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Class 6A Division I Area Playoffs Friday, November 24th 3:30pm UTA Maverick Stadium GAMEDAY CENTRAL
PANTHERS ROAST THE CORONADO THUNDERBIRDS
PERMIAN PANTHERS ROUT RIVAL LEE REBELS
NOVEMBER 10th– The Permian Panthers earned the top seed in 2-6A Division I with a convincing 42-7 victory over the Midland Lee Rebels.
Early on it appeared as though the game would be a tight one. Permian took the opening kickoff and held the ball for most of the first quarter, but the offense eventually stalled. After a short punt, Lee put together an eight play, 81 yard touchdown drive. The first quarter ended with the Rebels on top 7-0.
Permian answered in the second quarter with a 12 play, 75 yard scoring drive. Ed Williams got the touchdown from three yards out to tie the game at 7-7.
There was controversy on the ensuing kickoff, as the Lee receiver muffed the kickoff and then attempted to return the ball out of the endzone. The Panthers tackled the runner in the endzone for an apparent safety, which was initially signaled as such by the referee. But after the officials huddled for a conference the call was changed to a touchback, and the points came off the score board.
The Rebels took possession of the ball at their own 25. The Permian defense made sure they went nowhere however, and Lee was forced to punt. MOJO got the ball back and promptly went on an eight play, 60 yard drive that culminated in a nice one-handed pass reception by Keshawn Jones. The Panthers went into the halftime break on top 14-7.
Permian took control of the game in the second half. On their first possession of the third quarter, Steve Steen would connect with a wide-open Brother Miller on a 50 yard touchdown strike. Carson Roberts’ PAT made it 21-7 Permian. Safety Seth Higdon set the Panthers up with great field position just a minute later, intercepting a Rebel pass at the 29 yard line. The Permian air attack struck again quickly, with Steen hitting Zach Jaquez from six yards out to make good on the turnover. Justin Hammond would get into the act on the next Panthers possession, scoring on a 21 yard touchdown run. The third quarter ended with MOJO leading 35-7.
With MOJO’s Black Attack defense playing lights out, Midland Lee was forced to turn the ball over on downs midway through the fourth quarter. Steen led the Panthers on their final scoring march of the game, finishing the drive with a seven yard touchdown run. Final score Permian 42, Midland Lee 7.
Steve Steen led all rushers with 116 yards and a touchdown. Steen also passed for 69 yards and three touchdowns. Ed Williams ran for 110 yards and a score. Justin Hammond added 81 yards and a touchdown. Brother Miller scored on a 50 yard reception, with Keshawn Jones and Zach Jaquez adding touchdown receptions. Defensively, Seth Higdon grabbed an interception.
MOJO 42, MIDLAND LEE STATISTICS
NOVEMBER 17th- The Permian Panthers advanced to the second round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs with their 50-17 victory over the El Paso Coronado Thunderbirds.
Despite being big underdogs coming into the game, the visiting T-Birds made it interesting early. After stopping the Panthers on their opening possession, Coronado would get on the board first with a long touchdown pass after a quarterback scramble. The first quarter ended with the T-Birds leading 7-0.
Permian answered in the second quarter with a 12 play, 75 yard drive. Ed Williams got the touchdown from five yards out to tie the game at 7-7. Coronado would answer with a long drive before the MOJO defense stiffened at the 18 yard line. The T-Birds settled for a field goal to go up 10-7.
After a 41 yard kickoff return by Brother Miller, Permian retook the lead on a 12 play, 59 yard scoring drive. Williams got his second score of the game from three yards out. The Carson Roberts PAT was good, and the Panthers went into the break on top 14-10.
The second half was all MOJO. After forcing Coronado to punt on their opening possession of the third quarter, Permian took control of the game in two plays. Justin Hammond busted loose for a 35 yard gain, then Williams scored his third touchdown of the game with a 33 yard touchdown run. Williams would get back in the endzone even faster on the next Permian possession. The junior runningback busted up the middle for 65 yards on first down, then finished the drive with a six yard touchdown run. The Roberts PAT made the score 28-10 Permian midway through the third quarter.
Coronado went on a 70 yard scoring drive on their next possession, closing the gap to 28-17. That was as close as they would get however, as MOJO responded with a pair of field goals to go up 34-17 early in the fourth quarter.
From there MOJO's Black Attack defense took over. Tanner Adams sacked the Coronado quarterback in the endzone for a safety to make the score 36-17. The defense posted another score when Preston Ellison stepped in front of a T-Bird pass and returned it 35 yards for the score. Roberts' PAT gave MOJO a 43-17 advantage with 8:18 remaining.
With the game in hand Permian substituted liberally, but with similar results. Mark Samaniego would get the Panthers into scoring position with two runs for 40 yards. Kaden Horrell finished the drive with a three yard touchdown run. The game ended with the final score MOJO 50, Coronado 17.
Ed Williams had a career night with 290 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries. Steve Steen rushed for 76 yards, and Mark Samaniego added 45 yards. Steen threw for 30 yards on three completions. Defensively, Preston Ellison and Rakeeb Adeyemi had interceptions. Tanner Adams forced a safety. The win gives MOJO a 9-1 record on the season.
NEXT UP: MOJO travels to face the Arlington Martin Warriors in the Area round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs. 3:30pm Friday, November 24th at UTA Maverick Stadium. GAMEDAY CENTRAL
MOJO 50, CORONADO 17 STATISTICS