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Monday, November 15, 1999


Offensive woes end Eagles' season

Staff Writer
 EL PASO, Nov. 13, 1999 -- The way the 1999 football season started for the Pecos Eagles at Ratliff Stadium back in September was pretty much the way it finished for them Friday night at Hutchins Field in El Paso.

    The Eagles gave up a first half touchdown, a late TD and points off a bad punt snap in their season opening 17-0 loss to Denver City. Friday night, the Eagles gave up a first half touchdown, a late TD and points off a bad punt snap, in an 18-0 loss to the El Paso Ysleta Indians in the bi-district round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs.

  The Eagles did have better scoring chances against Ysleta than they did 11 weeks   earlier against Denver City. But with a chance to tie the game late in the first half Pecos couldn't get the ball in on four tries from the Indians' 5-yard-line, then were stopped on 4th-and-1 from the Ysleta 30 in the third period, after a long pass and a fake punt run appeared to give them some needed momentum.

"They got a couple of big plays and like last week (a 12-0 loss at San Elizario), when we get the ball down there where we had a chance to score and couldn't get it done," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs. "But our kids played their hearts out right down to the last second of the game."

Ysleta's offense was mainly the Victor Bustillos show. The senior was hammered down by Tye Edwards while fielding a punt at the Ysleta 18 in the second period, but on the next play broke through the left side of the line and faked past a trio of Pecos defenders on the way to an 82-yard touchdown.

  Bustillos would add an eight-yard score with 6½ minutes left in the game, to cap a   drive that began with Ysleta's fourth down stop on Jacob Esparza and lasted over nine minutes. The Indians would add a field goal by Luis Islas three minutes later   after a bad punt snap from the 15-yard-line went over Daniel Terrazas' head. He   was able to run the ball back out to the 18, where the Indians took over on downs.

We've got to have all facets of the game working - special  teams, defense and offense, and we had breakdowns in all of them," said Grubbs. "We had a couple of good drives, but when you don't get it done it makes it hard on the defense."

Ysleta gained 152 of their 240 yards in the first half, but overall, the Eagles looked better on offense, but were never able to break a big play. Bustillos' run and a   46-yarder by Jesus Montero accounted for almost all of the Indians' first half yards, while Pecos picked to seven first downs in the opening half, but saw their first two   drives stall out near midfield.

  Pecos' line did open some holes for Esparza and Len Carson in the early going. But   their first drive stalled after a one-yard loss by Esparza, and the second ended  when Carson was stopped at the line, and Derek Zubledia was contained on a  flanker inside reserve handoff.

  The Eagles' third drive started at midfield following Bustillos' TD, when Matthew    Levario returned Islas' squib kick 25 yards. Two plays later Esparza picked up 17    on a sweep around the right side, and after Carson ran for another first down, quarterback Alex Garcia hit Terrazas over the middle for a 13-yard gain to the Ysleta 5.

   That's the area of the field the Eagles have had problems in all season long, and   Friday night was the same story. Esparza was stopped at the line for no gain, then    tried to leap the line on a pitch out and was slammed down by Manny Chavez for a   one-yard loss. A third down run by Carson got the ball to the four, but on fourth   down Garcia's float pass to Zubledia was too high, and fell behind him on the left side of the end zone.

"We wanted him to run it outside, but he cut it up," Grubbs said of the second down play by Esparza. "But overall I thought Jacob did a real good job coming back after last week."

Pecos had 80 yards rushing in the first half, 51 of that by Esparza. But the Eagles   managed just 19 more yards in the final two periods. Much of that was due to losses and sacks late in the fourth period, after Ysleta's second score.

The Eagles' longest play of the night came in the third period, when Garcia hit Ricky Plummer for 27 yards on a 3rd-and-7 from the Pecos 23. Four plays later, Pecos ran a fake punt on 4th-and-5 at the Ysleta 46, with Carson just making it past the first down marker. But the Eagles weren't as lucky on their next fourth down  play, when Esparza was stacked up at  the line. The play was so close even  after the chains were brought out the officials needed 10 seconds to study the ball and the yard marker before signaling first down for Ysleta.

Bustillos got most of his yards on the final TD drive off delays and draws, but his touchdown came when the left side of the Indians line sealed off Pecos' linemen and linebackers, and allowed him to walk untouched into the end zone.

  “We worked on that all week long. When they get into that set, they run the lead or toss, but it was just a good job on their part," Grubbs said.

  Quarterback Lorenzo Villarreal also had a couple of keepers for first downs on the drive, and threw to Montero for a two-point conversion after the score.

 Ysleta's win improved their record to 5-6 on the season, while Pecos ended their   year with the same 5-6 mark. The Indians will now travel to Hereford for a 2 p.m. Saturday against the Whitefaces. Hereford (10-1) won their bi-district game over Plainview on Friday, 26-15.

  "I think our seniors set a good example for all of us, and we will have most of our     players coming back," said Grubbs.

Pecos' District 2-4A rivals also saw their seasons ended in the bi-district round on Friday. Clint's D.J. Check threw for over 300 yards and set the all-time passing   yardage record in Texas, but his Lions were routed by El Paso Parkland for the second time this season, 53-10. District champ San Elizario, meanwhile, saw their late comeback against El Paso Riverside fall short, as they lost to the Rangers by a   33-28 final score.

at El Paso
Pecos                 0    0    0    0   - 0
EP Ysleta          7    0    0   11   -18

             Second Quarter
EPY - Bustillos 82 run (Islas kick), 1:04.

         Fourth Quarter
EPY - Bustillos 8 run (Montero pass from Villarreal), 5:18.
EPY - FG Islas 20, 8:41.

                               Pec       EPY
First Downs             10           10
Rushes-Yds        42-99    36-224
Passing Yds             49             6
Passes               5-10-0      1-5-0
Punts-Yds         3-35.3    3-36.3
Fumbles-lost          1-0         1-0
Penalties-Yds       3-20       3-25

Rushing - Pecos, Esparza 21-59, Carson 10-34, Carrillo 4-12, Terrazas 1-3, Zubledia 1-2, Winfrey 1-0, A. Garcia 2-(-4), Juarez 2-(-7). Ysleta, Bustillos 21-175, Montero 4-54, Villarreal 9-2, DeAnda 1-0, Najera 1-(-7).
Passing - Pecos, Garcia 5-9-0-49, Zubledia 0-1-0-0. Ysltea, Villarreal 1-5-0-6.
Receiving - Pecos, Plummer 1-27, Terrazas 1-13, Carson 2-5, Carrillo 1-4. Ysleta, Martinez 1-6.
Missed Field Goals - None.

Shorthanded Eagle boys win meet

Staff Writer
PECOS, Nov. 15, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles swimming team survived the Carlsbad Cavemen, some points lost due to a missed event and even problems caused (sort of) by El Paso Ysleta's Victor Bustillos to take first place on Saturday in the boys' division at the Pecos Invitational.

Carlsbad's swimmers gave the Eagles their first major challenge of the 1999-2000 season, winning five of the 12 events in the meet, but Pecos' depth was able to carry them to a 285-214 victory, their fourth in as many meets this season.

"We were a little flat today. It wasn't one of our best Pecos Invitationals we've had, but overall we did pretty good," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse. "The guys really have been up the last couple of weeks, and they did an outstanding job under the circumstances."

The boys had to compete without their top swimmer, senior Kevin Bates. Morse said before the meet a shoulder bruise Bates suffered in Pecos' football game at San Elizario the previous week would probably keep him from competing in freestyle events on Saturday. Bates aggravated the injury Friday night trying to tackle Bustillos in Pecos' playoff loss to Ysleta, and ended up not swimming in any event.

"Kevin was having trouble lifting his arm," said Morse. "The doctor said it would take about three days rest for him before he could resume light workouts, and I want him to be ready for district."

Monahans continued to dominate in the girls division, taking the title there by a 242-168 margin. The Eagle girls placed fourth in the meet with 122 points, despite being shut out in the 200 medley relay due to a disqualification.

"Briar (Prewit) left early in the (butter)fly leg," Morse said. "We would have gotten fourth, and that would have probably put us in third place overall," since the Eagles lost 20 points and ended up 16 in back of third place Odessa High.

Despite the early mistake, Morse said, "I saw some positive things. We still have a lot of work to do, but it's still early in the season."

The boys' win was helped by victories in two of the three relay events, and a second place finish to Carlsbad in the other. Tye Edwards, Grant Holland, Jason Lopez and Cortney Freeman nipped the Cavemen by .13 second to take the 200 medley relay with a 1:49.54 time, while Edwards, Holland, Scott Pounds and Randall Reynolds won the 400 freestyle with a 3:45.12 time.

In the 200 freestyle, Reynolds, Pounds, Freeman and Luis Nieto finished second to Carlsbad, with a 1:40.74 time, 2½ seconds behind Carlsbad.

The Eagles' other first place finish came from Edwards, who took the 100 backstroke with a 59.83 time. He was also third in the 100 butterfly. Holland earned a second in the 200 individual medley and was fifth in the 100 breaststroke; Reynolds place third in the 200 freestyle and the 500 free; Freeman was second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle; Nieto placed fourth in the 50 free and was seventh in the 100 backstroke; Lopez was third in the 100 breaststroke and eighth in the 100 fly and Pounds finished fourth on Friday, in the 1 meter diving competition.

Among the other Pecos swimmers, Patrick McChesney was fourth in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 free; Clayton Cox was seventh in the 200 medley and 14th in the 100 fly; Eddie Mata was 10th in the 50 and 100 freestyles; Mike Howard was 21st in the 50 free; Gary Garcia was 22nd in the 100 breaststroke and 24th in the 50 free; and Wesley Roberts was 10th in 1 meter diving.

Pecos' `B' relay teams were also changed up due to the `A' team moves, and the Eagles were unable to field a second relay team in the 200 medley. The 400 meter team of Lopez, Cox, Leroy Rodriguez and Patrick McChesney were eighth; while Garcia, Cox, Mata and Rodriguez were 11th in the 200 free relay.

Pecos' girls picked up a second place medal in the 400 freestyle relay behind Monahans, with JoAnn Wein, Lauren Wein, Prewit and Sarah Flores finishing with a 4:22.28 time 5½ seconds behind the Loboes. Flores also picked up a third place medal one race earlier, in the 100 breaststroke and also earned third in the 100 freestyle; while Lauren Wein was third in the 500 free and 12th in the 200 free; JoAnn Wein was fourth in the 100 backstroke; and Prewit was seventh in the 200 free.

Prewit, Misty Cason, Victoria Gomez and Rachelle Eisenberg were the Eagles' other `A' relay team and finished fifth in the 200 freestyle. Pecos' `B' relay of Ashley Carrasco, Rebecca McChesney, Rebecca Reynolds and Tina Grice were 16th, and the 400 `B' team of Gomez, Cason, Grice and Eisenberg ended up 11th.

Individually, Grice was 13th in the 100 butterfly and 23rd in the 200 freestyle and; Carrasco was 21st in the 200 medley and 22nd in the 100 breaststroke; Gomez was 10th in the 100 butterfly and 19th in the 50 free; Eisenberg was ninth in the 100 breaststroke and 26th in the 100 free; Cason was 27th in the 50 free; Reynolds was 23rd in the 100 breaststroke and 33rd in the 50 free; and McChesney was 61st in the 50 freestyle.

Trailing Pecos and Carlsbad on the boys' side in the team standings were Lubbock High with 195 points, Andrews with 191, Monahans with 134, Big Spring with 75, Midland Lee with 70, Hobbs with 60, Fort Stockton with 56, Abilene Wylie with 43, Odessa High with 36, Lubbock Monterey with 25, Midland High with six and Seminole with three points. On the girls' side, Big Spring was a point behind Pecos with 121, Midland had 109½ points, Lubbock Coronado 91, Midland Lee 75, Abilene Wylie 69, Lubbock High 63, Fort Stockton 60, Andrews 59, Hobbs 32½ and Lubbock Monterey had four points.

"Some of our younger kids cut a lot of times, and the older kids did about the same or were a second or so slower. We didn't have all our kids and we didn't have all our relays, but I thought the kids that were here stepped up and did a good job," said Morse, whose team will compete in the Monahans Invitational this weekend before taking a break for Thanksgiving.

Packers disarmed by shorthanded Cowboys, 27-13

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Nov. 15, 1999 - The Dallas Cowboys broke their losing streak and avoided another fourth-quarter meltdown. And they did it without Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith or Michael Irvin.

Suddenly, the next seven games don't look so bleak for Dallas.

"This was a very pivotal game for us," tight end Eric Bjornson said after the Cowboys beat Green Bay 27-13 Sunday. "Frankly, if we came out of here with a loss, the rest of the season wasn't going to look very good."

Dallas (5-4) ended a two-game losing streak and leaped from third in the NFC East to a first-place tie with Washington and the New York Giants, both of whom lost Sunday.

The Cowboys could get Aikman and Smith back for Sunday's game in Arizona and should have both for their Thanksgiving showdown with Miami and former coach Jimmy Johnson.

Most importantly, the other players proved they can win without their three superstars and the defense showed it doesn't quit always after the third quarter.

"This is still a team game," said Smith, who has a broken right hand. "It's never been and never will be about individuals. It takes all 11 guys, not one, not two and not three."

Backup quarterback Jason Garrett showed the poise and accuracy of Aikman and he didn't let others' blunders disrupt him. Chris Warren lost two fumbles and Richie Cunningham missed a 22-yard field goal.

"I've had a close up view of Troy and I've seen how he deals with adversity," said Garrett, who was 13-of-23 for 199 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. "You have to keep going out there and doing your job, just keep playing."

This was the first time since Nov. 5, 1989, that Dallas played without its Big Three. The Cowboys beat Washington 13-3 for their only victory that season. So, even though it took 10 years, Dallas has a two-game winning streak without Aikman, Smith and Irvin.

"It's really a special day to win when three of the best players to ever play their positions in the NFL are standing on the sidelines in T-shirts and ballcaps," Garrett said.

The Packers (4-5) have dropped three straight and four of five to fall below .500 in the second half of a season for the first time since 1994.

A big reason is an offense that's scored just three touchdowns in 12 quarters. Brett Favre again made things interesting in the final minutes, but Cowboys safety George Teague intercepted a pass on the sideline and coasted 95 yards for a touchdown.

Fabens captures 4A cross country title

PECOS, Nov. 15, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles boys' cross country team didn't advance to post-season play, the way the Eagles' other fall sports teams did. But the team at least knows it was running in the state's best district, after Saturday's Class 4A finals in Round Rock.

District 2-4A champion Fabens won the Class 4A state title with 62 points, six ahead of Lockhart, which finished with 68 points. El Paso Mountain View placed 12th in the team standings with 283 points, while Clint's Martin Orozco had the best individual finish of any 2-4A runner, placing seventh over the three-mile course with a 16:05 time.

Defending state champ El Paso High failed to place at state this year, while Region I-4A winner Martin Gallegos ended up in 10th place, with a 16:10 time. Pete Bettman of Uvalde won the 4A title with a 15:29 time.

No district teams or runners placed in the Top 10 on the girls' side at state. Highland Park won the 4A girls title over Southlake Carroll by a 58-83 point margin.

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