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2020 2-6A ALL DISTRICT FOOTBALL TEAM
PERMIAN'S SEASON ENDS IN ABILENE
PANTHERS CRUISE PAST THE COUGARS
DECEMBER 11th- The Permian Panthers advanced to the Class 6A Division I Area round of the playoffs with their 37-26 victory over the El Paso Franklin Cougars on Friday.
MOJO scored 30 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to build a 37-14 lead going into the fourth quarter. That was enough to hold off a late rally by the Cougars.
Permian will play Southlake Carroll at 4:00pm December 18th at ACU's Wildcat Stadium in Abilene. The Dragons advanced with a 49-14 victory against the Haltom Buffaloes.
MOJO started off hot on offense, driving down to the redzone with long runs from Lucas Salazar and Shy Stephens-Deary. But Franklin stymied the drive with an interception on the three yard line, then proceeded to march 97 yards to get on the board. Franklin had an early 7-0 lead.
MOJO responded with a four-play, 57 yard drive capped by a 21 yard touchdown pass from Harper Terry to Stephens-Deary. The touchdown- Deary's 18th of the year- broke the Permian record for receiving touchdowns formerly held by Roy Williams. The PAT was no good, and the score was 7-6 Franklin in the second quarter.
The Black Attack defense set up the offense nicely on the next Cougar possession, as sophomore corner Jaydyn Pruitt picked off a Franklin pass and returned it to the 10 yard line. Terry pushed the ball across four plays later, and the successful two point conversion gave MOJO a 14-7 lead.
Franklin gave Permian another gift on the next series. Forced to punt, the Cougars' kicker bobbled the snap before punting the ball right into the Permian rushers. With first and 10 at the Franklin 13 yard line, it only took three plays for Andy Castillo to find the endzone to give MOJO a 20-7 lead with 3:24 remaining in the half.
The Panthers got tricky on their next possession, as Kayden Baze took a fake punt for 11 yards and a first down. Hayden Kidd added a 23 yard field goal to give MOJO a 23-7 lead going into the break.
The third quarter saw the teams trading scores. Harper Terry busted a 46 yard run up the middle, then capped the drive with a one yard touchdown plunge. Franklin answered with a long touchdown pass to make the score 30-14 with 5:48 remaining in the third. Permian ended the period with a 70 yard drive capped by Tristan Johnson's one yard touchdown. The third quarter ended with MOJO on top 37-14.
Franklin made the game interesting with a pair of quick scores in the final period. After a controverial touchdown reception where it appeared the receiver was clearly out of bounds, the Cougars recovered the ensuing onside kick. From there the Cougars put together a 47 yard scoring drive to pull to within 11 points at 37-26.
That would be as close as the Cougars would get, as Permian was able to take their final possession down the field and run out the clock. The game ended with MOJO kneeling on the ball to take home the 37-26 victory.
Harper Terry led the Panthers on the ground with 107 yards and two scores. Lucas Salazar added 44 yards, and Andy Castillo had 26 yards and a touchdown. Terry threw for 111 yards and a touchdown, and Zack Wheeler completed one pass for 23 yards. Shy Stephens-Deary was the leading receiver with five catches for 59 yards and a score. Defensively Jaydyn Pruitt grabbed an interception. The win gives MOJO an 8-2 record.
DECEMBER 18th- The Permian Panthers saw their 2020 season come to an end with a 38-7 loss to Southlake Carroll in the Area round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs Friday.
The Dragons (9-1) advanced to face Arlington Martin in the Regional quarterfinals at Globe Life Park on December 24th. The Panthers finished the season at 8-3.
Southlake Carroll came out firing on all cylinders and dominated the first half. Meanwhile the Panthers struggled throughout the first half, hampered by penalties.
The Dragons took advantage of their opening possession, taking the ball 68 in four plays and scoring when quarterback Hunter Holden connected with wide receiver RJ Maryland for a 22-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.
The Panthers were forced to punt on their next possession and the Dragons wasted no time in getting to the end zone, with Brady Boyd scoring on a 52-yard reception from Holden, putting Southlake Carroll ahead 14-0 just 4:28 into the game.
Southlake Carroll would settle for a 26-yard field goal on their next possession with 3:29 on the clock, and the Dragons ended the first quarter with a 17-0 lead.
The Dragons continued their hot start in the second quarter with the Holden-to-Boyd connection working again, this time on a 34-yard touchdown pass to give Southlake Carroll a 24-0 lead.
The Panthers defense finally began to reverse the momentum, pinning the Dragons deep in their own territory and forcing a punt. Permian, however, was called for a roughing the punter penalty to keep Southlake Carroll on the field.
MOJO continued to pressure Holden and it paid off with an interception by Joaquin Gonzalez. But the Panthers couldn't capitalize on the short field when Hayden Kidd's field goal attempt went wide left.
The Dragons added another score before the end of the half when a pass to Boyd from 4 yards out increased the lead to 31-0 with 34 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Allen scored on a 47-yard run on the Dragons’ first possession of the third quarter to increase their lead to 38-0. Permian finally got on the board with a touchdown from Lucas Salazar to avert the shutout. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, and the game ended with Carroll on top 38-7.
The Panthers finished the 2020 season as 8-3 district champions and a Bi-District victory. With 14 starters returning, as well as reinforcements from the undefeated Junior Varsity Black and Freshman Black teams, the future looks very bright for the Permian Panthers. GO MOJO!