RAINY WEATHER NOT TO DAMPEN SPIRITS
The annual end
of Spring Training games were held under rainy
conditions at Ratliff Stadium. The Junior
Varsity started the evening with Team White enjoying a
12-0 lead at the half. After heavy rains slowed,
Team Black found themselves on the short end of a 28-0
shutout. The Varsity Black-White game followed.
In a much tighter game, the Black team led 7-0 at the
half. In the third quarter, the rains returned
and again stifled both offensive passing games.
only completed 2-of-12 passes for 5 yards and an
interception, while Landry Serrano and Austin
Reynolds were 2-of-6 for 24 yards. Serrano
contributed carries of 13, 26 and 14 yards on the
opening series of the game. Felix Neboh capped
off the 80-yard scoring drive from 11 yards out to put
Black in front, 7-0. In the third quarter, Eli
Torres found the endzone on a 10-yard run to tie the
score. Running back Jamar Miles gave Team Black
their winning score midway through the fourth quarter.
BALANCED ATTACK GIVES WHITE 26-8 EDGE
In the annual
Black-White game [Sophomore Edition], Team White
utilized turnovers and a steady dose of run - run -
pass to defeat Team Black on the Permian campus
Tuesday afternoon. Michael Allen showed decent
skills under center, while Josh Ward and Michael
Molinar anchored the ground attack for the White team.
The Black team struggled on offense. Even with
the defense giving up 26 points, Xavier Jones and Matt
Garza had solid outings as defensive ends.
TWO WEEKS DOWN, ONE TO GO
scrimmages marked the coming end of two weeks of
Spring workouts. The coaching staff ran the
varsity and junior varsity at an elevated pace.
Both the first and second offensive and defensive
units were given various game time situations in the
sessions. Spring Training will conclude next
week with the traditional Black-White games.
IT EVEN FEELS LIKE FOOTBALL
With a near
record high temperature on Friday, Spring Training
workouts on Saturday morning felt more like
late-October football weather. Heavy overcast
skies and a stiff cool breeze welcomed the players and
coaches to Day Two. Spring in West Texas would
normally set the stage for drills and mock plays in an
80 degree environment. Most of the coaching
staff and onlookers were dressed in short sleeves and
shorts. The morning session yielded to base
blocking assignments, defensive coverages, and
conditioning reps. After an extended break, the
afternoon session reconvened with more focus on the
offensive backs. Linemen were put through a
series of more blocking drills. One of Permian's
strengths for '09 appears to be our linebackers and
GAINES READY FOR SPRING TRAINING
The name Gary Gaines has been etched
into the fabric of Mojo Football. He made his
first appearance on the Permian sideline as an
assistant coach from 1979-81. The 1980 team and
staff would claim the first of three state
titles in the 80s. Gaines returned in 1986-89
and claimed the third title belonging to the Panthers
in that decade. A 'Friday Night Lights' book and
movie focused of the 1988 Texas state semi-finalist
team in which Gaines coached. **Just don't believe
everything you read.** Coach Gaines and
staff will begin molding the 2009 Mojo squad on May 1.
The three week Spring Training sessions will conclude
with the annual Black-White games on
May 22 at Ratliff
Stadium. The junior varsity teams will play on the
Permian campus on May 19. Kick-off at 4pm.
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