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PANTHERS POUND TIMON TIGERS ON HOMECOMING
SEPTEMBER 15th- The Permian Panthers ended their non-district slate with a convincing 55-12 win over the Bishop Timon- St. Jude Tigers from Buffalo, New York.
Bishop Timon received the opening kick and promptly fumbled on their second play, with Permian's Preston Ellison recovering. MOJO cashed in the gift right away. Sophomore running back Ed Williams got his first varsity touchdown from 21 yards out to stake the Panthers a 7-0 lead. Bishop Timon answered with a 14-play, 67-yard scoring drive. Their two point try failed, leaving the Panthers up by a point. MOJO responded with a 12 play drive, capped by Homecoming King Kobe Robinson's four yard touchdown run. Jacob James' PAT made the score 14-6 as the second quarter began.
The Tigers stayed in the game by putting together a nine play scoring drive of their own, with their big quarterback Matt Myers toting the rock himself from 16 yards out. Another two-point conversion try failed, and Permian maintained a 14-12 lead.
That was as close as the Tigers would get. It only took the Panthers three plays to make it 21-12, with Steve Steen hitting Hunter Hawkins in stride for a 68 yard touchdown. From there the defense began to hit its stride. On the ensuing Bishop Timon possession, linebacker Matt Jones leaped up to grab an interception, setting up the Panthers in the red zone. Steen cashed it in on the very next play with a 17 yard touchdown run. James' PAT made the score 28-12 in favor of Permian.
After forcing another three-and-out, Robinson returned the Bishop Timon punt to the Tigers 24 yard line. Steen found paydirt again in one play, this time from 24-yards out. The Panthers went into the break with a 35-12 halftime lead.
The second half saw MOJO continue its domination. Permian received the second half kick and went on a seven play, 69 yard scoring drive capped by Williams' second touchdown run of the game. Desperation began to set in for Timon, and needing a score they went for it on fourth and four from their own 36 yard line. But the Panthers defense rose up again, setting up the offense with good field position. Permian answered with their third one-play touchdown drive of the game, with Brother Miller running it in from 36 yards. At that point the Panthers began to substitute liberally. Sophomore Toddrick Robinson picked off a Bishop Timon pass and returned it deep into Tiger territory. Two plays later, Williams would get his third touchdown of the game with a 17 yard run to end the third quarter. Neither team was able to find the endzone in the fourth quarter, and the game ended with Permian on top 55-12.
Ed Williams led all rushers with 126 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Kobe Robinson rushed for 62 yards and a score, and Steve Steen added 55 yards and two touchdowns. Hunter Hawkins led all receivers with 82 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Preston Ellison forced his second fumble in as many games. Toddrick Robinson and Matt Jones had interceptions. The win gives MOJO a 4-0 record.
SECOND HALF SLIP UPS SPELL DISASTER FOR MOJO
SEPTEMBER 23rd- Permian dropped their District 2-6A opener on Friday, as the Frenship Tigers rallied from an 18 point halftime deficit to defeat the Panthers 40-28 in Wolfforth.
The game started out as many had for the Panthers this season. Brother Miller got MOJO on the board first, taking a toss from Steve Steen and breaking several tackles on his way to a 27 yard touchdown. The first quarter ended with the Panthers up 7-0.
Frenship answered in the second quarter with a 13 yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers receiver failed to cover the ball, and Frenship recovered deep in Permian terrirtory. But the MOJO defense would stiffen, and Frenship settled for a 30 yard field goal and a 10-7 lead.
Miller struck again on the first play of the ensuing Permian drive, taking a swing pass from Steen and rumbling 74 yards down the sideline to paydirt. Jacob James' extra point made it 14-10. After a quick three-and-out from the defense, MOJO would shock the Tigers again. Sophomore Justin Hammond- subbing for the injured Kobe Robinson- took a pitchout from Steen and raced down the sideline for a 42 yard touchdown. The Panthers added another score two minutes later, with Steen capping a six-play, 56 yard drive with a one yard touchdown plunge. MOJO went into the break with a 28-10 lead.
The second half was a complete turnaround from the first. Frenship took the kick and returned it 79 yards to the Permian 19 yard line. The MOJO defense stiffened, forcing Frenship to settle for another field goal from 23 yards. Frenship would make the score 28-20 just three minutes later with a four-play, 68 yard touchdown drive. On the ensuing kick the Tigers reached into their bag of tricks, recovering an onside kick in Permian territory. Frenship moved 45 yards in six plays to get into the endzone again. The PAT failed, but just like that Permian had seen a 28-10 lead dwindle down to two points, and the Tigers had all the momentum.
Things would only get worse for the Panthers, as the offense continued to sputter and the defense began to tire. Frenship tacked on another score to take the lead after a five play, 62 yard drive. MOJO fumbled the ball away on their next possession, allowing the Tigers to drive the final nail in the coffin with a 19 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The game ended with Frenship on top 40-28.
Steve Steen ended the evening with eight completions for 152 yards and a touchdown. Steen added 42 yards and a score on the ground. Ed Williams led Permian with 62 yards on seven carries. Justin Hammond added 49 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Brother Miller had 159 total yards and two touchdowns. The loss drops Permian to 0-1 in District 2-6A (4-1 overall).
NEXT UP- After a bye week, the Panthers will host Midland High Friday, October 7th at Ratliff Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm. The JV Black team will host Lubbock Monterey Thursday, September 29th at Ratliff South Field. Freshman Black will host Lubbock Cooper at 5:00pm on Thursday.