Permian Traditions

– Rattling the wooden planks in the bleachers at Barrett Stadium.
– Black/White Game that featured graduating Seniors vs the next year’s team.
– Student Body Right… Student Body Left.
– The guy in the stands with the bugle playing “Charge”.
– Cow bells clanging in the stands.
– Fans staying until the end of the game, even on lopsided games.
– Making opposing Blue-Chip college prospect players look really overrated.
– Going to the state playoffs year-after-year.
– Having one of the smallest teams, with the biggest hearts in the state.
– Halftime adjustment, and dominating the 2nd half with defense.
– Having more fans on our side of the stands than the opposing home team.
– Several motor homes parked at every game we played, home or away.
– 18,000 Permian fans, and the band playing “Hawaii 5-0” in Texas Stadium.
– Kurt Kiser of KOSA-TV saying “and that’s a MOJO touchdown!”.
– Opponents chanting “No Mo Mojo” or “Mojo Who?”.
– Hearing the opponent fans silenced by mid-fourth quarter.
– People asking “What is a MOJO”, just to find out four quarters later.
– Black and White streamers on mile marker signs on every road game.
– Counting how many cars had Mojo on them on the road games.
– Zentner’s Daughter with the crowd before a game in San Angelo.
– K.C. Steak House in Big Spring before the game against the Steers.
– Standing by the Fieldhouse burning an orange candle for the Angelo game.
– 100+ Pepettes wearing their black & white candy striped sweaters.
– Watching a band perform in black and white, including the drum majors.
– Majorettes outfitted in shiny silver, with the knee high boots.
– A massive marching band that stretched from end-to-end of the field.
– The band in the halls of Permian after the pep rally on game day.
– Hearing this thunderous band as it came out of the tunnel at Texas Stadium.
– The Black-N-White Santa outfit worn by the Panther.
– Dr. Rowntree’s black and white Christmas tree.
– Big wooden yard signs in front of the players’ houses, except crosstown week.
– Seeing only Permian signs on the Eastside of Odessa.
– Hearing about the one bad call that cost OHS the game… year-after-year.
– Dr. Rowntree’s back door – medical treatment with no waiting.

Paw of Fame

T H E   6 0 s
  Royce Berry Gary Crain Pat Pope
  Tookie Berry Billy Dale Tommy Stewart
  Charles Billingsley Richard Dennard Paul Strahan
  Don Carr Glen Halsell Wayne Wheat
  Harvey Chapman Mike Love Willis Winters
  Jay Collins Alan Moravik Travis Wright
  Tony Conley Mike Payte  
 
T H E   7 0 s
  Larry Bates Mike Heffon Ricky Ross
  Mike Belew Mike Herron Tommy Sager
  Joe Bob Bizzell Kris Howard David Shipman
  Roy Bobbitt Daryl Hunt Kevin Steen
  Rusty Breazelle Daniel Justis Alan Swann
  Chris Burger Bryan Lambert Brian Vickers
  Tommy Campbell Scott Mann Vic Vines
  John Davis Ray Nunez Russell Wheatley
  Chuck Fields Curtis Pittman Grady Wilkerson
  Greg Fife Ricky Reynolds Mike Woodward
  Brian Harris Collins Rice  
 
T H E   8 0 s
  Darren Allman Mark Glasscock Jerrod McDougal
  Greg Anderson Britt Hager Stephen Nold
  Woody Bryant Tyce Harris Kent Sager
  Stoney Case Lloyd Hill Danny Servance
  Ivory Christian Jerry Hix Mike Troglin
  Chris Comer Alton Holloway Arvey Villa
  David Conner Bobby Knott Dal Watson
  Shawn Crow Greg Kwiatkowski Mike Williams
  Roy Dunn Rex Lamberti Mike Winchell
  John Fuller Jerry LeClair Steve Womack
  
T H E   9 0 s
  Clint Absher Malcolm Hamilton Brian Tucker
  Sheldon Bass Chris Kerr Will Wagner
  David Bobo Jeremy Marin Casey Waite
  Sam Brooks Jason May L.C. Ward
  Scott Cherry Heath Moody Waylon Waters
  Michael Comer Leland Morris Shane Wells
  Rory Couch Mike Nichols Justin Whitaker
  Kyle Cunningham Kendrick Parrot JaQuay Wilburn
  Tony Daniels Koefie Powell John L. Williams
  David Guara Jason Prann Roy Williams
 
T H E   0 0 s
  Trevor Adams Paul Girard Garrett Porter
  Andrew Amoyaw Ryan Havens Melvis Pride
  Jamison Berryhill Jerome Lejan Sherard Ray
  Bront Bird Alex Lujan Adam Podzemny
  Cori Branscum Bradley McDaniel Jarrod Robinson
  Taylor Byrd Jon McDowell Ryan Rumbaugh
  Alan Castillejos Zach McGill Austin Shaffer
  Jayson Dorman Jarvas Morris Tate Smith
  Ross Forrest Eugene Neboh TJ Sparks
  Shaquay Gant Austin O’Connell Sean Trotter
  Rocky Garcia Tate Pittman  

Past Permian Football Coaches

1959-61 TED DAWSON (21-10-0)
Bi-District Finalist
1962-64 JIM CASHION (15-15-0)
No Playoffs
1965-70 GENE MAYFIELD (62-10-2)
State Champions
State Finalist 2x
1971-72 GIL BARTOSH (23-1-0)
State Champions
National Champions
1973-85 JOHN WILKINS (148-16-6)
State Champions 2x
State Finalist 4x
1986-89 GARY GAINES (47-6-1)
State Champions
National Champions
1990-93 TAM HOLLINGSHEAD (43-4-2)
State Champions
1994-99 RANDY MAYES (45-25-1)
State Finalist
2000-02 T.J. MILLS (15-15)
No Playoffs
2003-04 SCOTT SMITH (10-10)
No Playoffs
2005-08 DARREN ALLMAN (38-11)
Region Finalists 3x
2009-12 GARY GAINES (23-21)
Region Finalists
2013-17 BLAKE FELDT (38-18)
Region Finalists 3x
2018 JEFF ELLISON (x-x)

 

PERMIAN’S STATE CHAMPION COACHES
Gilbert ‘Gil’ Bartosh
Bartosh became head coach at Permian in 1971. He guided the Panthers to a perfect 14-0 season in 1972, winning the Texas 5A state title as well as the mythical high school football national championship. He then left Permian for an assistant job at Texas A&M. In 1974, he took over as head coach of UTEP. Bartosh was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

 

Gaines Gary Gaines

Head coach at Permian in 1988 and the 1989 state champion season. Coach Gaines accepted an assistant coaching position at Texas Tech the following year. He returned to the area high school ranks as head coach at Abilene High (1994-96) and San Angelo Central (1996-99). He was head coach at Abilene Christian (2000-04). He served as A.D. for the ECISD until 2007. Gaines returned in 2009 as Mojo’s Head Coach until 2012.

 

Hollingshead

 

Tam Hollingshead

From 1981-83 was an assistant coach at PHS. After two years as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech, Hollingshead returned to Permian as defensive coordinator (1986-89).  As the head coach (1990-93), he led the Panthers to an impressive 43–4–2 record in four seasons.  He departed in 1994 and spent eight years at Texas A&M.  He took over as head coach in Temple, TX in 2003-04 and Rockwall Heath in 2005-08.  He was a defensive assistant at SMU until taking the Director of External Operations position in 2015.

 

Gene Mayfield

 

Gene Mayfield

Coach Mayfield is accredited for bringing the ‘Mojo’ to Permian, winning a state title his first season. The Panthers claimed the 1965 title by beating San Antonio Lee, 13-6. He led Permian to the state finals two more times in his five years, compiling a 62-10-2 record. Mayfield would depart Permian to take a head coaching position at West Texas State from 1971-76.

 

Wilkins John Wilkins

Panther mentor from 1973-85, Wilkins mounted a record of 146-16-6 as head coach. Under his leadership, Mojo won two state titles and made four state championship appearances. He then served as Athletic Director for Ector County ISD. He was athletic director and head football coach of the Midland Trinity Chargers, and retired Spring 2002. He was inducted into the THSCA Hall of Honor July 2003.

School History

Permian came into existence over 50 years ago, as the third high school to Odessa. Located in the northern part of town, it was only a matter of time for the 250,000 square foot school to root into fertile soil. The beginning year saw Permian win three games, and in the second season of existence the Panther football program set the standard for winning with a record of 8-3-0. In just five years later, the Panthers won their first state championship in 1965. In 1966, the school district allowed the annexation of the Permian Field House, and the following year, the swimming pool was added. As the building was growing, the legend was taking root and spreading faster than the construction. It was also during this time, the infamous “MoJo” chant began.


Permian’s first undefeated regular season was in 1970, when they lost in the state finals to Austin Reagan for the second time in three years. The Class of 1971 will be remembered as the first class to successfully go through the full 12-year cycle since Permian’s beginning in the fall of 1959. It was in 1972 that Gil Bartosh was named Football Coach of the Year. He guided the Boys of Mojo to an undefeated district season. The year 1976… ‘MOJO’ had become so widespread that the Permian Seniors were to let it be known MOJO and Odessa Permian High School were one in the same. Their statement speaks loud to this day in the form of the big, bold Three-Foot Letters tacked across the front of the building, spelling the chant word… MOJO.