the Matadors scored 140 in their three wins over Clint, Fabens and San Elizario.

Pecos' offense managed just 133 yards last week, thanks in part to six major penalties, four of which called back big plays by the Eagles. They won on Jacob Esparza's four-yard touchdown run, then stopped Fabens on the 1-yard line on their overtime series.

"We're going to stay with what we have been doing. We just don't need to get all those plays call back," Grubbs said of the Eagles' attack.

One thing the Eagles don't need to do is play the game in their own end. Fabens missed a chance to win in regulation when Jacob Hernandez was short on a 34-yard field goal try. But Mountain View's Jesus Villanueva has a much stronger leg, and booted two field goals down the stretch in the win over Ysleta.

"He kicked it from 38 (yards) and it could have been good from 50. He cleared that by 15 yards," Grubbs said of Villanueva's final field goal of the night.

Cross country runners  4th in Ozona

PECOS, Oct. 14, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles' cross country team had their next-to-last meet before the District 2-4A meet this past Saturday, as they competed in a high school and junior high meet in Ozona.

Pecos placed fourth in the boys' division, while the girls did not have enough runners for a team score. Odessa High won both division titles.

Jacob Mora had the best time for the boys, running the three-miles course in 20:15 to finish 15th. "Jacob didn't do too bad," said coach Rudy Jurado, though he added, "He'll have to get his time down when we get to district."

Tony Aguilar was next for the Eagles, finishing 30th with a 21:33 time. Jason Sanchez was 34th with a 21:55 time, Nolan Blount was 36th with a 21:58 time, Jesse Salazar finished 56th in 23:46 and Mark Gomez was 67th in 24:37.

Jenny Alvarez had the best finish for Pecos' girls, she ran the two-mile course in 19:19 to finish in 29th place. Kelsey Holtz was 49th with a 20:15 time and Jesse Salazar was 61st with a 21:43 time.

Jurado said there were 76 entries in the boys division and 92 runners on the girls' side.

In the junior high division Pecos had only one girl entered, Mari Martinez, but she had the best finish of the day for the Eagles, a fifth place out of 84 runners. No time was available for Martinez.

On the boys' side, Ricky Barreno placed 17th with a 17:11 time over the two-mile course, Lionel Abila was 22nd with a 17:24 time and Jeremiah Mora was 47th with a 20:36 time.

Jurado said this was the final meet for the junior high runners, while the high school team will compete at El Paso Burges on Oct. 23, a week before district competition at San Elizario. "When we go to Burges it will be the first time we get to see the runners we'll compete against at district," Jurado said.

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