Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, August 22, 2002
Eagles prepare for scrimmage against Fabens
By JON FULBRIGHT
Dropping down to Class 3A has given the Pecos Eagles a new group of
district rivals for the 2002 football season.
Friday, they'll get their only look at one of their former district rivals
this season, when the Eagles hold their final pre-season scrimmage, in Van
Horn against the Fabens Wildcats.
Coach Fred Carter said the scrimmage is tentatively scheduled to start
about 4 p.m., with the freshman and junior varsity teams, while the varsity
squads should begin play sometime between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
The Eagles have faced the Wildcats during regular season play in each
of the past eight seasons, winning the last six in a row, including a 45-14
victory last season. That victory came despite Pecos allowing Fabens 452
yards on offense, as the Eagles' defense stopped four Fabens drives inside
their own 20-yard-line.
Matthew Levario ran for 100 yards and had an 89-yard kickoff return that
night, while Freddy Torres threw for 107 yards on 5-for-7 passing. However,
kickoffs won't be part of Friday's scrimmage, and Torres won't be suited
up this week, after suffering a separated shoulder late in last Saturday's
4-0 scrimmage loss to El Paso Riverside.
Carter said Jose Reyes would start the opening series at quarterback in
place of Torres, while receiver John Parent would take over as No. 2 quarterback
this week. Aside from that, he said there would be "no other changes" to
the Eagles' lineup, and the team will work on pretty much the same things
as a week ago against Riverside.
"We'll add a couple of new passing plays, and that's about it," Carter
Dropped passes hurt Reyes during his time at quarterback last week, as
the Eagles were able to move the ball well in the middle of the field, but
stalled out inside the Rangers' 35 on offense. Meanwhile, Riverside was able
to control the line on offense, and rolled up several big gains on the ground,
while getting three of their four scores through the air.
The Rangers ended Fabens' season a year ago with a 55-7 bi-district playoff
victory. This season, the Wildcats return most of their defensive starters,
but will be trying to replace quarterback Rigo Estrada and running back Vicente
Macias. They do get back Tury Cleto, who ran for 605 yards and eight touchdowns
a year ago.
After Friday's scrimmage, the Eagles will have Labor Day weekend off,
though some teams will be starting their seasons then. Pecos' first game
is scheduled for Sept. 6, in Alpine against the Bucks.
Bears joining new district in volleyball
Balmorhea Bears volleyball coach Melissa Florez will have more players
when her team opens its 2002 season this evening at Sierra Blanca, and fewer
teams when the Bears district season starts up in October.
Florez' team will be in Sierra Blanca today and will travel to Wink this
weekend to compete in their first tournament of the season. But when District
2-A play begins, the Bears will no longer be with the Wildcats, or the Grandfalls
Cowgirls and Buena Vista Longhorns. Instead, the Bears will be paired with
only two other teams, the Fort Davis Maidens and Marathon Mustangs, for the
"The alignment came out kind of late for 1A (volleyball) schools," Florez
said. "McCamey got moved down to 1A, so they moved them over into our spot,
and Marfa got moved up to 2A, so they moved Valentine over to the district
with Sierra Blanca."
Wink has dominated the Bears' former district for years, while the new
alignment figures to give Balmorhea a better shot at the playoffs, though
Fort Davis figures to be favored to take the 2-A title.
Florez said going into today's opener, "I've got a few new players, plus
a couple of freshman girls who have moved up from junior high. I'm looking
at about 14 girls, which is better than last year."
Balmorhea does have several players back from last season.
"My setter is Julia Garlick, my outside hitter is Amber Briceno, and probably
my main hitter is Lorisa Rodriguez," Florez said.
"The other setter right now I'm trying to work in is Jogina Gallego,"
she said, while defensively Florez is looking at Gabriana Lujan on the back
line, along with Clarissa Sparks and Santana Lopez. After their games in
Sierra Blanca and Wink the Bears will host the Vaqueros in their home opener
next Tuesday, and then go back to Sierra Blanca for another tournament next
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