Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, August 15, 2003
Eagles facing line shortage in scrimmage
The linemen suited up for the Pecos Eagles on Saturday against the El
Paso Riverside Rangers figure to get in a lot of work at their positions,
during the teams' scrimmage, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.
That's because injuries have sidelined several lineman for Pecos, during
the second week of pre-season workouts, meaning the ones remaining don't
figure to have much time to rest up against the Rangers during the scrimmage,
which should last about 100 plays.
"We'll go 15-10-15-10," said Eagles' coach Patrick Willis said. "That's
it. We're not going to go in a game situation. We're not really ready for
it, and we don't have enough men."
This is the second year in a row the Eagles have hosted the Rangers in
a scrimmage. Last season, Riverside defeated Pecos by a four touchdowns
to none score on the way to an undefeated regular season. The Rangers lost
in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, while the Eagles won their
opening game, then dropped their final eight contests on the way to their
worst record in 37 years.
Willis was hired away from Abilene Cooper to change that around, and
during the first two weeks of practice has put in a new offense and modified
the 4-3 defense Pecos has used in recent years.
"I think we're ahead of schedule right now, but health-wise, we don't
have a lot of bodies, so anyone who's missing hurts us," Willis said.
Riverside did lose running back Shawn Jordan and quarterback Mike Stephenson,
who signed to play with LSU and UTEP respectively, but do have a dozen started
back from last season's squad, and are again favored to win the District
This will be the only scrimmage for the Eagles, who changed their Aug.
30 scrimmage with Midland Christian into their regular season opener, in
Pecos on Aug. 29, which will replace their lost game against Presidio. Play
is scheduled to begin on Saturday with the freshman and junior varsity teams
scrimmaging, at about 5:30 p.m.
Jr. high teams get equipment
for football today, Saturday
Seventh and eighth grade students planning to play football this year can
pick up their equipment today and Saturday morning at the Crockett Middle
Workouts for the seventh and eighth graders will start when school gets
underway next week, and players must have their physical forms signed by
a doctor and returned in order to begin practice. Junior high volleyball
players, and all high-school althetes planning to participate in off-season
workouts, also need to return their physical forms next week.
Junior high football players can get their equipment from coaches Keith
Windham, David Neighbors or Omar Salgado at the Crockett Middle School gym.
For further information, call the Pecos High School Field House at 447-7220.
Football, volleyball leagues
continue sign-ups for seasons
The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department has begun
signing up boys and girls for its fall volleyball and flag football programs,
along with the Pecos Eagle Pee Wee Football League.
The volleyball and the Pee Wee football programs are open to children
entering grades 3-6, while the flag football league is for boys and girls
ages 5 through 7. Registration cost for Pee Wee football is $20 right now
and $25 for late registration, while flag football and volleyball sign-ups
are $10 per player.
Forms can be picked up at the recreation department office in the old
Pecos High School gym during regular office hours. Returned forms must be
accompanied by a birth certificate and signatures of both parents on the
Early registration for Pee Wee football runs through next Friday, Aug.
22, and a "training camp" for those players will be held on Aug. 22-23. The
deadline for signing up for volleyball is Aug. 23, and flag football sign-ups
will continue through Aug. 29.
For further information, call the recreation department office at 447-9776.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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