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MOJO REMAINS UNDEFEATED AFTER 31-21 WIN
SEPTEMBER 19th- The Permian Panthers moved to 4-0 on the season after their 31-21 victory over the El Paso Coronado Thunderbirds.
Early on it appeared as though the Panthers would run away with the game. On the second play from scrimmage, junior linebacker Josh Nguyen intercepted a T-Bird pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown and a quick 6-0 Permian lead. Brandon Bailey made the score 14-0 a few minutes later with a 70 yard touchdown run. After holding Coronado on the ensuing possession, MOJO increased their lead to 21-0 when Heath Wood connected with Taylor Thompson for a 43 yard touchdown.
As the second quarter began, the T-Birds finally got something going with the aid of an offsides penalty and a pass interference call on fourth and goal. A short run gave Coronado a touchdown to make the score 21-7. MOJO answered with an eight play, 62 yard drive capped by Bailey's second touchdown run of the night, this time from 13 yards out. After another Coronado touchdown, Wood led the Panthers into scoring range with back-to-back passes to Thompson. But a late hit after a short pass resulted in an injury to Wood's throwing shoulder. Dakoda Delao came in to make a 25 yard field goal, and the Panthers went into the break up 31-14.
The second half found both teams playing good defense, while trying to find consistency on offense. Coronado was able to score after a line-drive punt hit a Permian player, with the T- Birds recovering to gain possession on the MOJO three yard line. It only took one play for Coronado to cash it in, making the score 31-21. In the fourth quarter the T-Birds would go on one final drive to try to close the gap, but the MOJO defense rose up to force a fourth-and-goal from the nine yard line. Coronado elected to attempt a field goal. The kick drifted wide right, and the scoring threat was over. MOJO was able to run out the clock and secure the victory.
NEXT UP- MOJO celebrates Homecoming by hosting the Lubbock Coronado Mustangs. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm Friday, September 26th at Ratliff Stadium. JV teams travel to Lubbock on Thursday to play their Coronado counterparts at Lowrey Field. Freshmen will host Coronado at Permian's Wilkins Field.
GAME ENDING FIELD GOAL SPOILS MOJO HOMECOMING
SEPTEMBER 26th- The Permian Panthers lost their first game of the season in excruciating fashion, as a last-second 54 yard field goal gave the Lubbock Coronado Mustangs a 15-14 upset victory.
Despite playing without four key players due to injury the Panthers started out strong, forcing a three-and-out on the Mustangs' opening possession. The MOJO offense then answered with a quick eight play, 44 yard scoring drive capped by Brandon Bailey's one yard touchdown run. Dakoda Delao's extra point made the score 7-0 Permian barely two minutes into the game. After a Coronado field goal, the Panthers struck again with a 14 yard run from Bailey. The Mustangs hit another field goal as the second quarter ended, and MOJO went into the break with a 14-6 lead.
The second half started out as promising as the first for the Panthers, taking the kick and marching down field on eight straight running plays by Bailey and quarterback Trey Potter. But Potter threw his second interception of the night, and the drive stalled. That was as close as either team would get to scoring in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter found Coronado finally solving the Panthers defense with a 33 yard touchdown pass. Permian defensive back Des Smith intercepted the Mustangs' two point pass attempt, and the score remained 14-12 Permian. On the ensuing possession the Panthers would try to run out the clock with three consecutive running plays, but the Coronado defense held. Regaining possession with a little over a minute left, The Mustangs put together a short drive to get down to the Permian 37, where they set up for the final field goal attempt. As time expired the kick hit the goal post crossbar and bounced over, giving the Mustangs the miracle 15-14 victory.
The loss gives MOJO a 4-1 record going into their bye week. District play begins October 10th when the Panthers travel to Midland to take on the Lee Rebels (1-4).
On Thursday, the Permian Junior varsity Black defeated Coronado 20-3 in Lubbock. Freshman teams swept their Mustang counterparts. Freshman White won their game 10-6, while the Freshman Black squad squashed the Mustangs 44-12.