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Friday, October 11, 1996

JV stays unbeaten with win

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 11 -- The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity team kept their
record unbeaten Thursday night with a 28-7 homfield victory over the
Hobbs Eagles.

Pecos' freshman team had been scheduled to face Wink's junior varsity,
as they tried for their fifth win in six games. But the Wildcats
canceled out of that game, leaving the ninth graders idle, along with
Pecos' eighth and seventh grade `A' teams.

The Eagles did get in a pair of junior high `B' games on Thursday, with
Crockett's eighth graders playing Fort Stockton to a scoreless tie,
while Zavala's seventh graders posted a 20-0 win on the Panthers' home

The host Eagles' running game was stronger than the visiting Eagles'
passing game Thursday night, as the JV handed Hobbs its first loss of
the season while improving their record to 6-0. Hobbs' lone score was
off a 93-yard interception return in the opening period, but that was
offset in the second quarter, when Orlando Matta returned a Hobbs pass
92 yards for a touchdown.

That gave Pecos a 21-7 lead. The Eagles went ahead 8-0 on their opening
drive, on an 18-yard run by Hector Garcia and a two-point conversion by
Robert Gonzales. After Hobbs cut the lead to 8-7, Lucio Flores scored on
a fourth down run of 38 yards, with Gonzales adding the extra point kick.

Gonzales then added a TD of his own to close out the scoring, going
over from eight yards out late in the first half. The teams were
scoreless in the final two periods, with Pecos missing a final late
touchdown due to a goal line fumble.

The eighth graders saw their record go to 1-1-1 with their homefield
tie against Fort Stockton. "We moved the ball on them, we just didn't
put it into the end zone," said coach Tino Acosta. "It was a great
effort by the kids, we just didn't score."

Zavala won for the first time in three tries. Samuel Gonzales passed 26
yards to Martin Vasquez for the first score in the opening period, Peter
Juarez ran in from a yard out and Chris Lara added a two-point run in
the fourth quarter, and Lara picked off a pass and returned it 68 yards
for the final score as time expired.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Pecos' varsity opens District 4-4A play in Big
Spring against the Steers. The Eagles come in with a 3-2 record while
Big Spring is 1-4, but the Steers have dominated the series the past
three seasons, winning by a combined 123-16 margin, though thanks to the
use of an illegal player by Big Spring, Pecos officially won last year's
game by a 2-0 margin.

Tonight's other two district openers send defending 4-4A champ San
Angelo Lake View to Fort Stockton, while Sweetwater hosts Andrews.

Andrews (2-3) at Sweetwater (5-0): The last three times these teams
have met in district play, the game decided the 4-4A title, and produced
an Andrews win, a 10-10 tie, and a Sweetwater victory. They met as well
in 1994 and 1995, while Sweetwater was a member of District 6-4A. They
won that district's title, as well as both games against Andrews the
past two seasons.

The visiting Mustangs have looked good on defense, but have been
relying more on one player, Shaud Williams, on offense than any other
team in the district. Last week, the sophomore ran for 275 yards against
Lubbock Estacado, but the rest of the team managed just 37 yards and the
Matadors won 27-20 on a last minute touchdown pass.

Sweetwater's defense had been giving up a lot of yards until last week,
when they shut out Lubbock Monterey 22-0. On offense, no one has been
able to contain the combination of quarterback Andrew Boatright and
running back Jason Blueford yet this season.

San Angelo (4-1) at Fort Stockton (3-2): Here's a switch. After rolling
up the district's biggest offensive numbers the past two seasons, Lake
View will be relying as much on their defense as anything else to keep
their two-year winning streak in 4-4A play going tonight. The Chiefs'
offense certainly isn't weak, but they haven't put up the numbers this
season they did in 1994 and 1995, while the defense's play has been much
improved over recent years.

A win tonight would be turnabout fair play for Fort Stockton, since
Lake View ended a two-year district losing streak on the Panthers' home
field in 1992. In Fort Stockton's three wins this season, Jacob Vasquez
has gained over 600 yards. In their two losses, he's been held to 100
and 75 yards. Not bad, but he and/or Scott Fish will need a big game to
get the Panthers in the end zone and keep the ball out of the hands of
Chiefs' quarterback Sterlin Gilbert.

Eagles seek to regroup against Sweetwater

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PECOS, Oct. 11 -- Three days after a fast loss and a long talk among
themselves, the Pecos Eagles face the task of winning the first of four
straight games to close out District 4-4A play, if they're to have any
shot at the playoffs.

Pecos goes to Sweetwater Saturday for freshman, junior varsity and
varsity matches at 1, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. The Eagles are 2-4 in district
play, 10-15 overall, while Sweetwater is 1-5 and 6-13 following their
15-10, 15-3 loss at home to San Angelo Lake View on Tuesday.

The Eagles fared even worse in their match against Andrews, losing
15-7, 15-2 and now trail the Mustangs by two games and Fort Stockton by
1½ in the race for the two bi-district playoff berths. Lake View leads
the district standings with a 6-0 mark.

Even if they win their last four -- including next week at Fort
Stockton and an Oct. 26 home match against Lake View -- the Eagles could
still miss out on a post-season berth, if things break the wrong way.
But that would require both Andrews and Fort Stockton to beat Lake View
and for the Prowlers to also down the Mustangs, so for now the Eagles
chances still are realistic if they can regroup.

They already own a 15-2, 15-9 victory at home over Sweetwater last
month, but the Mustangs brought only six players to Pecos due to
disciplinary reasons.

"I think she's got her two people back, because they've been playing
people close since then" Eagles' coach Nora Geron said. The Mustangs
lost three-set matches to Fort Stockton and Andrews while defeating Big
Spring since their loss to Pecos.

District 4-4A Football Standings

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District Season
W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Sweetwater 0 0 0 .000 5 0 0 1.000
San Angelo 0 0 0 .000 4 1 0 .800
Fort Stockton 0 0 0 .000 3 2 0 .600
Pecos 0 0 0 .000 3 2 0 .500
Andrews 0 0 0 .000 2 3 0 .400
Big Spring 0 0 0 .000 1 4 0 .250

Friday, Oct. 4
Pecos 21, Kermit 13
Lubbock Estacado 27, Andrews 20
Levelland 14, Big Spring 6
Fort Stockton 44, Crane 12
San Angelo 28, Snyder 6
Sweetwater 22, Lubbock Monterey 0
Friday, Oct. 11
Pecos at Big Spring, 7:30 p.m.
Andrews at Sweetwater, 7:30 p.m.
San Angelo at Fort Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

District 8-A Six-Man Football Standings

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District Season
W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Imperial 2 0 0 1.000 3 2 0 .600
Grandfalls 1 0 0 1.000 5 0 0 1.000
Dell City 1 0 0 1.000 4 0 0 1.000
Balmorhea 1 1 0 .500 4 1 0 .800
Sanderson 1 1 0 .500 3 2 0 .600
Marathon 0 1 0 .000 1 4 0 .200
Sierra Blanca 0 2 0 .000 2 3 0 .400

Friday, Oct. 4
Grandfalls 39, Balmorhea 26
Buena Vista 60, Marathon 18
Sanderson 2, Sierra Blanca 0 (forfeit)
Dell City 42, EP Faith Christian 0
Friday, Oct. 11
Balmorhea at Sierra Blanca, 7:30 p.m. CDT
Buena Vista at Sanderson, 7:30 p.m.
Grandfalls at Dell City, 7:30 p.m. CDT
Carlsbad Victory Christian at Marathon, 7:30 p.m.

District 4-4A Volleyball Standings

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District Season
W L Pct. W L Pct.
San Angelo 6 0 1.000 21 5 .807
Andrews 4 2 .667 15 7 .682
Fort Stockton 3 2 .600 11 11 .500
Pecos 2 4 .333 10 15 .400
Big Spring 1 4 .200 7 16 .304
Sweetwater 1 5 .167 6 13 .318

Saturday's Games

Pecos at Sweetwater, 3 p.m.
San Angelo at Andrews, 3 p.m.
Big Spring at Fort Stockton, 3 p.m.

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