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PANTHERS PULVERIZE THE ABILENE EAGLES
PERMIAN POWERS PAST WACO MIDWAY
PANTHERS RALLY PAST REBELS
AUGUST 26th- The Permian defense allowed the Abilene Eagles just 49 yards and three first downs on their way to a dominating 17-3 win in the season opener for both teams Friday at Shotwell Stadium. After a slow start, the MOJO offense came alive in the second half to claim the victory.
Most of the first half was a defensive slugfest. The Eagles finally caught a break in the second quarter, converting a long interception return into a field goal with 1:58 remaining in the first half.
That would be more than enough time for Permian's Rodney Hall. The senior signal caller drove the Panthers 75 yards to paydirt, connecting with Tabarie Jones on a 35-yard touchdown pass with a few seconds remaining in the half. Tate Terry's PAT gave the Panthers a 7-3 lead at the half.
Receiving the second half kick, Permian drove the length of the field to open the third quarter and increased their lead to 10-3 on Terry’s 33-yard field goal.
Hall capped the scoring as the third quarter was winding down, scrambling into the end zone from 16 yards out. The game ended with the Panthers kneeling on the ball deep in Abilene territory. Final score 17-3 MOJO.
Rodney Hall finished with 85 yards and a score on the ground to go with 87 yards and a touchdown through the air. Tabarie Jones caught three passes for 59 yards and a score. Juzstyce Lara had 12 rushes for 57 yards. Jaydn Pruitt had an interception on defense. The win gives MOJO a 1-0 record.
SEPTEMBER 2nd- The Permian Panthers broke open a tie game with a flurry of points in the second half to defeat the Waco Midway Panthers 41-20 on Friday.
MOJO jumped out to a quick 20-0 first quarter lead with the combination of Rodney Hall throwing to Jadyn Pruitt and Deonte Bass. Pruitt got things going with a 12 yard touchdown reception. Bass scored on a pair of passes from Hall. The first quarter ended with MOJO on top 20-0
Waco Midway would not go away quietly. The visiting Panthers scored on a 72-yard touchdown pass with 9:30 to play in the first half.
On the ensuing possession, Permian moved the ball to the Midway two yard line. But a fumbled snap was scooped up by a Midway defender and returned 98 yards for a touchdown as the half was coming to a close. Just like that Midway was back in the game at 20-13 going into the break.
Midway would receive the second half kick, driving 76 yards in nine plays to tie the game halfway through the third quarter.
Permian regained control of the game from there. Hall hooked up with Ja'Quan Richardson on a 43 yard touchdown pass to regain the lead at 26-20. Then on their next possession, Tabarie Jones grabbed a pass from Hall at the 26 yard line and spun his way through the Midway defense into the endzone. The third quarter ended with MOJO on top 34-20.
Jonathan Viscaino capped the scoring with a five yard touchdown run in the fourth qurter. Final score Permian 41, Waco Midway 20.
Rodney Hall ended the evening with 17 completions for 295 yards and five touchdowns. Deonte Bass, Ja'Quan Richardson, Jadyn Pruitt, and Tabarie Jones had touchdown receptions. Jonathan Viscaino scored a rushing touchdown.
MOJO's Black Attack defense, coming off a dominating Week One performance in Abilene, forced five turnovers to help take control of the game. Pruitt and Bryce Woody had interceptions on defense. The win gives MOJO a 2-0 record.
SEPTEMBER 9th- The Panthers stunned Amarillo Tascosa with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to ruin the Rebels' Homecoming celebration at Dick Bivins Stadium on Friday. MOJO came home with a 13-12 victory.
In a matchup of two teams that have been playing great defense so far this season, the game did not disappoint. The first quarter of the game was a street brawl, as neither team was able to establish anything on offense. The period ended in a scoreless tie.
Tascosa was finally able to get on the board with 5:38 remaining in the half. The Rebels were able to capitalize on a Permian turnover, connecting on a 21 yard touchdown pass. The extra point try was no good, but the Rebels would go into the break with a 6-0 advantage.
After receiving the kick to open the second half the Rebels increased their lead on another long touchdown pass. The two point conversion attempt was no good, but the Rebels were on top 12-0 at the end of the third quarter.
The Panthers finally cracked the code of the tough Rebels defense in the final period. Mixing in a combination of quick passes and toss sweeps, the Panthers marched 72 yards to paydirt. Juzstyce Lara got the touchdown on a one-yard plunge. Tate Terry's PAT made the score Tascosa 12, Permian 7 with 8:57 remaining.
As it had done most of the game the Black Attack defense rose up to stuff Tascosa on their ensuing possession, forcing the Rebels to punt the ball away. From there Rodney Hall led MOJO on a time consuming, 78 yard drive highlighted by Lara's 39 yard scamper down the home sideline. Hall capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ja'Quan Richardson. The two point try was no good, but Permian was in the lead for the first time with 1:27 remaining in the contest.
Tascosa's last chance to regain the lead was spoiled on the ensuing kickoff. On a perfectly executed sky kick by Terry, the ball bounced backwards and was recovered by Jace Gilliam for Permian. From the Panthers took two snaps in Victory formation to drain the clock and secure the win. Final score Permian 13, Tascosa 12.
PANTHERS PULL OFF LAST SECOND MIRACLE
SEPTEMBER 16th- For the second week in a row Permian pulled off a miraculous comeback, scoring with 16 seconds remaining to beat Killeen Harker Heights 28-27 at Ratliff Stadium on Friday.
Coming into the game with a high-rolling offense, the Knights jumped out to a quick two-score lead on the strength of a solid ground attack. Their defense proved to be equally as tough, as the Panthers were unable to get anything going on offense. The first period would end with Harker Heights on top 13-0.
MOJO finally got things going in the second quarter as Rodney Hall hit Ja'Quan Richardson on a screen pass, with Richardson weaving his way through the Knights' defense on his way to a 23 yard touchdown. Tate Terry's extra point would make the score 13-7 Harker Heights with 10:34 remaining in the half.
The Knights continued to exploit their impressive ground game with their Division I prospect Re'Shaun Sanford adding a pair of scores before the break. The Panthers went into the locker room down 27-7.
As much as the first half went Harker Heights' way, the second half would belong to MOJO. After Jace Gilliam grabbed an interception to set up the Panthers near midfield, Hall led the offense on an 11 play drive capped by a Juzstyce Lara touchdown run from two yards out. The third quarter ended with MOJO down 27-14.
The fourth quarter found momentum firmly on the home side. With under six minutes remaining in the game, the Panthers went on a nine-play, 80 yard drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Hall to Richardson. Terry's successful PAT pulled the Panthers to within six points with 3:58 to go.
And then MOJO showed up.
On the ensuing kickoff Terry's sky kick was mishandled by the Harker Heights return man, with Parker Haynes recovering the ball for MOJO. From there the Panthers were able drive 28 yards and punch the ball into the endzone with 16 seconds remaining, with Lara getting his second touchdown of the evening from one yard out. Terry's PAT gave MOJO their first lead of the game at 28-27.
In a replay from the game last week vs Amarillo Tascosa, the ensuing kickoff was misplayed by the Knights, with Permian recovering again. One final snap ended the game with Permian on top 28-27.
Rodney Hall passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Ja'Quan Richardson caught eight passes for 100 yards and two scores. Juzstyce Lara rushed for 61 yards and two scores. The win gives Permian a 4-0 record.
SEPTEMBER 23rd- The Permian Panthers rolled to a 56-28 Homecoming victory over their old district rival Abilene Cooper on Friday at Ratliff Stadium.
Unlike the previous two games where the offense struggled to find their rhythm in the early going, the Panthers would hit the ground running. MOJO got touchdown runs from Tabarie Jones and Juzstyce Lara to jump out to a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Cooper shocked the hometown crowd with a 99 yard return on the following kickoff, but Permian would return the favor on the first play of the ensuing drive. Ja'Quan Richardson grabbed a pass from Rodney Hall and made a house call from 65 yards out, giving the Panthers a 21-7 lead to end the first period.
A MOJO turnover gave the Cougars good field position in the second quarter, and they took adavantage with a scoring strike from 13 yards out. Permian responded with a 75 yard drive capped off with another Lara touchdown run. Another Permian fumble at their own 13 yard line was recovered by the Cougars, and it only took one play to cash it in. The first half ended with MOJO on top 28-21.
Turnovers continued to plague both teams to begin the third quarter. After Permian drove down to the Cooper one-yard line, a bobbled snap was recovered by the Cougars in the end zone resulting in a touchback.
Fortunately for the Panthers, the Black Attack defense rose up on the next play to get the ball back on a Bryce Woody interception. Lara got his third score of the night six plays later to give MOJO a 35-21 lead with 4:26 to go in the third.
The Panthers coughed up the ball again on their next possession, and the Cougars took advantage immediately with a 53 yard touchdown run. The third quarter ended with Permian holding on to a 35-28 lead.
MOJO would put the game away in the fourth period. Lara got his fourth touchdown run of the game to increase the Permian lead to 42-28 with 11:02 remaining. Then after the MOJO defense forced a three-and-out, Richardson returned the ensuing punt back to the 14 yard line. Hall went to work from there, spinning his way through the Cougar defense on a 14 yard touchdown run. Tate Terry's PAT made it Permian 49, Cooper 28 with 9:01 left to play.
After forcing another three-and-out from Cooper, the Panthers put the final nail in the coffin with Jonathan Viscaino's touchdown run with 2:12 remaining. The clock wound down with the final score Permian 56, Abilene Cooper 28.
Rodney Hall ended the evening with 230 yards and a touchdown passing, as well as 69 yards and a score on the ground. Juzstyce Lara had four touchdowns on the ground. Jonathan Viscaino led all rushers with 82 yards on nine carries. Ja'Quan Richardson was the leading receiver with 158 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Bryce Woody and Caleb Washington grabbed interceptions. Overall the Panthers gained 541 total yards. The win gives Permian a 5-0 record.
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