The Pecos Football Team is entering its first season under head coach Chad Olson.
Olson was previously the team’s offensive coordinator and replaced Chris Jones after he left the program earlier this year.
The team is also adjusting to the loss of two of their teammates. Former quarterback Jonathan Aguilar and wide receiver Ethan Medina were killed in a car accident on the way to a basketball game in January. Both would have been seniors this season. Pecos is still healing from the loss of the two students, friends and teammates.
Olson said he told his new coaching staff about the accident on their first meeting.
“There’s still times it’s going to come up. It’s going to come up this Friday and it’s going to come up in two weeks on Friday. So it’s going to be something that’s in the back of our mind all the time,” he said.
The team hung up Aguilar and Medina’s jerseys in the hallway outside the team’s locker room. Some former teammates say they provide motivation going into this season without two of their friends.
“They were the hardest workers. Day-in, day-out, they’re in the weight room. So it’s mostly motivation,” said senior Tony Armendariz.
Fellow teammate Gary Salcido agreed.
“We have to do it for them honestly. Just have to ball out for them.”
The Eagles are hoping to use that motivation to propel past their one-win season last year. Olson said with a new defensive coordinator, the defense has been completely switched around. He also said he has tweaked the offensive scheme, as well.
As for holes to fill, Pecos is looking to solidify its quarterback position. But the team will primarily rely on its young, but strong offensive line.
Pecos opens the 2019 season on the road at Denver City.
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