LIBERTY HILL — Legendary player and former Permian head coach Gil Bartosh passed on June 4 at the age of 86. Bartosh was born in 1930 and mentored the Panthers in the 1971-72 seasons, which included a state championship.
Irving, TX — Permian and Converse Judson traded punches back-and-forth during the 1995 State Championship game. It all came down to a pass interference that wasn’t called, instead became an interception in the 31-28 barnburner at Texas Stadium.
Odessa, TX — On a cold and rainy night, Permian and Abilene Cooper met at Ratliff Stadium to decide who would be the 1994 District 4-5A Champion. The Cougars jumped out to a 16-10 halftime lead, but were shutout in the second half by the Panthers for a 31-16 Mojo victory.
Irving, TX — Permian and Beaumont French met in Texas Stadium to lay claim to the 1984 State Champion crown. The Panthers (15-0) entered the contest as the top-ranked team in Texas, while many wondered if the Buffaloes would even be able to stay in the game. No one anticipated the game would end in a bittersweet 21-21 tie.
Austin, TX — Permian left no doubt who was 1972’s best in the state in Class 4A, after handing Baytown Sterling a 37-7 lashing in UT’s Memorial Stadium. This is the second State Champion crown for the Panthers. They also won a state title in 1965.
San Angelo, TX — Playing in the rain, on a muddy grass field, and temperatures near freezing, the Panthers were ready to take on all elements… that would include opponent San Antonio Lee. Permian, making its first appearance in a Class 4A State Championship, was prepared both mentally and physically.