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MOJO LOSES BY ONE FOR SECOND WEEK IN A ROW
OCTOBER 14th- The Panthers fell by a single point for the second week in a row, losing to Amarillo Tascosa 21-20 on Friday.
The Panthers opened the game with a 7-play drive before fumbling the ball away at the Tascosa 22 yard line. Slot receiver Brother Miller was injured on the play, and did not return to the game. The Rebels were unable to move the ball however, and the MOJO defense forced Tascosa to punt the ball away. The Panthers were back on offense, but a pitch was mishandled on the first snap and the Rebels recovered the ball again at the Permian 20. This time, Tascosa punched it in the endzone to take an early 7-0 lead late in the quarter.
MOJO answered on the next possession with a 19 yard field goal by Jacob James. After a defensive stop, the Panthers put together a six play, 79 yard drive highlighted by a 73 yard catch and run pass from Steve Steen to Hunter Hawkins. Ed Williams finished the drive with a short touchdown run. Another James field goal at the end of the half gave MOJO a 13-7 lead going into the break.
Tascosa received the second half kick and burned up half of the third quarter clock with a 14 play, 75 yard scoring drive to retake the lead at 14-13. The Rebels would cough up the ball at their own 37-yard line on their next possession, with Permian recovering. MOJO used the remainder of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to convert the gift into points. Steen capped off the drive with a short touchdown run to give the Panthers a 20-14 lead.
The MOJO defense came up with a huge play on the following Tascosa possession, stopping an attempt to convert on fourth down. Permian took possession on their own 29 yard line but was forced to punt the ball away after a short drive. The punt pinned the Rebels at their own nine yard line with a little over two minutes remaining.
Tascosa marched the ball near midfield before busting loose on a 32 yard reverse. From there the Tascosa quarterback hooked up with his receiver for a 33 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 20-20. The extra point was good, giving the Rebels a 21-20 lead. Permian had one last chance to get into field goal range, but the Hail Mary pass was intercepted at the two yard line as time expired. Final score Tascosa 21, Permian 20.
Steve Steen ended the night with 161 yards passing, and led the Panthers on the ground with 105 yards and a score. Ed Williams added 52 yards and a touchdown. Cody Woods ran four times for 30 yards. Hunter Hawkins had two receptions for 120 yards.
NEXT UP- The Panthers host 7th ranked San Angelo Central Friday, October 21st. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm at Ratliff Stadium.
OCTOBER 7th- The Panthers fell to 0-2 in the District 2-6A standings after a 49-48 loss to Midland High at Ratliff Stadium on Friday. In a high scoring back-and-forth game, it was a blocked extra point try that ultimately accounted for the final margin.
Midland showed off their quick strike capabilities early, with a long touchdown pass on their second play of the game. Permian responded with a 12 play, 74 yard scoring drive capped by Steve Steen's 10 yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7. Midland struck again quickly with a 49 yard catch-and-run of a screen pass. MOJO's offense stalled on their next series but linebacker Herb Anderson gave them another chance a few plays later, stepping in front of a Midland pass and returning it to the Bulldog seven yard line. Ed Williams cashed it in two plays later with a four yard touchdown run. The first quarter ended with the teams tied at 14 points apiece.
Permian grabbed their first lead of the game in the second quarter with an eight play, 67 yard scoring drive. Williams got his second score of the game from four yards out. Midland marched down the field in six plays to score again, and the teams went into the break knotted up at 21-21.
The Panthers and Bulldogs traded blows in the third quarter, with neither team finding the endzone. The final period was a different story. Facing 4th down and five yards to go Permian executed a fake punt, with Tanner Adams taking the snap and rumbling for 27 yards. Steen finished the drive from eight yards out, and Permian was back on top 28-21. MOJO caught another break on the ensuing kickoff when Midland's return man misplayed the ball. Permian pounced on the loose pigskin, setting up the offense deep in Bulldog territory. Steen got his third touchdown run of the game two plays later, and just like that Permian had a 35-21 lead.
Despite the sudden turn of events, the Bulldogs would not go quietly. Midland scored on consecutive long touchdown passes to tie the game once again. MOJO answered in dramatic fashion. Brother Miller took the ensuing kick and rambled 100 yards to paydirt, and Permian once again held the lead at 42-35. After another fumbled kickoff by the Bulldogs, Williams scored his third touchdown of the evening to seemingly put the game out of reach. But the point after try was blocked, leaving the score 48-35.
Midland took the ball and marched down the field quickly to pull back to within one score. With a little over two minutes remaining, Permian simply needed to run out the clock. But a fumble at the 39 yard line was recovered by the Bulldogs. Midland scored with 29 seconds remaining, and the successful PAT gave them a one point lead. The Panthers had one more chance to get into field goal range, but their final pass fell incomplete. Final Midland 49, Permian 48.
Ed Williams led all rushers with 140 yards and three touchdowns. Steve Steen added 106 yards and three scores. Brother Miller had two receptions for 22 yards, and scored on a 100 yard kickoff return. Herb Anderson grabbed an interception for the defense. The loss leaves Permian with an 0-2 district record.
NEXT UP- MOJO travels to Amarillo to take on the Tascosa Rebels Friday, October 14th. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm at Dick Bivins Stadium. GAMEDAY CENTRAL