vs Coronado T-Birds

Bi-District Playoff at Home


Coach:  Bob Anderson (7th season)
2018 Record:  7-3 overall / 3-2 district

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.
Last Meeting:  Permian won 50-17 in 2017.
Common Opponent:  Both teams played El Paso Franklin this season.  The Panthers won 43-27 on September 7, while the Cougars beat Coronado 44-0 on October 18.



Coronado (in white jerseys) -vs- Pebble Hills (11/09/18)

Coronado (in dark jerseys) -vs- Americas (11/02/18)

vs Frenship Tigers

District Home Game


Coach: Jay Northcutt – 2nd season at Frenship
2017 Record: 0-10 (0-6 in district)

The Tigers return a lot of experience, including 14 starters, as they try to improve from last year’s winless season. Frenship went through the non-district slate winning three and losing two.  They have lost all three district games – Midland Lee (51-15), Midland High (34-28 in OT), and Odessa High (56-10) so far in 2018.

Unlike most teams in 2-6A, Frenship throws twice as many times as running the ball. Quarterback Austin Phillips (6’3″ 220) is in his second season directing the spread offense.  He has completed 63% of his passes. Joining him in the backfield is sophomore running back William Bayouth (5’10” 180), who has been averaging 4.5 yards a carry. Phillips also uses Bayouth as an underneath receiver.

The senior signal caller has a handful of talented receivers including:  Drew Hocutt (5’11” 165), Skyler Newsome (6’4″ 205), Cooper Scott (5’10” 165), and Max Rowley (6’1″ 180). Ethan Filio (6’4″ 295) and Jack Woodward (6’3″ 300) have given Frenship the big physical blocking on the offensive line.

Linebackers Jake Gilbert (6’0″ 220) and Tristan Laughlin (5’11” 190), along with Jaden Lemons (5’9″ 175) have led the defense in tackles this year. Senior linebacker Tobi Banire (5’10” 185), DL Evan Barboza (6’1″ 235), and DL Cayson Brito (5’10” 230) lead the team in sacks, though blitzing is not a particular strength of the Tigers’ defense.  Safety Christian Kiser (5’9″ 160) leads the team in interceptions with three, followed by junior DE Colton Anderson (6’0″ 185) with two.  The Tigers have continued to struggle and district opponents have poured on the points three consecutive weeks now.

Cage Jones handles the punting and kicking duties. He’s made 90% of his extra points and 50% of his field goal attempts, with a 40-yarder being the longest.

Series Record:  1-3 (Frenship leads series. PHS won last year 66-14)