Surge Lifts Mojo Past Pebble Hills

Odessa, TX – In a game marred in turnovers, Permian would reel off 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to surge past El Paso Pebble Hills in a 26-15 season home opening win at Ratliff Stadium on Friday night.

A fired up Permian team launched into the game in dominating style.  Brian Mahaffey found a wedge and broke into open field to return the opening kickoff 83 yards for the first score of 2021 just 12 ticks into the game.  Things would fizzle on the offensive side of the ball as both defenses took control of the half.  That would also include four fumbles and three interceptions – three of those fumbles lost by the Panthers.

After pinning Permian deep in its own territory, the Spartans were recipients of two points when a bad snap went out of the endzone late in the opening quarter.  Both offenses continued to find a rhythm throughout much of the second period.  Trailing 7-2, Pebble Hills mounted a scoring drive as the first half end neared.  Relying heavily on the run-game, the Spartans drove into the Mojo redzone.  A 11-yard TD strike with just 30 seconds on the clock gave the visitors a 9-7 lead that they would take the teams into the locker room.

After a scoreless third frame, the Spartans took advantage of another Mojo miscue to start the fourth.  A 4-yard trot across the goal line capped off a six-play scoring drive and extended the Pebble Hills lead to 15-7.  It would be the last time the Spartans would see the endzone as Permian erupted with 19 unanswered points of their own.

Quarterback Rodney Hall and receiver Mahaffey went to work.  Mahaffey hauled in a 34-yarder to cap a 4-play, 65 yard drive to cut the deficit to 15-13.  The following offensive series featured Hall-to-Mahaffey again, this time on a one-play 57-yard pitch-and-catch to give Permian a lead they’d refuse to relinquish the remainder of the contest.

The 19-15 lead became 26-15 when Tristan Johnson found paydirt from two yards out with 2:51 to play.  Hall finished the game throwing a perfect 6-for-6 for 126 yards, and Mahaffey accounted for three touchdowns.  Lucas Salazar rushed for 47 yards, while Hall added another 43 ground yards.  Johnson rushed nine times for 40 yards.

Defensively, Jadyn Pruitt recorded two interceptions and Kayden Baze nabbed another Spartan pass.  The Panthers will be on the road Labor Day Weekend, when they face Waco Midway in Hewitt on September 3.  Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.

  1 2 3 4 F
 Pebble Hills
02 07 00 06 15
 Permian 07 00 00 19 26


First Quarter
OP – Brian Mahaffey 83 kickoff return (Tate Terry kick), 11:48
PH – Safety, 6:15

Second Quarter
PH – Marcus Torres 11 pass from Jacob Ledesma (Dominguez kick), 0:30

Third Quarter
no scoring

Fourth Quarter
PH – Gael Ochoa 4 run (kick failed), 11:59
OP – Mahaffey 34 pass from Rodney Hall (conversion failed), 9:23
OP – Mahaffey 57 pass from Hall (conversion failed), 5:32
OP – Tristan Johnson 2 run (Terry kick), 2:51

  First Downs 12 11
  Total Yards 172 307
  Rushing 64 181
  Passing 108 126
  C-A-I 11-26-3 6-8-0
  Punt-Avg 4-42.5 2-36.0
  Fumbles 0-0 4-3
  Penalties 6-35 8-95

All graphics, game summaries, and statistics – Terry Alan.