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PERMIAN POWERS PAST TASCOSA 49-28
TEXAS CLASS 6A DIVISION 1 REGIONAL PLAYOFFS
NOVEMBER 22nd- The Permian Panthers scored 42 unanswered points to defeat the Amarillo Tascosa Rebels 49-28 in the Area round of the Class 6A playoffs.
The game was a tale of two halves. Tascosa's offense came out firing on all cylinders, controlling the line of scrimmage and scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions. Meanwhile Permian's first three series failed to produce, and the Rebels jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead. MOJO finally caught a break on the next Rebel possession when an errant pitch was recovered by Robby Washington on the Rebel's 25 yard line. Heath Wood connected with Jack Fawcett on a 24 yard touchdown strike, making the score 21-7 through the first 12 minutes.
Tascosa opened the second quarter with a 14 play, 80 yard scoring drive to regain their 21 point lead. The Panthers responded with a touchdown of their own, with Brandon Bailey finding the endzone from six yards out. Permian headed into the break down 28-14.
The second half was all MOJO, as the Panthers reeled off 35 unanswered points in the final half. The defense got things going when Des Smith forced a Tascosa fumble. After passes to Kobe Robinson and Dexter Neboh got them inside the redzone, Wood kept the ball on a zone read and rambled in from 16 yards out. Dakoda Delao's PAT pulled the Panthers to within seven points. On the ensuing possession the Panthers forced a three and out, and then Washington got a hand on the Rebel punt to set up the Panthers on the 39 yard line. From there Bailey streaked past defenders on two carries to set up Robinson's two yard touchdown run, and just like that the game was tied at 28-28 with momentum squarely back on the Black side.
Another Tascosa fumble was recovered by Angel Gonzales on the Tascosa 30 yard line, setting the Panthers up within striking distance as the third quarter ended. Bailey began the quarter with a five yard TD run to give MOJO their first lead of the game at 35-28. Tascosa would respond with a 13 play drive, but on fourth down and two yards to go Josh Nguyen timed a blitz perfectly to snuff out the threat on the Permian 11 yard line. From there Wood found a streaking Robinson for a 66 yard catch-and-run touchdown. Bailey would add a 36 yard scoring run to ice the game with two minutes left to play. Final score MOJO 49, Tascosa 28.
Brandon Bailey ended the afternoon with 299 yards and three scores, breaking the Permian playoff record for rushing yards. Kobe Robinson led all receivers with 86 yards and two touchdowns. Heath Wood threw for 143 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another. On defense Taran Butler grabbed an interception with Jax Welch, Angel Gonzales, and Robby Washington recovering fumbles.
NEXT UP- Permian advances to the Regional round to play the Euless Trinity Trojans. Kickoff is set for 6:00pm Friday, November 28th at Pennington Field in Bedford.
PERMIAN PANTHERS vs EULESS TRINITY TROJANS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28th 6:00PM PENNINGTON FIELD