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Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Carter, coaches begin preparing for 2002 season

Staff Writer

Fred Carter has begun settling into his new job as head  football coach for the Pecos Eagles, after several weeks of shuttling back  and forth between here and El Paso.

But Carter will probably be making a few more trips to El Paso during the upcoming school year, even though Pecos no longer has five El Paso-area teams in their district.

"We were trying to figure out how to get my wife down here, but it's not going to work out," said Carter, who was hired to replace Gary Grubbs as the Eagles' head coach on June 27. At the time, he said he was hopeful his wife could also find a job as a teacher in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD to replace the one she had just started.

"She just got a new job, and this job is one she's really worked for for such a long time. So for now we'll work with me being here and her in El Paso," Carter said during a break in meeting with the other Eagle coaches on Tuesday.

"We're just going over things," he said. "I plan to keep the same offense, but we're trying to add some minor things I'm comfortable with. The defense is going to be identical. They've run a `29' basic defense, and that's what I like."

The Eagles will keep the same defense, but will have a new coordinator to run it this year in Ronnie Molina, who played against Pecos in the past while a member of the Monahans Loboes.

Monahans is one of the Eagles' five new District 4-3A rivals this coming season, after Pecos dropped down to Class 3A for the 2002-2003 school year. The Eagles will face two El Paso area schools in scrimmage play next month, defending District 1-4A champ El Paso Riverside, and former 2-4A rival Fabens, before opening regular season play on Sept. 6 in Alpine.

Carter spent last season at East Mountain Middle School in the Clint ISD, but was defensive ends coach two seasons ago at San Elizario, when they were edged by Riverside in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs. "I know Riverside pretty good. Their team is sound, and I think it will be a good test for us to see what we can do."

Pecos will scrimmage Riverside on Aug. 17, after beginning preseason workouts on Aug. 5. "We'll go twice a day in the mornings at 7 and evenings at 7 that first week," Carter said. "We plan to focus on conditioning during that week, and then we'll put on the pads for the first time on Saturday (Aug. 10)."

"I got a chance last week to meet with some of the kids, and a lot of the kids we have I grew up with their parents," said Carter, who graduated from Pecos High School and coached at Zavala Middle School from 1979 to 1985, before spending 14 of the past 17 years coaching in the El Paso area.

Carter said he expects between 90 and 100 players to participate in football between the freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams this season.

In-between now and the start of preseason workouts, Carter and the other Eagle coaches will be going to Houston next week for the annual Texas High School Coaches Association Coaching School. He said the coaches would go over their final plans for preseason drills late next week, after returning from Houston.

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