The lone touchdown in the first quarter came after the Mojo defense snuffed out a fourth down attempt by the Tigers. Permian took over at the Frenship 31, where it took two plays to give the Panthers a 7-0 edge. Brother Miller reeled off a 27-yard TD scramper late in the quarter. The Tigers tied the game early in the second frame on a 7-play, 66-yard drive that was capped off with a 13-yard touchdown pass. A mishandled ball on the ensuing kickoff return led to Frenship kicking a 30-yard field to have Permian trailing 10-7.
The Panthers answered with three straight touchdowns to regain and extend their lead. A screen pass from Steve Steen to Miller resulted in a 71-yard catch-and-run trip to paydirt. The next possession gave Permian a 21-10 lead after Justin Hammond found open field and the endzone on a 42-yard TD run. The final scoring drive of the first half consisted of a 6-play, 56-yard effort that was capped off with Steen crossing the goal line for a 28-10 Mojo lead.
The Tigers opened the third quarter with a 71-yard kickoff return to immediately set-up shop at the Permian 20-yard line. The Mojo defense bowed up to force Frenship to settle with a 23-yard field goal. The Tigers scored on five straight possessions in the second half, while the Panthers struggled to put anything together to counteract the Frenship rally. Two of Permian’s second half drives ended in punts, and two others went over on downs after failing to convert on fourth down. The next possession for the Panthers ended with a fumble.
Clinging to a 28-26 lead, Permian was unable to secure an onside kick and the Tigers took over on the Mojo 45. It took Frenship four plays before the Tigers’ quarterback scored late in the third on a 1-yard plunge to give the Tigers a 33-28 lead they kept the remainder of the game. A Mojo fumble early in the fourth quarter was converted into a 6-play, 49-yard Frenship touchdown for the final dagger for a horrible second half for the Panthers.
Permian will have next Friday off before hosting Midland High on October 7 at Ratliff Stadium. The Bulldogs won their district opener over the Lee Rebels at Grande Comm Stadium on Friday night. Frenship and Midland play each other next week.
PERM – Brother Miller 27 run (Jacob James kick), 2:19
FREN – Beau Sutton 13 pass from Chandler Brand (Paden Gallardo kick), 10:21
FREN – Gallardo 30 FG, 8:30
PERM – Miller 74 pass from Steve Steen (James kick), 8:18
PERM – Justin Hammond 42 run (James kick), 6:59; Drive: 1 play
PERM – Steen 1 run (James kick), 4:56; Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards
FREN – Gallardo 23 FG, 9:32
FREN – Garrison Johnson 19 run (Gallardo kick)
FREN – Johnson 7 run (conv failed), 4:26
FREN – Brand 1 run (Gallardo kick), 1:14
FREN – Adryane Atkins 19 pass from Brand (Gallardo kick), 10:14