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PANTHERS PASS TOUGH TEST IN EL PASO
The undefeated Permian Panthers will play their second El Paso team in as many weeks when they host the Coronado Thunderbirds this Friday.
Coronado comes to Odessa with a 2-1 record, most recently falling to Del Valle 28-21. The T-Birds are led on offense by quarterback Christian Monzon. The 5' 9", 155 lbs senior has passed for 695 yards and nine touchdowns in their first three games. Running back Jon Millan (5' 10", 180 lbs 4.8) has racked up 465 yards on the ground. Receivers Brandon Bogan and Josiah Moreno have combined for 581 yards and five scores. Overall, the Thunderbird offense is averaging 38 points per game.
Defensively, cornerback Ron Lee Dentinger leads an opportunistic secondary. The 5' 10", 170 lbs senior already has three interceptions on the year. Safety Abel Dominguez (6' 2", 160 lbs) helps out in the defensive backfield. As a unit, Coronado is allowing an average of 29 points per game.
Back on the Home side, the Panthers hope to regain the dominating form they displayed in their first two games. MOJO struggled early in their trip to El Paso last week, falling behind 7-0 to Americas before catching fire in the second half to pull out a 21-14 victory. After a sluggish first half the offense- led by Heath Wood's 13-of-17, 207 yard performance- scored three touchdowns to put the game away. Taylor Thompson, Kobe Robinson, and Sam Wilkins each made touchdown grabs.
Defensively the Panthers gave up yards early but found their MOJO after forcing a fumble- and a fight- early in the third quarter. Jax Welch recovered the fumble, and Des Smith got his first interception of the year to set up a touchdown. Special teams was outstanding for Permian, with a blocked punt by Welch and a 65 yard kickoff return by Kevin Hudnall. K Dakoda Delao has been a perfect 14-of-14 on PATs so far this season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm Friday, September 19th at Ratliff Stadium. KMCM 96.9 FM will handle radio and netcast duties. On Thursday, Junior Varsity and Freshman teams will play their Midland High counterparts. JV Black plays at 5:00pm at Ratliff Stadium, with the White squad kicking off at 7:00pm at the Ratliff Grass Field. Freshman teams play at Memorial Stadium in Midland.
SEPTEMBER 12th- The Permian Panthers remained undefeated after a tough 21-14 victory over the Americas Trailblazers in El Paso.
As is often the case when heading to the western tip of Texas, the Panthers struggled to get things going. After a nice kickoff return by Kevin Hudnall set things up at the Americas 20 yard line, the MOJO offense failed to get a first down. The Trailblazers promptly marched 88 yards to paydirt, with their Division I quarterback Q Drennan running it in for the score. The teams traded blows throughout the first half but neither could score again. MOJO went into the break on the wrong end of a 7-0 score.
MOJO finally found their rhythm in the second half, but not before a wild sequence of plays in the third quarter. 25 yard runs by Kobe Robinson and Dexter Neboh helped get MOJO down inside Americas territory. On a fourth down play from the on yard line, Brandon Bailey appeared to crash into the endzone. But the officials marked the ball at the six inch line, and the Trailblazers took possession on downs. Two plays later, MOJO forced a fumble to regain possession at the Americas seven. On the ensuing play, Kobe Robinson took a pitch around the right end, but was stripped of the ball right as he crossed the goal line. The ruling was that he did not get across the line, and Americas gained the touchback. After three plays went nowhere, the Trailblazers lined up to punt it away. But the MOJO coverage team crashed the line to block the punt, setting the Panthers up inside the Americas 20. From there Heath Wood hit Taylor Thompson on a quick slant for the touchdown. Dakoda Delao's PAT tied the game at 7-7, and MOJO had the spark they needed.
The Panthers finally took control in the final period, with Des Smith getting his first interception of the season. Wood cashed it in with a 29 yard touchdown strike to Robinson for MOJO's first lead of the night at 14-7. Americas would not go quietly however, answering with a 57 yard scoring drive of their own to tie the game with 2:45 remaining. The Panthers responded with the play of the game on the ensuing possession. After two quick completions to Sam Wilkins on identical plays, Wood pump faked to Wilkins on a stop-and-go route and then hit him in stride for a 68 yard touchdown. Americas had one last desperate attempt to tie the game, but MOJO's defense held. Final score MOJO 21, Americas 14.
NEXT UP- The Panthers will host the El Paso Coronado Thunderbirds Friday, September 19th at Ratliff Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00pm CST.