CONVERSE - Expectations are high in the Permian Basin this year for Odessa Permian (1-0) and the Panthers at least for one week lived up to the hype with a dominating 70-14 win over an overmatched McAllen Bulldog (0-1) squad from the Rio Grande Valley.
Permian brings back an experienced group of skill players and that skill came to the forefront in a big way as the Panthers jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back. On the game’s opening possession McAllen went three and out, as the Bulldogs lined up to punt they decided to fake it and it was stuffed, thus giving Permian outstanding field position.
MOJO was quick to take advantage of the special teams miscue as Dexter Neboh scored quickly on a 15 yard run to make it 7-0. McAllen would go three and out on their next drive as well and after a short punt Permian had outstanding field position. It appeared McAllen would hold on the next drive, but Permian from the MHS 48 elected to go for it on 4th and 3. MOJO would capitalize as QB Trey Potter hooked up with sophomore WR Javorian Miller for 29 yards down to the McAllen 19. Two plays later Brandon Bailey would put PHS up 14-0 on a 15 yard touchdown run. The Panthers would add one more score late in the first quarter as WR Kobe Robinson got behind the McAllen secondary for an 18 yard touchdown pass from Potter and a 21-0 lead.
McAllen seemed to finally wriggle their way back in the game as WR Dylan Cardenas got behind the Permain secondary on a fake bubble screen for a 42 yard touchdown pass from QB Caleb Youngblood to make it 21-7. The McAllen defense then stepped up with their biggest play of the night stopping RB Bailey on 4th and 2 from the McAllen 10, the Bulldogs took the ball and moved all the way to the Permian 37 and appeared primed to possibly get back into the game facing a 4th and 1. However, McAllen had an illegal procedure and it turned the play into a 4th and 6 thus forcing the Bulldogs to punt.
Just two plays after the punt Permian all but put the game away as Robinson scampered 60 yards for a touchdown and a 28-7 MOJO lead. With 1:22 left in the half Permian made it 35-7 on a 38 yard screen pass from Potter to Bailey. That all but ended the competitive portion of the game as most of the second was simply garbage time for both teams. Neboh would add two more touchdowns in the second half and Bailey would score one as Permian set a school record for points with 70. McAllen would end the scoring right before the final whistle with a short touchdown run from Josh McGowan.