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Friday, October 4, 1996

Eagles, Jackets, get home wins

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct 4 -- Pecos' freshman started slow and finished fast, while
the Eagles' junior varsity did the reverse Thursday night, but both came
up with home field victories over the Kermit Yellowjackets.
The freshmen fell behind Kermit at the half, 12-0, then scored four
touchdowns and a late safety in the final two periods for a 30-12 win,
their fourth in five games this season.
The JV used a fake punt to grab an early lead, and were up 21-0 at the
half before running into problems on offense in the final two periods.
But they still came away with a 27-8 win, to remain undefeated at the
halfway point of their season.
Up in Kermit, the Yellowjackets' junior high teams won three of the four
games. Their seventh graders beat the Eagles' purple team 28-0 and the
gold squad, 14-0. Pecos' eighth grade split, with the gold team winning
8-0, while the purple fell by a 36-16 margin.
Louis Valencia, who took over at quarterback for the JV after Oscar Luna
was moved up to the varsity, got Pecos' first score, an 80-yard run off
a fake punt. Robert Gonzales then added 3-yard and 4-yard touchdown runs
in the second period, to go along with an extra point. Hector Garcia had
a two-point conversion run after Gonzales' first TD.
However, in the second half, Kermit did a better job of moving the ball
until late in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles got their fourth score
off a 10-yard run by Chris Montgomery with 1:29 to play. Kermit then
spoiled the shutout 22 seconds later on a 77 yard quarterback run.
In the ninth grade game, the Jackets used a 4-yard run and an 8-yard TD
pass off a deflection to go up 12-0 at halftime. But Pecos came out in
the second half and scored on all four of their possessions.
Roy Marta had a pair of 3-yard scores in the third period, and two-point
conversion run to give the Eagles a 14-12 lead. He added a 36-yard TD
run following a Kermit turnover in the final period, and Pecos then
scored twice in the final 30 seconds, on a 4-yard run by Eric Baeza with
26 seconds to go and a safety at the 11 second mark.
Up in Kermit, coach Tino Acosta said the purple team was hurt by
penalties. "We had three touchdowns called back in the purple game," he
said. "THe kids played hard, we just didn't catch any breaks."
Vincent Preito scored on a 40-yard run in the second period, while
Fabien Alvarez had a 10-yard TD run in the final period. Pifi Montoya
caught a pair of two-point conversions after the scores for the purple
team, which is 1-2 on the season.
The gold team is 1-1 after their win. Juan Perez had both the only
touchdown on the day, as well as the conversion run for the Eagles.
Kermit scored a pair of TDs in both halves of their win over Pecos'
seventh grade purple squad. "The backs ran well, but they were
outrunning our blocking, and we were getting murdered," said coach Jerry
Parent, whose team is 1-1 on the season.
The gold team is 0-2 after their loss in a shortened game. Parent said
the gold team played with a 20-minute continuous clock. They'll get to
play a full game next Thursday against Fort Stockton.
Tonight in Kermit, the Eagles and Jackets meet in a 7:30 p.m. start that
will close out the pre-district schedule for both teams. The 2-2 Eagles
begin District 4-4A play at Big Spring, while the Jackets open their
district 4-3A schedule at Reagan County.
Another of their district rivals, Crane, hosts Fort Stockton tonight,
while Andrews hosts Lubbock Estacado, Sweetwater goes to Lubbock
Monterey, Big Spring is in Levelland and San Angelo Lake View travels to
Snyder in the other games that wrap up pre-district play.
Fort Stockton (2-2) at Crane (4-0): They've both put up big numbers
against Lamesa the past two weeks, with the Panthers scoring 41 on Sept.
20 and the Cranes 49 a week later. Crane's win was probably more
impressive, because they turned a 21-7 deficit into a 42-21 lead after
three quarters thanks to three touchdown runs and a punt return by
Alfonso Garcia, who also scored the Cranes' opening TD.
Fort Stockton also ran up big numbers against the Tornadoes, and lead
District 4-4A in both offense and defense. They out-gained Monahans last
week by a bunch, but lost 35-15 because they kept giving the ball to the
Loboes inside their own 25-yard line. Crane did that in their season
opener at Alpine and still won by three touchdowns.
Lubbock Estacado (2-2) at Andrews (2-2): This figured to be a little
more of an offensive-minded game than a year ago, when the Mustangs'
defense scored both their touchdowns in a rain-soaked 13-6 win. But so
far this year, Andrews again has been better on defense than offense,
despite having to replace almost the entire starting unit. Shaud
Williams has been almost all of the Mustangs' attack, though David
Kessler did find Brandon Long on a 15-yard TD pass with 46 seconds left
last week, to give Andrews a 14-6 win at Levelland.
After getting pounded by Pampa and Vernon in their openers, the Matadors
came back to beat Big Spring 20-17 and edged Lubbock High, 14-11, though
that's the same team Monahans racked up a 28-7 victory against three
weeks ago. Running backs Warren Boyd and Calvin Grant have been the
team's main ground threats.
Sweetwater (4-0) at Lubbock Monterey (2-2): The Mustangs have given up a
lot of yards, but they've scored a more than enough points to offset
that problem. Quarterback Andrew Boatright is averaging better than 200
yards per game rushing and passing, while running back Jason Blueford is
just above a 100-yard-per-game average.
Monterey put up 38 points against El Paso Hanks three weeks ago, but
then dropped an 18-14 decision to Abilene Cooper and shut out Austin LBJ
20-0. The Plainsmen blew a 14-3 halftime lead to the Cougars, and the 20
points against LBJ was just three more than Lake View managed in
one-half of their rain-shortened win in Austin.
Snyder (2-2) at San Angelo (3-1): Lake View allowed 14 points in their
victory at Austin, but since LBJ was coming off 48-0 and 76-9 losses,
the Chiefs weren't happy after that win, or after last week's 26-7 loss
to Brownwood. Sterlin Gilbert has one of his best rushing nights
(8-for-64, one touchdown) and one of his worst passing nights
(15-for-45, no TDs, one interception) in 2½ years as the Chiefs' starter.
Snyder dropped games to Sweetwater and Abilene Wylie in-between comeback
wins over Andrews and Big Spring. They rallied from a 21-12 hole to beat
the Mustangs, 22-21, and came from 15-0 late in the third quarter to
down the Steers, 21-15. A 4th-and-8, 46 yard screen pass from Russell
Riggan to Matthew Franbo, with three receivers split wide -- which
sounds like something that Lake View would run -- won it for the Tigers.
Big Spring (1-3) at Levelland (2-2): The two hard luck losers from a
week ago will try and bounce back going into district play. Big Spring
saw Snyder score with 1:30 left, after losing their opener to Monahans
in the final minute of play, while their own late comeback effort
against Estacado ran out of time.
Antwoyne Edwards has run for 100-plus yards in each of the Steers' four
games, the only 4-4A runner to do that this season. Levelland was held
to 116 yards on the ground by Andrews last week, though Zack Taylor did
score on a 23-yard run that tied the game at 6-all.

Eagles face first place Maidens

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PECOS, Oct 4 -- The Pecos Eagles are hoping the shoe isn't on the other
foot Saturday afternoon in San Angelo, when they close out the first
half of District 4-4A play against the San Angelo Lake View Maidens.
The 2-2 Eagles will be trying to at least hold onto a share of the third
and final playoff berth with a win, while Lake View will be trying for
its fifth district victory without a loss, and its 20th in 25 matches
this season.
The Maidens have won eight straight since a dual meet win over Seminole
three weeks ago. On Tuesday, the Eagles lost a 17-15, 10-15, 15-6
decision to Seminole in a match played in Kermit. It left Pecos with a
10-13 season record.
Over the years, the Eagles had been able to beat the Maidens despite
Lake View's height advantage almost every time out. However, this
season, it's the Maidens who are succeeding despite the absence of a
tall hitter or blocker.
"Lake View's not as big as us, or any of the other teams in the
district. They're just very consistent," Eagles' coach Nora Geron said.
"They don't make passing mistakes and they'll wear you out.
"They don't put the ball on the floor much, they just keep it in play
and let you make mistakes," Geron added.
Mistakes, and a lack of communication in handling serves, have been
among the Eagles' biggest problems this season. It turned up again in
Kermit, when service reception errors allowed Seminole to turn a 6-3
lead in the deciding game into a commanding 13-3 lead.
The Eagles will also be making a lineup adjustment today, after LaCrisha
Molinar lost her eligibility for the next three weeks. "I'm going to
move Shirhonda (Bell) into the front line to play in LaCrisha's place,
and move Veronica (Carrasco) in on the back line," Geron said.
Lake View comes into the game off a 15-10, 15-8 victory over Big Spring.
And while they hold a one game lead over Andrews and a two game
advantage on the Eagles and Prowlers, Saturday's match is also big for
them, since they have to go to Andrews, Fort Stockton and Pecos in the
second half of the district season.

Eagles see 46 athletes lose eligibility

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PECOS, Oct 4 -- The casualty toll was high for the Pecos Eagles' fall
athletic teams, following the first six-week grading period of the
1996-97 school year.
A total of 46 athletes on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman
squads at Pecos High School were lost for the next three weeks to
grades, with 34 of those coming in football.
The increased grade problems come with the increased participation this
season. The Eagles' varsity, 2-2 going into tonight's game at Kermit,
lost eight players off its squad, while the JV, 5-0, saw 11 players lost
to grades and the 4-1 freshman will be without 15 players for at least
the next three weeks.
In volleyball, Pecos lost one player off both its varsity and JV
squads, about the same number as last year. Nine other girls were lost
off the Eagles' freshman purple and gold teams.
In tennis, only one player was lost to grades, with two fall matches
remaining. But coach J.R. Torrez said the loss was No. 1 boys singles
player Clifton Ikeler, who'll be out of Saturday's match at Sweetwater
and next week's trip to Fort Stockton.
"It's a tough loss for us," said Torrez, whose team is 3-5 on the
season, 1-2 in District 4-4A going into play on Saturday. Torrez added
he would move up his other boys one spot in the lineup for the remaining
two tournaments.

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