The Dragons received the opening kickoff and ran a total of five plays before punting. The Panthers ran four plays before matching having to give the ball back. Carroll’s second possession saw T.J. McDaniel bust loose down the right sideline for a 56-yard touchdown run to break the deadlock. Permian’s second set of downs covered 60 yards in eight plays and ate up eight minutes of clock. Mojo got down to the Dragon 16 before turning the ball over on a costly fumble.
Carroll put together a long drive to start the second quarter. The 13-play drive ended short at the Permian 2-yard line with a Chase Stell interception. The turnover resulted in a 14-play drive to setup a 42-yard field goal, but the attempt came up short. The Dragons were able to make their 27-yard field goal as the half came to an end with SLC leading by 10.
Permian ran eight plays and Carroll seven before both were forced to punt the ball away to open the third stanza. Sheets of rain, followed by lightning, abruptly halted the game midway into the quarter. Play resumed after an hour-and-a-half weather delay. The Dragons ran a couple of plays and once again were forced to punt. Permian picked up a pair of first downs before having their punt partially blocked, setting up SLC at the Mojo 33. It took all of three plays before Carroll’s McDaniel scored on a 24-yard TD run for the only points of the quarter.
LET THE FIREWORKS BEGIN
Permian opened the fourth quarter threatening inside the Carroll redzone. The Panthers broke their silence when Peyton Powell hooked up with Tyler Ramage to cut the deficit back to 10. The Mojo defense limited the Dragons to five plays and a punt, and Permian took over on the 41. On a 4th-and-5, Powell lateraled to Mason Sellers which threw a 34-yard TD pass to a wide open Justin Hammond. The Dragon lead was cut to 17-14 with a little under six minutes to play.
It took just two plays for McDaniel to score his third TD of the game. This time courtesy of a 90-yard scamper from coast to coast. SLC re-established a 10-point margin with 4:31 left in regulation. Back came the Panthers. Covering 80 yards in eight plays, the Permian offense moved methodically down the field. Kaden Horrell destroyed an outside linebacker with a block to spring Powell for a 23-yard romp to paydirt. A blocked extra point attempt left Permian trailing 24-20 with 2:25 to play.
A failed onside kick gave Carroll the ball at midfield, but the Dragons were unable to drain the clock and had to punt. Mojo took over on their own 20-yard line with 1:20 remaining on the clock and no timeouts. Permian worked the sideline and utilized seven plays to get to the Carroll 33, but ran out of time.
After traveling 350 miles west to play El Paso Franklin and then 350 miles east to play Southlake Carroll, Permian will get to enjoy playing at home the next couple of weeks. The Panthers will celebrate Homecoming next week. Mojo will host International School of Broward (Florida), and then Los Fresnos will visit Ratliff Stadium to finish the non-district slate of games.
| BY QUARTER
SLC – T.J. McDaniel 56 run (Joe McFadden kick), 7:52
SLC – Neal Koskay 27 FG, 0:26
SLC – McDaniel 24 run (McFadden kick), 11:47
PER – Tyler Ramage 3 pass from Powell (Carson Roberts kick), 11:15
PER – Justin Hammond 34 pass from Mason Sellers (Roberts kick), 5:48
SLC – McDaniel 90 run (McFadden kick), 4:31
PER – Peyton Powell 23 run (kick blocked), 2:25