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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.