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Thursday, August 15, 2002

Rangers' offense to test Eagles during scrimmage

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 15, 2002 - Scrimmages don't count in regular season standings, which has been good for the Pecos Eagles the last two seasons.

The Eagles have made the playoffs each of the last four seasons, and went 7-4 a year ago, but have started out in less-than-stellar fashion in their scrimmages against the Carlsbad Cavemen. Pecos was outscored 6-1 two years ago at home, and were blanked 4-0 last year in Carlsbad.

This year the Cavemen aren't on the Eagles' scrimmage list, but for the first time in three years Pecos will be playing two preseason scrimmages instead of one, with the opener this Saturday evening against the El Paso Riverside Rangers.

Play will start at 4 p.m. with the freshman and junior varsity teams scrimmaging at either end of the field at Eagle Stadium. The varsity scrimmage should begin about 6 p.m.

Like Carlsbad the past two years, Riverside should be a good test for the Eagles, who drop down to Class 3A this season after spending the previous 22 years as a member of Class 4A. The Rangers, who moved into Pecos' former District 2-4A this season, are expected to battle El Paso Mountain View, El Paso Ysleta and El Paso Del Valle for the playoffs this season

Pecos hasn't faced Riverside in 11 years, but new head coach Fred Carter is more familiar with the Rangers, have coached against them two years ago as an assistant at San Elizario.

"We're just trying to walk through some plays," Carter said during Monday's workout. "We've looked at some film of Riverside, because I want the kids to be prepared so they'll have a positive attitude coming out."

The Rangers racked up big numbers on offense last season and set a single game Texas high school football record for rushing yardage in 2001, so their offense should provide a good test for the Eagles' defense, which struggled at stopping the run at times last year. They return fullback Shawn Jordan and quarterback Mike Stephenson, who combined for over 2,750 yards in total offense last season.

"They like to throw it. They have that Stephenson kid at quarterback, and he's been the starter for them since he was a freshman," Carter said. "He throws the ball real good."

Carter said he would look at his first team players on the Eagles' opening 15-play series on offense and defense. "Then we'll look at the best of the rest," on the second 15-play series.

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