NOVEMBER 15th, 2019- The Permian Panthers are moving on to the Area round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs after their 48-13 win over the El Paso Franklin Cougars. With the win MOJO avenged an earlier loss to the Cougars in Week Two of the season.
Franklin received the opening kick and moved down the field all the way to Permian’s 20-yard line. But the promising drive for the Cougars would stall, and Franklin turned the ball over on downs.
Permian turned the opportunity into an 11 play, 80 yard drive that ended in a one yard touchdown run by Terran Limuel. The Panthers had an early 7-0 lead.
Franklin managed to answer on their ensuing possession with a 45 yard touchdown pass, tying things up at 7-7 as the first quarter was winding down.
The Permian offense didn’t take long to respond. After a 20-yard kickoff return to the Permian 40 yard line, Rose helped the Panthers bring the ball down field with a 14 yard run. Easton Hernandez followed with runs of 12 and 19 yards. Hernandez then capped the drive with a one yard run to go in front for good at 14-7 with 11:13 left in the second quarter.
The Black Attack defense forced Franklin to punt for the first time on the Cougars’ next offensive series. The Panthers offense went right back to work with a seven play, 90 yard scoring drive. Rose scored on a 21-yard run to finish the drive. The Carson Roberts PAT gave Permian a 21-7 advantage midway through the second quarter.
Permian was able to capitalize on another turnover on downs by marching 68 yards in five plays, with another short touchdown run by Hernandez. MOJO went into the halftime break on top 28-7.
The Panthers began the second half the same as the first, scoring on a six yard run by Hernandez to give the Panthers a 35-7 lead with 8:20 left in the third quarter.
After forcing the Cougars to punt again, the Panthers put together another scoring drive. Carson Roberts nailed his first of two field goals to give MOJO a 38-7 lead as the third quarter came to a close.
Brian Mahaffey got into the act on the next Permian possession, going around the left end untouched for a 65 yard touchdown. The score gave Permian a 45-7 lead with 7:25 remaining in the game.
With the Panthers substituting liberally on defense, the Cougars managed to put another score on the board with an 18 yard touchdown pass. The PAT was no good, making the score 45-13 Permian.
Tha Panthers ended the scoring on their next possession with a 20 yard field goal by Roberts. Final score Permian Panthers 48, Franklin Cougars 13.
Easton Hernandez had another brilliant game for Permian with 160 total yards and three touchdowns. Malachi Medlock and Terran Limuel gave the Panthers three 100 yard rushers with 111 and 110 yards, respectively. Alex Rose contributed 85 yards on the ground, with Brian Mahaffey adding 66 yards and a score. The 584 yards rushing set a new team rushing record (old record 522 yards vs El Paso Coronado 2017). The win gives MOJO a 7-4 record overall.
After a month-long delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak, football finally returns to the Permian Basin. The Panthers will take the field on September 7th to begin preparing for the 2020 football season. The first four days of drills will be in shorts and helmets only, with full pad workouts beginning on Friday September 11th.
Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought on by the outbreak of COVID-19, MOJO Media Day as well as the Watermelon Feed have been cancelled.
On Thursday September 17th the Panthers will travel to the Panhandle to meet the Amarillo Sandies in a controlled scrimmage at Dick Bivins Stadium. JV teams are set to begin at 4:30PM, with the Varsity taking the field at 6:00PM.
MOJO will kick off the regular season on Thursday, September 24th at home vs the Abilene Cooper Cougars. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm at Ratliff Stadium. The game will be livestreamed over the internet. LIVESTREAM LINK