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PANTHERS THWART SPARTANS UPSET BID
AUGUST 27th- The Permian Panthers rallied to score 19 points in the fourth quarter, defeating the Pebble Hills Spartans from El Paso 26-15 at Ratliff Stadium.
The game couldn't start any better for MOJO, as Brian Mahaffey returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. It was Mahaffey's first touch after sitting out all of 2020 with an injury. The score gave the Panthers a quick 7-0 lead.
After the exciting start the first half turned into a mistake-filled quagmire. The Pebble Hills defense and untimely penalties would prove to be a thorn in Permian's side, as potential scoring drives were stymied time and again by turnovers. A muffed snap by the Permian punt team resulted in a safety for the Spartans. The first quarter ended with Permian on top 7-2.
The second quarter found MOJO struggling to hold on to the ball. The Spartans finally put together a short drive following a turnover, scoring a touchdown as the half ended. The PAT gave the Spartans a 9-7 lead going into the break.
The third quarter was much like the first two. A promising Permian drive ended when they fumbled on the Pebble Hills six yard line. The Black Attack defense stepped up to make sure the Spartans couldn't take advantage of the gift, forcing a punt. But the Panthers would fumble it back three plays later. The third quarter ended with Pebble Hills knocking on the door.
As the final period began, the Spartans took advantage of the short field with a four yard touchdown run. Pebble Hills held a 15-7 lead early in the fourth, and it looked like the El Paso upset would materialize. MOJO had other ideas however. Quarterback Rodney Hall connected with Mahaffey on a 34 yard scoring strike to pull the Panthers to within two points at 15-13 with 9:32 remaining.
The MOJO defense stepped up again on the ensuing popssession, as Jaydn Pruitt grabbed his second intercerption of the evening. The Panthers took adavantage immediately when Hall hit Mahaffey in stride for a 56 yard touchdown. The two point conversion attempt failed, but the Panthers had the lead for good at 19-15 with 5:42 remaining.
The Spartans tried to respond, but a quarterback sack by Drake Womack on fourth down gave Permian possession on the Pebble Hills 16 yard line. Tristan Johnson put the final nail in the coffin with a short touchdown run three plays later. The game ended with MOJO on top 26-15.
Rodney Hall threw for two touchdowns, both going to Brian Mahaffey. Defensively the Panthers got interceptions from Jaydn Pruitt and Kayden Baze. The win gives Permian a 1-0 record.
On Thursday the Permian JV Black team scored a 34-8 win over Pebble Hills, while the Freshman Black team defeated their Pebble Hills counterparts 18-0. JV White fell 16-0 to San Angelo Central.
SEPTEMBER 3rd- Quarterback Rodney Hall passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more to lead The Permian Panthers (2-0) to a 57-41 victory over the Midway Panthers in Waco.
Midway started the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run to finish off an eight play, 83 yard drive to open the second quarter. But Permian blocked the extra point attempt and Bryce Woody picked up the ball and ran for the two point score to cut Midway’s lead to 6-2.
Permian quarterback Rodney Hall pulled off a spectacular quarterback draw on the ensuing Permian possession, breaking into the clear and running for a 50-yard touchdown and a 9-6 lead for MOJO.
It took Midway just two plays to answer as their running back exploded for a 59 yard touchdown run, giving Midway a 13-9 edge with 8:15 left in the second quarter.
There was plenty of second quarter scoring to come, as Hall hit Richardson on a scoring strike from 19 yards to regain a 16-13 lead.
Midway returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to Permian’s 37, then scored on a quarterback scramble two plays later.. Midway was back on top 20-16.
The lead didn’t last long, as Hall hit Brian Mahaffey for 33 yards. Hall then executed the quarterback draw again for a 32 yard touchdown as MOJO regained the lead 23-20 with 1:17 left before halftime.
But that wasn’t the end of the second quarter scoring, as Midway struck on a 35 yard touchdown pass to give them a 27-23 advantage going into the break.
The second half started much as the first half had ended. Permian received the second half kick and scored quickly, with Hall connecting with a wide-open Richardson for a 73 yard touchdown. Permian was back on top 29-27.
Midway would answer with a 26-yard touchdown pass to make it 34-29 with 7:38 left in the third quarter. It was the last lead the Midway Panthers would enjoy.
Permian quickly answered with another scoring pass from Hall to Richardson as Permian regained a 36-34 advantage. The MOJO defense got a big stop on the next series when Kayden Baze intercepted a pass at the five yard line and returned it 22 yards.
Permian took advantage of the turnover by driving 73 yards, with Tristan Johnson finishing it off with a 14 yard touchdown run to open up a 43-34 edge with 46 seconds left in the third quarter.
Midway scored their final touchdown on the following series to pull to within two points. But from there it was all MOJO. Richardson’s kickoff return to the Midway 24 yard line set up Hall’s third touchdown run of the night, extending the Permian lead to 50-41 with 8:02 remaining.
After stopping Midway's last gasp trick play on fourth down, MOJO put a cap the win with Johnson’s two yard scoring run with under a minute to play. The game ended with Permian on top 57-41.
Rodney Hall passed for 231 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 189 yards and three scores. Ja'Quan Richardson scored three touchdowns receiving, with Tristan Johnson adding two rushing scores. In total the Panthers racked up 596 yards. Defensively Kayden Baze grabbed an interception. Special Teams scored for the second week in a row with Bryce Woody's blocked PAT return.
SUBVARSITY SCORES- JV Black 28, SAC JV Orange 26; SAC JV Blue 20, JV White 6; Freshman Black 47, SAC Fr Orange 31; Freshman White 22, SAC Fr Blue 8.
PERMIAN POWERS PAST WACO MIDWAY
PERMIAN IS TRIPPED UP BY TASCOSA
SEPTEMBER 10th- The Permian Panthers lost their first game of the season, falling to Amarillo Tascosa 40-21 Friday night at Ratliff Stadium.
Tascosa gained the upper hand early, blocking a Permian punt to give themselves a short field to work with in the first quarter’s opening minutes.
Although the Rebels failed to get into the endzone, the Panthers still found themselves behind after Tascosa forced a bad pitch on an option sweep, recovering the fumble and falling into the endzone for a touchdown. The PAT was no good, but the Rebels held a 6-0 lead with 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Tascosa got on the board again in the second quarter with a seven play, 68 yard scoring drive. The Rebels converted the two-point conversion to take a 14-0 advantage into the halftime break. The Rebels outgained MOJO 135-83 in the first half and the Panthers were penalized seven times to lose 70 yards.
Tascosa were looking to extend its lead with a 75-yard run to open the second half, but a penalty brought the play back to the Permian 40. It made no difference however, as the Rebels needed just one play to score on a 35 yard touchdown run. Tascosa was up 21-0 with 11:40 left in the third quarter.
Permian finally found the endzone on a nine play, 82 yard drive. Permian fumbled the ball going in, but Devon Pierce recovered the fumble in the end zone to make the score 21-7.
Tascosa completed their longest pass of the game on the ensuing possession, finding a receiver open down the left sideline for a 58-yard touchdown. The Rebels were up 27-7.
The teams would then trade scores the rest of the way. Permian found the end zone again before the third quarter ended, but the Rebels answered with another touchdown in the fourth to go up 33-14.
The Panthers got on the board again when quarterback Rodney Hall found Ja'Quan Richardson in the back corner of the end zone from 15 yards out. But the Rebels went on a time consuming drive, capping it off with a two yard run to seal the 40-21 victory.
Rodney Hall led all passers, completing 10 of 18 pass attempts for 146 yards and a touchdown. Ja'Quan Richardson caught five passes for 117 yards. Tristan Johnson led the Panthers with 35 rushing yards. The loss give Permian a 2-1 record.
PERMIAN RUNS PAST THE POTEET PIRATES
SEPTEMBER 17th- Rodney Hall rushed for three touchdowns, with Tristan Johnson and Juzstyce Lara rushing for more than 100 yards each to lead the Permian Panthers to a 49-14 victory over Mesquite Poteet Friday at Ratliff Stadium.
The Pirates became Permian's Week Four opponent after both teams had late cancellations of their previously scheduled games.
Mesquite Poteet showed immediately that it made the six hour trek to Odessa to compete, scoring on a 67 yard run on the second play of the game.
Tristan Johnson answered for MOJO, busting through over the right side of the line and outracing the Pirate defense for a 63 yard score. The touchdown tied the game at 7-7 and would start a run of 42 unanswered points by the Panthers.
Brian Mahaffey got into the act on the next Panthers possession, capping an eight play 75 yard drive with a seven yard touchdown run. Tate Terry's PAT gave MOJO a 14-7 lead.
After a lengthy lightning delay the Panthers took up where they left off, with Rodney Hall scoring on a 41 yard touchdown scamper. The MOJO defense got a score on the ensuing Poteet possession when Jyzaiyah Solis grabbed an interception and taking it to the house from 48 yards out. Permian went into the halftime break with a 28-7 advantage.
The second half was more of the same for MOJO. Hall added another touchdown run from three yards out in the third quarter. The junior signal caller got his third rushing score of the night early in the fourth period, capping a long drive with a two yard touchdown. Permian held a 42-7 advantage.
The Pirates finally got back on the board with a 33 yard touchdown pass. But it was too little, too late, as sophomore Juzstyce Lara scored on a 76 yard run up the Permian sideline. The game ended with Permian on top 49-14.
Tristan Johnson led the Panthers with 165 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Juzstyce Lara added 127 yards and a score. Rodney Hall had 75 yards and three touchdowns. Overall the Panthers rolled up 578 yards. Defensively MOJO held the Pirates to 275 yards. The win gives MOJO a 3-1 record.
SEPTEMBER 24th- The Abilene Eagles spoiled Permian's Homecoming with a 42-21 win over the Panthers in the District 2-6A opener at Ratliff Stadium on Friday.
The Eagles got on the board first with a 12-play, 70-yard drive that was capped off with a five yard rushing touchdown, giving Abilene a 7-0 lead.
MOJO would answer with a 70 yard drive of their own behind some big plays from Rodney Hall. The junior quarterback ran for 34 yards and threw a 10 yard screen pass to Ja'Quan Richardson, squaring up the score at 7-7 with 3:31 left in the first quarter.
It would take the Eagles less than two minutes to find the end zone again on a 27 yard touchdown pass, giving Abilene a 14-7 advantage to close out the period.
The Eagles defense stymied the Panthers throughout the second quarter, holding the home team to negative yardage on offense and capitalizing on big plays to increase their lead. Abilene found the end zone again with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 4:32 left before the intermission. The Panthers went into the halftime break down 21-7.
The Panthers received the second half kickoff but could not get anything going. After a short punt, the Eagles got into the endzone again on a one play, 52 yard drive. The score gave Abilene a 28-7 lead.
MOJO would cut the deficit to 28-14 when Hall connected with Juzstyce Lara for a 21 yard touchdown on a swing pass up the left side.
After a good defensive stand the Panthers put together another promising drive, but a fumble at the Abilene 13 yard line would stop the drive just as they were knocking on the door.
From there the Eagles solidified their lead with a pair of short touchdowwn runs by their quarterback, making the score 42-14 with just 1:41 remaining in the contest.
Richardson and Hall would connect one more time again on a 72 yard touchdown pass but it was too little, too late. The clock ran out with Abilene on top 42-21.
Rodney Hall led the Panthers with 67 yards on the ground to go along with 182 passing yards. Ja'Quan Richardson had 117 yards and a touchdown receiving, with Deonte Bass grabbing three passes for 41 yards. The loss gives Permian an 0-1 record in District 2-6A (3-2 overall).
ABILENE SPOILS PERMIAN'S HOMECOMING
MOJO TAKES DOWN FRENSHIP TIGERS
OCTOBER 1st- The Permian Panthers weathered a 90 minute lightning delay as well as a flood of yellow flags to come away with a key district win over Frenship on Friday.
The result kept the Panthers (4-2 overall, 1-1 district) in the middle of the District 2-6A race while handing the Tigers (4-2, 1-1) their first district loss.
Behind the tough running of Tristan Johnson, the Panthers dominated from the start. MOJO took control of the game with a 7-0 first quarter lead.
Deonte Bass scored another touchdown for MOJO in the second period on a 25 yard screen pass from Robert Hall. Tate Terry would add a 25 yard field goal to give the Panthers a 17-0 halftime lead.
Frenship, held in check during the first half, finally got on the board with a touchdown pass from six yards out, making the score 17-7 midway through the third quarter.
Permian would go on a time consuming drive that extended into the final period. Facing a 2nd and eight from the Frenship 19 yard line the warning sirens were activated in the stadium, signaling there was lightning in the area. The teams were sent to the locker rooms for what would be a 90 minute delay.
When play resumed, the Tigers sacked quarterback Rodney Hall on 4th down to take over at their own 21 yard line. Frenship couldn't convert the drive into points, but the team recovered a fumbled handoff on the following Permian possession with 4:42 left in the game. From their the Tigers capped a 34-yard drive with a 15 touchdown pass, making the score 17-14 Panthers with 3:09 remaining.
The Tigers would hold Permian in check again, forcing the Panthers to punt. But the kick was shanked and only traveled two yards. Frenship had the ball at the 49 yard line in prime position to steal the win with 1:52 remaining.
But the Permian defense, which had been on their heels ever since the weather delay, would come alive. Linebacker Jaxon Dorethy came crashing off the edge for a five yard quarterback sack on third down. Facing 4th down with 35 seconds remaining, the Tiger's pass attempt fell incomplete. The game ended with Permian on top 17-14.
Tristan Johnson finished the game with 159 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries. Deonte Bass scored the other touchdown on a 25 yard screen pass. Tate Terry converted a 25 yard field goal. The win gives Permian a 1-1 record in District 2-6A (4-2 overall).
OCTOBER 8th- The Permian Panthers showed off their big-play capabilities in a 48-29 victory over the Odessa High Bronchos in the 63rd Rumble At Ratliff on Friday.
After forcing a Bronchos punt on their opening possession it didn’t take long for the Permian offense to find the end zone. On the second play of their opening drive, Rodney Hall would look to his left side and throw a screen pass to Ja'Quan Richardson. The junior wideout took the ball 68 yards to the house, giving the Panthers a quick 7-0 lead.
Odessa High answered with a 75 yard scoring drive of their own capped off with a 34 yard touchdown pass. The first quarter ended with a 7-7 score.
Both teams showed their ability to score quickly throughout the second quarter, as Permian scored 21 points in the period compared to Odessa High’s 15.
Tristan Johnson put the Panthers up 14-7 with a 55-yard touchdown run up the middle of the field. After forcing a Bronchos punt, Richardson increased the MOJO lead with a 62-yard punt return. Permian led 21-7 midway through the second period.
The Bronchos stayed in the game by throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-14 with 5:34 remaning in the half.
Permian answered with a nine play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a five yard pass from Hall to Andrew Helguera.
But the Bronchos weren't going down without a fight, scoring on a wide open pass play up the seam. The half ended with MOJO on top 28-22.
After the wild first half the third quarter was much more subdued. Permian got the only score of the period on a 14 yard touchdown run by Hall. The third quarter ended with MOJO on top 35-22.
Odessa High tightened up the contest with an eight play, 49 yard touchdown drive, making the score 35-29 early in the fourth quarter.
That was as close as they would get, as MOJO went back to basics on a long, methodical scoring drive. Jusztyce Lara scored on a one yard run, giving the Panthers a 41-29 lead with 6:25 remaining.
Junior slotback Tabarie Jones put an emphatic end to the scoring on the next Permian possession, taking a reverse handoff from Hall and racing 72 yards untouched for his first varsity touchdown of the season. The clock struck zero with Permian on top 48-29.
Rodney Hall ended the evening with 244 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and 96 yards on the ground. Ja'Quan Richardson led all receivers with 141 yards and a score. Tabarie Jones got his first touchdown of the season on a 72 yard run. Defensively the Panthers got interceptions from Jadyn Pruitt and Corey McCoy. The win gives MOJO a 2-1 district mark (5-2 overall).
FORTUNE FAVORS THE PANTHERS
OCTOBER 15th- The Permian Panthers took care of business on Friday with a 34-23 victory over the Midland High Bulldogs on Friday.
In a game of big plays, MOJO made more of them when it mattered to defeat the Bulldogs and move into second place in the District 2-6A standings.
Permian had to overcome a miscue as soon as the game started when they lost a fumble on the opening kickoff. The Bulldogs recovered the ball on the Permian 44-yard line.
Midland High would find the endzone in six plays, ending the drive with a three yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs were up 7-0 with 9:08 left in the first quarter.
Permian responded with a 10 play, 59 yard scoring drive. Rodney Hall capped off the drive with a one yard touchdown run, making the score 7-6.
Throughout the rest of the first quarter and into the second, Hall would show off the explosiveness he brings to the field for Permian.
On their next possession Hall ripped off a 74 yard run, setting up a two yard rushing score for Juzstyce Lara. MOJO was up 13-7 with 2:01 remaining in the first period.
Permian struck through the air in the second quarter, with Hall finding Brian Mahaffey wide open on a crossing route toward the left sideline for a 21-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs capitalized on another Permian fumble with a 25 yard field goal right before halftime. The Panthers went into the break with a 20-10 lead.
After holding the Bulldogs to a three-and-out on the opening possession of the third quarter, MOJO went on a 15 play, 75 yard scoring drive capped off by Hall's 27 yard touchdown pass to Ja'Quan Richardson. The third quaerter ended with MOJO on top 27-10.
The Bulldogs would score on a 49 yard fumble return early in the fourth quarter, but Permian would chew up the clock again with a 13 play, 64 yard drive that ended with another rushing touchdown by Hall from two yards out. Tate Terry's PAT made it 34-17 Permian with 5:56 remaining.
Midland High scored on a 58-yard touchdown pass late in the game, but Permian had already put the game out of reach. Final score Permian 34, Midland 23.
Rodney Hall led all rushers with 111 yards and two touchdowns. Hall also passed for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Juzstyce Lara added 104 yards and a score on the ground. The win gives Permian a 3-1 district record (6-2 overall).