Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, August 15, 2002
Rangers' offense to test Eagles during scrimmage
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Aug. 15, 2002 - Scrimmages don't count in regular season standings, which has
been good for the Pecos Eagles the last two seasons.
The Eagles have made the playoffs each of the last four seasons, and
went 7-4 a year ago, but have started out in less-than-stellar fashion in
their scrimmages against the Carlsbad Cavemen. Pecos was outscored
6-1 two years ago at home, and were blanked 4-0 last year in Carlsbad.
This year the Cavemen aren't on the Eagles' scrimmage list, but for
the first time in three years Pecos will be playing two preseason
scrimmages instead of one, with the opener this Saturday evening against the El
Paso Riverside Rangers.
Play will start at 4 p.m. with the freshman and junior varsity
teams scrimmaging at either end of the field at Eagle Stadium. The
varsity scrimmage should begin about 6 p.m.
Like Carlsbad the past two years, Riverside should be a good test for
the Eagles, who drop down to Class 3A this season after spending the
previous 22 years as a member of Class 4A. The Rangers, who moved into
Pecos' former District 2-4A this season, are expected to battle El Paso
Mountain View, El Paso Ysleta and El Paso Del Valle for the playoffs this season
Pecos hasn't faced Riverside in 11 years, but new head coach Fred
Carter is more familiar with the Rangers, have coached against them two years
ago as an assistant at San Elizario.
"We're just trying to walk through some plays," Carter said
during Monday's workout. "We've looked at some film of Riverside, because I
want the kids to be prepared so they'll have a positive attitude coming out."
The Rangers racked up big numbers on offense last season and set a
single game Texas high school football record for rushing yardage in 2001, so
their offense should provide a good test for the Eagles' defense, which
struggled at stopping the run at times last year. They return fullback Shawn Jordan
and quarterback Mike Stephenson, who combined for over 2,750 yards in
total offense last season.
"They like to throw it. They have that Stephenson kid at
quarterback, and he's been the starter for them since he was a freshman," Carter
said. "He throws the ball real good."
Carter said he would look at his first team players on the Eagles'
opening 15-play series on offense and defense. "Then we'll look at the best of
the rest," on the second 15-play series.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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