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MOJO'S DREAM SEASON ENDS IN LUBBOCK
NOVEMBER 21st- The Permian Panthers saw their 2015 season come to an unexpected end on Saturday, falling to the Amarillo Tascosa Rebels 17-10 in the Class 6A Area playoffs.
Tascosa won the toss and opened the game on offense. The Rebels put together an 11 play drive before the MOJO defense could put the clamps on the drive, forcing a 25-yard field goal attempt. The kick was partially blocked and Jax Welch grabbed the ball on the goal line, taking it out to the five yard line. MOJO's possession was short lived however. After an exchange of punts, the Panthers started their next possession on their own 27. MOJO picked up two first downs in the drive and neared midfield as the quarter ended. On the second play of the second quarter Permian's drive was abruptly halted when the ball was stripped from Brandon Bailey, and the Panthers had suffered their first of many turnovers.
The rest of the period became a chess match for field position. The Rebels went three-and-out and pinned the Panthers on their own three yard line on the first punt. Permian came back with a couple of first downs before punting it back to the Tascosa 29. The Rebels ran six plays and once again punted, forcing the Panthers to begin from inside their own 10-yard line. MOJO was able to move the ball out to midfield as time expired on the first half. For the first time all season, Permian headed to the locker room scoreless. The game was deadlocked 0-0.
MOJO avoided another miscue when the second half kickoff was mishandled. Sophomore linebacker Preston Ellison secured the ball to avoid the turnover. The Panthers put together a nice 10 play drive but could not cross the goal line. Dakoda Delao's 42 yard field goal gave Permian a 3-0 lead. The Rebels responded with an 11 play drive of their own that included a successful fake punt to convert on 4th-and-five. From there the MOJO defense stiffened, forcing another Tascosa field goal attempt. The kick fell short, and the Panthers had the ball again. Starting at the 20, Bailey picked up a first down with a 10-yard gain. On the very next play, the Panthers committed another fumble, with Tascosa recovering at the Permian 30. It only took five plays for the Rebels to convert the miscue into points with a four yard touchdown run. The PAT was good, and Tascosa led 7-3 with 13 seconds left in the third quarter. Disaster struck on the ensuing kickoff as the Permian receiver mishandled the ball again. Tascosa recovered the ball at the MOJO 26 as the third period ended.
The Panther defense got into the act to start the fourth quarter. A huge hit by linebacker Josh Nguyen caused the Tascosa runner to put the ball on the turf. Des Smith came up with the ball at the 11 yard line. Unfortunately the good luck turned to bad three plays later. Forced to punt after the offense went nowhere, a Tascosa defender crashed through to get a hand on Delao's kick. The Rebels were set up with the ball on the Permian 5-yard line. The MOJO defense rose up once again to deny the touchdown, but the Rebels came away with a short field goal and 10-3 lead.
With their backs against the wall, the Panthers began the next offensive series from its own 18. After a six yard run, Trey Potter connected with Jack Fawcett for a 21 yard completion. From there Bailey found some redemption, busting up the middle and bouncing outside to ramble 63 yards to paydirt. The game was tied at 10-10 with five minutes remaining.
Tascosa answered with an eight play, 65 yard drive that ended with a four yard touchdown run on 4th-and-one. MOJO would get one last possession with two minutes remaining. The Panthers got down to midfield before a screen pass on 4th-and-four fell incomplete. Tascosa took over and only had to kneel down twice before time ran out. Final Tascosa 17, Permian 10.
The Panthers ended their season at 10-2, with a district co-championship and Bi-District trophy. While most of the starting 22 will graduate the Panthers have a bright future ahead, with an abundance of talent coming up from the subvarsity ranks. RESPECT OUR PAST-FEAR OUR FUTURE!
PERMIAN BEATS BOWIE IN BI-DISTRICT
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NOVEMBER 13th- The Permian Panthers advance to the Area round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs with a 49-12 victory over the Arlington Bowie Volunteers.
The start of the game was a familiar one for MOJO, as the Panthers took the opening kickoff and ran off a 10 play, 65 yard scoring drive. Kobe Robinson capped the drive with a 14 yard touchdown run. After the Panthers forced the Volunteers to turn the ball over on downs MOJO went back on the offensive, methodically moving the ball down to the Bowie 23 yard line. But a quarterback sack resulted in a fumble to end the scoring opportunity. Bowie was able to pick up one first down before the Permian defense flexed its muscle again, forcing a punt. The first quarter ended with MOJO on top 7-0.
The second quarter saw the two teams combine for 40 points. The Panthers got things started with an eight play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 20-yard TD pass from Trey Potter to Dexter Neboh. The Volunteers took the ensuing kick but once again could not get anything going. The subsequent punt resulted in negative yardage, and MOJO was set up in prime scoring position again. Bailey made them pay two plays later, cruising into the endzone from eight yards out to run the score to 21-0.
Bowie got on the board on the next series when RB Deandre Cook bounced to the outside and rambled 54 yards to paydirt. The Volunteers then pulled off a successful onside kick in an effort to turn the game's momentum. But Permian linebacker Josh Nguyen dashed those hopes on the third play of the drive, intercepting a pass at midfield and returning it to the Bowie 33. Three plays later, Bailey was back in the endzone with a five yard touchdown run. The Vols answered with an 18-yard touchdown pass to pull within two scores at 28-12. With only seconds remaining in the half it appeared Permian would simply run out the clock and go to the locker room. But Bailey had other ideas, taking a quick handoff and breaking four separate tackle attempts on a 72-yard touchdown jaunt. Permian went into the break on top 35-12.
Unlike the second quarter, the third was a defensive struggle. Des Smith grabbed an interception at the 25 yard line and returned it to the 41 to snuff out a Bowie scoring threat. Robby Washington added a pick of his own early in the fourth quarter, returning it to the Bowie 14 yard line. That would lead to a spectacular 11 yard touchdown catch off a tipped pass by Jack Fawcett. The play gave Permian a 42-12 lead with nine minutes to play. Bailey provided the exclamation point on the MOJO's final possession with a 12 yard touchdown run, his fourth of the game. Final score Permian 49, Arlington Bowie 12.
Brandon Bailey ended the evening with 265 yards and four touchdowns. In the process Bailey became the Panther's career touchdown leader with 56. Kobe Robinson added 17 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Jack Fawcett led all receivers with 43 yards and a score. Defensively Josh Nguyen, Des Smith, and Robby Washington grabbed interceptions. Dakoda Delao remained perfect on PATs, with 75 for the season. The win gives MOJO a 10-1 record.