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Monday, June 24, 2002

Mag puts Pecos 20th in state, 3A, third in district

The Pecos Eagles are ranked 20th in the state but only third in their district for the 2002 season, according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine, while the Balmorhea Bears are ranked in their usual position _ second behind the Sanderson Eagles _ according to the magazine's pre-season predictions.

The Eagles are dropping down to Class 3A this year, after spending the past 22 years as a member of Class 4A. They are the 20th largest school in 3A, according to enrollment figures, and are ranked 20th in Texas Football's Top 25 poll.

But in the District 4-3A rankings, the Eagles are ranked behind two other teams, the Greenwood Rangers and the Fort Stockton Panthers, who are predicted to be the other playoff qualifiers for 2002.

Monahans is ranked fourth, Kermit fifth and the Presidio Blue Devils sixth in the 4-3A standings. Pecos will open district play at Kermit in October, then host Presidio before closing with games at Monahans and Greenwood, around a home game against Fort Stockton.

If the Eagles make the playoffs, they will automatically qualify for the Division I "big school" playoffs in Class 3A. Based on the pre-season picks by Texas Football, the Eagles would face the Snyder Tigers in the bi-district round of the 3A playoffs. Snyder also dropped down from Class 4A this year, and was a district rival of Pecos from 1980 through 1989.

Balmorhea also has a new look to its district this year, though the Bears are remaining a six-man team. They're getting back two former six-man district rivals, Grandfalls and Buena Vista, and getting another team, Fort Davis, which is dropping down from 11-man football for the first time.

The Bears, who have placed second behind Sanderson each of the past two seasons, are picked to finish there again by Texas Football, and the magazine expects the Bears to be challenged by both Fort Davis and Dell City for the second bi-district playoff berth out of District 8-A six man.

One of the Bears' non-district rivals in recent seasons, the Whitharral Panthers, are picked to repeat as six-man state champs in 2002 by Texas Football, while in Class 3A Everman is ranked No. 1, The Bulldogs figure to qualify for the Division I playoffs, but are not in Region I-3A.

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