The Mojo Magic propelled the Black Cats through a 19-play, 89-yard scoring drive that ate up nine minutes of the fourth quarter. Trailing by seven points, Permian pulled to within a point of the Rebels with just 10 ticks left on the clock. Juzstyce Lara capped off the drive with a short touchdown run.
With three prior blocked extra point and field goal attempts in mind, head coach Jeff Ellison elected to go for the two-point conversion and win. A pass from Jakob Garcia to Gage Murphy completed the come-from-behind victory.
The Panthers opened the game with a 7-play, 75-yard drive that was also capped by a Lara TD run. The extra point attempt was blocked. Legacy answered with a score of their own to take a 7-6 lead. On the ensuing possession, Permian drove down the field but had a short field goal attempt blocked.
The Rebels extended that lead in the second quarter. A 22-yard touchdown strike and 35-yard field goal left the Black Cats trailing 17-6 at the intermission.
After an exchange of three-and-outs to open the second half the magic began. Legacy fumbled on a run to the right. The loose pigskin was scooped up by Parker Haynes and returned 54 yards to cut the deficit to 17-12. The conversion failed but breathed life into the momentum shift.
The Rebels responded with 11-play, 84-yard drive capped off with a 10-yard pass to establish a 24-12 difference. Permian went back on the offensive. Six plays later, Lara reached paydirt for the second time to make it an 18-14 ballgame. The PAT attempt was once again blocked as the Panthers trailed by six by quarter’s end.
Taking over near midfield, Permian mounted a 4-play, 60-yard TD drive with Isaiah Welton pulling in an 8-yard TD pass to knot the game at 24-24. Legacy wouldn’t go away and answered with a 4-play, 75-yard drive to regain a slim seven point lead.
The Black Cats chewed up the rest of the quarter on the game-winning drive. Lara finished the night with 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Permian (1-1, 4-3) will host Frenship (0-2, 5-2) back in Ratliff Stadium next Friday.
PER – Juzstyce Lara 3 run (kick blocked), 9:09
LEG – Serrano 32 pass from Davila (Maltos kick), 6:59
LEG – Moore 22 pass from Davila (Maltos kick), 8:22
LEG – Maltos 35 FG, 2:58
PER – Parker Haynes 54 fumble return (conv failed), 9:00
LEG – Serrano 10 pass from Davila (Maltos kick), 4:50
PER – Lara 4 run (kick blocked), 1:32
PER – Isaiah Welton 8 pass from Garcia (conv failed), 10:38
LEG – Johnson 8 run (Maltos kick), 9:05
PER – Lara 1 run (Garcia to Gage Murphy), 0:10
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Summary and stats – Terry Alan.