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MOJO MASHES MCALLEN IN RECORD STYLE
WEEK ONE: AUGUST 29th- The Permian Panthers set a new single- game scoring record in their 2015 debut, defeating the McAllen Bulldogs 70-14 at Rutledge Stadium in Converse.
MOJO wasted no time in showing their superiority. After a three and out by the defense, the Panthers took a 7-0 lead in four plays as Dexter Neboh ran it in from 16 yards. Brandon Bailey made it 14-0 just minutes later from 16 yards out. On the Panthers next possession, Trey Potter found Kobe Robinson all alone in the endzone for an 18 yard TD pass as the first quarter ended.
McAllen finally got into the game with a nifty 42 yard scoring pass on a busted coverage. The McAllen celebration was short lived however, as MOJO answered with a 60 yard TD run by Robinson. Another touchdown pass from Potter to Bailey made the score 35-7 going into the halftime break.
The second half was more of the same for MOJO, as Neboh took an option pitch and raced 81 yards to paydirt on the second play from scrimmage. Dakoda Delao's PAT made the score 42-7. Neboh got into the act again on the next Permian possession, streaking down the sideline to snag a perfectly placed pass from Potter and taking it to the house from 38 yards out. On the ensuing McAllen possession, a mishandled snap gave Permian the ball on the 30 yard line. Bailey cashed in the gift four plays later, weaving his way to the endzone from 23 yards. The third quarter ended with MOJO up 56-7.
With the game in hand and Permian substituting freely, Jaime Garza added to the offensive onslaught with a 10 yard touchdown run. Javorian Miller made the score 70-7 on the final MOJO possession with an eight yard scoring jaunt. The afternoon ended with a McAllen score as time expired.
Three Panthers went over the 100 yard rushing mark for the game. Kobe Robinson led all rushers with 156 yards. Dexter Neboh rushed for 118 yards, with Brandon Bailey adding 117. Each had three touchdowns in the game. Trey Potter was 7-of-9 for 167 yards and three TDs. Potter also rushed for 52 yards. The 70 points eclipsed the previous mark of 69 points set in 2007 vs Lubbock.
WEEK TWO: SEPTEMBER 5th- The Permian Panthers put on a dominating display at Ratliff Stadium on Saturday, destroying the Mission Memorial Veterans Patriots 63-7 in their home opener.
After a slow start, the Panthers got on the board late in the first half when Brandon Bailey scored from four yards out. On the ensuing Patriots possession, the Panthers defense snuffed out a fake field goal on fourth down. MOJO responded with a 45 yard catch-and-run touchdown from Trey Potter to Dexter Neboh. Dakoda Delao's PAT made the score 14-0, and the rout was on. After the defense forced another three-and-out, Kobe Robinson fielded a Patriot punt at the 36 yard line and weaved his way through the coverage for a 64 yard touchdown. The defense got the ball back for MOJO when Isaiah Sarabia picked off a pass at the Patriots 38 yard line and returned it to the 28. Robinson cashed it in immediately, taking a pitch from Potter and racing down the near sideline for the score. The Patriots tried a trick play on the ensuing drive, but that pass was intercepted by Jordan McCoy. Bailey got his second touchdown of the day two plays later, busting through the line and racing 76 yards for the score. The Panthers went into the halftime break up 35-0.
The offensive onslaught continued in the second half. The Panthers received the opening kick and promptly marched 63 yards to paydirt, with Jack Fawcett finishing the drive on an eight yard scoring toss from Potter. The defense took up right where they had left off on the next Patriots possession, with Josh Nguyen grabbing his second interception of the day and returning it 23 yards for the score. Bailey racked up his third touchdown of the day as the third quarter was winding down, crashing into the endzone from two yards out. The third quarter ended with MOJO on top 56-0.
With the contest well in hand the Panthers began to substitute freely, but with the same results. Led by sophomore Brother Miller at quarterback, the Panthers marched 87 yards in 13 plays to paydirt. Herb Anderson finished the drive with the first touchdown of his career, bulling his way into the endzone from eight yards out. The Patriots finally avoided the shutout with a touchdown pass as time expired. Final score Panthers 63, Patriots 7.
Brandon Bailey had another clutch performance for Permian, rushing for 172 yards and three TDs on 19 carries. Brother Miller was the second leading rusher with 59 yards, and Trey Potter added 55 on the ground. Potter had another efficient performance at quarterback, going 6-for-7 for 95 yards and two scores. Miller was 2-for-2 for 17 yards in mop up duty. Dexter Neboh led all MOJO receivers with 45 yards and a touchdown. Kobe Robinson had a great all around performance with 28 yards rushing and the 64 yard punt return for a touchdown. Defensively Josh Nguyen grabbed two interceptions with one going for a score. Isaiah Sarabia and Jordan McCoy added picks for the defense.
On Thursday the MOJO Freshman squads got a clean sweep of San Angelo Central. Team White got their first win of the season 14-0, while the Black defeated Central Orange 21-7.
PANTHERS DOMINATE MISSION MEMORIAL IN HOME OPENER
PANTHERS TAKE OUT TRAILBLAZERS TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED
WEEK THREE: SEPTEMBER 11th- The Permian Panthers remain undefeated on the season after their 51-7 victory over the El Paso Americas Trailblazers.
The defense set the tone early for MOJO, getting the first points of the game by stuffing the Blazers running back in the endzone for a safety. After the free kick by Americas, it only took the Panthers three plays to score again. Brandon Bailey ended the drive with a 28 yard touchdown run, his first of three on the night. Dexter Neboh made the score 16-0 late in the first quarter, taking a pitch from Trey Potter and turning it into a 69 yard touchdown run.
The second quarter began with the MOJO defense forcing another three and out. After the Americas punt, it only took one play for Trey Potter to connect with Kobe Robinson on a 57 yard scoring strike. Potter would connect with Jack Fawcett running up the seam wide open for a 69 yard catch and run touchdown late in the period. Permian went into the half up 30-0.
The second half began much the same as the second, with Bailey getting his second touchdown of the night on the first Permian snap. The senior running back repeated the trick four minutes later, capping a six play, 54 yard drive with a nine yard touchdown scamper. The defense would force a fumble on the next Americas possession. Potter got his first rushing touchdown one play later, taking it in from 20 yards out.
The Trailblazers finally found the endzone late in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout. Permian ended the game with two consecutive kneel downs. Final score Permian 51, Americas 7.
Brandon Bailey ended the game with 139 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Dexter Neboh and Trey Potter added 87 yards and 39 yards, respectively. Potter passed for 161 yards and two scores. Jack Fawcett led all receivers with 87 yards and a score. Defensively, cornerback Des Smith grabbed an interception, and Isaiah Sarabia recovered a fumble. The win gives Permian a 3-0 record.
On Thursday, the JV Black team defeated Big Spring 34-6, while the Freshman Black squad remained unbeaten with a 20-0 shutout over OHS Red. Freshman White lost their game by a score of 16-7.
WEEK FOUR: SEPTEMBER 18th- The MOJO Machine took care of business on Friday, crushing the Coronado T-Birds 63-15 in El Paso.
The Panthers continued to display domination on both sides of the ball. After the defense forced a Coronado punt on the opening possession, the offense wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Permian's first possession began with a pitchout from Trey Potter to Kobe Ronbinson. But instead of running the sweep K-Rob pulled up to pass, hitting Brother Miller downfield for a 51 yard touchdown. After another quick three-and-out from the MOJO defense Robinson made his presence known again, hauling in a perfect pass from Potter and streaking 71 yards to pay dirt. Dakoda Delao's PAT made the score 14-0 MOJO just six minutes into the game. Brandon Bailey made it 21-0 Permian three minutes later, capping a six-play drive with a three yard touchdown run.
The MOJO defense got on the board to begin the second quarter. Playing the option, Jax Welch was in perfect position to intercept an errant Thunderbird pitch and return it 25 yards for the score. Coronado mounted a good drive on their next possession, but the defense rose up again when Tommy Taylor intercepted a pass to end the scoring threat. The Panthers capitilized on the turnover with a 90 yard scoring drive, capped by Bailey's 41 yard touchdown scamper. The first half onslaught ended with 20 yard touchdown run by Robinson. The Panthers went into the halftime break on top 42-0.
The second half looked much like the first. The Panthers increased their lead to 49 points when Potter connected with Miller from 30 yards out for their second scoring hookup of the game. With the game in hand and Permian substituting liberally the T-Birds finally broke the shutout in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 10 yard run. MOJO was not through scoring however, as Miller got his third touchdown of the evening one play later. Lined up at quarterback Miller took the ball around the right side, shaking a tackle before racing 70 yards up the far sideline. The extra point made the score 56-7 with a little over six minutes remaining. On the next Permian possession Tyler Marquez got his first score of the year on a quarterback keeper from six yards out. The Thunderbirds would add another touchdown with under a minute left for the final 63-15 score.
Kobe Robinson had an MVP-worthy performance with touchdowns rushing, receiving and passing. Brandon Bailey led all rushers with 124 yards and two touchdowns. Brother Miller was the leading receiver with 103 yards and two scores. Miller also had a 71 yard touchdown run. Trey Potter had another efficient day, throwing for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Jax Welch scored on an intercepted pitch. Tommy Taylor and Jordan McCoy also had interceptions for MOJO. The win gives Permian a 4-0 record.
PANTHERS TEAR UP THE T-BIRDS IN EL PASO
MOJO MACHINE MASHES MUSTANGS 38-6
WEEK FIVE: SEPTEMBER 24th- The Permian Panthers ended their non-district slate with a perfect record, knocking off the Lubbock Coronado Mustangs 38-6 on Thursday.
Unlike the first four games this season where the Panthers displayed their big play capability, Permian took more of a ball control approach vs the Mustangs. MOJO's opening drive drained more than four minutes off of the clock, capped by a Kobe Robinson 36 yard touchdown run. The drive consisted of seven plays that covered 80 yards. After the defense forced the Mustangs into a three-and-out, the Panthers were back on the offensive. The offense utilized 11 running plays on its second possession before the drive stalled. Dakoda Delao was good on a 42-yard field goal to put Mojo up 10-0 at the end of one.-6 on Thursday.
Brandon Bailey was the workhorse in the second quarter, and scored his first of two touchdowns midway through from seven yards out. The MOJO defense forced another three-and-out, and back came the Panthers. A 19-yard Trey Potter pass to Jack Fawcett finished off the scoring drive that covered 48 yards in six plays. Permian went into the break on top 24-0.
The second half opened with Coronado getting their only score of the game, on the first play from scrimmage. Jeffrey McCutcheon burst through the middle for a 66-yard touchdown run to make the score 24-6. The Mustang defense then stopped the Permian for the first time all night on the ensuing Panthers possession. MOJO regained momentum two plays later, when Josh Nguyen grabbed the first of two interceptions in the game. Six plays later, Potter ran it in from eight yards out to extend the lead to 31-6. It only took four plays before Nguyen had his second interception of the night, thwarting the Mustangs scoring attempt as the third quarter ended.
The Panthers committed their lone miscue in the fourth quarter on a fumble near midfield. Coronado recovered the fumble, but gave it back three plays later when Des Smith intercepted a long Mustang pass. From there Brother Miller- who had taken over for Potter under center- led a seven play, 94 yard scoring drive to seal the win. Scrambling to his right after finding his primary receiver Fawcett covered up, Miller dumped the ball off to Bailey. The senior running back took over from there, bowling over two defenders on his way to a beautiful 36 yard touchdown. The Mustangs had one final possession, but the drive went nowhere. Final score 38-6 MOJO.
Bailey finished the night with 204 yards on 34 carries, and added two receptions for 47 yards. Potter rushed for 73 yards on 17 carries and a score, while completing seven out of eight passes for another 79 yards. Jack Fawcett was the leading receiver with four catches for 38 receiving yards. On defense, Josh Nguyen added to his season interception total with two picks. Des Smith grabbed the other INT. Dakoda Delao stayed a perfect 40-for-40 on PATs, and hit his first field goal attempt of the year.
OCTOBER 9th- The Permian Panthers ran their record to 6-0 on the season and 1-0 in District 3-6A with a resounding 45-0 victory over the Midland Lee Rebels.
The first quarter was a defensive struggle early, as both offenses failed to gain traction. The Panthers finally found their rhythm as the period ended. On the opening play of the second quarter MOJO found paydirt, with Trey Potter hitting Brother Miller with a quick screen pass. Miller and the offensive line did the rest, with Miller streaking down the sideline and into the endzone from 24 yards. Dakoda Delao's PAT made it 7-0 MOJO, and the rout was on.
After the defense forced a Rebel three-and-out, the Panthers wasted little time getting back into the endzone. Brandon Bailey took a delayed handoff and raced untouched up the far sideline for a 55 yard touchdown to make it 14-0. The passing game came back into play on the next Permian possession. Scrambling to his right under pressure, Potter threw a perfect strike to hit Dexter Neboh in stride for a 69 yard score. Potter made his presence known again right before the half ended, keeping on the option and rambling 44 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers went into the break on top 28-0.
The second half was more of the same for Permian. Midland Lee received the kick to open the third quarter but as was the case all night the Rebels went nowhere, and a short punt gave the Panthers excellent field position. MOJO wasted no time in taking advantage, with Delao capping a seven play drive with a 43 yard field goal. Kobe Robinson got into the act on the next Panthers possession, taking the ball on an end around and streaking 43 yards into the endzone to increase the lead to 38-0 as the third quarter expired.
The Panthers went on a seven play, 75 yard drive to begin the final period. Robinson found the endzone for the second time, catching a 32 yard touchdown pass from Potter. The Rebels threatened to score late in the game but the MOJO defense rose up one more time to preserve the shutout. Final score MOJO 45, Midland Lee 0.
Trey Potter had a great game for MOJO, throwing for 170 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 58 yards and a score on the ground. Brandon Bailey led all rushers with 173 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Kobe Robinson had touchdowns rushing and receiving, with Brother Miller and Dexter Neboh grabbing touchdown receptions. Dakoda Delao remained perfect on PATs, and connected on a 43 yard field goal. Defensively the Panthers played lights out, limiting the Rebels to 260 total yards and pitching the first shutout over Lee since the 1991 season.
PANTHERS ROUT LEE REBELS FOR HOMECOMING
OCTOBER 16th- The Permian Panthers made a big statement on Friday with a 37-17 victory over the Abilene High Eagles.
In a game billed as the DQ Big Game of the Week, the Panthers would prove to be the bigger team. After trading punts with Abilene to begin the game, Permian put together a six play, 68 yard drive to get on the board first. Brandon Bailey finished the drive with his first of three touchdowns. On their ensuing possession the Eagles quarterback bobbled the ball after the snap near the goal line. He recovered in the endzone, then promptly ran into Josh Nguyen and the rest of the MOJO defense. The safety gave the Panthers a 9-0 lead. After the free kick from Abilene it only took two plays for Bailey to find the endzone again, this time from 31 yards out. The first quarter ended with MOJO on top 16-0.
Abilene appeared to be getting out of the gate in the second quarter. But a holding penalty negated a big run, and the Eagles were forced to punt again. Permian responded with an eight play, 65 yard touchdown drive capped by Trey Potter's pass to Brother Miller in the back of the endzone. Abilene finally got on the board with a 23 yard field goal as the second half ended. MOJO went into the break with a 23-3 lead.
The second half looked a whole lot like the first. After the defense forced another Abilene punt, the offense wasted no time in striking. Facing 3rd down and 13 yards to go, Potter faked a screen pass to Miller before launching a perfect pass to a wide open Kobe Robinson. Robinson caught the ball in stride and waltzed in for the score. Dakoda Delao's PAT made the score 30-3 midway through the third.
The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Abilene scored on a 14 play, 68 yard drive with the help of two pass interference penalties. Permian answered with an eight play, 75 yard drive capped by Bailey's third touchdown of the evening. Abilene got on the board again with a minute remaining in the game but it was too little, too late. MOJO received the ensuing kickoff and was able to run out the clock in victory formation. Final score Permian 37, Abilene 17.
In the battle of the best running backs in West Texas, Brandon Bailey led all rushers with 173 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Trey Potter had 62 yards on the ground to go with 102 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Kobe Robinson added 98 yards rushing and receiving. Defensively the Panthers were outstanding once again, holding the high-powered Eagle offense to 275 total yards and recording their second safety of the season. Dakoda Delao remained perfect on extra point attempts. The win gives MOJO a 2-0 record (7-0 overall) and the inside track to the District 3-6A title.
MOJO MAKES STATEMENT IN WIN OVER ABILENE
PANTHERS POUND PURPLE DOGS AT GRANDE
OCTOBER 23th- The undefeated Permian Panthers continued to roll through the District 3-6A schedule with a convincing 59-0 win over the Midland Bulldogs.
Things got interesting on the first play of the contest. Midland's Courtney McMaryion caught a quick slant and raced down to the Permian six yard line, with Des Smith chasing down the play to save the touchdown. The MOJO defense stiffened, forcing a Bulldogs field goal try. Smith saved the day again, getting a hand on the ball to block the kick and end the scoring threat. That would be the closest that Midland would get to scoring, as the Panthers reeled off 21 straight points in the first quarter.
Brandon Bailey got Permian on the board first with a four yard touchdown run. On the next possession, Kobe Robinson took a pitchout from Trey Potter, then pulled up to hit Dexter Neboh in stride with a 32 yard touchdown pass. After the MOJO defense forced another Midland three and out K-Rob got into the act again. Taking the Bulldogs punt at his own 45 yard line, Robinson weaved his way through the coverage for a 55 yard TD. The first quarter ended with the Panthers on top 21-0.
The Permian defense continued to dominate in the second quarter. Des Smith grabbed an interception and returned it 36 yards. MOJO wasted no time in adding to their lead with an 18 yard field goal by Dakoda Delao. Bailey got his second score of the night on the following Panther possession, capping an eight play, 60 yard drive with an 11 yard touchdown. MOJO went into the break with a 31-0 lead.
The second half began much the way the first had ended, with MOJO marching down the field to score again. Bailey capped the seven play, 64 yard drive with his third score of the game. Midland continued to self-destruct on the ensuing possession, offering up an errant pass that was picked off by Isaiah Sarabia. The Panthers quickly converted the miscue into points, with K-Rob getting his third touchdown of the night on a 42 yard touchdown scamper. Trey Potter added to the offensive onslaught on the next possession, scoring on a quarterback keeper from 11 yards out. The third period ended with MOJO in command by a 52-0 score.
The fourth quarter found the Panthers substituting freely with the same results. Brother Miller came in at quarterback to lead a six play, 55 yard touchdown drive, with Jaime Garza getting the score from three yards out. Midland would have one final chance to avoid the shutout, but the drive fizzled as the clock struck zero. Final score Permian 59, Midland 0.
Brandon Bailey had another yoeman effort, rushing for 196 yards and three TDs on 23 carries. Kobe Robinson had his second hat trick of the year with touchdowns passing, rushing, and on special teams. Dexter Neboh had over 100 total yards and a touchdown. Trey Potter rushed for 72 yards and a score on 11 carries. Defensively, Des Smith and Isaiah Sarabia grabbed interceptions. Overall the MOJO defense held Midland High to 176 yards and posted their second shutout of the season. The win gives Permian a 3-0 district record (8-0 overall) and assures a playoff berth.
OCTOBER 30th- The 10th ranked Permian Panthers clinched a share of the District 3-6A championship with a dominating 57-7 victory over the Odessa Bronchos.
Things went Permian's way from the start, as Odessa fumbled the ball away on their first play of the game. Deylan Moreno recovered the fumble to set up the Panthers deep in Bronchos territory. From there it would only take three plays for Trey Potter to connect with Kobe Robinson on a 17 yard scoring strike. Dakoda Delao's PAT made the score 7-0 MOJO with a little over a minute off the clock. After the defense forced a quick three-and-out the offense struck right back, with Potter throwing to Dexter Neboh for a 43 yard touchdown. The defense came up with their second turnover on the next Broncho possession, as safety Jax Welch grabbed an interception and returned it to the Odessa six yard line. Brandon Bailey cashed it in on the next play, and just like that MOJO held a 21-0 lead midway through the period. Bailey would score again to stake a 28-0 Permian lead as the first quarter ended.
The second quarter found the MOJO Machine continuing to hit on all cylinders. Brandon Bailey capped a six play, 65 yard touchdown drive with a 10 yard run. Neboh got his second score of the evening on the following MOJO possession, taking a pitch from Potter and weaving his way through the Broncho defense for a 32 yard touchdown. The Panthers went into the halftime break on top 42-0.
MOJO took over where they left off in the second half. Potter led a 12 play, 97 yard drive that ended with a 23 yard touchdown pass to Brother Miller. After the defense held the Bronchos on a fourth down attempt, Brother Miller came in at quarterback to lead the Panthers to their final points of the game. Facing a third down and goal, Miller threw for the endzone. A Broncho defender had a chance for an interception but the ball was tipped into the air, where Campbell Terry was in perfect position to come down with the ball. Delao hit his seventh PAT of the game to increase the lead to 57-0. The Bronchos finally found the endzone in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout. Final score MOJO 57, Odessa 7.
Brandon Bailey led all rushers with 177 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Bailey moved into third place on the Permian career rushing list. Trey Potter ended the evening with 104 yards and three touchdowns passing. Dexter Neboh added 78 rushing yards and a touchdown to go with 43 yards and a score through the air. Kobe Robinson added 41 total yards and a score. Defensively, Deylan Moreno recovered a fumble while Jax Welch got his second interception of the year.
The win gives the Panthers a 4-0 league record (9-0 overall) and at least a share of the District 3-6A championship.
CROSSTOWN SHOWDOWN TURNS INTO A BEAT DOWN
TURNOVERS TAKE TOLL ON MOJO IN DISTRICT FINALE
NOVEMBER 6th- Miscues in the form of four turnovers marred MOJO's trip to San Angelo, as they fell to the Central Bobcats 27-20 in the District 3-6A finale.
Playing in front of a raucous capacity crowd, the contest began in the usual fashion for the Panthers. After forcing Central to punt on their opening possession, Mojo took over at their own 38 yard line. Kobe Robinson reeled off a 39-yard run into Bobcat territory on the Panthers first snap. Permian was unable to reach the endzone however, settling for a 27 yard field goal from Dakoda Delao for a 3-0 lead. Central would run off eight plays to get to the Permian 43 on its second possession. But on a 4th-and-2, the MOJO defense stiffened to force another turnover on downs. The Panthers took over and mounted a six play drive into the redzone before an errant pitch was picked up by the Bobcats and returned all the way back to the Permian 11 yard line. The Panther defense bowed up once again, forcing the Bobcats to settle for a field goal to end the quarter tied at 3-3.
MOJO found itself in uncharted waters when Central took an early lead in the second quarter. With the aid of two 15-yard penalties, San Angelo scored on a 14 yard run to finish off their drive. The ensuing series for the Panthers consisted of four plays before a failed 4th-and-1 attempt set up Central on the Permian 35. Six plays later, a 20-yard strike through the air gave the Bobcats a 17-3 lead. On the following Panthers possession Jack Fawcett played a huge role in the MOJO effort, hauling in a 59-yard catch and run to get down inside the 10. Brandon Bailey capped off the scoring drive from two yards out to make the score 17-10. Central answered with a 35-yard field goal to make it a two possession game with just over a minute until the half. For the first time all year, the Panthers headed to the locker room trailing an opponent on the scoreboard 20-10.
After exchanging punts to start the second half, Brandon Bailey scored on an eight yard run to draw the Panthers to within three points. On the ensuing possession, another critical 15-yard penalty helped the Bobcats get into Permian territory. They cashed in three plays later, hitting on a 45 yard touchdown pass. The third quarter ended with Central on top 27-17.
The Permian defense collected its second interception of the game when Isaiah Sarabia stepped in front of a Bobcat receiver and picked off the pass at their own 37 yard line. The Panthers put together a 10 play drive that culminated in another field goal by Delao with 4:52 to play in regulation. The Bobcats got the ball and attempted to run out the remaining time. But a fourth down pass was a yard short of the marker, and Permian had one more chance to tie the game. Trey Potter would complete three straight passes before disaster struck. Trying to connect with Dexter Neboh deep, the pass was picked off by a Bobcat defender at the 25-yard line. With Permian out of timeouts, the Bobcats were able to run out the clock to preserve the win. Final- San Angelo Central 27, Permian 20.
Brandon Bailey ended the evening with 161 yards and two touchdowns. Jack Fawcett led all receivers with six catches for 139 yards, while Potter completed nine of his 16 passes for 155 yards. Defensively, Jordan McCoy and Isaiah Sarabia had interceptions. The Panthers finished the season at 4-1 in District 3-6A (9-1 overall) and a share of the district championship.
PERMIAN BEATS BOWIE IN BI-DISTRICT
NOVEMBER 13th- The Permian Panthers advance to the Area round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs with a 49-12 victory over the Arlington Bowie Volunteers.
The start of the game was a familiar one for MOJO, as the Panthers took the opening kickoff and ran off a 10 play, 65 yard scoring drive. Kobe Robinson capped the drive with a 14 yard touchdown run. After the Panthers forced the Volunteers to turn the ball over on downs MOJO went back on the offensive, methodically moving the ball down to the Bowie 23 yard line. But a quarterback sack resulted in a fumble to end the scoring opportunity. Bowie was able to pick up one first down before the Permian defense flexed its muscle again, forcing a punt. The first quarter ended with MOJO on top 7-0.
The second quarter saw the two teams combine for 40 points. The Panthers got things started with an eight play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 20-yard TD pass from Trey Potter to Dexter Neboh. The Volunteers took the ensuing kick but once again could not get anything going. The subsequent punt resulted in negative yardage, and MOJO was set up in prime scoring position again. Bailey made them pay two plays later, cruising into the endzone from eight yards out to run the score to 21-0.
Bowie got on the board on the next series when RB Deandre Cook bounced to the outside and rambled 54 yards to paydirt. The Volunteers then pulled off a successful onside kick in an effort to turn the game's momentum. But Permian linebacker Josh Nguyen dashed those hopes on the third play of the drive, intercepting a pass at midfield and returning it to the Bowie 33. Three plays later, Bailey was back in the endzone with a five yard touchdown run. The Vols answered with an 18-yard touchdown pass to pull within two scores at 28-12. With only seconds remaining in the half it appeared Permian would simply run out the clock and go to the locker room. But Bailey had other ideas, taking a quick handoff and breaking four separate tackle attempts on a 72-yard touchdown jaunt. Permian went into the break on top 35-12.
Unlike the second quarter, the third was a defensive struggle. Des Smith grabbed an interception at the 25 yard line and returned it to the 41 to snuff out a Bowie scoring threat. Robby Washington added a pick of his own early in the fourth quarter, returning it to the Bowie 14 yard line. That would lead to a spectacular 11 yard touchdown catch off a tipped pass by Jack Fawcett. The play gave Permian a 42-12 lead with nine minutes to play. Bailey provided the exclamation point on the MOJO's final possession with a 12 yard touchdown run, his fourth of the game. Final score Permian 49, Arlington Bowie 12.
Brandon Bailey ended the evening with 265 yards and four touchdowns. In the process Bailey became the Panther's career touchdown leader with 56. Kobe Robinson added 17 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Jack Fawcett led all receivers with 43 yards and a score. Defensively Josh Nguyen, Des Smith, and Robby Washington grabbed interceptions. Dakoda Delao remained perfect on PATs, with 75 for the season. The win gives MOJO a 10-1 record.
MOJO'S DREAM SEASON ENDS IN LUBBOCK
NOVEMBER 21st- The Permian Panthers saw their 2015 season come to an unexpected end on Saturday, falling to the Amarillo Tascosa Rebels 17-10 in the Class 6A Area playoffs.
Tascosa won the toss and opened the game on offense. The Rebels put together an 11 play drive before the MOJO defense could put the clamps on the drive, forcing a 25-yard field goal attempt. The kick was partially blocked and Jax Welch grabbed the ball on the goal line, taking it out to the five yard line. MOJO's possession was short lived however. After an exchange of punts, the Panthers started their next possession on their own 27. MOJO picked up two first downs in the drive and neared midfield as the quarter ended. On the second play of the second quarter Permian's drive was abruptly halted when the ball was stripped from Brandon Bailey, and the Panthers had suffered their first of many turnovers.
The rest of the period became a chess match for field position. The Rebels went three-and-out and pinned the Panthers on their own three yard line on the first punt. Permian came back with a couple of first downs before punting it back to the Tascosa 29. The Rebels ran six plays and once again punted, forcing the Panthers to begin from inside their own 10-yard line. MOJO was able to move the ball out to midfield as time expired on the first half. For the first time all season, Permian headed to the locker room scoreless. The game was deadlocked 0-0.
MOJO avoided another miscue when the second half kickoff was mishandled. Sophomore linebacker Preston Ellison secured the ball to avoid the turnover. The Panthers put together a nice 10 play drive but could not cross the goal line. Dakoda Delao's 42 yard field goal gave Permian a 3-0 lead. The Rebels responded with an 11 play drive of their own that included a successful fake punt to convert on 4th-and-five. From there the MOJO defense stiffened, forcing another Tascosa field goal attempt. The kick fell short, and the Panthers had the ball again. Starting at the 20, Bailey picked up a first down with a 10-yard gain. On the very next play, the Panthers committed another fumble, with Tascosa recovering at the Permian 30. It only took five plays for the Rebels to convert the miscue into points with a four yard touchdown run. The PAT was good, and Tascosa led 7-3 with 13 seconds left in the third quarter. Disaster struck on the ensuing kickoff as the Permian receiver mishandled the ball again. Tascosa recovered the ball at the MOJO 26 as the third period ended.
The Panther defense got into the act to start the fourth quarter. A huge hit by linebacker Josh Nguyen caused the Tascosa runner to put the ball on the turf. Des Smith came up with the ball at the 11 yard line. Unfortunately the good luck turned to bad three plays later. Forced to punt after the offense went nowhere, a Tascosa defender crashed through to get a hand on Delao's kick. The Rebels were set up with the ball on the Permian five yard line. MOJO's defense rose up once again to deny the touchdown, but the Rebels came away with a short field goal and 10-3 lead.
With their backs against the wall, the Panthers began the next offensive series from its own 18. After a six yard run, Trey Potter connected with Jack Fawcett for a 21 yard completion. From there Bailey found some redemption, busting up the middle and bouncing outside to ramble 63 yards to paydirt. The game was tied at 10-10 with five minutes remaining.
Tascosa answered with an eight play, 65 yard drive that ended with a four yard touchdown run on 4th-and-one. MOJO would get one last possession with two minutes remaining. The Panthers got down to midfield before a screen pass on 4th-and-four fell incomplete. Tascosa took over and only had to kneel down twice before time ran out. Final Tascosa 17, Permian 10.
The Panthers ended their season at 10-2, with a district co-championship and Bi-District trophy. While most of the starting 22 will graduate the Panthers have a bright future ahead, with an abundance of talent coming up from the subvarsity ranks. RESPECT OUR PAST-FEAR OUR FUTURE!