||District Road Game|
Coach: Ken Plunk – 9th season at Tascosa
This is the first district Mojo Road Show of 2018 for Permian. Coach Ken Plunk is in his ninth year at Tascosa, and used to be an assistant coach for the Panthers. The Rebels went through the non-district slate winning three games, while losing to Amarillo High 28-21 and Brownsville Hanna 35-19.
Against the Sandies, Tascosa took a 21-7 lead over Amarillo before giving up 21 unanswered points. The Golden Eagles used a similar formula against the Rebels in the Brownsville game. Hanna utilized big plays in the second and third quarters to break open what was a 14-13 slugfest. Tascosa won their district game last week (36-20) at Midland High.
Out of the flexbone triple option set, the Rebels have a tendency to run the ball four-to-one over passing. They average 347 yards rushing a game, while passing for just 59 yards. Tascosa has scored an average of 29 points a game. The offense is navigated by quarterback Joseph Plunk (5’9″ 170). The offensive workhorse is running back and Purdue commit King Doerue (6’0″ 200). He is accompanied in the backfield by junior Ayden Noriega (5’9″ 165). All three rushed for over 100 yards against Midland High this past weekend. Plunk can not only run and pass, but doubles as a defensive back.
Tascosa’s defense averages giving up 23 points a game so far this season. Quickness is their strength and the Rebels have a corp of defensive backs. Brandon White (6’1″ 170), Taylar McKellar (5’11” 180), and Plunk have size and speed. The defensive anchors are ends L.B. Moore (6’3″ 215) and Randall Campbell (6’0″ 225). Both have the ability to sack and contain outside plays. Middle linebacker, and back-up running back, D’Andre Campbell (5’8″ 175) has done a good job plugging up the holes all season. The Rebels defense has been suspect at stopping pass plays underneath.
Both Permian and Tascosa are entering Thursday’s contest with matching records of 4-2 overall and 1-0 in district. The Panthers are on a three game win streak, while the Rebels won their district opener after losing the last game of the non-district schedule.
Game Day weather forecast is calling for a high of 48° and a low of 42° with a 50% chance of rain. Winds will be 10 to 15 mph, making the trip to the Panhandle a cold and wet one at Bivins Stadium.
Series Record: 21-8 (Mojo leads series. Won last year 49-7)
801 S Marrs St (Amarillo)
Opened in 1951. Seating capacity is 15,000.
801 E Redd Rd (El Paso)
Opened in 2014. Seating capacity is 6,100.
1085 S Kimball Ave (Southlake)
Opened in 2001. Seating capacity is 12,650.
Grande Comm Stadium
801 N Loop 250 W (Midland)
Opened in 2002. Seating capacity is 15,000.
2231 E Yukon Rd (Odessa)
Opened in 1982. Seating capacity is 18,000.