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 their the Panthers took two snaps in Victory formation to drain the clock and secure the win. Final score Permian 13, Tascosa 12.

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.

OCTOBER 7th- The Permian Panthers (1-0, 6-0) remain unbeaten on the season after a 38-7 victory over their crosstown rivals Odessa High on Friday at Ratliff Stadium.

MOJO would set the tone early. The Bronchos received the opening kickoff but were quickly shut down by Permian's swarming Black Attack defense. Their punt would only travel 10 yards, giving the Panthers great field position at the Odessa 45 yard line.

Permian struck quickly with a four-play touchdown drive highlighted by a long run by Tabarie Jones. The drive was aided by an illegal participation penalty against Odessa. Rodney Hall scored from seven yards out on the next play to give MOJO a 7-0 lead.

After shutting down the Bronchos again, Tate Terry capped an eight-play drive with a 35-yard field goal. The first quarter ended with Permian on top 10-0.

The Bronchos finally got their offense going on the next possession, driving down to the Permian two yard line. But the Black Attack defense rose up again to keep the Red Hosses out of the end zone on four straight plays, and Permian took over on downs.

From there Hall would lead the Panthers on a 17 play, 98-yard scoring drive capped by Juzstyce Lara's one yard touchdown run. Terry's PAT made the score 17-0 Permian with 8:17 to go in the half.

MOJO would go on another time consuming 14 play drive to end the first half. Lara got his second score of the night from three yards out to send the Panthers into the locker room with a 24-0 halftime lead.

With rain falling in the third quarter both teams would get conservative in their play calling. That is until Tabarie Jones raced around the right end untouched on a reverse play for a 49 yard touchdown, increasing Permian's advantage to 31-0.

Odessa High's lone bright spot came on the ensuing kickoff as the return man found a crease in the coverage and returned the kick 90 yards for a touchdown. The third quarter ended with MOJO on top 31-7.

Lara ended the scoring in the fourth quarter with a three yard touchdown run to cap a nine-play, 59 yard drive. Final score Permian 38, Odessa 7.

Juzstyce Lara led the way for Permian with three touchdowns and 80 yards on the ground. Rodney Hall and Tabarie Jones added a touchdown apiece. Tate Terry connected on a 35 yard field goal and was perfect on PATs. Overall the Panthers racked up 432 yards of offense while limiting the Bronchos to 157. The win gives MOJO a 1-0 record in District 2-6A (6-0 overall).

OCTOBER 14th- The Permian Panthers (1-1, 6-1) are perfect no more after a 33-25 loss to the Midland Legacy Rebels on Friday at Ratliff Stadium. The Panthers took an 18-9 lead into the locker room at halftime, but couldn't hang on as the Rebels scored 24 second-half points to take home the victory.

Permian took the opening kick and was able to put together a 13-play, 75-yard drive capped by a one yard touchdown run by Juzstyce Lara. Tate Terry's extra point kick gave Permian an early 7-0 lead.

After that promising start, the teams became mired in mistakes and penalties. Legacy had three big plays negated by penalties before Deonte Bass intercepted a potential touchdown pass in the endzone. Unfortunately the Panthers would give the ball right back on an errant pitch, setting up the Rebels on the 16 yard line. Legacy cashed in the gift on the next play with a 16 yard touchdown pass. The PAT made the score 7-7 with 2:34 to go in the first period.

Disaster struck for MOJO on their following possession. After consecutive plays went for negative yardage, another option pitch was mishandled in the endzone. Rodney Hall was able to recover the fumble, but the safety gave Legacy a 9-7 lead as the first quarter came to a close.

Permian appeared to get back on track with a big 31 yard completion to Ja'Quan Richardson down to the six yard line, but a pass into the endzone two plays later was intercepted by the Rebels.

Legacy was unable to capitalize on the turnover and was forced to punt. From there Permian put together an eight-play, 52-yard drive with Terron Young getting the score from seven yards out. The successful two-point try gave MOJO a 15-9 lead.

Another eight-play drive of 55 yards at the end of the second quarter ended with a 31 yard field goal by Tate Terry. MOJO took an 18-9 lead into the halftime break.

The Rebels got the ball to begin the second half and marched right down the field, scoring on a 25 yard pass play to make the score 18-16 MOJO.

Ja'Quan Richardson would score on a 31 yard run for the Panthers on the ensuing possession to extend their lead to 25-16 with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter.

That was as good as it would get for the Panthers however. Legacy sandwiched two touchdowns around a 28 yard field goal to take the lead for good and complete the comeback. Final score Midland Legacy 33, Permian 25.

Rodney Hall threw for 154 yards and rushed for 28. Ja'Quan Richardson caught three passes for 54 yards and rushed for 47 yards and a score. Deonte Bass had two interceptions for the defense. The loss gives MOJO a 1-1 district mark (6-1 overall).

OCTOBER 21st- The Permian Panthers pulled off another stunning second-half rally in Wolfforth on Friday, coming away with a 42-41 victory over the Frenship Tigers.

Frenship, who came into the game on top of the District 2-6A standings, got on the board first with a 75-yard, 11-play scoring drive.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers recovered an onside kick which was mishandled by Permian. It only took three plays for the Tigers to capitalize with a 57 yard touchdown pass. Just like that Frenship had an early 14-0 lead.

MOJO answered with an eight-play, 48 yard drive capped by a 12-yard touchdown run by Juzstyce Lara. Tate Terry's PAT made the score 14-7 Frenship.

The Tigers continued to attack the Permian defense with long pass plays. A pair of 33 yard passes highlighted a 75-yard scoring drive that gave Frenship a 21-7 lead to end the first quarter.

MOJO responded with a 63-yard drive that featured long runs by Lara and Tabarie Jones. Rodney Hall scored from 24 yards out to make the score 21-14 Frenship.

The Tigers were undeterred, answering with another 75 yard drive capped by a 34-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers were up 28-14 late in the second quarter.

Permian's ensuing drive would stall out deep in Frenship territory, leaving the door open for the Tigers to put more points on the board before the break. Assisted by three Panther penalties, Frenship got in the endzone on a 21-yard quarterback scramble. MOJO went into the locker room down 35-14 at halftime.

The second half was MOJO's time to shine. Receiving the second half kick, Permian scored on a four-play drive capped by Lara's two yard touchdown run. Terry's PAT cut the deficit to 14 points at 35-21 Frenship.

On the following Frenship possession the MOJO defense got their first stop of the game to force a punt. Ja'Quan Richardson's return set the Panthers up in Frenship territory. Four plays later Richardson struck again. Hall found the speedy senior wide open at the Frenship one yard line. Lara punched it in from there to draw Permian to within a touchdown at 35-28.

Frenship silenced the MOJO faithful on the first play of their next possession with a 71 yard touchdown strike. But the crowd would get excited again on the extra point attempt. Permian's Jaydn Pruitt raced in to get his hand on the ball, blocking the kick. Frenship held a 41-28 lead as the third quarter was coming to a close.

That was as good as it would get for Frenship. Permian took the kickoff and got down the field quickly with long runs by Lara and Richardson. Hall capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Terry's PAT made it Frenship 41, Permian 34 as the third quarter ended.

After the MOJO defense thwarted another Frenship drive, the Panthers took their first lead of the game with a five-play scoring drive capped by Lara's 18-yard scamper. The all-important PAT was good, and MOJO was up 42-41 late in the fourth quarter.

Frenship had one last shot to retake the lead, but after driving down into Permian territory their fourth-down pass fell incomplete. From there the Panthers were able to run out the clock and take home the 42-41 victory.

Juzstyce Lara led all rushers with 186 yards and four scores. Rodney Hall was 9-of-14 for 110 yards through the air, and added 101 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Jaydn Pruitt made the key play of the game with a blocked extra point kick. The win gives Permian a 2-1 district mark (7-1 overall).

OCTOBER 28th- The Permian Panthers shut down the Central Bobcats in the second half to secure a 43-31 victory in San Angelo on Friday.

In a key District 2-6A matchup between two first place teams, MOJO relied on their methodical ball control offense to keep the high-powered Central offense off the field.

Early on it looked like the Bobcats were ready to stake their claim as the top cats in the contest. On the second snap of the ballgame, Central scored on a 91-yard touchdown pass to grab a quick 7-0 lead.

The Panthers returned fire with a 79-yard kick return by Jaydn Pruitt. Juzstyce Lara scored three plays later. Central blocked the PAT to maintain their lead at 7-6.

After forcing the Bobcats to punt on their next possession, the Panthers got into the endzone again on a four-play, 35-yard drive. Lara got his second touchdown of the game to cap the drive, and Cayson Clinton caught a two-point conversion pass to give Permian a 14-7 lead with 6:49 remaining in the first quarter.

Pruitt made another big play with an interception on the ensuing Bobcat possession, but the Panthers couldn't capitalize on the break and were forced to punt.

Central got inside the redzone on their next possession but the drive would stall at the Permian 18-yard line, forcing the Bobcats to settle for a 28 yard field goal. The first quarter ended with MOJO on top 14-10.

The Bobcats would grab momentum in the second quarter. After trading touchdowns with Permian to start the period, the Bobcats scored on touchdown passes of 46 and 50 yards to take a 31-28 lead at the halftime break.

As has been the case all season the second half would belong to MOJO. Going on offense first the Panthers went on a 12-play, 70-yard drive capped by Lara's three- yard touchdown run. Isaac Herrera's two point conversion gave Permian a 36-31 lead.

After getting torched by the Bobcat's aerial assult in the first half, MOJO's Black Attack defense would shut it down in the final two periods. On their first possession of the third quarter Central was forced to punt after three plays. The Bobcats would get a favorable bounce on the kick, pinning the Panthers at their own one yard line.

Taking over with their backs to the goal line, MOJO embarked on their most impressive drive of the game. Mixing in timely passing with punishing runs, the Panthers went on a time consuming 14-play, 99-yard drive. Ja'Quan Richardson would seal the deal on a spectacular 25 yard touchdown pass play from Rodney Hall. Tate Terry's successful PAT  gave Permian a 43-31 lead with 9:30 remaining.

The Bobcats went on one final drive that would ultimately stall at the Permian 18 yard line. From there MOJO was able to drain the final two minutes off the clock to secure the victory. Final score Permian 43,  Central 31.

Rodney Hall was 8-of-14 passing for 117 yards and a touchdown. Hall's yardage puts him in third place in career passing yardage with 3,155 yards. Juzstyce Lara rushed for 160 yards and five touchdowns. Ja'Quan Richardson added a 25 yard touchdown reception. Jaydn Pruitt had an outstanding game with a 79-yard kick return and an interception. The win gives MOJO a 3-1 record (8-1 overall) and secures a playoff berth.

NOVEMBER 4th- The Permian Panthers wrapped up the regular season with a 31-15 victory over the Midland Bulldogs on Friday at Ratliff Stadium. The Panthers secured the program's 30th district championship with the win.

Celebrating their Senior Night, it was fitting that senior wideout Ja'Quan Richardson received the opening kickoff and took it to the house for an apparent touchdown. Unfortunately the score was nullified by a block in the back penalty. No problem for the Panthers, as on the second play from scrimmage Rodney Hall scored on a quarterback keeper from 24 yards out. Tate Terry's PAT gave MOJO a quick 7-0 lead.

The Black Attack defense thwarted Midland's opening possession after six plays when Parker Haynes sacked the Bulldog quarterback for an eight-yard loss.

After the exciting start to the game, the Permian offense struggled throughout the remainder of the first quarter and much of the second. After marching into Midland territory on their ensuing possession, the Panthers would stall as the Bulldogs defense held on a fourth-down conversion attempt.

While the Midland offense was having struggles of their own, they did manage to score a safety after blocking a Permian punt in the end zone. The Bulldogs were on the board with 3:39 remaining in the half.

MOJO managed to drive down the field as the first half was coming to a close. Hall threw long passes to Gage Murphy and Tabarie Jones, then ran for 28 yards to get within striking distance. Terry connected on a 37 yard field goal to give MOJO a 10-2 lead going into the locker room.

The second half opened with Midland finally finding some offensive rhythm. With the ball in Permian territory, the Bulldogs busted up the sideline on a 48-yard touchdown run. Their two-point conversion attempt was no good, making the score 10-8 Permian.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the Panthers began to find their offensive rhythm as well. MOJO went on a six-play, 71-yard drive highlighted by Hall's 48 run down the one-yard line. Juzstyce Lara capped the drive on the next play to give MOJO a 17-8 lead.

After holding the Bulldogs to three plays and a punt, the Panthers would strike again. Hall connected with Richardson on a screen pass for a 16-yard gain. Hall got into the redzone two plays later on a 17-yard quarterback keeper. Lara capped the drive from nine yards out to give MOJO a 24-8 lead at the end of three.

Lara ripped off a 48-yard run in the forth quarter to set up Permian's final touchdown. Jyzaiyah Solis scored from 10 yards out to put the Panthers up 31-8 with 5:13 left to go in the game.

Midland would get on the board one more time with a short touchdown run but it was too little, too late. Final Permian 31, Midland 15.

Rodney Hall was 11-of-15 for 107 yards through the air, and added 118 yards on the ground. Juzstyce Lara ran for 92 yards and two scores. The victory gives the Panthers a 4-1 league record (9-1 overall) and a share of the District 2-6A title.

NOVEMBER 11th- MOJO's 2022 playoff run came to an unexpectedly quick conclusion with a 45-28 loss to the Pebble Hills Spartans in El Paso.

The Spartans stunned the Panthers to start the game, returning the opening kickoff deep into MOJO territory. A short touchdown run made it Pebble Hills 7, Permian 0 with 8:37 to go in the first quarter. The Spartans added another score on a short pass to increase their lead to 14-0 at the end of the period.

Juzstyce Lara got Permian on the board in the second quarter with a short touchdown run. The teams traded scores from there, with Pebble Hills adding a field goal at the end of the half. The break came with the Spartans on top 24-14.

Permian received the second half kick, but could not put together an extended drive. Pebble Hills took the punt and drove down the field, scoring on a 40-yard pass to extend their lead to 31-14 with 10:02 remaining in the third period.

On their ensuing drive Permian was faced with fourth down and nine near midfield. Rather than punt, the Panthers threw a pass to the sideline that was ruled out of bounds. The Spartans would take possession and score a few plays later to increase their advantage to 38-14 with 2:14 to go in the third.

Permian clawed their way back into the game with a pair of touchdown passes to Jyzaiyah Solis and Ja'Quan Richardson in the fourth quarter. But Pebble Hills delivered the death blow after that with a 66-yard touchdown run with 6:49 remaining. Permian's final possession would stall, and the clock ran down with the Spartans on top 45-28.

The Panthers end the 2022 season at 9-2 with a District 2-6A co-championship.

NEXT UP- The Panthers will hold their annual Football Banquet Saturday, January 28th at the MCM Grande Fundome, time TBA.