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Thursday, May 22, 2003

Eagles' get home advantage in 2003 grid dates

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles will have another nine game season in football this fall, but will get to play three of their four District 4-3A games at Eagle Stadium in October and November.

Pecos' 2003 varsity, junior varsity and freshman football schedules are pretty much the same as last year, except for the sites being reversed for the home and road games. For the varsity Eagles, that means three home games in district play, after playing only one 3-4A game at Eagle Stadium in 2002, but it also means three trips to the South Plains in pre-district play, for games in Lamesa, Brownfield and Lubbock. All games this season are 7:30 p.m. starts.

The nine-game schedule is due to the loss of Presidio from the district schedule. The Blue Devils canceled their varsity schedule just before the start of the 2002 season, and earlier this year dropped football completely, leaving all of Pecos' teams with an open date in mid-October. Eagles' head coach and athletic director Bubba Williams said he talked with Lovington, N.M., about a possible non-district game on Oct. 17, but the two schools couldn't come to an agreement.

The Eagles will be trying to rebound from their worst season in 35 years in 2002. They opened with a 35-10 win at Alpine, then dropped their final eight games, gaining their only other win by forfeit over the Blue Devils. Pecos again will kick off play in 2003 against Alpine, this time at Eagle Stadium on Sept. 5. That's followed by trips to Lamesa and Brownfield, a home game against Crane and a trip to Lowery Field in Lubbock to face Lubbock High on Oct. 3, in their final pre-district contest.

Homecoming and the District 4-3A opener is the following Friday against Kermit. Pecos hosts Monahans two weeks later, then plays its only 4-3A road game, Halloween night in Fort Stockton. Regular season play ends at home on Nov. 7 against Midland Greenwood, which figures to go into the 2003 season as both the district favorite and ranked No. 1 in the Class 3A polls, after losing in overtime in the state title game last December.

The Eagles will play one other state-ranked Midland school - private school power Midland Christian - in their final pre-season scrimmage. The Eagles and Mustangs will meet at Grande Communications Stadium in the Scharbauer Complex on Aug. 30, two weeks after hosting El Paso Riverside in their first scrimmage game.

Pecos' JV will also scrimmage both those teams, while the ninth graders will only scrimmage against Riverside. Both the freshman and JV will begin their seasons on Sept. 4 in Alpine, and will play the same teams as the varsity, with the exception of Lubbock High. The JV will host Marfa's varsity on Oct. 2, while the ninth graders will travel to Fort Stockton.

Pecos' junior high football teams will also begin their seasons on Sept. 4, with seventh and eighth grade purple games at home against Alpine. The gold and purple teams will go to Monahans over the next two weeks, and then will play all but one of their remaining games at home.

The seventh grade games will all be at the Crockett Middle School field, while the eighth grade games, with the exception of the season opener against Alpine, will be played at Eagle Stadium.

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