The Panthers tried to make a statement early when Terran Limuel took the game’s opening kickoff coast-to-coast for a 98-yard return. The Tigers responded and countered with a score of their own. In a drive that took eight plays to cover 61 yards, Ty Glass capped the possession on a 12-yard run to even the game at 7-7.
After an exchange of punts, Frenship put together an effort that closed out the first stanza and spilled into the second quarter. The Mojo defense minimized the damage, but the Tigers added a field goal to take their first lead of the game. Frenship would add a touchdown midway in the period to gain a 10-point advantage.
With time running low in the first half, the Black Cats navigated their way into the opposing redzone. Mojo narrowed the deficit when Cade Tschauner took a reverse to the house from 14 yards out. The Panthers trailed 17-13 at the intermission.
Permian came out in the second half and hit unsuspecting Frenship with an onside kick. Unfortunately, the Panthers were unable to cash in on the opportunity. The Tigers also enjoyed field position as they took over near midfield after a short Mojo punt. That would result in an 8-play scoring drive to extend the Frenship lead to 11 points.
The Black Cats were able to rise up to meet the challenge with a pair of big plays in the third quarter. On the next play from scrimmage, Harper Terry connected with Shy Stephens-Deary on a 79-yard catch-and-run to keep Mojo within striking distance. After a field goal by the Tigers, Terry uncorked another long pass – this time a 78-yarder to a wide open Limuel that knotted the game at 27-27.
Momentum favored the Panthers as the fourth quarter got underway. The Mojo defense forced Frenship to open the final 12 minutes with a punt to the Permian 45. It took all of eight plays for Permian to regain the lead with 7:00 left of the clock. Andy Castillo bulled his way across the goal line for the 34-27 advantage.
The Tigers still had life and started the next drive on their own 30. Frenship moved downfield on six consecutive run lays down to the Mojo 30. Approaching the redzone, the Tigers shot themselves in the foot and fumbled the ball. The Panthers recovered on the 35 to dash Frenship’s hopes of a possible tie with just 4:35 remaining.
After coming up empty on the ensuing drive, Permian secured the win when Drake Womack nailed the Frenship quarterback in the endzone for a safety with a minute to play in the game.
Stephens-Deary finished the night with 116 yard receiving from three catches, while Limuel had two receptions for 74 yards. Castillo rushed for 65 yards on 11 carries, and Terry recorded 58 ground yards and threw for 183.
The annual Crosstown Showdown between Permian and Odessa High is on tap for next Friday at Ratliff Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. with the Panthers designated as visitors and occupying the east side of the field.
Full game replay courtesy – frenship.tv
OP – Terran Limuel 98 kickoff return (Tate Terry kick), 11:48
WF – Ty Glass 12 run (Jon Olivarez kick), 8:15
WF – Olivarez 22 FG, 9:50
WF – William Bayouth 10 run (Olivarez kick), 4:39
OP – Cade Tschauner 14 run (kick failed), 1:15
WF – Taija Smith 3 run (Olivarez kick), 6:15
OP – Shy Stephens-Deary 79 pass from Terry (run failed), 5:50
WF – Olivarez 33 FG, 2:31
OP – Limuel 78 pass from Terry (Terry run), 1:13
OP – Andy Castillo 1 run (Terry kick), 7:00
OP – Drake Womack Safety, 1:00
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