History Of MojoLand

BACKGROUND & HISTORY

The MojoLand® website came into existence in 1996, as a response to Buzz Bissinger’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ book. I felt there were several bent truths and sensationalized information in the book. Being a graduate of Permian, I found portions of the book to be exaggerated. Hence the creation of MojoLand®.

The site began as a personal web page. It consisted of a news page, roster, schedule, coaching staff, and playoff history of the football team. In 1998, the Ector County Independent School District was in its Phase Two of becoming internet friendly and having a site originating from its campuses. Along the way, more and more features to the MojoLand® site would evolve.

The ECISD finally got on track and launched their own site, which included the district’s full athletic department. In 2000, MojoLand® would yield to the school district site and re-focus on the football athletes and their achievements during and after dawning the Panthers uniform.

The production of ‘Friday Night Lights – the Movie’ began in March of 2004 and I had an inside track. MojoLand® was the only website on the internet with daily updates and photos, as I was directly involved cast as a Permian assistant coach. The inside scoop afforded MojoLand® to top One Million internet visitors a month for most of 2004-05.

In 2006, the website featured the first internet-based virtual museum in the nation that was dedicated to a high school football program and its history.

MojoLand® is celebrating its Black, White, and Silver anniversary after an unprecedented year of surprises in 2020.  Through the many highs and lows, I have enjoyed corresponding with several of you over the past 25 years. Thank you all for the ride.

Make sure to look for ‘Inside MojoLand’ later this year.    

Past Permian Football Coaches

1959-61 TED DAWSON (21-10-0)
Bi-District Finalist
1962-64 JIM CASHION (15-15-0)
No Playoffs
1965-70 GENE MAYFIELD (62-10-2)
State Champions
State Finalist 2x
1971-72 GIL BARTOSH (23-1-0)
State Champions
National Champions
1973-85 JOHN WILKINS (148-16-6)
State Champions 2x
State Finalist 4x
1986-89 GARY GAINES (47-6-1)
State Champions
National Champions
1990-93 TAM HOLLINGSHEAD (43-4-2)
State Champions
1994-99 RANDY MAYES (45-25-1)
State Finalist
2000-02 T.J. MILLS (15-15)
No Playoffs
2003-04 SCOTT SMITH (10-10)
No Playoffs
2005-08 DARREN ALLMAN (38-11)
Region Finalists 3x
2009-12 GARY GAINES (23-21)
Region Finalists
2013-17 BLAKE FELDT (38-18)
Region Finalists 3x
2018-xx JEFF ELLISON (23-11)
Region Finalists

Continue reading “Past Permian Football Coaches”

School History

Permian came into existence 60 years ago, as the third high school to Odessa. Located in the northern part of town, it was only a matter of time for the 250,000 square foot school to root into fertile soil. The beginning year saw Permian win three games, and in the second season of existence the Panther football program set the standard for winning with a record of 8-3-0. In just five years later, the Panthers won their first state championship in 1965. In 1966, the school district allowed the annexation of the Permian Field House, and the following year, the swimming pool was added. As the building was growing, the legend was taking root and spreading faster than the construction. It was also during this time, the infamous “MoJo” chant began. Continue reading “School History”

Game Tickets

Ector County ISD Athletics Ticket Office – 802 N. Sam Houston.
  

Ticket Office Hours:

Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – Noon

  
Pricing:
Advance Adult Tickets
$8.00 – Reserve Seats (Home side)
$8.00 – General Admission Seats (Visitors)

Advance Student Tickets
$3.00 – Student section

Game Day Purchase at Stadium
Ticket Office opens at 6:30pm
$10.00 – Adult Reserve Seat (Home side)
$10.00 – General Admission (Visitors)
$10.00 – Student Section Ticket
  

ECISD Athletics Office
Phone:   432-456-9059
Email:   tickets at ectorcountyisd.org

Ratliff Stadium – Odessa, Texas

Ratliff Stadium is one of the premier high school stadiums in the country. Built in 1982, the 17,931 seat stadium has been ranked as one of the Top 10 high school venues by USA Today, and was featured in the movie ‘Friday Night Lights’. In addition to football, the stadium plays host to soccer, the West Texas Relays, other track and field events, and marching band contests. The stadium has seen crowds of near 25,000 when standing room sections are made available.
  

CLICK TO ENLARGE SEATING MAP

STADIUM SEATING
Home Team Band:
Home HS Students:
Home Spirit Group:
Home MS Section:
Home Elementary:
Visiting Band:
Visit Student Section:
Visit Spirit Group:
SECTION X [Lower Half]
SECTION X, Y [Upper Half]
SECTION Y [Lower Half]
SECTION B
SECTION H
SECTION T [Lower Half]
SECTION T, S [Upper Half]
SECTION S [Lower Half]
  
OHS vs PHS
Home Team Band:
Home HS Students:
Home Spirit Group:
Home MS Section:
Home Elementary:
Visiting Band:
Visit Students:
Visit Spirit Group:
SECTION C [Lower Half]
SECTION B, C [Upper Half]
SECTION B [Lower Half]
SECTION H [Upper Half]
SECTION H [Lower Half]
SECTION X [Lower Half]
SECTION X, Y [Upper Half]
SECTION Y [Lower Half]

Home Team enters Gate 8
Visit Team enters Gate 12

   
STADIUM POLICIES AND REGULATIONS

1. The Ratliff Stadium Complex shall not be used to advertise, promote, sell tickets, or collect funds for any purpose without prior approval of the Athletic Department.
2. Only authorized persons are permitted on or near the playing field; those in possession of a sideline pass, students in uniform and their sponsors. Spectators are not allowed on the playing field before during or after the game. No students or adults shall be permitted on the playing field prior to, during, or after the game except those in uniform, engaged in the game and half-time activities.
3. Only authorized persons; those in possession of a press box pass are permitted in the press box.
4. The elevator is for press box access only.
5. Air horns (any device that uses air to make a noise that would be a disruption to fellow spectators or to the athletes on the playing field), sirens and whistles are not permitted in the stadium.
6. No live mascots will be permitted.
7. No confetti will be permitted.
8. No balloons will be permitted.
9. Durable signs of a positive nature may be displayed at District football games with approval of the game administrator. No Paper signs.
10. Climbing or jumping over rails or walls is prohibited.
11. Portable seating and or furniture is prohibited.
12. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
13. No food or drink is allowed; this applies to all support groups as well, no food may be brought into Ratliff Stadium. No sunflower seeds are allowed.
14. Ice chests other than those for the teams are prohibited.
15. Use of tobacco is prohibited.
16. Victory Bells and other large props should have placement approved by the stadium manager.
17. Props for support groups or band must not mark the track or the field some must rest on a protective base.
18. Dressing Rooms will be opened 2.5 hours prior to game time.
19. The half-time interval will be 28 minutes (UIL rule).
20. Bands and pep squads must divide the time equally for half-time performance time. Each band has 13 minutes to enter, perform, and leave the field. The clock will start as soon as the field is cleared of the football teams. The timer will not wait until the band is ready to begin. The time for the second band and drill team will begin as soon as the band steps on the field or automatically one minute after the first band leaves the field.  Band directors and drill teams will be warned if the maximum time limit is violated.
21. Visitors will be held responsible for any damages.