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West Texas Football Heroes: Week 8: Fly Eagles Fly

10/23/2019, 4:00pm CDT
By Armando Flores

2020 RB Armando Granado, Pecos, TX

2021 RB Abel Velasquez, Pecos, TX

2022 RB Ezekiel Saldana, Pecos, TX 

Observing a 200 yard rushing game is in itself a spectacle to see as a spectator in a high school football game.  The occurrence is usually a single and lone performance by some exceptional back who may be the only firepower in a team's arsenal.  

But to those at Sweetwater's Historic Mustang Bowl  that endured two lengthy lightning and weather delays to see the final outcome of the District 1-4A matchup between the Pecos Eagles and Sweetwater Mustangs, they were treated to watching three Eagle running backs rush for over 200 yards each! Amazing!

The trio of Armando Granado, Abel Velasquez and Ezekiel Saldana combined for 641 yards on 51 carries with each of them eclipsing the double century mark in Sweetwater. 

Granado, a previous D1 Nation Player of the Week earlier this season, marked his third 200-plus yard game of the season with a 30 carry, 216 yard performance.  He also had one touchdown. 

Velasquez finished the night with 13 rushes for 203 yards. The 5'11" junior running back scored four times, including once on a pass and converted a two-point conversion as well. 

Sophomore Ezekiel Saldana led the rushing attack on Friday with 225 yards on 18 carries.  He also had three touchdowns. 

The trio led the ground attack for Pecos who finished with over 700 yards in total offense. 

The backfield gives credit to their offensive line who they, along with Athletic Director and Head Coach Chad Olson praise for much of the team's success this season. 

Olson said, "Our Offensive Line is what makes our offense what it is.  Our backs do a great job of running tough and running where the plays are intended to be run, but the Offensive Line is what makes it all happen.  They are a tight knit group who play hard.  Friday night was no different.  Our backs ran hard.  They were also unselfish.  None of the backs were begging for the ball and all were expected to block for each other as well.  Offensively, we played very unselfishly and that was a huge key to their performance and our victory."

Pecos won the game 62-49 to move their season record to 4-4 and 2-2 in District play.