Panthers Thump Abilene High

Abilene, TX — Entering tonight’s meeting, fifth-ranked Permian and sixth-ranked Abilene High sat atop District 3-5A with matching undefeated records.  The battle concluded with the Panthers claiming a 28-21 decision over the Eagles at Shotwell Stadium.  The Mojo victory breaks Abilene’s 29-game district win streak and secures the District Championship.

Abilene drew first blood and got on the scoreboard from running 12 plays that covered 62 yards.  The was the only drive in the first quarter to culminate into points.  The Eagles scored again early in the second period to take a 14-0 lead.

Permian responded with a 9-play 80-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 27-yard pass from Taylor Byrd to Joseph Knighten.

On the following possession, Eugene Neboh picked off AHS quarterback Spens Lackey’s pass and rambled 30 yards down the Eagle 3-yard line.  Byrd scored on the next play to knot the game at 14-14.  Abilene punted the ball back.  Jamison Berryhill reeled off a 24-yard run, and Permian made their way inside the redzone but the drive stalled.  Michael McNatt gave the Panthers their first lead on a 32-yard field goal and Mojo took the 17-14 lead to the locker room.

Midway into the third period, Abilene High coughed up the ball and linebacker Jerome Leija recovered the rock at the 47-yard line.  The Panthers had to settle with another field goal by McNatt to put Permian up 20-14.  The Eagles answered with 6-play 80-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds left in the quarter for Abilene High to regain the lead.

The Panthers drove to the Eagle 28 in the fourth quarter only to lose the ball on downs.  The Black Cat defense forced a three-and-out and Mojo wasn’t done.  Byrd and Berryhill finished off an impressive scoring drive with 6:41 left in the game.  Berryhill scored from 9-yards out and Byrd scrambled into the endzone for the two-point conversion.  The Panthers now enjoyed a 28-21 lead.  That’s how the game would end.

Berryhill finished with 92 rushing yards on 16 carries, while Byrd finished 15-of-23 for 212 yards through the air.  Ryan Rumbaugh led all receivers with four catches for 76 yards. 

Ted Willmann and Darren Allman

  1 2 3 4 F
0 17 3 8 28
 Abilene 7 7 7 0 21

First Quarter
A – Spens Lackey 1 run (Brandon Hill kick), 4:44

Second Quarter
A – Ben Wadsworth 2 pass from Lackey (Hill kick), 9:53
P – Joseph Knighten 27 pass from Taylor Byrd (McNatt kick), 5:57
P – Byrd 3 run (McNatt kick), 5:34
P – McNatt 35 FG, 0:03

Third Quarter
P – McNatt 32 FG, 6:37
A – Lackey 6 run (Hill kick), 0:23

Fourth Quarter
P – Jamison Berryhill 2 run (Byrd run), 6:11

 Sportz Game Stats
 First Downs 15 17
 Total Yards 318 254
 Rushing 104 89
 Passing 214 165
 C-A-I 15-24-0 14-28-1
 Fumbles 0-0 1-1
 Penalties 6-40