Wednesday, May 13, 1998
Eagles' 1998 grid schedule to open in Odessa
The travel will be pretty much the same, although the opponents will be different, for the Pecos Eagles football team during the 1998 football season.
The Eagles are moving from District 4-4A to District 2-4A this fall, with their five district rivals all coming from the El Paso area. That will mean a big increase in travel for Pecos' other athletic teams, but not for football - the Eagles will actually be doing less traveling this fall than they did two seasons ago, when they made trips to Lamesa, Big Spring, Sweetwater and San Angelo.
One potential long trip to open the season was cut in half when the Eagles signed to play Denver City on Thursday, Sept. 3 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa. It will Pecos' first-ever game at the stadium and a homecoming for new Eagles' head coach Dan Swaim, who played for Odessa Permian when Ratliff first opened the early 1980s.
That's followed by home games against Alpine and former district rival Fort Stockton, while their final two pre-district contests are on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 at Crane and Kermit.
Pecos' district opener will be against the only 2-4A team they've played, Fabens, at home on Oct. 9. The Eagles and Wildcats have played non-district games for the past four seasons.
Pecos' other district home games are against Clint and San Elizario on Oct. 23 and Nov. 6, while their El Paso trips are Oct. 16 to Mountain View and Oct. 30 at Canutillo.
Along with the new district, the other major change will be the absence of Monahans from the regular season schedule for the first time in over half a century. The Eagles and Loboes played non-district games the past two seasons, and will still meet this year, in the first of two pre-season scrimmages, in Pecos on Aug. 21.
Pecos' other pre-season scrimmage is their usual one against Greenwood, on the Rangers' home field Aug. 28.
Because of the long trips for district games, Pecos' junior varsity and freshman teams will not play any of their 2-4A rivals. Both teams get to play Friday night openers against Denver City, and the JV will have two games apiece against Kermit, Fort Stockton and Crane. The ninth graders also play Crane and Fort Stockton twice, and also have Andrews and Monahans on their schedule.
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