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PERMIAN PANTHERS vs EL PASO FRANKLIN COUGARS
Bi-District Playoffs Friday, November 15th 7:00pm Ratliff Stadium GAMEDAY CENTRAL
PERMIAN TAKES DISTRICT TITLE FROM MIDLAND LEE
PERMIAN FALLS TO THE FRENSHIP TIGERS
NOVEMBER 1st- The Permian Panthers saw their five game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Frenship Tigers on Friday, falling 24-13 at Peoples Bank Stadium in Wolfforth.
Coming into the game MOJO hoped to play well from the start, which hasn't always been the case in Wolfforth. Unfortunately it wouldn't be very long before the Panthers found themselves in trouble.
On a third down on the opening drive it appeared the Tigers jumped offsides, prompting MOJO to snap the ball. But the infraction was missed, and Permian had to punt.
After the punt the defense had trouble containing the Tigers’ explosive offense. Frenship used a six-play, 58 yard drive that was capped by a 29-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers on the board with 8:02 left in the first quarter.
Permian’s offense tried to get something going on their next possession but Easton Hernandez was sacked on fourth down, forcing the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs.
Frenship’s offense managed to work the ball down field quickly but the Black Attack defense stiffened, forcing the Tigers to settle for a 25-yard fieldgoal. The kick extended the Tigers’ lead to 10-0 with 1:59 left in the first quarter.
MOJO managed to get something going on its next drive, resulting in a 33-yard field goal by Carson Roberts. The score was 10-3 Frenship with 8:44 left in the first half.
Frenship missed a field goal on their next possession, but it didn’t take long for them to get the ball back. A deflected Permian pass was picked off and returned to the Permian one yard line. The Tigers punched it in to the end zone to build a 17-3 lead.
Permian punted the ball again on its next drive, and Frenship struck quickly with a 44-yard touchdown pass to build a 24-3 lead at the half.
Permian managed to respond in the second half with another 33-yard field goal from Roberts late in the third quarter and on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Harper Terry to Terran Limuel with 6:01 remaining in the game.
But Permian’s momentum would run out as the Tigers managed to keep the ball away from the Panthers and drain the remaining time off the clock. Final score Frenship 24, Permian 13.
The loss drops Permian to 5-4 on the season, 3-1 in District 2-6A. Frenship sits at 7-2, 3-1. In spite of the loss the Panthers can still grab a share of the District 2-6A title with a win vs Midland Lee.
Malachi Medlock led all rushers with 104 yards on 22 carries. Easton Hernandez added 47 yards, with Harper Terry contributing 39 yards on eight carries. Terran Limuel made the one pass completion for 42 yards and a TD.
On Thursday the Permian subvarsity teams MOJO Freshman Black 26, Frenship 7. MOJO Freshman White 40, Frenship 15.
NOVEMBER 8th- The Permian Panthers knocked their old rivals Midland Lee from the unbeaten ranks and grabbed the District 2-6A championship on Friday in the Rivalry at Ratliff.
The result gives Permian the district’s number one seed in the Class 6A Division I bracket and the right to host its bi-district game against El Paso Franklin at Ratliff Stadium.
The Panthers received the opening kick but got off to a slow start as they were forced to punt on their opening drive of the game.
The Rebels on the other hand didn’t waste any time getting their offense rolling, putting together a six-play, 73-yard scoring drive capped off by a seven yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt by was no good, giving the Rebels a 6-0 lead with 8:23 left in the first quarter.
MOJO managed to find their footing on the second offensive series of the night. The Panthers drove 75 yards down the field in 12 plays, capped off with an 18 yard touchdown on a perfectly executed double reverse pass play from Alex Rose to quarterback Easton Hernandez. The Carson Roberts PAT gave Permian a 7-6 lead.
The Black Attack defense managed to force the Rebels to go punt as the first quarter came to a close. The Panthers took advantage of the Rebels’ three-and-out, going on a five-play, 81-yard scoring drive. Hernandez connected with Terran Limuel in the back of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown, giving the Panthers a 14-6 lead with 11:09 left in the second quarter.
Lee’s offense had a quick response with a touchdown pass on their ensuing drive. But PAT troubles continued as Lee missed the extra point again, trailing 14-12 with 9:28 left in the second quarter.
Permian managed to milk time off the clock and increase their lead on of its next drive. Malachi Medlock scored on a three yard run to give the Panthers a 21-12 lead with 3:58 remaining in the first half. The drive burned more than six minutes off the clock as MOJO drove 65 yards in 11 plays.
The Lee offense put together its third scoring drive of the night, scoring on a one yard run to cap a six play drive that covered 80 yards. The Rebels attempted a two point conversion to make it a one-point game but came up short, leaving Permian with a 21-18 lead at the half.
Receiving the second half kick, the Rebels got the lead back with a 14 play, 82 yard scoring drive. The successful PAT gave Lee a 25-21 lead.
Hernandez stunned the Rebels on the next Permian possession. Faking a pitch to the right side, Hernandez wheeled and took off right up the middle of the Rebel defense to score from 60 yards out. Roberts hit the PAT to regain the lead for MOJO 28-25.
The Panthers stretched the lead to 10 points a few minutes later, with Hernandez hitting Amarion Garrett on a 45 yard pass down to the Rebel's one yard line. Hernandez finished the drive with a touchdown run on the next play to increase the lead to 35-25 MOJO going into the fourth quarter.
The Rebels scored on a one yard touchdown run with 10:08 left in the game to pull to within three points at 35-32. MOJO answered with another clock draining drive, with Hernandez scoring on a 27 yard run for a 42-32 advantage with 2:12 left in the game.
But the Rebels would not go quietly, scoring in less than a minute on a 16-yard pass with 1:29 left. The Rebels lined up for an onside kick and came close to recovering, but the Lee defender grabbed the ball before it had gone the necessary 10 yards.
The Rebels had one last chance when Permian was forced to punt with 23 seconds remaining. But Lee’s desperation Nail Mary pass as time expired fell incomplete, and the Permian celebration began. Final score MOJO 42, Midland Lee 39.
Easton Hernandez led all rushers with 149 yards and three touchdowns. Terran Limuel added 55 yards on six carries, with Alex Rose gaining 41 yards on the ground. Hernandez completed eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown to Limuel. Rose also threw for a touchdown. Amarion Garret was the leading receiver with three ctaches for 66 yards. The win gives MOJO a 4-1 record in district (6-4 overall) and a share of the district title.
On Thursday the MOJO subvarsity teams swept their Midland Lee counterparts. MOJO JV Black 26, Lee 21; MOJO JV White 14, Lee 3; MOJO Freshman Black 47, Lee 7; MOJO Freshman White 18, Lee 16.
NEXT UP- The Panthers host the El Paso Franklin Cougars in the Bi-District round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs. Game time is set for 7:00pm Friday, November 15th at Ratliff Stadium.