||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)
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.