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PANTHERS POUND FRENSHIP TIGERS IN DISTRICT OPENER
SEPTEMBER 29th– The Permian Panthers won their District 2-6A opener in dominating fashion, defeating the Frenship Tigers 66-14 at Ratliff Stadium.
MOJO imposed their will from the opening kickoff. Frenship got the ball to start the game but went nowhere. After a short punt by the Tigers, it only took three plays for the Panthers to go 40 yards for a score. Ed Williams busted loose for a 32 yard gain to get into scoring position, with Steve Steen finishing the drive on a one yard touchdown run. Carson Roberts' PAT made it 7-0 MOJO with just two minutes gone in the game.
After another quick three-and-out by the Tigers, Permian struck again quickly. Consecutive runs by Steen netted 25 yards, setting up a five yard touchdown run by Justin Hammond. 14-0 MOJO with 4:59 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers fumbled the ball on their next possession, with Tanner Adams recovering for the Panthers. MOJO put together a seven play, 55 yard drive capped by Steen’s second touchdown run of the night. The first quarter ended with Permian on top 21-0.
The MOJO defense continued to dominate in the second quarter. The Black Attack forced their second turnover of the game when Christian Tschauner picked off a Frenship pass at the 26 yard line. But the offense would stall, and Permian would settle for a 25 field goal by Roberts to make the score 24-0 in favor of the Panthers.
Frenship finally put together a drive midway through the second quarter, culminating with an 18 yard touchdown pass. The half ended with Permian on top 24-7.
The Panthers continued to have their way with the Tigers in the second half. Brother Miller took the opening kick and returned it to the Frenship 17 yard line. It only took three plays for Permian to cash in, with Williams scoring on a three yard run. Miller made his presence known again on the next MOJO possession, taking a pitch from Steen and rambling 62 yards up the sideline to paydirt.
Consecutive long runs by Williams and Hammond on MOJO’s next possession got the ball deep in Frenship territory. Steen finished the job from nine yards out for his third score of the night to make the score 52-7 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The defense would get into the act on the ensuing Frenship possession. Tanner Adams led the charge to stuff the Tigers running back behind the line, then stripped the ball and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. The third quarter ended with the score Permian 59, Frenship 7.
With the game well in hand, the Panthers began to substitute liberally. The results were the same however, as Mark Samaniego capped a three play drive with a 20 yard touchdown run. The Tigers finally got back in the endzone on an eight play scoring drive with 3:20 remaining the game. Frenship would get one more chance to score late, but the MOJO defense held them out of the endzone on the four yard line. Final score Permian 66, Frenship 14.
Ed Williams led all rushers with 177 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries. Steve Steen added 77 yards and three scores. Brother Miller and Justin Hammond had 62 and 54 yards, respectively. Steen was 6-of-9 for 70 yards through the air with Miller, Hammond, and Nakavioen White grabbing two catches apiece. Defensively Tanner Adams grabbed two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. Christian Tschauner and Ben Vore grabbed interceptions. Carson Roberts was 9-for-9 on PATs and kicked a 25 yard field goal. The win gives MOJO a 1-0 mark in District 2-6A (4-0 overall).
OCTOBER 13th– The Permian Panthers improved to 2-0 in District 2-6A (5-0 overall) with a 35-9 victory over the Midland Bulldogs.
Despite being heavy favorites in this game, the Panthers struggled a bit to get things going in the first half. Two promising first quarter drives ended in fumbles recovered by the Bulldogs. The MOJO defense was in fine form however, limiting Midland to a long field goal attempt that fell short on their first possession and a three-and-out on their next. The first quarter ended with both teams scoreless.
The second quarter found MOJO on the march. Steve Steen found Justin Hammond streaking down the far sideline for a 31 yard touchdown pass. Carson Roberts' PAT gave Permian a 7-0 lead.
Midland finally put together a drive as the second quarter was coming to a close. With just 10 seconds remaining the Bulldogs attempted a flea-flicker pass play on fourth down. Ben Vore was in position to knock the ball down, but the Bulldogs receiver caught the ball off the rebound and landed at the three yard line. Midland was forced to settle for a field goal, and the teams went into the halftime break with MOJO on top 7-3.
The Bulldogs got the ball to begin the second half, but the Black Attack defense shut them down quickly. After a short punt, Permian went on a 48 yard scoring drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Steen to Hammond from six yards out. The third quarter ended with Permian on top 14-3.
MOJO finally got the offense untracked in the fourth quarter. After another short Midland punt gave the Panthers good field position at the Bulldogs 43 yard line, Steen got the Panthers in scoring position with a 32 yard run. Ed Williams finished the drive a couple of plays later with a one yard touchdown run. The successful PAT gave Permian a 21-3 lead.
Midland would answer with a 7 play, 79 yard touchdown drive. But that would be it for the Bulldogs. The Panthers responded with an 82 yard scoring drive of their own. Williams-who had been bottled up by the Bulldogs all night– broke out for two big gains to get MOJO down to the Midland 12 yard line. From there, Brother Miller took a pitch from Steen and found clear sailing to the endzone. The score gave the Panthers a 28-9 lead with 3:56 remaining in the contest.
The defense came up big on the ensuing Midland possession. Facing third-and-long a Bulldogs pass was intercepted by Ben Vore, giving the Panthers possession at the 48 yard line. Steen and Williams took over from there, with Steen driving the final nail with a 27 yard touchdown run. Roberts PAT kick was true, and the Panthers were up 35-9 with a minute remaining.
Midland would get one more scoring opportunity, but their hopes were dashed when Rakeeb Adeyemi would grab his first interception of the year. The Panthers only had to snap the ball twice as the clock ran down. Final score Permian 35, Midland 9.
Steve Steen led all rushers with 164 yards and a score. Ed Williams added 93 yards and a touchdown. Brother Miller was the leading receiver for the Panthers with 47 yards on two receptions. Justin Hammond had two catches for 21 yards and two scores. Defensively, Ben Vore and Rakeeb Adeyemi had interceptions. Carson Roberts was perfect on all five extra point attempts. The win gives MOJO a 2-0 record in District 2-6A (5-0 overall).
On Thursday, the Permian subvarsity teams were 4-0 against their Midland counterparts. JV Black defeated Midland 44-7. JV White earned a 22-0 win over the Bulldogs. Both Permian freshman teams won their games.
NEXT UP: Permian hosts the Amarillo Tascosa Bulldogs for Homecoming Friday, October 20th. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm at Ratliff Stadium.
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