It was a solid effort by both offensive and defensive units in this second non-district game of the season. Not only were the Cougars blanked on the scoreboard, the Mojo defense held Franklin to eight first downs and only 52 yards of total offense (minus 11 yards rushing). On the offensive side of the ball, Permian cranked it up behind the arm and legs of Steen. The Panthers scored on nine of their ten possessions. Their last set of downs was to simply run out the clock.
Permian drew first blood on a catch and run from Steen to Brother Miller that was good for a 74-yard TD strike just two minutes into the ballgame. Two minutes later, Kobe Robinson hauled in a pass that was good for 42 yards to set up the second Mojo score. Steen capped off the 3-play, 55-yard drive with a 13 yard touchdown run to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead. The junior QB added an 8-yarder to paydirt to complete a 21-point first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Cougars made their way down to the Panthers redzone, but the PHS defense bowed up and snuffed out the drive and Permian took over at its own 18. It took seven plays for Mojo to cover 82 yards and cross the goal line on a beautiful diving catch by Hunter Hawkins to extend the lead. After Franklin ran six plays and punted the ball back to the Panthers, Steen was back at it again and this time rambled into the endzone from 62 yards out. With time running out in the first half, Hawkins and Steen hooked up for yet another score to give Permian a 41-0 halftime lead.
It took six plays and two minutes for the Permian offense to add to its tally early in the third quarter. Kobe Robinson made his way into the endzone on a 25-yard touchdown run to have the Cougars trailing 47-0. Justin Hammond sliced his way in for six to cap the third quarter scoring and have the Panthers on the top side of a 54-0 shellacking. The Permian offensive play-calling went solely to running plays to try to burn some clock as the game was well at hand in the second half.
The Panthers utilized a little over nine minutes of clock to put together the final scoring drive that consisted of 16 run plays and covered 82 yards. Cody Woods banged it in from one yard out to give Permian a 61-0 shutout victory. Steen finished the night completing seven out of nine passes for 217 yards, while adding another 127 yards on the ground.
Mojo will return home for its first home game of the 2016 season next Friday hosting El Paso Eastwood at Ratliff Stadium. The Panthers improved their non-district record to 2-0 with two more games to play before the district games begin.
PER – Brother Miller 74 pass from Steve Steen (Jacob James kick), 10:19
PER – Steen 13 run (James kick), 8:10
PER – Steen 8 run (James kick), 2:50
PER – Hunter Hawkins 26 pass from Steen (kick failed), 7:17
PER – Steen 62 run (James kick), 1:27
PER – Hawkins 12 pass from Steen (James kick), 0:19
PER – Kobe Robinson 25 run (kick failed), 9:51
PER – Justin Hammond 5 run (James kick), 3:58
PER – Cody Wood 1 run (James kick), 4:55