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PERMIAN PANTHERS AT ABILENE EAGLES
NO MORE LEE! MOJO WINS 55-44
TURNOVERS TRIP UP MOJO VS TASCOSA
OCTOBER 9th- Too many turnovers proved to be too much to overcome for the Permian Panthers as they fell 40-18 to the Amarillo Tascosa Rebels on Friday.
MOJO threw four interceptions in the game, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Tascosa in the first half. A kickoff return for a touchdown when it appeared the Panthers had turned things around also proved disastrous in the loss.
Neither team was able to convert on their first drives and were forced to punt. Tascosa’s punt, however, pinned Permian inside the 10 yard line. The Rebels took advantage when the Rebels intercepted a Harper Terry pass out of the end zone and returned it two yards for a touchdown. Tascosa's Major Everhart added a run on the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
The Rebels triple-option offense took control in the second quarter, moving the ball down the field on a 14 play, 80 yard drive. The drive was capped by a nine yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was missed, but the Rebels were up 14-0 with 5:47 left to go before halftime.
Tascosa added a second defensive score on the ensuing Permian drive when they returned another interception 60 yards for a score.
Permian finally got on the board when Harper Terry connected with Shy Stephens-Deary for a 25 yard touchdown pass at the end of the half. The Panthers went into the break down 21-6.
Tascosa added a 21 yard touchdown run on Tascosa’s opening drive of the second half to increase their lead. Stephens-Deary caught a 31 yard touchdown pass in the second half and Terry connected with Cade Tschauner on a nine yard touchdown pass on the final play of the third quarter.
Just when it looked like MOJO had grabbed the momentum, the Rebels delivered the knockout punch on the ensuing kick with Everhart’s 95 yard return for a touchdown. The game ended with Permian on the wrong end of a 40-18 score.
Terran Limuel led the Panthers with 71 yard on eight carries. Rodney Hall added 62 yards, and Harper Terry had 54. Shy Stephens-Deary was the leading receiver with 66 yards and two touchdowns. Cade Tschauner had two receptions and a touchdown. With the loss, the Panthers are 2-1 on the season.
OCTOBER 16th-Permian stunned Midland Lee with 29 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat the Rebels 55-44 in the District 2-6A opener for both teams at Ratliff Stadium.
MOJO quarterback Harper Terry sparked the big-play attack, rushing 10 times for 173 yards and four touchdowns. Terry also threw a pair of long TD passes, including a 70 yard strike to ShyStephens-Deary, that gave the Panthers the lead for good.
Permian got on the board first, as Terry threw a deep pass to Terran Limuel for a 33-yard touchdown reception on a third-and 15.
The Panthers had an opportunity to go ahead two scores, recovering a Lee fumble on the ensuing kickoff. But six plays later, Permian was unable to get off a 24-yard field goal attempt. Terry retrieved a bad snap but threw an incomplete pass toward the end zone after evading Rebel defenders.
The Rebels finally snapped the ball for the first time at the 3:50 mark of the first quarter, and turned the possession into points by scoring on a four yard run, tying the contest at 7-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Limuel broke free on a 67 yard kickoff return. Permian cashed it in when Lucas Salazar took a pitch from Terry and scored on a 29 yard run. MOJO missed the PAT but led 13-7.
The Rebels responded with a 52-yard kickoff return of their own. Lee took advantage with a nine yard touchdown run, pushing Lee ahead 14-13 with 8:51 in the second.
Lee followed with a surprise onside kick attempt that sailed out of bounds before traveling ten yards. The Panthers capitalized on the short field, with Terry scoring on a 14 yard keeper to retake the lead with 6:39 remaining in the second.
Later in the second, Lee stopped Permian on a fourth-and-1 run play at the Panther 45-yard line. With a short field, the Rebels turned the stop into points with a 36-yard field goal. Permian went into halftime with a 20-17 advantage.
Coming out of the break the Rebels appeared to take control of the game, engineering a scoring drive with a go ahead 13-yard TD pass. Lee added to its lead on the following possession, capping a 49 yard drive with a two yard touchdown. The Rebels’ led 31-20 and seemed to have all the momentum.
Needing a spark, Terry provided the Panthers just that on its ensuing possession when he broke away for a 75-yard scoring run, cutting the deficit to 31-26.
The game turned into a track meet when the Rebels answered Terry’s score when they scored on a 69 yard run that lifted Lee to a 38-26 lead with 4:36 reamining in the third quarter.
The turning point happened on Lee’s next possession when Peyton Sharp blocked a punt to set the Panthers up with prime field position. Permian took advantage when Tristan Johnson dove ahead for a two yard touchdown run, cutting the deficit to 38-33 with 11:57 to play.
That was the start of a 29 point barrage in the fourth quarter for the Panthers, which included a 70 yard touchdown pass to Deary, and touchdown runs of 42 yards and 25 yards from Terry. Lee would add one more score but it was too little, too late. MOJO took home the 55-44 victory.
Senior quarterback Harper Terry led the way for MOJO with 282 total yards and accounted for six touchdowns. Tristan Johnson rushed for 69 yards and a score. Shy Stephens-Deary, Terran Limuel, and Lucas Salazar also scored for the Panthers. The win gives MOJO a 1-0 district mark (3-1 overall).
NEXT UP- Permian heads to Abilene to take on the Eagles (0-1, 0-4). Kickoff is set for Friday, October 23rd at Shotwell Stadium. GAMEDAY CENTRAL