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EL PASO FRANKLIN
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PERMIAN PANTHERS 28 ARLINGTON MARTIN WARRIORS 71
Class 6A Div I Area Playoffs Playoffs Friday, November 22nd 7:00pm Ratliff Stadium ARTICLE
MOJO MANHANDLES EL PASO FRANKLIN
PERMIAN TAKES DISTRICT TITLE FROM MIDLAND LEE
NOVEMBER 8th- The Permian Panthers knocked their old rivals Midland Lee from the unbeaten ranks and grabbed the District 2-6A championship on Friday in the Rivalry at Ratliff.
The result gives Permian the district’s number one seed in the Class 6A Division I bracket and the right to host its bi-district game against El Paso Franklin at Ratliff Stadium.
The Panthers received the opening kick but got off to a slow start as they were forced to punt on their opening drive of the game.
The Rebels on the other hand didn’t waste any time getting their offense rolling, putting together a six-play, 73-yard scoring drive capped off by a seven yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt by was no good, giving the Rebels a 6-0 lead with 8:23 left in the first quarter.
MOJO managed to find their footing on the second offensive series of the night. The Panthers drove 75 yards down the field in 12 plays, capped off with an 18 yard touchdown on a perfectly executed double reverse pass play from Alex Rose to quarterback Easton Hernandez. The Carson Roberts PAT gave Permian a 7-6 lead.
The Black Attack defense managed to force the Rebels to go punt as the first quarter came to a close. The Panthers took advantage of the Rebels’ three-and-out, going on a five-play, 81-yard scoring drive. Hernandez connected with Terran Limuel in the back of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown, giving the Panthers a 14-6 lead with 11:09 left in the second quarter.
Lee’s offense had a quick response with a touchdown pass on their ensuing drive. But PAT troubles continued as Lee missed the extra point again, trailing 14-12 with 9:28 left in the second quarter.
Permian managed to milk time off the clock and increase their lead on of its next drive. Malachi Medlock scored on a three yard run to give the Panthers a 21-12 lead with 3:58 remaining in the first half. The drive burned more than six minutes off the clock as MOJO drove 65 yards in 11 plays.
The Lee offense put together its third scoring drive of the night, scoring on a one yard run to cap a six play drive that covered 80 yards. The Rebels attempted a two point conversion to make it a one-point game but came up short, leaving Permian with a 21-18 lead at the half.
Receiving the second half kick, the Rebels got the lead back with a 14 play, 82 yard scoring drive. The successful PAT gave Lee a 25-21 lead.
Hernandez stunned the Rebels on the next Permian possession. Faking a pitch to the right side, Hernandez wheeled and took off right up the middle of the Rebel defense to score from 60 yards out. Roberts hit the PAT to regain the lead for MOJO 28-25.
The Panthers stretched the lead to 10 points a few minutes later, with Hernandez hitting Amarion Garrett on a 45 yard pass down to the Rebel's one yard line. Hernandez finished the drive with a touchdown run on the next play to increase the lead to 35-25 MOJO going into the fourth quarter.
The Rebels scored on a one yard touchdown run with 10:08 left in the game to pull to within three points at 35-32. MOJO answered with another clock draining drive, with Hernandez scoring on a 27 yard run for a 42-32 advantage with 2:12 left in the game.
But the Rebels would not go quietly, scoring in less than a minute on a 16-yard pass with 1:29 left. The Rebels lined up for an onside kick and came close to recovering, but the Lee defender grabbed the ball before it had gone the necessary 10 yards.
The Rebels had one last chance when Permian was forced to punt with 23 seconds remaining. But Lee’s desperation Nail Mary pass as time expired fell incomplete, and the Permian celebration began. Final score MOJO 42, Midland Lee 39.
Easton Hernandez led all rushers with 149 yards and three touchdowns. Terran Limuel added 55 yards on six carries, with Alex Rose gaining 41 yards on the ground. Hernandez completed eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown to Limuel. Rose also threw for a touchdown. Amarion Garret was the leading receiver with three ctaches for 66 yards. The win gives MOJO a 4-1 record in district (6-4 overall) and a share of the district title.
NOVEMBER 15th- The Permian Panthers are moving on to the Area round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs after their 48-13 win over the El Paso Franklin Cougars. With the win MOJO avenged an earlier loss to the Cougars in Week Two of the season.
Franklin received the opening kick and moved down the field all the way to Permian’s 20-yard line. But the promising drive for the Cougars would stall, and Franklin turned the ball over on downs.
Permian turned the opportunity into an 11 play, 80 yard drive that ended in a one yard touchdown run by Terran Limuel. The Panthers had an early 7-0 lead.
Franklin managed to answer on their ensuing possession with a 45 yard touchdown pass, tying things up at 7-7 as the first quarter was winding down.
The Permian offense didn’t take long to respond. After a 20-yard kickoff return to the Permian 40 yard line, Rose helped the Panthers bring the ball down field with a 14 yard run. Easton Hernandez followed with runs of 12 and 19 yards. Hernandez then capped the drive with a one yard run to go in front for good at 14-7 with 11:13 left in the second quarter.
The Black Attack defense forced Franklin to punt for the first time on the Cougars’ next offensive series. The Panthers offense went right back to work with a seven play, 90 yard scoring drive. Rose scored on a 21-yard run to finish the drive. The Carson Roberts PAT gave Permian a 21-7 advantage midway through the second quarter.
Permian was able to capitalize on another turnover on downs by marching 68 yards in five plays, with another short touchdown run by Hernandez. MOJO went into the halftime break on top 28-7.
The Panthers began the second half the same as the first, scoring on a six yard run by Hernandez to give the Panthers a 35-7 lead with 8:20 left in the third quarter.
After forcing the Cougars to punt again, the Panthers put together another scoring drive. Carson Roberts nailed his first of two field goals to give MOJO a 38-7 lead as the third quarter came to a close.
Brian Mahaffey got into the act on the next Permian possession, going around the left end untouched for a 65 yard touchdown. The score gave Permian a 45-7 lead with 7:25 remaining in the game.
With the Panthers substituting liberally on defense, the Cougars managed to put another score on the board with an 18 yard touchdown pass. The PAT was no good, making the score 45-13 Permian.
Tha Panthers ended the scoring on their next possession with a 20 yard field goal by Roberts. Final score Permian Panthers 48, Franklin Cougars 13.
Easton Hernandez had another brilliant game for Permian with 160 total yards and three touchdowns. Malachi Medlock and Terran Limuel gave the Panthers three 100 yard rushers with 111 and 110 yards, respectively. Alex Rose contributed 85 yards on the ground, with Brian Mahaffey adding 66 yards and a score. The 584 yards rushing set a new team rushing record (old record 522 yards vs El Paso Coronado 2017). The win gives MOJO a 7-4 record overall.
NEXT UP- The Panthers will host the Arlington Martin Warriors Friday, November 22nd. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm at Ratliff Stadium. Tickets for season ticket holders go on sale Wednesday, November 20th at the ECISD ticket office. GAMEDAY CENTRAL