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August 26,1996

Belew sees progress in scrimmage defeat

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Staff Writer

Progress is what Pecos Eagles football coach Mike Belew said he was
looking for in Friday night's scrimmage against the Crane Golden Cranes,
and despite coming out on the short end of a 3-0 score, Belew said, "I
definitely think we got a little better tonight, and that was our
Crane scored once during each of the three series in the 110-play
scrimmage, while fumbles hurt Pecos in their two best scoring chances.
Still, Belew said, "I was pretty happy with the way it went. We got
after it hard and our effort was good.
"Our objective is to get better as a football team each time out, and we
definitely showed some progress as things went on."
Crane did a better job controlling the line of scrimmage for most of the
night, and they were able to grind out two touchdown drives, while the
third came on a 49-yard run. Quarterback Mike Henry, who scored the
first TD on an eight-yard bootleg, also had some success with a series
of rollout passes that went for 15- to 20-yards on the first and third
Pecos' the two longest plays of the night came on a 28-yard run by
Richard Gutierrez in the opening series, and a 46-yard pass play from
Jason Abila to Nufie Flores during the second series. That set up their
best scoring chance, two plays later, but Eric Aguilar's pass was just
over the head of Moses Martinez, who had beaten his defender down near
the goal line.
Gutierrez' run was followed by a fumbled snap down at the Crane 23 that
stopped the Eagles' second drive, while a fumble on the play after
Flores' catch helped stall that drive out at the Crane 21.
Belew said he would "have to watch the film," before giving any definite
word on who played well for Pecos, but added "On offense I coached the
quarterbacks and receivers, and I thought both quarterbacks played well.
"Jason Abila's an excellent athlete, and he did a real good job
overall," the Eagles' coach said. Along with his pass to Flores, the
junior also had a pair of 23-yard runs and caught a 21-yard pass from
Aguilar on Pecos' final offensive play of the night.
"Eric Aguilar also made some big plays, and Richard Gutierrez had a
couple of good runs," Belew said. "I thought I saw some really positive
things that happened out there tonight."
Overall, the Cranes ended up with 14 first downs to nine for Pecos in
the scrimmage, the first between the two teams since 1991 and also the
first for both Belew and Crane coach Alan Cherry with their new teams.
"There's room for improvement, that's why we have scrimmages. We're not
at midseason form right now." he added. "Right now we're working on our
execution. When we get our timing down and our execution down, we're
going to have a good team."
Crane also won Friday's junior varsity scrimmage, by a 4-2 final score,
and scored the only touchdown in the freshman scrimmage. The JV's scores
came in their early series. Robert Gonzales ran in from 10 yards out and
B.J. Brack went in on an 8-yard quarterback bootleg for the Eagles, as
both teams swapped scored before Crane put two TDs across in their final
series of the evening.
The Eagles will be on the road for their final preseason scrimmage,
Friday at Midland Greenwood, then go north of Midland the following week
to open regular season play at Lamesa.

Eagles win marathon, lose match

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The Pecos Eagles won the battle but lost the war Saturday afternoon
against the Alpine Bucks, in the consolation finals of the Ector County
ISD volleyball tournament.
However, this early in the season, winning the battle was good enough
for coach Nora Geron.
Pecos split their six pool round matches on Friday, but lost a
tie-breaker with District 4-4A rival San Angelo Lake View to advance
into the championship round. Then on Saturday, the Eagles made quick
work of Water Valley, winning 15-3, 15-11, before going through their
second long match in four days with the Bucks.
Most of the match was taken up with the first game, a 22-20 marathon won
by the Eagles. But after winning that one, Pecos came out on the short
end of the final two games, losing 15-1, 15-9, as Alpine avenged last
Tuesday's 15-3, 16-18, 15-11 defeat.
"We had a lapse after the first game. They changed referees on us, and
we had to wait about 15-20 minutes," Geron said. "Our kids our young,
and they just lost their concentration waiting around and never could
get it back."
Still, the Eagles' coach said she was happy to see her team pull out a
victory in the extended match. "Those are the games that build
character. When you go on that long and come out on top, that helps your
confidence later on."
Offensively, the Eagles were led by junior Lori Marquez, who earned a
berth on the all-tournament team. She was one of the six left on the
court for the extended first game - along with hitters Ivy Thorp,
Sherrie Mosby, Gail Taylor, and LaCrisha Molinar, and setter Elena
Hinojos - when the Eagles reached their three substitution limit.
Taylor had a good game serving against Water Valley, getting two aces
while serving out the final 10 points of Game 1, then getting two
straight in Game 2 to break a 7-7 tie.
The Alpine rematch was the second in as many days for Pecos. In pool
round play, the Eagles lost to Odessa High 15-14, 15-6, after falling to
the Bronchos at home on Tuesday. They swept El Paso Jefferson, 15-12,
15-4, then split with the Chiefs, losing 15-8 then winning 15-13. Lake
View advanced to the championship bracket with Odessa High by allowing
70 points in their six matches, four less than Pecos.
Along with Lake View, district rivals Big Spring and Fort Stockton were
also in the tournament, and ran into each other on Saturday after
quarterfinal losses. The Steers beat the Prowlers, 15-9, 9-15, 16-14,
then lost to Lake View for fifth place, 15-8, 12-15, 15-4.
El Paso Andress defeated Odessa Permian for the tournament title, 15-8,
15-9, while OHS took third after losing to the Panthers. The Bronchos
beat Midland High, 6-15, 15-10, 16-14.
Pecos' junior varsity had a good Friday, going 4-2 in pool round play at
Odessa, but lost both their matches Saturday, 15-6, 15-0 to Lamesa and
2-15, 15-9, 15-6 to Permian, dropping them to 1-3 on the season. Pecos'
freshman, meanwhile, won consolation at the Monahans Sandhills
Tournament, though no scores were available.
The Eagles will see two more familiar faces on Tuesday, when they travel
to Midland to face the Lee Rebels and Snyder Tigers, whom they
scrimmaged two weeks ago. Pecos then returns home to host the annual
Cantaloupe Classic Tournament, this Friday and Saturday.

Win puts Penn State in Top 10

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By The Associated Press

Penn State and Brigham Young, with impressive victories over the
weekend, made the biggest moves in The Associated Press' first
regular-season college football poll.

Penn State's 24-7 victory over Southern California in Sunday's Kickoff
Classic moved the Nittany Lions from No. 11 to No. 7. USC fell 10 spots
to 17th.

Brigham Young's 41-37 upset of Texas A&M in Saturday's Pigskin Classic
catapulted the Cougars, unranked in the preseason, into the rankings at
No. 19. The Aggies, meanwhile, also tumbled 10 places to 23rd.

Nebraska, which opens the season Sept. 7 against Michigan State,
received 50 first-place votes and 1,646 points in balloting by the 67
sports writers and broadcasters on the AP poll board.

Tennessee, which opens its season Saturday against UNLV, remained second
with eight first-place votes and 1,555 points.

Florida State, with five first-place votes and 1,530 points, was third,
followed by Florida, with 1,485 points. Colorado remained fifth with
three first-place votes and 1,402 points and Notre Dame sixth with one
first-place vote and 1,302 points.

The Nittany Lions, led by Curtis Enis' 241 yards and three touchdowns
against USC, play their next game Sept. 7 at home against Louisville.

Texas remained eighth, followed by Ohio State and Syracuse.

Miami, which opens Saturday at Memphis, moved up a notch to 11th,
followed by Michigan, Alabama and Virginia Tech - all up two places -
and Northwestern, up three to 15th.

Auburn was 16th, followed by USC, LSU, BYU, Arizona State, Kansas State,
Iowa, Texas A&M, Virginia and Kansas.

With BYU the lone newcomer in the Top 25, Clemson, rated No. 25 in the
preseason poll, dropped out this week.

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