Weekly Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, June 3, 2004
Eagles to open 2004 grid season in Midland
The Pecos Eagles will be facing three former district rivals and one new district opponent during the 2004 football season, which will open up with a game at a site the Eagles missed out at seeing a year ago.
Pecos’ 2004 varsity season will open up at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland with an afternoon game on Aug. 26 against the Midland Christian Mustangs. The Eagles were supposed to have played at Grande in a scrimmage against Midland Christian a year ago, but both teams had an available open date and the game was changed to the regular season opener in Pecos.
The Eagles won that game and went 3-2 in pre-district play, but then went winless for the second year in a row during the District 4-3A portion of their schedule. But one of those wins was in Lamesa, which is where Pecos opens its 2004 District 3-3A schedule on Oct. 8.
Of the three former district rivals the Eagles face, two will be during pre-district play while the other will be Pecos’ first pre-season scrimmage, on Aug. 14 in Andrews against the Mustangs. Along with the season opener against Midland Christian, that will be the first of three straight games for the Eagles on artificial turf. The second will be the Pecos’ home scrimmage against Coahoma, which will be the debut of the new artificial turf at Eagle Stadium.
Work on the installation of the field and the refurbishing of the Eagle Stadium track is scheduled to begin on Monday, and will continue for the next 6-8 weeks, according to Eagles’ head football coach Patrick Willis. Pecos’ first regular season game on the new field will be on Sept. 3, when they host the Denver City Mustangs.
The Eagles will follow it up with their second game against a former district rival, on Sept. 10 when Kermit comes to Pecos. The Jackets and Eagles were part of District 4-3A the past two seasons, but Kermit dropped down to Class 2A in the most recent UIL realignment back in February.
Kermit will be reunited in their new district with Crane, who’ll host the Eagles on Sept. 17. the following week, Pecos will face their third former district foe, when they host the Sweetwater Mustangs in their final pre-district game. They’ll have a one week break after that before opening district at Lamesa, and then play their 3-3A home opener against their other new district rival, Seminole.
Pecos then closes out their regular season with games against their returning district opponents - on Oct 22 at Greenwood and Oct. 29 aat Monahans, before returning home on Nov. 5 for their final district game, against Fort Stockton.
The junior varsity and freshman football schedules for the Eagles this season will be the exact same as for the varsity, except for reversing the home sites and for the season opener for the ninth graders. The JV starts its 2004 season on Aug. 26 with a home game against Midland Christian, while the freshman kick off their season on Sept. 2 with a game at Denver City. All of the freshman and JV games will be on Thursday afternoons and evenings.
The junior high Eagles will start their 2004 seasons on Sept. 9 with a pair of home games against Kermit. The seventh and eighth graders have one Saturday date on their schedules on Oct. 9 in Lamesa, will not face Denver City or Sweetwater and will face Midland Christian the following Thursday instead of Seminole.
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