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PERMIAN'S SEASON ENDS IN THE AREA ROUND
NOVEMBER 23rd- The Panthers postseason run ended in the Area round of the Class 6A playoffs after a 49-35 loss to the Arlington Lamar Vikings.
Early on it appeared the Panthers would be run off the field. The Vikings received the opening kick and promptly marched 78 yards in six plays, taking a 7-0 lead with a 22 yard touchdown pass to a wide-open receiver. Meanwhile with star quarterback Peyton Powell sidelined with a hamstring injury, the Panthers offense was slow to get out of the gate. A Permian fumble would give Lamar excellent field position at the 38 yard line, and it only took three plays for the Vikings to capitalize with a 30 yard touchdown run. Another Permian fumble at their own 16 yard line set up Lamar's third touchdown, giving the Vikings a 21-0 lead as the first quarter ended.
Permian would finally get on the board in the second quarter. A short punt by Lamar was returned to the 49 yard line by Chase Stell, and a 17 yard pass from Christian Rodriguez to Justin Hammond got the Panthers into the red zone. Hammond then finiahed the drive on the next play with a 15 yard touchdown run. Carson Roberts' PAT made the score 21-7 Lamar at the break.
After a slow first half, the Panthers would make it a ballgame in the second half. Matt Jones blocked a Vikings punt to give MOJO the ball at the 33 yard line. Mason Sellers gained 25 yards on a reverse, then Kaden Horrell finished the drive with a five yard touchdown run. The Roberts PAT made the score 21-14 Lamar.
The Vikings answered with a 76 yard drive to get back to a 14 point advantage. And that's when MOJO made the game interesting. On first down at the 25, Hammond burst up the middle for 67 yards on the first play of the drive. Hammond then finished the drive with an eight yard touchdown reception from Rodriguez. Then on the ensuing Lamar possession, senior linebacker Tanner Adams would intercept a pass and return it to the 36 yard line. Ed Williams ran for 17 yards on the first play, then Hammond got his third touchdown of the game on a 16 yard reception from Rodriguez. The PAT tied the game at 28-28 early in the fourth quarter.
Christian Tschauner would send the MOJO crowd into a frenzy on the following Lamar possession. With the Vikings trying to drive for another score, Tschauner picked off a tipped pass at the three yard line and raced down the near sideline for a 97 yard touchdown return. The score would give MOJO their first lead of the game at 35-28. The celebration would be short lived however, as Lamar collected themselves and put together a quick seven play drive to tie the game at 35-35. The Vikings then proceeded to drive a stake through the heart of the Panthers with two quick touchdowns to end the game. Final score Lamar 49, Permian 35.
The 2018 Permian Panthers ended the season with an 8-4 record, a District 2-6A co-championship, and a Bi-District playoff victory. With 10 players returning with starting experience, as well as JV teams with a combined record of 15-3-1, the future should be bright for the MOJO Nation in 2019.
PANTHERS TAKE DOWN T-BIRDS IN BI-DISTRICT
NOVEMBER 16th- The Permian Panthers advanced to the Area round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs with a 42-0 victory over the El Paso Coronado Thunderbirds.
MOJO got off to a quick start and never let off the gas. Taking the opening kick from their own 12 yard line, the Panthers put together an 11 play, 88 yard scoring drive. Justin Hammond and Ed Williams did most of the damage, with Williams capping the drive with a touchdown from two yards out. Carson Roberts made the first of his six PATs for a 7-0 lead. After a three-and-out from the MOJO defense, Hammond struck again for the Panthers with a 15 yard touchdown reception from Peyton Powell. After an interception by Christian Tschauner, Hammond would be a big factor in the next Permian score. Taking the ball on apparent toss sweep, Hammond instead pulled up and threw a halfback pass to Tyler Ramage from 24 yards out for the touchdown. The first period ended with a 21-0 lead for the Panthers.
While it was the offense that was hitting on all cylinders in the first quarter, the defense took control in the second. Chase Stell intercepted another T-Bird pass, returning it 40 yards to midfield. Ramage responded with a 29 yard gain on a screen pass from Powell. Hammond then finished the drive with his second score of the game with a three yard touchdown to give the Panthers a 28-0 lead.
Mason Sellers and Kaden Horrell would get into the act on the next MOJO possession. Sellers would haul in a 38 yard pass to get the Panthers into scoring range. Horrell finished the drive with an eight yard touchdown reception from Christian Rodriguez. MOJO went into the halftime break on top 35-0.
With the game well in hand, the Panthers substituted liberally throughout the second half. Dominique Nelson would get the final score of the night, capping an eight play, 47 yard drive with a one yard touchdown plunge. From there the teams traded possessions throughout the fourth quarter until the clock ticked down to zero. Final score Permian 42, El Paso Coronado 0.
Justin Hammond had a huge night for the Panthers, scoring touchdowns rushing and receiving as well as throwing for one score. Ed Williams rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Adam Martinez added 30 yards on five carries. Peyton Powell led all passers with 105 yards and a touchdown on six completions. Christian Rodriguez threw for 15 yards and a score. On the receiving end, Kaden Horrell had three receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown, with Tyler Ramage grabbing two for 53 yards and a score. Defensively, safety Chase Stell added to his team-leading total with one of two interceptions on the night. Christian Tschauner grabbed the other pick for the Panthers. Overall, the Black Attack defense held Coronado to 100 yards and recorded the first shutout of a Permian playoff opponent since the 1994 season.
NEXT UP- MOJO travels to Abilene to take on the Arlington Lamar Vikings in the Area round of the Class 6A Division I state playoffs. The game is scheduled for Friday, November 23rd at Wildcat Stadium on the Abilene Christian University campus. Kickoff is set for 3:00pm. GAMEDAY CENTRAL