Bronchos Hand Cats Overtime Loss

Odessa, TX – Odessa High painted Ratliff Stadium red as Permian dropped the District 2-6A opener to the Bronchos 49-42 in overtime.  The Panthers had won the previous nine meetings.

Before getting into the particulars of the game, it worth noting that we’re halfway into the season and still committing 13 penalties (good for 140 yards) and putting the ball on the turf five times (losing two of those fumbles). And while there were three very questionable calls, the fact remains the Panthers beat themselves and Odessa High took full advantage.

In front of a capacity crowd, the Bronchos erupted with three fourth quarter touchdowns to force overtime.  After Permian fumbled the first snap of the extended period, OHS rode the momentum to snuff out a nine-game win streak in three plays.

Odessa High’s offense came out firing and opened the game’s first possession with a two-play scoring drive, capped with an 80-yard catch-and-run just 54 seconds into the contest.  Permian responded with a 10-play, 75-yard answer when Isaiah Welton pulled in an 8-yard TD pass from Jakob Garcia to even the tally to 7-7.

The Black Cat defense put the clamps on the Bronchos’ second possession, which lead to Permian taking a 14-7 lead when Isaac Herrera completed a 44-yard halfback pass to Gage Murphy.  The ensuing kickoff was recovered by Gavin Black at the OHS 27.  Two plays later, Juzstyce Lara reeled off a 27-yard romp to paydirt to extend the lead to 21-7 early in the second stanza.

The two teams would exchange touchdowns including a TD catch by Luke Paradeaux midway into the quarter to give Permian a 28-21 advantage at the intermission.  Three Odessa High penalties aided in the scoring drive.

The Panthers opened the third quarter with a chance to add to their lead, but fumbled outside the goal line and the ball bounced into the endzone and out-of-bounds for a touchback.  After trading punts, Permian had a 79-yard run by Herrera negated by penalty.  The touchdown difference stayed intact the remainder of the period.

After Murphy gathered in a 32-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, Odessa High’s passing attack came to life.  It began with a 69-yard strike and failed extra point attempt to cut the deficit to eight points.

The following possession, another penalty and three running plays had Permian facing 4th down on its own 30.  Instead of punting and flipping the field position, Coach Ellison elected to go for it but a short run failed to get the first down yardage.  The Bronchos quickly converted the turnover into points three plays later.  A two-point conversion knotted the game at 35-35 with six minutes left on the clock.

The Black Cats were able to regain the lead when Lara rambled 52 yards to cap a 5-play, 70-yard drive with four minutes to play.  OHS utilized the remaining time to engineer a game tying answer, ending with a 9-yard TD pass with 11 seconds on the clock.  The regulation time expired in a 42-42 draw.

The Panthers went on offense first in overtime, but coughed up the ball on the first snap from scrimmage.  The Bronchos ran three plays before reaching the goal line to bring the game to an end.  **Replay showed the runner stepped out of bounds prior to reaching the goal line.  Not since 2013 had OHS claimed crosstown bragging rights.  That ended tonight.

Lara finished the night with 242 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Murphy had two TD catches.  Permian (0-1, 3-3) will now have to travel to Midland to face the district leading Legacy Rebels (1-0, 5-1) at Astound Broadband Stadium on October 13… Friday the 13th.


   1 2 3 4 OT
07 14 00 21 07
  Permian 14 14 00 14 00


First Quarter
OHS – Rodriguez 80 pass from Cota (Rivera kick), 11:06
PER – Welton 8 pass from Garcia (Franco kick) 5:02
PER – Murphy 44 pass from Herrera (Franco kick), 0:03

Second Quarter
PER – Lara 27 run (Franco kick), 11:47
OHS – Green 3 run (Rivera kick), 9:41
PER – Paradeaux 9 pass from Garcia (Franco kick), 9:11
OHS – Rodriguez 24 pass from Cota (Rivera kick), 8:20

Third Quarter
no scoring

Fourth Quarter
PER – Murphy 32 pass from Garcia (Franco kick), 11:51
OHS – Carreon 69 (kick fails), 10:32
OHS – Carreon 10 pass from Cota (Cota to Warren), 6:46
PER – Lara 52 run (Franco kick), 4:18
OHS – Lujan 9 pass from Cota (Rivera kick), 0:11

OHS – Green 8 run (Rivera kick)

  First Downs 14 10
  Total Yards 481 443
  Rushing 72 309
  Passing 409 134
  C-A-I 16-26-0 6-8-0
  Fumbles 1-1 5-2
  Penalties 10-100 13-140

Summary and stats – Terry Alan.