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Thursday, August 22, 2002

Eagles prepare for scrimmage against Fabens

Staff Writer

Dropping down to Class 3A has given the Pecos Eagles a new  group of district rivals for the 2002 football season.

Friday, they'll get their only look at one of their former district rivals this season, when the Eagles hold their final pre-season scrimmage, in Van Horn against the Fabens Wildcats.

Coach Fred Carter said the scrimmage is tentatively scheduled to start about 4 p.m., with the freshman and junior varsity teams, while the varsity squads should begin play sometime between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

The Eagles have faced the Wildcats during regular season play in each of the past eight seasons, winning the last six in a row, including a 45-14 victory last season. That victory came despite Pecos allowing Fabens 452 yards on offense, as the Eagles' defense stopped four Fabens drives inside their own 20-yard-line.

Matthew Levario ran for 100 yards and had an 89-yard kickoff return that night, while Freddy Torres threw for 107 yards on 5-for-7 passing. However, kickoffs won't be part of Friday's scrimmage, and Torres won't be suited up this week, after suffering a separated shoulder late in last Saturday's 4-0 scrimmage loss to El Paso Riverside.

Carter said Jose Reyes would start the opening series at quarterback in place of Torres, while receiver John Parent would take over as No. 2 quarterback this week. Aside from that, he said there would be "no other changes" to the Eagles' lineup, and the team will work on pretty much the same things as a week ago against Riverside.

"We'll add a couple of new passing plays, and that's about it," Carter said.

Dropped passes hurt Reyes during his time at quarterback last week, as the Eagles were able to move the ball well in the middle of the field, but stalled out inside the Rangers' 35 on offense. Meanwhile, Riverside was able to control the line on offense, and rolled up several big gains on the ground, while getting three of their four scores through the air.

The Rangers ended Fabens' season a year ago with a 55-7 bi-district playoff victory. This season, the Wildcats return most of their defensive starters, but will be trying to replace quarterback Rigo Estrada and running back Vicente Macias. They do get back Tury Cleto, who ran for 605 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.

After Friday's scrimmage, the Eagles will have Labor Day weekend off, though some teams will be starting their seasons then. Pecos' first game is scheduled for Sept. 6, in Alpine against the Bucks.

Bears joining new district in volleyball

Balmorhea Bears volleyball coach Melissa Florez will have more players when her team opens its 2002 season this evening at Sierra Blanca, and fewer teams when the Bears district season starts up in October.

Florez' team will be in Sierra Blanca today and will travel to Wink this weekend to compete in their first tournament of the season. But when District 2-A play begins, the Bears will no longer be with the Wildcats, or the Grandfalls Cowgirls and Buena Vista Longhorns. Instead, the Bears will be paired with only two other teams, the Fort Davis Maidens and Marathon Mustangs, for the 2002 season.

"The alignment came out kind of late for 1A (volleyball) schools," Florez said. "McCamey got moved down to 1A, so they moved them over into our spot, and Marfa got moved up to 2A, so they moved Valentine over to the district with Sierra Blanca."

Wink has dominated the Bears' former district for years, while the new alignment figures to give Balmorhea a better shot at the playoffs, though Fort Davis figures to be favored to take the 2-A title.

Florez said going into today's opener, "I've got a few new players, plus a couple of freshman girls who have moved up from junior high. I'm looking at about 14 girls, which is better than last year."

Balmorhea does have several players back from last season.

"My setter is Julia Garlick, my outside hitter is Amber Briceno, and probably my main hitter is Lorisa Rodriguez," Florez said.

"The other setter right now I'm trying to work in is Jogina Gallego," she said, while defensively Florez is looking at Gabriana Lujan on the back line, along with Clarissa Sparks and Santana Lopez. After their games in Sierra Blanca and Wink the Bears will host the Vaqueros in their home opener next Tuesday, and then go back to Sierra Blanca for another tournament next weekend.

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