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.    

Former Permian Players

Darren Allman
A 1987 graduate and former player, Darren Allman was a sophomore when the Panthers won the 1984 Class 5A State Championship. Allman was a junior when the team reached the state finals in 1985. He shares the school record for interceptions in a single game with four in 1986. A decade later, Allman would spend eight seasons coaching at Brownwood, one year at Temple, and one year at Highland Park. In February 2005, he was named as Permian’s 11th football coach. After reaching the third round of the playoffs in ’06, ’07, and ’08, Allman left Permian for Austin Westlake and then Colleyville Heritage.  He accepted the Athletic Director position at Southlake Carroll in 2015, and has returned to coaching at Nacogdoches. Continue reading “Former Permian Players”

Coaching Staff

The 2021 Season

Jeff Ellison
Head Coach
Played college football at McMurry University. Began his coaching career in 2002 as a student assistant for the War Hawks. Ellison spent time at Lubbock Estacado, Breckenridge, and Pilot Point. He also served as offensive line coach at GP North Shore.
Ellison joined the Mojo football coaching staff in 2013.

Barrett Matthews
Offensive Coordinator/Receivers

Vance Washington
Defensive Coordinator

Chris Frisby
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Derron Gatewood
Offensive Line

James Hanlan
Inside Linebackers

Dean Garza
Linebackers

Brian Ingraham
Defensive Line

Stan Hodges
Running Backs

Raul Sanchez
Cornerbacks