Permian’s Juzstyce Lara racked up five rushing touchdowns in the winning effort. The Mojo defense joined the party and shutout the Bobcat offense to keep them off of the scoreboard in the second half.
Central looked well prepared to defend its home field and set the tone early. On the second play of the game, the Bobcats unleashed a 91-yard catch-and-run for a quick 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Jadyn Pruitt peeled off a long return to have the Panthers set up shop at the Central 10. Lara capped off the short scoring drive, but the extra point was blocked leaving Mojo trailing by a point.
Lara once again reached paydirt on the next possession for Mojo’s first lead. A two-point conversion gave the Black Cats a 14-7 advantage. The following Central possession was cut short when Pruitt intercepted a long pass just inside the redzone, but Permian was unable to cash in on the turnover. The Bobcats added a field goal on the next set of downs to narrow the deficit to 14-10 after one quarter of play.
Central found its groove and added three touchdowns, including big plays of 75, 50, and 45 yards, in the second stanza. Fueled by a pair of short TD runs by Lara, Permian added two scores of its own. The Panthers trailed 31-28 at the intermission break, but that would soon change.
The Mojo defense shut down the potent Bobcat offense in the second half. Permian regained the lead in the third quarter on Lara’s fifth touchdown run of the game. The Panthers tacked an insurance TD to the scoreboard in the fourth frame for the 43-31 district win.
The Black Cats will close out the regular season slate hosting Midland High next week at Ratliff Stadium. Odessa High will visit Midland Legacy, while San Angelo Central makes the long drive to Frenship on Finale Friday.
Permian, Legacy, and Frenship all sit atop the district with 3-1 records and have qualified for post-season play. The Bobcats also qualify due to the head-to-head win over Midland High.
CURRENT TIE-BREAKER NUMBERS
Frenship +15 over Legacy
Legacy +8 over Permian
Permian +1 over Frenship
*As it stands going into the last district game… Legacy and Permian will play in the state Division I bracket, with the Rebels being top seed and hosting their Bi-District game. Frenship and Central will head to Division II, with the Tigers being top seed and first round hosts in that bracket.
SAC – Jacob English 91 pass Tyler Hill (Miller kick), 11:05
PER – Juzstyce Lara 1 run (kick blocked), 9:28
PER – Lara 3 run (Clinton pass from Hall), 6:49
SAC – Chase Miller 27 FG, 2:23
PER – Lara 1 run (Tate Terry kick), 10:17
SAC – Hill 75 run (Miller kick), 9:57
PER – Lara 2 run (Terry kick), 5:12
SAC – Tyler Walker 45 pass from Hill (Miller kick), 4:01
SAC – English 50 pass from Hill (Miller kick), 1:06
PER – Lara 2 run (Herrera run), 6:08
PER- JaQuan Richardson 25 pass Hall (Terry kick), 9:31
Summary and stats – Terry Alan.