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Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Eagles add 10th game to grid schedule

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles will turn their second scheduled scrimmage of the 2003 football season into their first regular season game later this month, and make up for the game lost when the Presidio Blue Devils abandoned their football program earlier this year.

The Eagles, who played only nine regular season games last year after Presidio canceled its 2002 varsity season, will open their 2003 season on Aug. 29 at home against the Midland Christian Mustangs. That will replace a scrimmage against the Mustangs originally scheduled for Aug. 30 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland.

"We're set. That's going to be a game," said Eagles' head coach Patrick Willis, whose team will now have only one scheduled scrimmage, this Saturday at home against El Paso Riverside.

The Aug. 29 game was made possible since the scrimmage originally was scheduled for the "Zero Week," where teams are allowed by the University Interscholastic League to either scrimmage or play their first regular season game. Last year, the Eagles were scheduled to play 10 straight weeks during the regular season, but lost their game with Presidio and were unable to find another opponent for the mid-October open date.

This year, Pecos again faces the mid-October bye date where the Presidio game would have gone, but will use the Zero Week to get in their 10th game. Three of the Eagles' four other District 4-3A rivals - Midland Greenwood, Monahans and Kermit - also will be starting their 2003 seasons the weekend of Aug. 29.

Moving the game from Midland to Pecos also means the Eagles will have six home games during the 2003 season, after playing only four games at home last year. Pecos will also be at home on Sept. 4 to face Alpine in what was to have been the 2003 opener, and will play Crane and three of their four district games at Eagle Stadium this season.

Willis said this weekend's scrimmage against Riverside is still tentatively scheduled for a late-afternoon, early evening start, with the varsity scrimmaging at 7 p.m. and the JV and freshman teams starting sometime around 5 p.m.

Odessa softball schedules tourney

The Odessa Softball Association will be holding their 2003 All-Nighter Class C/D Softball Tournament on Aug. 24-25 at the UTPB Softball Complex in Odessa.

The teams must be ASA sanctioned, and have a deadline of Aug. 20 to send in their $125 entry fee.

For further information, contact Gabriel or Michelle at (432) 552-6426 or the Odessa Softball Association at (432) 558-7811.

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