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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 2-4A title.

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 School gym.

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 form.

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.

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