by David Shepherd
The weather was perfect in Odessa, and Ratliff Stadium quickly filled up beyond its 18,500 capacity.
Permian returned the opening kick deep into Bronchos’ territory, just 6 plays later the Panthers punched it in for a 5-yard rushing touchdown to make the score 7-0. The Bronchos of Odessa settled for a field goal on their next series of plays, making the score 7-3. The Panthers made another great return on the kick-off and capitalized with their second touchdown to make it score 14-3 with only 56 seconds left in the first quarter.
Things are heated up in the second quarter as Odessa scored a touchdown and extra point on a long sustained drive to cut the Permian lead to 14-10. After the Odessa defense forced the Panthers to a fourth down punt, the Bronchos electrifying ground game took over and quickly added their second touchdown of the quarter to go ahead 17-14 going in to the half.
On their first drive of the second half, Permian seemingly scored a touchdown on a Tommie Morris 25-yard carry, but the referees ruled he fumbled the ball at the goal line with a Bronchos recovery. The Permian defense was able to hold Odessa to force a 3rd down and out.
The Panthers offense came out roaring on their second possession, quickly adding a touchdown with a well-balanced attack to go ahead 21-17 with 2:14 left in the 3rd quarter.
The Bronchos responded with a touchdown of their own to start the 4th quarter, re-capturing the lead 24-21. The Panthers’ next drive ended with an interception down at the Odessa 5-yard line. The Bronchos went the entire 95 yards for another touchdown and a 31-21 lead.
The Permian Panthers gave up the football on downs with only 2:40 left in the game. The Bronchos were uninterested in running out the clock, but instead rushed for another touchdown with 1:08 left in the game.
The Panthers never quit but time expired, with a final score of Odessa 38-Permian 21.\
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- Odessa vs. Permian – 2010