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NOVEMBER 8th- It was the best of times and the worst of times for the Permian Panthers as they ended the regular season with a thrilling 38-35 victory over Lubbock Coronado, but lost out on the final playoff spot on tiebreakers.
MOJO started out fast, building a quick 14-0 lead on the arm of Heath Wood and the running of Trey Potter. Wood connected with Dylan Hooper for a 17 yard touchdown pass. Then after Wood was shaken up on the next drive Potter came in to the lead the Panthers down the field, ending the drive with an eight yard TD run. The Mustangs would not lay down however, as they turned a Permian turnover into a touchdown to begin the second quarter. Coronado tied it up on the first play of their next possession with a 77 yard touchdown run. With Wood back in the game, MOJO went on an 11 play, 64 yard drive capped by a one yard quarterback keeper for the score. Permian went into the locker room with a 21-14 lead.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair. The Mustangs cashed in on another Panthers turnover to tie the game at 21-21. MOJO responded with a touchdown run by Mikorban Fields. The PAT was no good,but the Panthers were on top 27-21 going into the fourth quarter.
Coronado stunned the home crowd in the final period by scoring two quick touchdowns. With a 35-27 Mustangs lead and two minutes remaining, the stage was set for the thrilling finish. Wood capped a 67 yard drive by hitting Fields for a touchdown from 37 yards out. Needing to convert a two point try to tie the game, MOJO lined up in the Wild Panther formation with Fields as the quarterback. With the Coronado defense expecting him to keep the ball, Fields faked into the line, then pulled up to throw a jump pass to a wide-open Paul Porras. MOJO had tied the game at 35-35, and it looked like overtime was looming. But on the ensuing kickoff the Mustangs receiver fumbled the ball, and MOJO recovered. With the clock winding down, the Panthers had just enough time to line up for a game winning field goal try. Barron Becker's kick was true, and MOJO secured an exciting 38-35 win.
The win gave the Panthers a 4-4 record in District 2-5A. Needing a loss by Midland High to gain the final spot, Permian's victory celebration was short-lived when the news came down that the Bulldogs had pulled off a two-point win over Abilene. With Midland's win, Odessa High won the tiebreaker and the final playoff spot.
The 2013 season was a challenging one for new head coach Blake Feldt and his staff but the team ended the season on a high note, and the fact that MOJO was in position to make the playoffs speaks volumes about the progress that was made. With a roster full of juniors and sophomores playing key roles, the Panthers will have a good nucleus of experienced players returning for the 2014 season. RESPECT OUR PAST- FEAR OUR FUTURE!
NOVEMBER 1st- The Permian Panthers fell to the Midland Lee Rebels 42-21 on Friday.
Permian came into the game hoping to build momentum after their upset win over Abilene Cooper last week. Midland Lee had other plans however, as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their first possession. The Panthers responded with a 43 yard touchdown pass from Heath Wood to Malik Shinsako. The Rebels made it 14-7 with an 85 yard drive to end the first quarter. The teams each added a touchdown in the second quarter, and the Panthers went into the break down 21-14.
The second half belonged to the district leading Rebels. A 12 play, 82 yard touchdown drive by Midland Lee was the only scoring in the third quarter. The fourth quarter found the Rebels increasing their lead with two more touchdowns. The Panthers ended the scoring late in the game when Mikorban Fields bulled in from two yards out for the final 42-21 score.
In spite of the loss, Permian is in fairly good shape to make the playoffs with one game remaining. A win against Lubbock Coronado at Ratliff, coupled with an Abilene win over Midland, will give the Panthers the final playoff spot.
On Thursday, the JV White team avenged their only loss of the season with a 40-34 win over Midland Lee Silver. JV Black fell to Lee Maroon 62-14. The Freshman White team got their second win of the year with a 12-8 win over Abilene Gold. Freshman Black remained undefeated on the year with a 38-30 win over Abilene Black.
NEXT UP- The Panthers host the Lubbock Coronado Mustangs Friday, November 8th. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm at Ratliff Stadium. On Thursday the JV teams will take on the Coronado JV in Lubbock, while freshman teams host Odessa High at Permian's John Wilkins Field. Go to the CALENDAR PAGE for game info.