Wolfforth, TX – Ball control and clock management was completely dictated by Permian in the first half as the high-scoring Frenship offense was left helpless in the District 2-6A catfight. Following an extended weather delay in the fourth quarter, the Panthers escaped with a 17-14 victory at Peoples Bank Stadium.
It was a game of two halves. Permian tacked up 17 points while utilizing long time-consuming drives in the first half. Frenship was able to come back with two touchdowns to narrow the deficit in the second half, which included the 90-minute delay that stymied the Panthers’ efforts.
Tristan Johnson handled the Permian offensive workload as the featured back, racking up 163 yards from 35 carries. Most of that came in the first half. The opening drive of the game consisted of 13 running plays, with all of the touches coming from Johnson. He would cap the 75-yard drive with a short touchdown run. Frenship ran one play on its first possession, which a handoff exchange hit the turf.
The next set of downs for the Panthers would chew up the remaining time in the first quarter and continue into the second stanza. The 12-play drive ended in a Tate Terry 25-yard field goal for a 10-0 Mojo advantage. Quarterback Rodney Hall’s first pass of the game came midway in the second quarter. That was a 25-yard TD strike to Deonte Bass to give the Panthers a 17-0 lead that would hold until the intermission. It would also be the last time Permian would get into the endzone.
The Tigers made their halftime adjustments and opened the second half with a 15-play, 58-yard drive capped with a 6-yard TD pass to cut the deficit to 17-7. The Panthers took their turn and made it down to the Frenship 30, but failed to convert on a 4th-and-1. Mojo would get the ball back late in the third and put together another promising drive. Just four plays into the fourth quarter had Permian on Frenship’s 18-yard line. That would get abruptly halted when weather-warning sirens began to blare.
After the lengthy delay, both team re-emerged to finish the contest. Things began to unravel for the Panthers the remaining 11 minutes as sloppy play, shanked punts, multiple undisciplined penalties, and a pair of fumbles haunted the same team that dictated much of the prior three quarters. The first fumble came on a 4th-and-3 on the Frenship 13, and the other resulted in the Tigers setting up shop on the Permian 34. They eventually scored on the possession to narrow the difference to 17-14 with 3:09 to play. The Mojo defense was able to prevent Frenship from producing a game-winning drive as the clock ran down.
The Black Cats escaped with the road win, but will have areas to clean-up as the District 2-6A race continues. Permian (1-1, 4-2) will return to Ratliff Stadium next Friday for the annual crosstown showdown with Odessa High (1-1, 3-3). The Bronchos beat San Angelo Central 41-14 tonight.
Perm – Tristan Johnson 1 run (Tate Terry kick), 4:46
Perm – Terry 25 FG, 9:40
Perm – Deonte Bass 25 pass from Rodney Hall (Terry kick), 4:29
Fren – Andrew Braddock 6 pass from Pharies (Olivarez kick), 5:46
Fren – Landon Hutcheson 15 pass from Pharies (Olivarez kick), 3:09
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