Coach Darren Allman will become
Austin Westlake’s new man in 2009.
closed session, Eanes ISD board members approved the
hiring of Allman as head football coach and athletic
director. The interview process narrowed the
search down to Allman and current Chaps assistant
coach Steve Ramsey. After several days of
negotiations, Allman and school district officials
tentatively agreed to terms that will make him one of
the highest paid football coaches in the state.
The Ector County ISD now finds itself looking for a
replacement, with Spring Training approaching in about
BANQUET HONORS ACHIEVEMENTS
Permian football banquet was held on January 24 at the
MCM Grande FunDome. The evening began with food
and introductions of the players and their dates.
The event drew great anticipation as the presentation
of achievements and awards were announced.
Standout running back Sherard Ray was named Most
Valuable Player. Video highlights of the 2008
season concluded the gathering.
SEASON ENDS IN A GAME OF INCHES
With 1:30 remaining on the
clock, Permian faced a fourth-and-3 at the Allen
48-yard-line. Trevor Adams completed the 4-yard pass to Ryan Rumbaugh, as
an Allen defender rode him to the turf. The
first down chains were brought in. With a
questionable spot of the ball, the Panthers had come
up short by two inches. The change in possession
marked the end of the Mojo comeback, and Allen knocked
Permian out of the playoffs 28-22. The Eagles
posted a touchdown in the first quarter and scored
again in the second before Taylor Martin kicked a
28-yard field goal. The Panther trailed 14-3 at
the half. Allen scored two more TDs and Sherard
Ray answered to end the third quarter with Mojo down
28-10. Permian refused to quit and took full
control of the fourth. Ray capped a
13-play, 89-yard drive with a 5-yard TD to open the
fourth quarter. Ray returned to the end zone on a 6-yard
TD run with 7:34 to play. Permian got the ball
back with 3:46 left
and a chance to claim the victory and advance to the
State Quarterfinal. That opportunity ended on
the 45-yard line.
ELKS GET ALL THE MOJO THEY COULD HANDLE
The Panthers gave the
Burleson Elks both barrels of its potent offense en
route to a 56-21 Area Round playoff victory.
Mojo scored on every first-half possession and built
itself a 42-7 halftime lead. In the second half,
Sherard Ray (14 carries for 114 yards) and the Permian
running game controlled the tempo... and clock.
Trevor Adams broke the PHS record for single-season
passing yards. Taylor Byrd threw for 2,449 yards
in 2007. Adams has 2,526 yards this year... and that's
MOJOMENTUM STARTS THE SECOND SEASON
Permian jumped all over
the El Paso El Dorado Aztecs early and often to claim
a 62-14 Bi-District playoff trophy. The Panthers
and Alan Castillejos exploded to the tune of leading
34-7 at the half. In the third quarter, the Mojo
defense seemed to get a little lax; however, the
offense continued to punish the Aztecs. The
fourth quarter afforded Coach Allman to send several
of the backup players into the game. They will
play Burleson next Friday night at Abilene's Shotwell
MOJO STRUGGLES WITH WIN OVER BULLDOGS
Permian jumped out to 13-0 lead in the first quarter,
but Midland High possessed a 14-13 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the Bulldogs busted out on a
81-yd TD run to take a 21-13 lead. Trevor Adams
hit Ryan Rumbaugh for a 17-yard touchdown pass, then
found Rumbaugh again for the two-point conversion to
tie the score 21-21. The Panther marched down
the field late in the quarter and Adams snuck into the
end zone behind tackle Garrett Porter and guard Sam
Brown to put the Panthers in front to claim a 28-21
ONE GAME FROM
DISTRICT TITLE AFTER 36-8 WIN
With Permian trailing 8-6, Sherard Ray broke a
tackle and cut back to the right for a 40-yard
touchdown to give the Panthers the lead. Taylor
Martin nailed a 38-yard field goal and Permian took a
15-8 lead over Amarillo Tascosa to end the first half.
In the third quarter, the Panthers poured it on.
Mojo scored on an 6-yard pass from Alan Castillejos to
Trevor Adams, and Colby Pyron collected a 20-yard
interception return to extend the Permian lead to
29-8. The Panthers sealed the game on a
touchdown pass from Adams to Shai Biggerstaff from 11
yards out in the fourth quarter.
OVER SECOND HALF... 56-31
Lubbock Coronado did what no other opponent has
managed to do all season... (a) score 31 points on the
Mojo defense and (b) stay within four points of the
Panthers at the half. Alan Castillejos put
Permian on the scoreboard first with a short TD run.
The next Mustang possession resulted in an 'A Mac'
25-yard interception return and the Panthers were up
14-0. Coronado scored on a 14-yard TD pass to
close the first quarter. Trevor Adams and Shai
Biggerstaff connected on a 64-yard pass to set up the
Panthers for another Castillejos score. The
defense had troubles with the Mustang passing game,
which resulted in a 28-24 lead at the intermission.
Halftime adjustments were made by the PHS coaching
staff and the second half was business-as-usual for
Mojo. Permian held Coronado to one score, while
racking up another 28 points. Sherard Ray had 23
carries for 273 yards and four touchdowns.
PAST WESTERNERS... 35-14
Permian took the opening kickoff and methodically
moved the ball 77 yards, capped off by a 9-yard
touchdown run by Brian Nunez. Trevor Adams
engineered two more scores - a 19-yard TD pass to Alan
Castillejos and a 44-yarder to Ryan Rumbaugh to give
Permian a 21-6 halftime lead. DeAnthony Fay made
his way into the endzone in the third quarter on an
eight yard TD run. Sherard Ray busted loose in
the fourth quarter on a 24-yard scamper for the last
points of the game. Ray finished the night with
170 yards rushing on 23 carries.
POOR MITLAN LEE
This game was by far a better game than last week,
when Mojo thumped OHS 54-20. Lee gave Mojo a good two
quarter workout, and I thought the players and
coaching staff responded well. The Rebels opened the
game with a decent first possession drive. Permian
settled in and each team scored in the first quarter.
Mojo scored on a long pass from Trevor Adams to Ryan
Rumbaugh, and Lee kicked a field goal in the second
quarter to post a 14-10 Panther lead at the half.
The halftime pep-talk must have been a good one...
Permian dominated the third quarter on both sides of
the ball. The Mojo D administered the pancake hits by
the handful. The Mojo 1991 State Champion team
was also in attendance, with other notables that
included ESPN and a couple of guys from the '88 team.
The annual cross-town game between Permian and
Odessa High was far from a close ball game of two
unbeatens. The Panthers dismantled the Bronchos
from the opening possession, and notched 21 points on
the scoreboard before OHS managed their first 1st
down. Trevor Adams took the first play from
scrimmage 73 yards to paydirt. Alan Castillejos
would add a short plunge to cap off a 9-play, 61 yard
drive. Permian converted an Odessa High fumble
into points when Ryan Rumbaugh scored from eight yards
out. This gave the Panthers a 21-0 lead in the
first quarter. Adams connected with Rumbaugh on
a 77-yard TD pass, and Sherard Ray burst into the
endzone from the 27-yard line. Taylor Martin
nailed field goals from 37 and 39 yards to give Mojo a
40-6 halftime lead. Both teams added two
touchdowns each in the second half to give the
Black-N-White the 54-20 win.
Mojo jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, thanks to
two touchdown passes from Trevor Adams to Ryan
Rumbaugh. The first came six minutes into the
first quarter on a 31-yarder and the next a 22-yarder
at the end of the quarter. From there, it was a
lopsided affair that gave the Panthers a 28-3 halftime
lead. Big plays dominated the third quarter.
Sherard Ray broke open a 76-yard TD run and Alan
Castillejos added a 64-yarder of his own. It was
47-3 until the Amarillo Sandies scored on the second
team defense late in the fourth. Bridgette
Palmer was crowned student Homecoming Queen, and Anita
Lightfoot was named MojoLand's second annual Faculty
END IN 49-7 MASHING
Monterey's first possession of the game was a
preview of what was to be. In fact, the first
three Permian scores were off of Plainsmen fumbles -
two in the first quarter and one in the second
quarter. Alex Castillejos and Sherard Ray scored
from 2-yds and 1-yd out. Castillejos added
another touchdown to give the Panthers a 28-0 halftime
lead. Trevor Adams connected with Eli Torres on
a 7-yard TD pass and Castillejos scored his third
touchdown on a 2-yd run in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter witnessed Permian and Monterey
trading touchdowns, with the final Mojo score coming
with less than a minute to play in the game.
DeAnthony Fay found the end zone from 13 yards out.
MOJO BASHES THE
San Angelo came out and took an opening 7-0 lead.
It didn't take long to find out they were way over
their heads, as Permian slapped 30 points on the board
in the second quarter.
SEVEN ON SEVEN ON
The Permian 7 on 7 team has qualified for the West
Texas 7-on-7 Championship after making to the
championship game in the Frenship Tournament June 14.
The Panthers had a chance to win-it-all, but fell
short by one point in overtime. The Tigers handed Mojo
a 42-41 loss in the final game. Permian began
play Saturday morning with a tough loss to Lubbock,
27-20. Not to be discouraged, the Black-and-White
responded with a pair of two-touchdown victories.
Midland Lee ended up on the short end of a 28-14 game,
and Hereford fell 34-21 to the Panthers. Permian
and Frenship will both qualify for the West Texas
Championships that will be played July 12th at the
Texas Tech campus.
THE 2008 SPRING WORKOUTS HAVE
The 2008 Panthers began Spring work outs April 21.
In order to better last year's effort, Permian will
need to top the 12-1 record of the 2007 team - and
that included winning district. Spring Training
will continue through May 15, with the annual
Black-White set for May 17.
LETTER OF INTENT
Defensive ends Ross Forrest (TCU) and Austin Shaffer
(Texas-El Paso) and wide receiver Melvis Pride (Sam
Houston State) are going to pursue their football
goals on a college level. They recently signed
their letters of intent in the Permian library.
Linebacker Alex Lujan (Angelo State), offensive
lineman Landon Sissel (Angelo State), offensive
lineman Ira Wallace (E. New Mexico) and wide receiver
Joseph Knighten (West Texas A&M). NCAA Division
II Hardin-Simmons will welcome five Permian players -
defensive lineman Cori Branscum, quarterback Taylor
Byrd, tight end Tyler Daughenbaugh, offensive lineman
Rocky Garcia and running back Esai Sotelo.
The annual Permian Football Banquet was held at the
MCM Grande FunDome on January 26th. Quarterback
Taylor Byrd was named Most Valuable Player and Jamison
Berryhill claimed Best Offensive Back. Ross
Forrest and Austin Shaffer shared the Best Defensive
Lineman Award. The
complete list is now been posted.
COORDINATOR TO EXIT
Defensive coordinator Matt Fryar is leaving the
football program to become an assistant at Angelo
State University. Fryar, who graduated from
Angelo State and was a captain on the Rams’ football
team in 2000, was one of Allman’s first hires at
Permian upon taking over as head coach in 2005.
The two worked together on staffs at Temple and
Highland Park before coming to Odessa. Over his
three seasons with the Panthers, Fryar coached the
defensive secondary and outside linebackers in
addition to his coordinator duties. Coach Matt
Anastasio is expected to take over the defensive play
calling next year.