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Tuesday, August 10, 1999

Boosters plan event to meet Eagle teams

PECOS, Aug. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles Athletic Boosters Club will sponsor a fall sports spaghetti dinner and watermelon feed on Friday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School cafeteria.

The dinner will be to introduce all coaches and athletes on the 1999 Pecos Eagles fall sports teams, which include football, volleyball, tennis, cross country and swimming. Cost per plate for the event will be $3.50 per person.

The booster club will also hold a business meeting on Monday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the PHS cafeteria.

The dinner will be on a Friday night, the day after Pecos holds it's second preseason football scrimmage, at Midland against the Greenwood Rangers. It will also be after the first day of the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament, which will be held at the Pecos High School new and old gyms.

Browns return with OT win over Cowboys

AP Sports Writer
CANTON, Ohio. Aug. 10, 1999 Their prized rookie quarterback played like a seasoned veteran. So did the first-year cornerback. The defense was as tough as advertised and their special teams were terrific.

Born again after three years, the Cleveland Browns aren't a typical expansion team. And in their debut Monday night on national TV, they didn't play like one.

Capping a night of pageantry and passion, the new Browns made a victorious return to the NFL with a 20-17 overtime victory against the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game.

For the Browns and their fans, there couldn't be a sweeter ending to their three-year comeback.

"I think what was impressive is how we won it," said linebacker Chris Spielman, who played his first game in two years. "We competed. I'll tell you what, we're going to be a competitive football team."

Before the Browns start getting ahead of themselves, their performance wasn't flawless. But for an expansion franchise given just 11 months to get ready for its first game Jacksonville and Carolina had two years the Browns are off to a flying start.

Phil Dawson kicked a 20-yard field goal with 8:06 remaining in overtime for the Browns, who had a chance to win in regulation. But Danny Kight missed a 47-yarder as time expired.

The winning drive was set up by rookie cornerback Daylon McCutcheon's second interception.

"This is a great start for me," said McCutcheon, whose father, Lawrence, a former NFL running back, was in the stands. "But that's all it was. Now, I have to build on this. We all have to build on this."

Browns rookie quarterback Tim Couch dazzled in his pro debut. Couch, the No. 1 overall pick in April's college draft, showed great poise in his first appearance in an NFL uniform.

He completed 11 of 17 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, and ran twice for 144 yards.

After replacing starter Ty Detmer early in the second quarter, Couch overthrew his first attempt before completing 10 straight. He and rookie Kevin Johnson hooked up for 24-yard scoring play in the second quarter, giving the Browns a 14-7 lead.

"It was good to get that first touchdown pass out of the way," Couch said. "Especially to get it to Kevin. Hopefully, that will be the first of many for us."

Cleveland president Carmen Policy grinned from ear to ear talking about Couch, signed by the Browns to a seven-year, $59 million deal before draft day.

"You saw a little bit of why we wanted him," Policy said. "A little bit."

Jason Garrett threw two TD passes for Dallas, which rested most of its regulars after the first quarter. Troy Aikman finished 9-for-11 for 85 yards in limited action.

"I thought Jason executed the offense very well," Dallas coach Chan Gailey said.

But whether they had won or lost, the night belonged to Cleveland and the Browns, whose first win also came in Chris Palmer's debut as an NFL head coach.

"It was emotional," Palmer said. "This is for the fans of Cleveland. They've suffered for three years."

Browns fans hadn't been able to cheer their beloved team since Dec. 17, 1995, the final game at Cleveland Stadium after former owner Art Modell announced he was moving his team to Baltimore.

But once Modell left and the shock wore off, Cleveland fought back and convinced the NFL to bring a team back in 1999. The league also agreed to keep the new team's nickname, colors and history the same.

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