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Monday, September 23, 1996

Loboes fell Eagles after early bad break

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 23 -- Seven plays into Friday night's game against the
Monahans Loboes, things were going pretty good for the Pecos Eagles.

But on the eighth play, the Eagles lost their top tailback, their
momentum, and eventually, their 14th straight game against the Loboes.

Ray Parada was pulled down from behind after an 11 yard gain and
fractured both his fibula and tibula. The senior, who had rushed for 125
yards on just 10 carries this season, was taken first by ambulance to
Reeves County Hospital, then to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa where
he underwent surgery to set the double-break back in place. Trainer Joel
Birch said Parada was released from the hospital on Saturday after being
placed in a full leg cast.

"He's doing O.K., except for the pain," Birch said.

Once play resumed, about 15 minutes later, the Eagles were stopped cold
by the Loboes, while Monahans' offense, which was stopped on their first
series, marched down the field for scores on their next two possessions.
They then foiled three chances by Pecos to get back into the game before
halftime, and used a bad punt snap in the third quarter to break things
open and go on for a 28-8 victory over the Eagles.

"It's tough to lost a great player like Ray, and the really bad part is
he's a senior, so that's the way he's going to have to end his football
career," said Eagles coach Mike Belew. "From a football standpoint, we
lost a great player, not only at running back, but he was going to play
a lot of linebacker as well."

Parada's injury came on a sweep to the right, after Richard Gutierrez
had gained nine yards on a pair of dives through the middle. When play
resumed, the Eagles had a 1st-and-10 at the Monahans 43, but quarterback
Jason Abila was sacked by Casey Stevenson for a seven-yard loss, a swing
pass to tight end Jose Contreras was stopped by Luciano Hinojos for a
six-yard loss, and Mark Abila then dropped a swing pass in the flat from
his brother.

The Loboes took over at their own 33, and went to work behind No. 33,
senior tailback Tyler Lee, who gained 22 yards on his first three
carries of the series, added 19 more on a sweep three plays later, then
scored from two yards out after a 14-yard connection across the middle
from quarterback Brandon Stephens to wide receiver Ruben Sanchez.

That would be the same sequence five minutes later in the game, when
Monahans made it 14-0. This time, Sanchez beat the Eagles' defense down
the left sideline for a 35-yard gain to the Pecos 2, and Lee barreled in
on the next play for his second score of the night.

"A couple of times we gave him (Stephens) too much time there," Belew
said. "They had an opportunity to execute their passes, and they did."

Things appeared to get worse for Pecos on the ensuing kickoff, when they
were flagged for holding. But on the next play Gutierrez took a pitch
around the left side and broke through for a 68-yard gain before being
tackled by Rocky Rivera, who was able to fight off an Eagle blocker and
get the fullback at the Monahans' 20.

However, the momentum was short-lived, as Stevenson again broke through
to sack Abila on second down, and Rivera was able to fight off another
block and stop Chris Matta after an eight yard gain on 3rd down, with
nothing bunt end zone ahead. Abila's 4th-and-3 fade pass to Nufie Flores
in the end zone was too long, giving the ball back to the Loboes.

"We had some chances to get back into it at the end of the half. Both
times we were just a block away from getting right back into the game,"
Belew said, and the Eagles would get one more shot at cutting the lead,
as they stopped the Loboes and marched back down the field, helped by
first down runs from Gutierrez and a 24-yard hookup between Jason Abila
and Flores.

Pecos got as far as the 28, when Moses Martinez couldn't hold onto a
3rd-and-8 pass at the goal line from Abila, and his fourth down pass was
picked off by Richard Montez in the back of the end zone.

This time, Monahans drove the ball downfield as time wound down in the
half, but missed a TD of their own when Sanchez dropped a Stephens pass.
They then failed on both a fake field goal try as time expired, and on
an actual 33-yard Eric Fuentes field goal try, after offsetting
penalties gave Monahans a second chance.

Penalties would help kill any Pecos hopes for a second half comeback.
They ended up losing 99 yards in penalties on only eight flags, 77 of
that in the final two quarters.

Two 15-yarders came on illegal chop blocks. "They said we were posting
and chopping, with a guy hitting up high, and the other blocking low,"
Belew said. "We don't teach them to do that, so I'll just have to watch
the game film to see if they (the officials) were right."

An illegal block at the Monahans 28 on their first play of the half put
the Eagles in a hole, which then got worse three plays later when the
punt snap went over Abila's head, and he was tackled at the 10. The
Loboes went back to Lee, and he went the short distance to the end zone
in three more plays, though Fuentes' kicking problems continued, and his
miss left it at 20-0.

A mental mistake by Mark Abila gave Monahans the ball the next time,
after Pecos had driven it inside the Loboes' 45. He dropped a side pass
from his brother that he thought was incomplete, but was ruled a lateral
Michael Valencia fell on the ball at the 44, and the Loboes marched from
there to their final score.

Stephens and fullback Louis Jaquez did most of the running this time,
with Jaquez going over from three yards out. Penalties again hurt Pecos,
as they were flagged for a late hit on one play, then whistled for pass
interference after a holding call left the Loboes with a 3rd-and-goal at
the 16. Stephens hooked up with B.J. Kute for the two point conversion.

Up 28-0, Loboes' coach Windy Williams decided to give Fuentes another
shot at a field goal when the Loboes drove to the 10 on their next
possession, and it cost him the shutout when Fuentes squibbed the ball
off to the side and it was picked up by Eric Abila, who headed back

Once again, the last Lobo tackler, holder Nathan Swarb, was able to
fight off a block and get Abila at the Monahans' 7, but this time, Jason
Abila was able to cut right on a quarterback bootleg and go into the end
zone on the next play. Abila went the other way moments later for the
two point conversion.

By the time the Eagles got on the board, they also had Gutierrez on the
sideline, though Birch said his injury was only a severe bruise, one of
several the Eagles came out of the game with. "I think he'll be O.K.,
but we didn't want to play him any more and risk another injure," Belew

The loss drops Pecos to 1-2 on the season, while the Loboes' record
improved to 3-0 going into their final pre-district game, at Fort
Stockton on Friday. The Panthers are 2-1 after routing Lamesa, 41-16, on
the Tors home field, while Sweetwater edged Frenship, 27-21; San Angelo
Lake View did the same to Austin LBJ, 17-14, in a game called at the
half by severe thunderstorms; Lubbock Estacado nipped Big Spring, 20-17,
and Andrews lost to Midland High, 30-6, in Friday's other district games.

The Eagles will be at home again this Friday to face 1-2 Fabens, 24-14
losers to Canutillo this past Friday, in Pecos' 1996 homecoming game.

at Pecos
Monahans 7____7___14____0_-_28
Pecos 0__0____0____8_-_|8

First Quarter
Mon. - Lee 2 run (Fuentes kick), 10:04.
Second Quarter
Mon. - Lee 3 run (Fuentes kick), 2:17.
Third Quarter
Mon. - Lee 1 run (kick failed), 2:30.
Mon. - Jaquez 3 run (Kute pass from Stephens), 10:21.
Fourth Quarter
Pec. - J. Abila 7 run (J. Abila run), 5:00.
First Downs17______|7
Passing Yds118______50

RUSHING - Monahans, Jaquez 20-91, Lee 16-89, Stephens 8-34, Swarb 5-15,
Vargas 3-3. Pecos, Gutierrez 12-142, J. Aguilar 4-19, Parada 1-11, M.
Abila 4-2, J. Abila 6-(-11).
PASSING - Monahans, Stephens 6-9-0-118, Rivera 0-1-0-0. Pecos, J. Abila
RECEIVING - Monahans, Sanchez 2-49, Kute 2-43, Stevenson 2-25. Pecos,
Flores 2-31, Matta 1-8, Contreras 2-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS - Monahans, Fuentes 33 (w-l), 27 (sh).

Bears' Lion hunt easier than expected

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PECOS, Sept. 23 -- After two easy wins over Marathon and Carlsbad
Victory Christian to start the 1996 season, Balmorhea Bears' coach
Michael Barrandey was expecting a little tougher time in El Paso Friday
night from the Faith Christian Lions.

As it turned out, `tougher' meant playing 10 seconds longer than they
had in either of their first two games this season before ending the
six-man football contest, 60-13, with a touchdown 1:01 into the third

"We were expecting more of a test, but our kids really played well,"
said Barrandey, after the 0-3 Lions played a close game against
Sanderson in their season opener then stayed with Grandfalls for 2½
quarters on Sept. 13 before the Cowboys pulled away.

Arturo Miranda had a trio of touchdowns in the first quarter, all on
1-yard runs, while adding extra points after each of his scores and Debe
Mendoza's nine-yard run, as the Bears jumped out to a 32-0 lead.

"Offensively we had 300 yards in one half," Barrandey said. "We had some
mistakes, but overall, we played a good game."

He added that unlike their opening two games, the Bears didn't platoon
their starters and reserves on Friday. "We didn't substitute as a team.
We just mixed them in here and there," he said. "We played all the kids
throughout the game."

Miranda would add another score in the second period, on a 35-yard run
with 35 seconds left in the half. It made the score 54-6, and the game
looked like it would end at the half under the 45-point rule, but
quarterback Chris Pachecko was able to find Jon Ramirez on a 26-yard
touchdown pass as time expired, the ran in the one-point conversion to
make it 54-13 and send the game into the third period.

"On that touchdown it just bounced up and the kid fell and caught it. On
the other one they just made a good run," Barrandey said.

Once there, the Bears went right down the field and ended it on Vincent
Calderon's 1-yard run, his second touchdown of the night.

After shutting out Balmorhea for the first six minutes of the second
quarter, Calderon scored from 15 yards out with 3:49 left in the half,
and the Bears got two more points when El Paso recovered their own
fumble in the end zone following the ensuing kick.

The Lions were then forced to free kick to the Bears, and Roger Lopez
returned it 60 yards for the score, and a 48-6 lead. Pachecko had run in
from three-yards out to get Faith Christian on the board on their series
just prior to Calderon's score.

The win lifts Balmorhea to 3-0 on the season going into their 1996
homecoming game, and District 8-A six man opener, on Friday against
Marathon. The Bears needed just 51 seconds of the third quarter back on
Sept. 6 to defeat the Mustangs, 52-7, in a non-district matchup between
the two teams. Marathon ended an 11-game losing streak on Saturday with
an 83-66 victory over Midland Trinity.

at El Paso
Balmorhea 32___24____6______-_60
EP Faith Christian 0___13____0______-_13

First Quarter
Bal. - Miranda 1 run (Miranda kick), 3:46.
Bal. - Miranda 1 run (Miranda kick), 6:22.
Bal. - D. Mendoza 9 run (Miranda kick), 7:50.
Bal. - Miranda 1 run (Miranda kick), 9:28.
Second Quarter
EPF - Pachecko 3 run (kick failed), 4:26.
Bal. - Calderon 15 run (Miranda kick), 6:11.
Bal. - Safety, El Paso recovers own fumble in end zone, 6:37.
Bal. - Lopez 60 free kick return (kick failed), 6:49.
Bal. - Miranda 35 run (kick failed), 9:25.
EPF - John Raimrez 26 pass from Pachecko (Pachecko run), 10:00.
Third Quarter
Bal. - Canderon 1 run (no PAT attempt), 1:01.
First Downs18______14
Passing Yds9______72

Sweetwater's return welcomed by Pecos

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PECOS, Sept. 23 -- Swapping the Monahans Loboes for the Sweetwater
Mustangs may not have been wildly received by District 4-4A football
coaches, when the University Interscholastic League made the move back
in January, but it definitely made things easier on the Pecos Eagles'
volleyball team Saturday afternoon.
Monahans took their five straight playoff appearances down to Class 3A
and were replaced by the Mustangs, who last beat the Eagles in
volleyball just about the same time that Pecos last downed Sweetwater in
football - 1981. On Saturday, the visitors brought only six varsity
players to the Pecos High School gym, and they were quickly taken care
of by the Eagles, 15-2, 15-9, as Pecos evened its District 4-4A record
at 1-1 on the season.
The Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opener before Sweetwater
could break serve and score, as junior Lori Marquez had a trio of kills
in that run, then two ace serves in a 6-0 streak after Sweetwater
finally got on the board. However, in the second game, the Eagles didn't
gain control of things until late, and trailed at one point, 6-5,
following a bad hit by Marquez.
"We started slacking off in the second game, but at least we didn't lose
our concentration," said Eagles' coach Nora Geron, referring to last
Tuesday's district-opening loss at Andrews. "That's what we've been
working on, keeping our concentration for the entire game."
Pecos won their opener at Andrews, then played badly in the final two
games and wound up losing the match. This time, after falling behind
they came back with a couple of hits by Marquez to go back on top, got
kills from Ivy Thorp and LaCrisha Molinar in building up a 12-7 lead,
then finished off the Mustangs on an ace by Denise Camarena and another
spike by Marquez.
"Denise replaced Gail (Taylor) on the back line, and LaCrisha is playing
all the way around now," Geron said. "Those were the changes I made,
because I'm looking for some more consistent servers."
Sweetwater got a couple of hits out of Debbie Torrez and a block from
Richie Dent in the second game, while Amanda Arteaga had a kill for one
of the two points in Game 1 for Sweetwater, which fell to 0-2 in
district play, and 5-8 on the season.
The Mustangs did have more players to work with in Saturday's junior
varsity matchup, and came away with a 15-8, 9-15, 15-9 victory. Pecos'
freshmen played in the Greenwood Tournament on Saturday, and also met
Sweetwater, beating the Mustangs and Crane to win consolation, after a
first round loss to Kermit.
The Eagles are now 9-11 on the season and stay at home on Tuesday, to
take on the Fort Stockton Prowlers, 17-15, 15-10 winners over Big Spring
in their 4-4A opener on Saturday. San Angelo Lake View took the lead in
the district standings with a 15-4, 9-15, 15-8 homecourt win over
Andrews in Saturday's other match.

Netters rout Lake View for first district victory

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PECOS, Sept. 23 -- With Andrews just past on the schedule and Big
Spring looming ahead, the Pecos Eagles got a needed victory in District
4-4A tennis play Saturday against the San Angelo Lake View Chiefs.

Playing at home for the first time after six road matches, the Eagles
swept all nine boys matches and won by a 5-4 margin on the girls' side
in varsity play for a 14-4 victory (20-4 including non-varsity wins) to
even their district record at 1-1 on the season.

"That was a big win for us, especially for the girls," said coach J.R.
Torrez, after the Eagles were swept in their previous two matches on the
girls' side by Monahans and Andrews. "Saturday against Big Spring is
basically our season. With that loss to Andrews, we have to beat Big
Spring and this was a good win."

San Angelo did win the top three seeds on the girls side in singles
play, and also won at No. 1 doubles. In the boys' varsity sweep, two of
the three split set matches came at No. 1 singles and doubles, where
Clifton Ikeler was able to outlast Ignacio Gonzales, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6,
after Ikeler and David Zuniga downed Gonzales and Dusty Bartram in
doubles play, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

"Their top players were really strong, they just didn't have any
depth," Torrez said. "Lake View wasn't as talented as most of the teams
we've played, but I was really impressed with their effort. They fought
us real hard."

The victory raised Pecos' season mark to 3-4 going into the Saturday's
match with Big Spring, which is the Eagles' only other home contest
during fall team play. They close with road contests at Fort Stockton
and Sweetwater.

San Angelo (4) at Pecos (20)

Boys Singles
Clifton Ikeler defeated Ignacio Gonzales, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6; David Zuniga
defeated Dusty Bartram, 6-1, 7-5; Jonathan Fuentes defeated John Chaka,
6-0, 6-0; Mark Marquez defeated Brian Wheeler, 6-3, 6-2; Tye Graham
defeated Dallas Weaver, 7-5, 6-3; Albert Lee defeated Mac Guerrero, 6-7,
6-3, 6-4; Jeff Lam defeated Matt Driggs, 6-6, 6-7, 6-0; Skyler Bechtel
defeated Sam McCloud, 7-6, 6-1.

Girls Singles
Stephanie Armstrong lost to Edna Carrillo, 6-0, 6-0; Renea Rasberry lost
to Melissa Stokes, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; Chtisti Breiten lost to Beth
Moorehead, 6-4, 6-2; Randa Taylor defeated Amanda Holcomb, 6-1, 6-0;
Robyn Matthews defeated Renee Lomo, 6-0, 6-2; Nichi Dannelley defeated
Alicia Blair, 6-1, 6-1; Stephanie Pharoah defeated Kelly Hamilton, 4-6,
7-5, 7-5; Brenda Natividad defeated Regina Davis, 6-1, 6-0.

Boys Doubles
Ikeler and Zuniga defeated Gonzales and Bartram, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Fuentes
and Marquez defeated Chaka and Weaver, 6-2, 6-0; Lee and Lam defeated
Wheeler and Driggs, 6-4, 6-1; Graham and Bechtel defeated Guerrero and
McCloud, 6-2, 6-2.

Girls Doubles
Armstrong and Breiten lost to Carrillo and Stokes, 6-0, 6-2; Taylor and
Rasberry defeated Moorehead and Blair, 6-3, 6-3; Pharoah and Natividad
defeated Lomo and Hamilton, 7-5, 6-1; Matthews and Dannelley defeated
Davis and Holcomb, 6-4, 6-4.

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