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Friday, November 26, 1999

PHS Boys go to OHS, girls host Andrews

PECOS, Nov. 26, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagle boys and girls basketball teams will take another shot at winning their first games of the 1999-2000 season on Saturday, when they face the Odessa High Bronchos and the Andrews Mustangs.

Pecos' boys go to Odessa for junior varsity and varsity games against the Bronchos, starting at 6 and 7:30 p.m. The girls will play the last of their four straight home games to open the regular season, hosting Andrews for JV and varsity games at 2:30 and 4 p.m.

Coach Tino Acosta's team will be hoping to knock as many points off their loss last week to Odessa High as Andrews did on Tuesday night. The Mustangs, 100-24 losers to OHS in their opener, fell to the Bronchos in the rematch at Andrews by a 70-55 score. In between those games, Odessa High came into Pecos and beat the Eagles by a 99-52 score.

Matt Sutherland had a trio of 3-pointers and 24 points overall to lead the Bronchos in that game, as every OHS player scored at least four points. Pecos, which hasn't played since last Friday's game, was led by Adrian Rayos' 14 points, while David Chavez had 13 and Hector Rodriguez added 12 for the Eagles.

Pecos' girls fell to 0-3 on Tuesday night with their 60-37 loss to Fort Stockton. Pecos shot just 21 percent from the field and allowed the Prowlers a number of second and third chance shots, despite having a slight height advantage overall.

"I saw some things that give me cause to be hopeful on offense. We just have to do a better job shooting the ball," said Eagles' coach Brian Williams.

Andrews opened the season with two straight victories but had a rough time on Tuesday night in Seminole, losing to the Indians by a 69-35 final score. Seminole held Andrews to seven points in each of the first three periods, and led by 33 points going into the fourth quarter. Nikki Baeza and Raini Robbins led the Mustangs with nine and eight points.

Saturday's game will be the first of two this year for the Eagles against their former district rival. They'll go to Andrews on Jan. 4, in their final pre-district contest.

Saturday's game is the last for Pecos' boys for almost two weeks. Their next game is scheduled for Dec. 9 against Lubbock High at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

Cowboys' defense spears Marino, Dolphins, 20-0

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Tex., Nov. 26, 1999 - On a team of first-name-only offensive stars like Troy and Emmitt, it's the defense that's keeping the Dallas Cowboys afloat.

Dallas intercepted Dan Marino five times, with Dexter Coakley returning one of them 46 yards for a game-breaking touchdown in a 20-0 victory over Miami on Thursday.

This was the fourth game the Cowboys defense scored a touchdown. Dallas (6-5) has won only twice without points from the guys whose main duty is to stop the other team from scoring.

"We're getting better every week," defensive coordinator Dave Campo said. "When you win the turnover battle, you give your team a chance to win."

The Dolphins (8-3) lost for the second time in three games to fall a half-game behind Indianapolis in the AFC East. It was the first time Miami was shut out in nearly two years.

"I think Dan was rusty, which is to be expected since he hasn't played in six weeks," said coach Jimmy Johnson, who was surprisingly calm after losing in his return to Texas Stadium. "We just weren't as sharp offensively as we needed to be."

Dallas remained unbeaten in five home games and moved within a half-game of Washington in the NFC East.

The Cowboys' offense was in its sixth straight scoreless quarter Thursday when Coakley provide the kickstart they needed.

Marino began forcing passes, leading to interceptions on three straight drives in the fourth quarter. Coakley had the final one.

"Dan is a future Hall of Famer who keeps his poise," Coakley said. "We didn't know if we had him rattled."

Miami's best drive went to the Dallas 9 in the second quarter. It ended when Marino's lob to rookie Nate Jacquet in the corner of the end zone was tipped by safety George Teague and caught by Deion Sanders. Sanders also had the first of the three fourth-quarter interceptions.

"I had never got him before," said Sanders, who made the 43rd and 44th interceptions of his career. "I really wanted one because I felt this might be the last time I have a chance to get him."

Marino was playing for the first time since he left a game in New England on Oct. 17 because of a pinched nerve in his neck. The layoff left him with bad aim, little touch and without his usual arm strength.

The result: 14-of-35 for 176 yards and as many interceptions in four quarters as he'd thrown in five previous games.

"I didn't have the feel in the pocket," Marino said. "I was just missing guys because my timing was off."

Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare also was off.

Mare, who had made field goals in a team record-tying 20 straight games and entered the game 29-of-32 this season, missed from 52 and 47 yards and had a 47-yarder blocked.

The game was scoreless until Coakley's big play midway through the third quarter.

The speedy linebacker was roaming between Rob Konrad and Yatil Green when the ball went right to him. He then followed a convoy of blockers down the left side to easily score Dallas' fifth defensive touchdown this year.

"I don't think Dan saw me buzzing out there," said Coakley, who is generously listed at 5-foot-10. "He just threw it in my hands."

The Cowboys broke it open in the fourth quarter with two field goals from Richie Cunningham and a 65-yard touchdown pass from Aikman to Raghib Ismail.

"We knew we were going to have an awfully hard time moving the ball 70 or 80 yards without making some big plays," said Aikman, who came off a two-game layoff during which he was recovering from concussions.

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