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AUGUST 31st-The Permian Panthers encountered many obstacles in their season-opener in El Paso, dropping a 34-30 decision to the Montwood Rams.
A penalty on Permian's second play was a good indicator that the hometown officials would be a big factor, as the Panthers were penalized a record 16 times for 139 yards. MOJO managed to bounce back from the barrage of penalty flags to take a 23-14 lead into halftime.
The second half found MOJO mired in more penalties. Meanwhile, Montwood managed to take advantage by clawing their way back into the game, ultimately gaining a four point advantage midway through the fourth quarter. More untimely penalties kept the Panthers from getting untracked, and Montwood ran out the final minutes of the game to steal the victory.
Jorrion Wilson ended the evening with 161 yards and two scores. Jack Wilkins threw for 195 yards and two TDs, and rushed for 57 yards and another score. Andrew Perez led all receivers with 102 yards. On defense, Clay Adams grabbed an interception and a fumble. Troy Chavez added a fumble recovery for the Panthers.
SEPTEMBER 7th- A Blue (and Gold) Norther blew into Odessa in the form of the Frenship Tigers, spoiling the Permian Panthers Homecoming with a 23-13 loss at Ratliff Stadium.
A scoreless tie was broken when the Frenship defense forced a fumble and returned it 55 yards for a score. The MOJO offense attempted to answer and put together several nice drives, only to be tripped up when they got near the endzone. One promising drive ended with another turnover, as a Frenship safety stepped in front of a pass attempt from Jack Wilkins to Jorrion Wilson at the three yard line to end the threat. The Tigers added a pair of field goals for a 13-0 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same, as the Panthers offense sputtered. Frenship added another field goal to their tally in the third quarter. The Panthers finally got on the board with 4:58 remaining, on a nine yard touchdown run by Jorrion Wilson. Each team added a touchdown in the final minutes of the game for the final 23-13 score.
Jorrion Wilson led all rushers with 179 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. Andrew Perez led the Permian receivers with 51 yards. Wilson added 43 yards on three receptions. Jack Wilkins was 8 of 29 for 139 yards.
SEPTEMBER 14th- Permian opened the District 2-5A campaign in dominating fashion with a 45-6 win vs Odessa High.
Jorrion Wilson got the Panthers on the board with a nine yard TD run on their first possession. Justin Hall made it 14-0 with a five yard TD in the second quarter. Wilson's second score of the game began a 21 point onslaught in a span of two minutes to blow the game open. Jack Wilkins hit Dez Daniels on a 60 yard touchdown strike, then on the ensuing Bronchos possession safety Tyler Grizzell intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for a score. MOJO went into the break with a 35-0 lead.
The second half was more of the same for MOJO, with Wilkins connecting with WR Andrew Perez for another touchdown. With the game in hand and Permian substituting liberally, the Bronchos finally got on the board on an 11 yard touchdown run. Permian kicker Christian Anchondo ended the scoring with a 21 yard field goal.
Wilkins ended the evening with 245 passing yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Perez led all receivers with 131 yards, with Dez Daniels adding 101 yards. Defensively the Panthers played lights out, limiting the Bronchos to 161 total yards. Tyler Grizzell and Clay Adams had interceptions.
SEPTEMBER 21st- MOJO was in for a rude awakening on their road trip to Abilene, falling 44-14 to the 6th ranked Eagles.
Things looked good early on for the Panthers, as Michael Franco recovered a fumble on Abilene's opening drive. But the Panthers turned it right back over with an interception. With a fresh start, the Eagles capitalized by scoring two first quarter touchdowns. The second quarter saw Abilene add a safety and another score for a 23-0 lead. Jack Wilkins would hit a wide open Andrew Perez to get the Panthers on the board, and then the MOJO defense rose up to give the offense another chance to score before the half. But a fourth down pass attempt sailed behind the intended receiver, and with a minute left Abilene put together a quick scoring drive to go into the break with a 30-7 lead.
The Eagles continued their domination in the third quarter, with scoring drives of 66 and 61 yards to put the game out of reach. Jorrion Wilson got Permian in the endzone in the fourth quarter, with a nifty 20 yard touchdown run to end the scoring for both teams. Wilson racked up 124 yards on the night.
SEPTEMBER 28th- The Permian Panthers dropped to 1-2 in district 2-5A after a 17-6 loss to Midland High on Friday.
Steady rainfall-and a steady dose of the Midland rushing attack- spelled disaster for the Panthers, as the Bulldogs ran the ball on 61 of their 66 plays for 249 yards. A two yard touchdown run by the Bulldogs with 2:24 left in the first quarter would ultimately be all the scoring needed for a Midland victory. The 7-0 lead held up until the halftime break.
Permian finally got something going in the third quarter after the Bulldogs fumbled a punt attempt deep in their end of the field. Jorrion Wilson capped the short drive with a two yard touchdown run. The extra point try was blocked, but Permian was back in the game at 7-6. The celebration was short lived, as the Bulldogs put together a 13 play, 73 yard drive for a 14-6 lead. They would add a 25 yard field goal to make it 17-6 with 8:09 to go.
The Panthers kept fighting to the end, putting together a 73 yard drive to get to the Midland two yard line. But a bobbled snap on third down resulted in a loss of six yards, and a fourth down pass was knocked down in the endzone. Game goes to the Bulldogs.
OCTOBER 5TH- The Permian Panthers evened their district record at 2-2 with a 20-17 win over Amarillo Tascosa.
Things looked shaky early on, as the Panthers spotted Tascosa a 10-0 first quarter lead. MOJO finally got going in the second when Jack Wilkins connected with Jorrion Wilson over the middle on a 39 touchdown pass. The option-oriented Rebels answered with a rare touchdown pass of their own from 68 yards, before Wilson scored his second TD of the night with a three yard run. Permian went into the break down by three.
The second half was all Permian, as Wilkins led a 17 play, 81 yard drive that ended with a game-tying 26 yard field goal by Christian Anchondo. Meanwhile the MOJO defense was busy taking control of the game, shutting down Tascosa's offense completely in the second half. With the Rebels back on their heels, MOJO was able to take the ball and drive 83 yards in 13 plays to set up another field goal by Anchando. At 20-17, Permian had the lead for the first time in the contest. From there the defense stymied Tascosa's last possession, and the Panthers went home with the win.
Jorrion Wilson racked up 254 total yards and two touchdowns. QB Jack Wilkins threw for 121 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Perez caught three balls for 42 yards.
OCTOBER 19th- MOJO jumped back into the playoff picture with a 48-38 win over San Angelo Central.
The Panthers offense established themselves early on as Jorrion Wilson capped an 82 yard drive with a two yard touchdown run. Wilson scored again on the next Permian possession for a 13-0 lead. Central blocked the ensuing point after try and ran it back for two points to make the score 13-2. The Bobcats then took advantage of the momentum shift with a quick touchdown pass. A successful two-point try made the score 13-10 at the end of one. The second quarter saw the Panthers take the momentum back as Wilson and Jack Wilkins ran for touchdowns. MOJO went into the break with a 27-10 lead.
The shootout continued in the second half, as Central scored two touchdowns in less than three minutes to pull within three points. Permian answered with a six play, 72 yard drive that ended with Wilson's fourth touchdown of the game. After the defense held Central on 4th and one deep in their own territory, Wilson would tie a school record with his fifth TD of the night. Mikorbin Fields iced the game late in the fourth quarter, taking a seam pass from Wilkins to the house for a 48 yard touchdown. The Bobcats added one more TD for the final 48-38 score. The victory gives the Panthers a 3-2 district mark.
OCTOBER 26th- The Panthers two game winning streak came to an abrupt halt with a 48-10 loss to Abilene Cooper.
It was apparent early on that it would be a long night for MOJO, as the Cougars scored in less than two minutes on their opening possession. The Panthers responded with a quick scoring drive of their own, with Barron Becker connecting on a 42 yard field goal to make the score 6-3. That was as close as the score would get unfortunately, as Cooper answered with three more touchdowns before the first quarter had expired. Jorrion Wilson finally got the Panthers across the goal line with a 10 yard jaunt in the second quarter. Less than a minute later Cooper's quick-strike offense answered with another touchdown. The Panthers went into the break on the wrong end of a 34-10 score.
The second half was more of the same, as the Cougars added to their total with a 10 play, 80 yard touchdown drive. In the final quarter, with a big lead and the Panthers passing on every down, the Cooper defense grabbed an interception and returned it for the final score of the game.
The loss drops the Panthers to 3-3 in the District 2-5A standings. Abilene Cooper is 5-2 and clinched a playoff berth with the win.
NOVEMBER 2nd- The Panthers came one step closer to clinching a playoff spot with their 28-21 win over Midland Lee.
The game was a defensive struggle in the first half. Midland Lee jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the strength of their district-leading ground game. The Panthers would answer with an 11 play drive that ended with a Barron Becker field goal from 41 yards out. The defenses then took control in the second quarter, with another Becker field goal being the only scoring in the period. MOJO went into the break down 7-6.
The second half opened with Midland Lee driving 74 yards to up their advantage to 14-6. The going got tough from their however, as the MOJO defense began to solve the Rebels rushing scheme. And as the fourth quarter began, the Permian offense started to get untracked as well. Jack Wilkins led a 13 play, 57 yard scoring drive capped off by an 18 yard scoring toss to WR Andrew Perez. With the score 14-12, Wilkins then hooked up with Perez again for the two point conversion to tie the game. Lee answered with another drive to go back up 21-14, but it would be the last lead they would enjoy. Jorrion Wilson's two yard touchdown run tied the game at 21-21. From there the MOJO defense took over, forcing a three-and-out by the Rebels. With momentum finally on the home side Wilkins directed the Panthers on the game winning drive, ending with a 26 yard scoring strike to Perez. Lee had one more chance to tie the game before DE Micheal King sacked the Lee QB on fourth down.
NOVEMBER 8TH- Permian took care of their business in Lubbock with a 49-24 win over Coronado.
The Panthers made good on their first possession, as Jack Wilkins finished a 50 yard drive with a one yard touchdown plunge. The Mustangs would answer with a 49 yard field goal. Jorrion Wilson made it 14-3 Panthers with an eight yard touchdown run to begin the second quarter, and it was looking like the rout was on. The celebration was short lived however, as a 74 yard touchdown run on Coronado's next possession silenced the Permian crowd. The teams traded turnovers on consecutive possessions until the end of the half, when Wilkins connected with WR Andrew Perez in the back of the endzone as time expired. MOJO went into the break with a 21-10 lead and momentum in hand.
The second half saw the MOJO ground game take over, as Wilson scored on runs of 34 and 14 yards. The Mustangs added another score as the third quarter expired but it was too little, too late. It took just two minutes for Wilson to get his fourth touchdown of the game, this time from 20 yards out. The Panthers reached a season high for points scored on the next possession as Wilkins hit Dez Daniels on a nine yard scoring strike. With the Panthers enjoying a comfortable lead and substituting liberally, Coronado closed out the contest with a 51 yard scoring drive. From there Permian ran out the clock. The win, coupled with Midland's loss to Abilene, sends MOJO to the playoffs.
NOVEMBER 16th-The Permian Panthers postseason run was short lived, falling 34-33 to the El Dorado Aztecs.
The game turned out to be a high scoring, back and forth contest. El Dorado took the opening kick and drove 73 yards in six plays for a touchdown. Permian answered with a 45 yard TD pass from Jack Wilkins to Dez Daniels. Permian took a 10-7 lead on a Barron Becker field goal, but the Aztecs answered with a short TD run. In the second quarter, Jorrion Wilson scored a pair of touchdowns around an Aztec field goal. The Panthers went into the break with a 24-17 lead.
The third quarter was a battle of field goals. As the fourth quarter began, El Dorado made what was arguably the play of the game by grabbing an onside kick. The Aztecs capitalized immediately, tying the game with a 19 yard touchdown run. After holding the Panthers on downs, the Aztecs offense retook the lead with a 16 yard scoring run. Permian had one final chance to tie the game. Wilkins led the Panthers down the field, scoring on a quarterback draw from five yards out as time expired. But Becker's point after try sailed wide right, and the Aztec celebration began.
The Panthers end their season at 5-6 overall, 5-3 in District 2-5A. After a surprising slow start to the season MOJO showed a lot of heart in clawing their way back into the playoff race, ultimately securing the Division I top seed in District 2-5A. With 10 returning starters, and a talented group of football players moving up from the junior varsity teams, the future looks very bright for the 2013 Permian Panthers.