|Non-District Road Game
The Cougars hope to improve on a frustrating season of just a year ago. The Purple and Black are returning five offensive and five defensive starts. Quarterback Chris Kelly will be joined by a pair of explosive running backs in the backfield. Taj Crenshaw (5’7″ 175) was named 1-6A Newcomer of the Year after logging 425 rushing yards and scoring seven touchdowns. Tate Jerigan (5’7″ 180) added another 395 ground yards, while scoring four rushing TDs. Sophomore Pablo Gutierrez should play the role of change of pace back in 2018.
Joaquin Lozano (5’10” 160) and Gabe Stonewall (6’2″ 165) look to be Kelly’s primary receiving targets. Lozano recorded 240 yards receiving in 2017, with Stonewall contributing another 320 yards from 21 receptions.
Defensive end Johnny Cerros (5’11” 250) is a three-year starter and the anchor of the Cougar defense. He has been an All-District selection the past two seasons. Mickey Castro will secure the other end of the defensive line. While Cerros and Castro apply pressure on the outside, the Franklin defense relies on linebackers David Powers and Jeremiah Zuniga to handle everything up the middle.
The Cougars also have a pair of ball-hawking defensive backs worthy of mentioning in Ethan Bustillos (5’9″ 160) and Abraham Anabi (6’0″ 160). While the Franklin offense scored an average of 35 points a game in 2017, its defense gave up 37… something the Cougars will need to remedy if they are going to improve last year’s fifth place district finish.
Series Record: 1-0 (Permian won 61-0 in 2016)
El Paso, TX – The Panthers traveled to El Paso for the first road game of the 2018 season. Permian defeated the Cougars on Friday night at Franklin Stadium. Continue reading “Permian 43 at El Paso Franklin 27”
EL PASO — After battling to a 14-14 tie at halftime, Permian put the Franklin Cougars away in the second half to cruise to a 43-27 victory. The Panthers improve to 1-1 for the year after the non-district win on Friday night at Franklin Stadium.
ODESSA — Three first half Permian turnovers led to El Paso Eastwood taking a 28-14 halftime lead in the home opener for the Panthers. In the second half, Mojo slapped 42 points on the Troopers to claim a 56-34 victory on Friday night in Ratliff Stadium.
EL PASO — After jumping out to a 41-0 halftime lead, Permian never looked back in the 61-0 lopsided shutout of the El Paso Franklin Cougars on Friday night at Franklin Stadium. Mojo quarterback Steve Steen made his presence known, scoring three rushing touchdowns and throwing three TD passes in the first half alone.