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PERMIAN PANTHERS vs LOS FRESNOS FALCONS
PERMIAN POUNDS PALM DESERT FOR HOMECOMING WIN
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
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 37-yard field goal by Carson Roberts. Then on the ensuing Palm Desert possession, Permian added two more points on a safety after the Aztecs punt attempt ended with the punter being tackled in the end zone. Permian was up 5-0 midway through the first quarter.
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 touchdown 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.
Palm Desert had a response on their next possession, as the Aztecs found the end zone 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.
NEXT UP: The Panthers host the Los Fresnos Falcons Friday, September 27th. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm at Ratliff Stadium.