ODESSA – Plans for a reboot of ‘Friday Night Lights’ are now underway. Originally based on the non-fiction New York Times best-seller, “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream”, the new project is being adapted for the big screen minus the Mojo. Continue reading “New Friday Night Lights In Works”
||Bi-District Playoff at Home|
Coach: Bob Anderson (7th season)
The Thunderbirds lost their first two District 1-6A (El Paso area) games to – Montwood (17-10) and Franklin (44-0). Coronado has won their last three games, defeating EP Socorro (48-20), EP Americas (56-39), and EP Pebble Hills (42-25) to reach the postseason match-up with Permian.
The Coronado offense tries to stay balanced in its attack, but favors the run game. The T-Birds have been averaging 271 total yards a game, with 146 coming by rush and 125 yards coming by way of pass. The offense is currently scoring an average of 31 points per game.
Senior quarterback Ethan Arroyo (5’11” 165) is in his second year under center for Coronado. He has completed 51 percent of his passes this season. Arroyo has thrown four touchdowns, but also has eight interceptions (per MaxPreps). The majority of his throws are in the 10-15 yard range. Ben Carney (5’10” 170) has also made appearances as the T-Bird field general, completing 44 percent of his attempts. Carney has seven TD’s and only one pick. His target completions are more 15-20 yard passes. On rare occasion both can run the ball, though neither have accounted for any substantial rushing attempts or amounts.
The offensive power lies in running back Garrett Slaughter (5’9 195) and receiver Jonathan Seabrook (5’9″ 170). Slaughter is a second-year starter, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 87 yards a game. He has scored 12 touchdowns this season. Seabrook can run and catch the ball with 4.5 speed. He is averaging 21 yards a catch and has logged five touchdowns. The Panthers will also see him on the defensive side of the ball as a DB.
Junior Charlie Samaniego (5’7″ 165) plays change of pace back, and averages 6.6 yards per carry. Big back Dominique Varela (6’2″ 250) must have watched too many videos of Larry Csonka. The senior has a tendency to make his own holes in the line, and trying to arm-tackle this guy is pointless. His legs have to be taken out from under him to stop this freight train from rolling. Receiver David Lemaster (6’3″ 180) will need to be monitored, as he has the ability to sneak into open space and has the height to snag passes thrown over the heads of defenders.
The Coronado defense will be key if they want to stay in the ballgame. The majority of the time, Permian will see the T-Bird defense in a 4-3 set. They rely on defensive linemen Carter McFadin (6’3″ 195) and Guillermo Barragan (5’10” 235). Varela is a two-way starter and does a solid job plugging holes inside. Linebacker Patrick Barrett (5’8″ 210) leads the defense with 14 tackles a game. He is followed by Varela and McFadin, which also lead the T-Birds in sacks.
Alongside Seabrook in the defensive backfield, seniors Brycen Horn (6’0″ 170) and Drew Little (5’10” 175) have the quickness to keep pace with most receivers in the state. Both have an interception on their resume. On occasion, the T-Birds will send junior DB David Burns (6’1″ 185) into the offensive backfield. He also has a pair of picks this season.
Juan Romero handles the kicking duties. He averages 43 yards a kickoff, 36 yards per punt, and has made an impressive 90 perfect of his field goal attempts, with a 49-yarder being his longest successful three-pointer.
Series Record: 24-0-1 (3-0-1 in playoffs) in Mojo’s favor.
Follow the Permian Panthers in their quest for a seventh state title in school history. Permian finished District 2-6A as co-champions and will play in the Class 6A Division I state playoff bracket. Continue reading “Texas High School Class 6A Div I Bracket”
||District Finale – Road Game
Permian Panthers at Midland Lee Rebels
Battle for the Bell: Gold to Black-N-White
Coach: Clint Hartman – 3rd season at Lee
Midland Lee went 4-1 through the non-district schedule, losing 31-24 to Abilene High in Midland the second game of the season. The Rebels began district with strong wins over Frenship (51-15) and Odessa High (42-7). They lost to Amarillo Tascosa (49-26) before rebounding and handing Midland High a 49-28 crosstown loss.
Lee made it to the Regional Semifinal Round of the state playoffs in 2017, and return 10 of those starters this season. The offense will look to skill players: running back Josh Traylor (5’8″ 185), senior receiver Sheldon Bass (6’3″ 180), and junior receiver Loic Fouonji (6’5″ 190). Traylor has already rushed for over 1,000 yards this season. Fouonji leads in receptions, followed by three-year starter Bass.
Permian will more than likely see Felix Hinojosa (6’0″ 170) taking snaps under center. The Rebels have been averaging 299 yards a game rushing, while adding another 178 through the air. The offense is averaging 477 total yards a game through the nine contests in 2018. Hinojosa has completed 62% of his passes, though he missed two games. Lee is producing an average of 40 points a game. LHS has John Thompson as kicker and his longest field goal is from only 35 yards out. He has made four out of seven attempts this season.
Defensively, Lee is stacked. Linebackers Trent Low (6’1″ 225) and Charles Gonzales (6’2″ 235) lead the team in sacks, hurries, and tackles. Another tough one is junior Michael Hinojosa (6’0″ 195). Two-way playmaker Isaiah Harvey (6’1″ 190) makes his presence known on the field at middle linebacker, but also backs up Traylor in the backfield. Tracy Mackey (6’4″ 265) has size, and surprisingly, good speed as he anchors the defensive line.
The standout in the defensive backfield is junior Karl Taylor (6’0″ 170). He has the athletic ability to be another major FBS recruit. Oscar Valadez will also factor in as a defender to pass attempts downfield. Fouonji doubles as the team’s punter and averages 37 yards a punt.
It is worth noting – the Rebel defense had all kind of issues with the flexbone triple option that Tascosa’s offense ran in the Lee district loss. There are several similarities with that offense and the one ran by the Panthers. Also, both of Lee’s losses this season have been on the home turf of Grande Communications Stadium.
There were no common non-district opponents this season between the two teams. The common 2-6A opponents Lee and Permian have played are: Odessa High, Amarillo Tascosa, Midland High, and Frenship. The Panthers won all district games, including the win in Amarillo, while the Lee Rebels lost to Tascosa in Midland.
Series Record: 39-21 (Mojo leads series. PHS won last year 42-7)