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PERMIAN FALLS TO DESOTO IN SEASON OPENER
AUGUST 30th- MOJO’s season-opener in the Metroplex did not quite go the way the Panthers had hoped as they were dealt a 35-14 loss to the DeSoto Eagles Friday at Eagle Stadium.
DeSoto would jump out to a quick 14 point lead in the first quarter. The Eagles opened the game with a nine-play, 74 yard drive capped by a three yard touchdown run with 8:32 left in the first quarter. Then on the Panthers opening possession, DeSoto grabbed a bobbled snap in mid-air and returned it for a second touchdown just 10 seconds after the first score.
Alex Rose scored Permian’s first touchdown of the night on an 18-yard reverse with 4:28 remaining in the first quarter to cut the Eagles’ lead in half.
The score was set up after Kayden Baze managed to recover a muffed punt by the Eagles, with Permian taking over at DeSoto’s 24-yard line. Rose scored four plays later.
The Eagles’ added a third touchdown in the third quarter, this one on a 40-yard pass and DeSoto’s lead was doubled with 3:31 left in the first quarter.
After another stalled drive by the Panthers, DeSoto drove 94 yards in 15 plays capped by a three yard touchdown run with 6:34 remaining in the first half. The teams went into the halftime break with the Eagles on top 28-7
While both teams managed to find the end zone in the first half, the second half began on a more defensive tone. Neither team managed to find the end zone in the third quarter. But the Eagles were not to be denied the entire second half, finding the end zone on a seven yard scoring pass with 2:15 left in the game.
The Panthers responded with a 70-yard touchdown drive as Harper Terry busted up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown run with under a minute remaining in the game. Final score DeSoto 35, Permian 14.
Malachi Medlock led all rushers with 131 yards. Harper Terry rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown. Alex Rose scored the other TD for MOJO.
On Thursday the MOJO underclassmen went 3-1 against Midland Lee. JV Black defeated Midland Lee 42-21, while the White Team dropped their game 21-6. Freshman Black won their game 22-14, with Freshman White winning 14-6 over the Rebels.
SEPTEMBER 5th- The Permian Panthers fell to 0-2 on the season after their 49-28 loss to El Paso Franklin Thursday night at Ratliff Stadium. Playing in their home opener of the 2019 season, the Panthers spent the entire game playing from behind.
The Cougars wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard with a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 6-yard run with 5:50 left in the first quarter.
MOJO managed to respond quickly with a 74-yard touchdown pass from Harper Terry to Amarion Garrett on a one-play, 14-second scoring drive, and the game was tied up in the opening quarter.
But the Franklin offense would not be slowed down as senior quarterback Danny Walther found the end zone on a 10-yard keeper to retake the lead at 14-7.
The Panthers tried to answer, but Franklin’s lead stayed at seven at the end of the opening stanza as kicker Carson Roberts missed a 32-yard attempt wide left with three seconds left in the first quarter.
Franklin responded with a 22-yard touchdown pass with 7:05 left in the second quarter to extend the Cougars’ advantage to 21-7.
Malachi Medlock made it 21-14 with an 8-yard touchdown run, capping a 44 yard drive with 1:00 left before the half.
That was enough time for Franklin to respond, scoring on with 24-yard touchdown reception with 33 seconds left in the half. MOJO went into the halftime break down 28-14.
The second half found both teams trading touchdowns. Neri Carrasco scored for the Panthers on receptions of 14 and 27 yards. But it wasn't enough as Franklin managed to stay in front, and a 6-yard touchdown reception with 1:11 left in the game gave the Cougars a 49-28 victory.
Harper Terry passed for 208 yards on 24 attempts, and led the Panthers on the ground with 51 yards on six carries. Nate Arredondo added 30 yards on the ground, with Malachi Medlock and Amarion Garrett adding 26 and 25 yards respectively. Garrett led all receivers with 119 yards and a score. Carrasco added 55 yards and two touchdowns. The loss drops Permian to 0-2.
On Wednesday the Permian underclassmen went 3-1 against Frenship. JV Black defeated Frenship 14-7, while the White Team lost 28-8. Freshman Black posted a 36-16 victory, and Freshman White won their game 24-0.
EL PASO FRANKLIN FOILS PERMIAN HOME OPENER
SEPTEMBER 13th- Looking for their first win of the season, the Permian Panthers were instead handed a 48-7 loss to the 6th-ranked Southlake Carroll Dragons Friday night at Ratliff Stadium.
Permian (0-3) entered the game hoping to get revenge on the Dragons after last year’s 24-20 loss at Southlake. The visitors had other ideas, keeping their unbeaten start to the season intact. In the end MOJO was left still looking for their first win of the 2019 season.
Like the game in Southlake in 2018, Mother Nature affected the game. Multiple lightning delays forced the game’s kickoff to be delayed by nearly an hour.
The Dragons got going on their initial drive with a 32-yard field goal with 4:33 left in the first quarter. The Permian offense would sputter, but the Panthers managed to hold the Southlake Carroll lead by the same 3-0 margin as the defense kept the high-powered Dragon offense out of the endzone.
Unlike the slow first quarter Southlake Carroll scored in bunches in the second period, putting up four touchdowns to pull away from the Panthers.
The onslaught started with a 23-yard touchdown scamper by the Dragons quarterback Brandon Ewers to extend their lead to 10-0. The sophomore signal caller then got it going through the air, throwing three touchdown passes to three different receivers.
The first strike came on a 45-yard pass with 8:01 left in the first half. Ewers connected with Brady Boyd on the ensuing Dragon possession for a 56-yard touchdown with 4:23 left in the half. Willis Meyer got his turn as the half was ending, hauling in a 19-yard reception in the endzone. MOJO went into the break on the wrong side of a 31-0 score.
After receiving the second half kick the Dragons picked up right where they left off as Ewers threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night, finding John Manero in the endzone from 26 yards out. Ewers stayed on the ground to find the end zone again, scoring on a 2-yard run late in the third quarter.
MOJO finally got something going in the fourth quarter, with Alex Rose capping a nine play, 77 yard drive with a 13 yard touchdown run. The Dragons would score the final points of the night with a 31 yard field goal. The game ended with Southlake Carroll on top 48-7.
Alex Rose led Permian rushers with 43 yards on five carries. Harper Terry contributed 34 yards on the ground, and Terran Limuel had five carries for 26 yards. Terry completed 4 of 10 passes for 12 yards. The loss drops Permian to 0-3 on the year.
On Thursday the MOJO subvarsity teams swept their Midland High counterparts. JV Black 27, Midland 14; JV White 20, Midland 14; Freshman Black 32, Midland 8; Freshman White 38, Midland 0.
SOUTHLAKE CARROLL DRAGONS TORCH THE PANTHERS
PERMIAN POUNDS PALM DESERT FOR HOMECOMING WIN
SEPTEMBER 20th- The Permian Panthers posted their first victory of the season with a 47-14 win over the Palm Desert (CA) Aztecs Friday at Ratliff Stadium.
As was the case last week the game was delayed for an hour due to thunderstorms in the area. Once the rain delay passed, both teams wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard.
MOJO struck first, capping an eleven play drive with a field goal by Carson Roberts. On the ensuing Aztecs possession, Permian added two more points on a safety after a punt attempt ended with the Palm Desert punter being tackled in the end zone. MOJO was up 5-0 midway through the first.
Palm Desert bounced back quickly. After recovering a fumble in Permian territory, it only took one play for the Aztecs to score on a 41 yard run. The PAT made the score Aztecs 7, Panthers 5 after one period.
The Panthers struck back on their next possession. After a long pass to Alex Rose got Permian down to the Aztecs 13, Malachi Medlock bulled his way into the endzone for his first of three touchdowns. Permian was up 12-7 early in the second quarter.
The MOJO defense got into the act on the next Aztecs possession. Senior linebacker Mark Samaniego scooped up a fumble and returned it 12 yards for another touchdown, making the score 19-7 Panthers. After another defensive stand, the Permian offense kept things going their way as Harper Terry added a one-yard touchdown run to build a 26-7 lead.
The Aztecs responded on their next possession, hitting paydirt on an eight yard touchdown run. The score brought Palm Desert back to within two scores at 26-14 with 1:23 left in the first half.
The Permian offense had one more answer before the half. Terry led MOJO on a seven-play, 46-yard drive in 54 seconds that was helped in part by a 19-yard run by Terry. The drive was capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by Medlock to give the Panthers a 33-14 lead going into the halftime break.
The second half was much like the first for MOJO. Medlock and Terry each added rushing touchdowns in the third period to add to the Panthers advantage. Neither team scored in the fourth as both teams gave backups some valuable playing time. Final score Permian 47, Palm Desert 14.
Malachi Medlock led all rushers with 118 yards rushing on 17 carries. Terran Limuel had 46 yards on three carries. Harper Terry added 162 yards of total offense. Alex Rose led all receivers with 63 yards on two receptions. The win gives MOJO a 1-3 non-district record.
On Wednesday the Permian subvarsity teams went 3-1 against their Odessa High counterparts. JV Black 48, OHS 8; OHS 16, JV White 0; Freshman Black 46, OHS 0; Freshman White 38, OHS 0.
PERMIAN PLUCKS THE LOS FRESNOS FALCONS
SEPTEMBER 27th- MOJO notched their second win in a row with a dominating 56-14 victory over the Los Fresnos Falcons on Friday night at Ratliff Stadium.
Playing their last predistrict game before heading into the district open week, the Panthers erased an early deficit to take a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. MOJO scored 28 points in the second quarter to put the game away by halftime.
The Falcons stunned the Permian faithful with a 55-yard touchdown run on their first drive of the game. The PAT gave Los Fresnos a 7-0 lead with 10:16 left in the opening quarter.
MOJO had a quick response. Harper Terry hit Alex Rose with a quick pass and run for 45 yards. Terry then connected with Terran Limuel on a 21 yard touchdown pass with 9:18 left in the quarter.
After a three-and-out from the Black Attack defense and a blocked punt by Teo Banks the Panthers hit paydirt again, with Alex Rose hauling in a 13-yard pass for another touchdown. The first quarter ended with MOJO on top 14-7.
MOJO would open things up in the second quarter. Neri Carrasco scored on a 40-yard touchdown reception to increase the Panthers lead to 21-7. Amarion Garrett got into the act on the next Permian possession with a 37-yard touchdown reception to extend the lead to 28-7 with 7:38 remaining in the second quarter.
On the following drive Malachi Medlock scored from nine yards out late in the first half, giving the Panthers a 35-7 lead with 2:49 left in the second quarter. After another three-and-out by Los Fresnos, Terry got into the endzone on the ground, running in untouched from 48 yards out to give the Panthers a 42-7 advantage going into the halftime break.
MOJO began the second half the same way they ended the first. Terry capped an eight play, 70 yard drive with a 14 yard touchdown run. On the next Panther possession, Medlock scored his second TD of the night on an eight yard run with 2:34 left in the third quarter. Los Fresnos would end the scoring with a short touchdown run with 6:24 left in the game. Final score Permian 56, Los Fresnos 14.
Harper Terry had a career night, going 9-of-11 for 194 yards and four touchdowns through the air to go along with 79 yards and two TDs on the ground. Malachi Medlock added 72 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Alex Rose led all receivers with 75 yards and a score. The win gives MOJO a 2-3 record.
On Thursday the MOJO subvarsity teams went 3-1 against Amarillo Tascosa. JV Black 25, Tascosa 7; Tascosa 26, JV White 6; Freshman Black 14, Tascosa 8; Freshman White 26, Tascosa 12.