A scoreless first quarter could be attributed to poor weather conditions and stingy defenses. For the Bronchos, Darrell Shepard had two passes picked off by Kyle Locke and another by Dell Schneider. The Panthers also experienced an early turnover, when John Morrison recovered a PHS fumble.
Zeros filled the scoreboard until late in the second quarter. Shepard had returned a punt to the Odessa High 32 to set up the initial scoring drive. The Bronchos desperately moved downfield with under two minutes to halftime. On a 2nd-and-10, Morrison was left wide open at the Permian 5-yard line. The touchdown catch capped off an 8-play, 68-yard drive to take a6-0 lead with only eight seconds left on the clock.
New snow began to fall during the halftime performances of both bands, and continued as the third quarter got underway.
Bobby Riggs help set up Permian’s first touchdown with a beautifully-placed punt that was downed on the Odessa High 2-yard line. On second down, The Wild Bunch fumbled and Joe Hanson came up with the loose football. Mojo tailback Kerry Bullard hit paydirt off left tackle, but the score was negated by an offside penalty. Then, on third down at the OHS 5, Bullard forced his way into the endzone with the tying score. Kirk Edwards put Permian ahead late in the third quarter with his point after kick to give the Black Cats a 7-6 lead.
The slippery field conditions worsened in the fourth quarter, and the Bronchos were left groping at Hanson on a 1st-and-10 at the Permian 47. Suddenly, Hanson was through the line and into the secondary, where he out-skated two Broncho defenders en route to his 53-yard touchdown run.
The Panthers and Bronchos finish the 1976 season with identical records of 8-2 overall and 5-2 in district. Hanson finished with 62 yards on four carries, and Curtis Pittman rushed for 54 yards.
O – John Morrison 12 pass from Darrell Shepard (kick blocked), 0:08
P – Kerry Bullard 5 run (Kirk Edwards kick), 2:02
P – Mike Hanson 53 run (Edwards kick), 6:01,
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