Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
UIL changes cause problems for sub-varsity grid schedules
Larger districts next season for all Class 3A schools in West Texas and the loss of one area school out of their district has made finding late-season games a little tougher for the Pecos Eagles in football this fall.
The Eagles’ sub varsity schedules for the 2008 season will mirror those of Pecos’ varsity through the first half of the upcoming season, but will be a lot different over the final six weeks of play, due to the changes made back in February by the University Interscholastic League.
The UIL realignment moved Monahans out of Pecos’ district, while keeping the Eagles and Fort Stockton Panthers in the same district with El Paso-area schools Clint, Fabens, Anthony and Tornillo. The other change, eliminating the four-team football districts in West Texas, means there are fewer options for sub-varsity games in October than there were the past two seasons.
That will leave the Eagles and Fort Stockton playing a number of games against each other in October, including three straight weeks of games on the junior high level that month. The lone sub-varsity game against one of Pecos’ district rivals from the El Paso area will be an Oct. 16 matchup between the Eagles’ ninth grade team and Fabens’ junior varsity squad.
The Eagles’ varsity will open its season on Aug. 29 in Alpine against the Bucks, and play their home opener a week later, on Sept. 5 versus Kermit. Three of the Eagles’ five pre-district games are on the road, while they’ll play three of their five District 4-3A games in Pecos this season, starting with their district opener on Oct. 10 against Fort Stockton.
Before then, Pecos will close out pre-district play with a home game against Monahans, which will be a member of District 3-3A next season, and a trip to Snyder to face the Tigers, whom the Eagles haven’t faced in football since 1989, to close out the September portion of their schedule.
The freshman and junior varsity schedules will match the Eagles up against the same teams during August and September, including Pecos’ two scrimmage games, on Aug. 16 versus Seminole and Aug. 21 at Greenwood. The week the varsity has an open date, on Oct. 3, the JV will play a Friday night game against the Wink Wildcats’ varsity in Wink, while the freshman will play host to Kermit the night before.
The junior high gold teams will start their seasons on Sept. 6 with Saturday games against Kermit. They’ll play a 10-game schedule this season, while the seventh and eighth grade purple teams have six games on their 2008 schedule, starting with Monahans on Sept. 18.
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