AUGUST 31st- The Permian Panthers dropped their season opener to a tough DeSoto Eagles team 38-28 at Ratliff Stadium on Friday.

The 2016 Class 6A Division II state champion Eagles set the tone early, using big plays to jump to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The Panthers would get on the board midway through the second quarter with an eight play, 67 yard scoring drive. Ed Williams hit paydirt with a 20 yard touchdown run, and Carson Roberts' PAT made the score 14-7 with 5:42 remaining in the half.

MOJO caught a good break on the next series. After holding the Eagles on 3rd down, a low snap went through the DeSoto punter's hands, and the Panthers gained possession on the Eagles' 10 yard line. Permian couldn't punch it in to the endzone however and had to settle for a 20 yard field goal from Roberts. The kick cut the DeSoto lead to four points.

DeSoto answered on the first play of their ensuing possession with a 65 yard touchdown pass. MOJO got the ball back and marched down the field to set up another Roberts field goal, this time from 37 yards. The teams went into the break with DeSoto on top 21-13.

The Panthers opened the third quarter with an impressive 75 yard drive that culminated in a 12 yard touchdown pass from QB Peyton Powell to Justin Hammond. The successful PAT pulled the Panthers to within one point of the Eagles. But that was as close as Permian would get. DeSoto responded with a 13 play, 74 yard touchdown drive. The third quarter ended with DeSoto on top 28-20.

DeSoto scored again on a 31 yard field goal to increase their lead to 11 points in the fourth quarter. The Panthers pulled back to within three points on the ensuing possession, with Mason Sellers hauling in a 10 yard touchdown pass from Powell. Tyler Ramage scored the two point conversion pass from Powell, making the score 31-28 with time for MOJO to get the ball back. But the Eagles slammed the door shut on the comeback attempt with a 42 yard touchdown run with a minute to go in the game. Final score DeSoto 38, Permian 28.

Ed Williams led all rushers with 117 yards and a touchdown. Justin Hammond gained 79 yards on 12 carries, with Peyton Powell adding 69 yards. Kaden Horell rushed for 31 yards on six attempts. Powell passed for 91 yards and two touchdowns, with Hammond accounting for 63 of those yards on four receptions. Mason Sellers added two receptions and a touchdown. K Carson Roberts kicked two field goals and was perfect on extra points. The loss gives Permian an 0-1 record.


SEPTEMBER 7th- The Permian Panthers scored 29 points in the second half to push past the Franklin Cougars in El Paso on Friday.

The Cougars showed they came to play on the opening possession, driving 57 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead. MOJO answered quickly, with Peyton Powell scoring from 58 yards on a quarterback keeper on the second snap of the drive. Carson Roberts' PAT tied the score at 7-7.

The defense rose up to give MOJO good field position in the second quarter, as Christian Tschauner intercepted a pass at the Franklin 38 yard line. Ed Williams cashed in six plays later, giving Permian a 14-7 lead midway through the period. But the Cougars stunned the Panthers on the first play of their ensuing possession, busting up the middle of the Permian defense for a 79 yard touchdown run. The first half ended with the game tied at 14-14.

Justin Hammond showed that MOJO was ready to take control on the opening kick of the second half. Receiving the ball one yard deep in the endzone, Hammond burst up the middle of the Franklin coverage before cutting to the near sideline and racing untouched for a 101 yard kickoff return. Roberts' PAT gave the Panthers a 21-14 lead. The defense stepped up on the following Franklin series to force a three-and-out. Hammond put Permian on the board again on the following possession, capping an eight play drive with an 11 yard touchdown pass from Powell. Franklin answered with an 84 yard scoring drive as the third quarter was winding down. The Cougars could pull to within seven points with the PAT, but Permian blocked the kick. Tschauner scooped up the ball and raced 90 yards down the far sideline for the two-point return. The third quarter ended with MOJO on top 30-20.

MOJO increased their lead to 17 points early in the fourth with another touchdown pass from Powell to Hammond, this time from 33 yards. Franklin would get on the board again, thanks in part to a muffed punt by Permian. From there the Cougars attempted an onside kick, but Permian recovered on the Franklin 47 yard line. Williams got his second score of the night eight plays later, crashing into the endzone from one yard out. The Cougars had one more chance to score but the MOJO defense held, and from there the Panthers simply had to run out the clock. Final score Permian 43, Franklin 27.

Ed Williams led all rushers with 190 yards and two touchdowns. Peyton Powell added 86 yards and a score. Justin Hammond gained 58 yards on eight carries, with Kaden Horrell adding 57 yards on the ground. Powell passed for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Hammond was the main target with eight receptions for 147 yards and two scores. Tyler Ramage added one reception for 16 yards. Defensively the Panthers got interceptions from Keatyn Armstrong, Christian Tschauner, and Tanner Adams. The win gives Permian a 1-1 record.


SEPTEMBER 14th- A furious fourth-quarter rally by Permian came up short in Southlake, giving the Carroll Dragons a 24-20 victory over the Panthers.

In a game that was delayed for over an hour by lightning in the area, it was the host Dragons that came out on top. After trading punts through most of the first quarter, the Dragons struck first with a 56 yard touchdown run on the first play of the possession. Meanwhile, the Panthers' offense remained mired in mistakes and penalties. The first quarter ended with Carroll on top 7-0.

Carroll increased their lead to 10 points with a 27 yard field goal in the second period. The teams went into the halftime break with the score 10-0 in favor of the Dragons.

The second half began with both teams trading punts. At 8:07 in the third quarter was when a large lightning strike nearby forced the teams to return to the locker rooms to wait out the storm. After the necessary waiting period mandated by U.I.L. rules regarding lightning, the two teams finally returned to the field. Carroll got on the board again at the 2:37 mark with a 24 yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good, giving the Dragons a 17-0 lead.

MOJO finally came alive in the fourth quarter. Christian Tschauner returned a kick to the 50 yard line, setting up good field position for the Panthers. Peyton Powell connected with Justin Hammond on a 23 yard pass to get MOJO into the red zone, then got the Panthers on the board with a nifty 3 yard pass to Tyler Ramage in the back of the endzone. Carson Roberts' PAT made the score 17-7 with 11:15 left to play.

DE Matt Jones made a huge play on the ensuing Dragons possession, forcing a punt that gave the Panthers the ball on the 49 yard line. MOJO would make them pay six plays later. Going for it on fourth down, Permian reached into their bag of tricks. Powell threw a quick hitch to Mason Sellers, who then passed the ball to a wide open Hammond for the score. Just like that MOJO was back in the game at 17-14 with 5:48 remaining.

Just as quickly as the Panthers had changed the momentum of the game, the Dragons grabbed it back with a 90 yard touchdown run to make the score 24-14. Permian answered with a seven play, 75 yard drive capped by a remarkable 23 yard touchdown scramble by Powell. Carroll blocked the extra point try, leaving Permian down by four points with 2:23 remaining.

A big defensive stand gave MOJO the ball with one more chance to score. The Panthers would get down to the Carroll 33 yard line, only to give up a quarterback sack on the final play. The clock ran out with the final score Southlake Carroll 24, Permian 20.

Ed Williams led Permian rushers with 53 yards on 20 carries. Peyton Powell added 47 yards, with Justin Hammond contributing 41 on the ground. Powell threw for 220 yards and a touchdown. Hammond caught five balls for 107 yards and a touchdown, with Tyler Ramage adding five receptions for 59 yards and a score. Chase Stell grabbed his first interception of the season for the defense. The loss drops Permian to 1-2 on the season.


SEPTEMBER 21st- Permian pounded their way to a 70-8 Homecoming victory over the Pumas from the International School of Broward, Florida.

With Peyton Powell sitting out the game due to injury, Justin Hammond got the start at quarterback and wasted no time in getting the Panthers rolling. On the first play of the game Hammond called his own number, racing up the near sideline for a 67 yard gain. Alex Rose capped the drive two plays later with a seven yard touchdown run. Carson Roberts' PAT gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with just a little over a minute off the clock. MOJO would strike again quickly after forcing a Pumas punt. Tanner Adams blocked the kick, with Andy Notley recovering in the endzone for the score and a 14-0 lead.

The Pumas served up another gift on the ensuing kickoff when they failed to successfully field the ball. Kaden Horrell recovered to set up the Panthers on the 32 yard line. Hammond finished the short drive with a six yard touchdown run to make the score 21-0 Permian. After another quick three-and-out from the MOJO defense, Ed Williams got his first score of the night on a 45 yard scoring scamper. Horrell would get into the act on the next MOJO possession with a 14 yard TD run. The first quarter ended with the Panthers on top 35-0.

The offensive onslaught would continue in the second quarter. Williams had consecutive runs of 22 and 21 yards before finishing the drive with a one yard touchdown run. Chase Stell grabbed his second interception of the year on the next Puma possession, giving MOJO the ball at the 18 yard line. It only took one play for Hammond to get his second TD of the evening from 13 yards out to give the Panthers a 49-0 lead midway through the period. After another botched punt by the hapless Pumas, Williams got his third score of the game with another one-yard run. MOJO went into the break with a 56-0 lead.

The second half began the same way the first half had ended, with Permian taking advantage of another bad punt by the Pumas. Kicking from their own endzone the ball went straight up in the air, landing at the one-yard line and bouncing staright into the arms of Devin Hinojos. The touchdown gave MOJO a 63-0 lead with 10:22 remaining in the third period. Rose got his second touchdown of the game a few minutes later with an 11 yard touchdown run. The third quarter ended with Permian on top 70-0.

ISB finally got on the board in the fourth quarter on an 11 yard touchdown pass. MOJO drained the clock on the final possession to bring the game to an end. Final score Panthers 70, Pumas 8.

Ed Williams led all rushers with 167 yards and three touchdowns. Justin Hammond added 84 yards and two scores. Dominique Nelson and Alex Rose combined for 60 yards on the ground, with Rose scoring twice. Andy Notley and Devin Hinojos scored touchdowns on special teams.