Permian Panthers (9-0, 4-0) vs SA Central Bobcats (8-1, 3-1)
Friday November 6 – 7:30pm
San Angelo Stadium – San Angelo, Texas
2014 – Permian-21 SA Central-39
The scoring machine that is the Permian Panthers showed no mercy last week in their 57-7 win over crosstown rival Odessa High last week and the Bronchos learned what everyone else that has played the Panthers has learned, this team is really good.
San Angelo Central gets their shot at Permian Friday night and if they can come up with a win, not only will they be the only ones to knock off the mighty Panthers, but they will win district in the process as well.
Take your pick of players on the stacked Permian offense and that player can easily be the playmaker for them on any given night. No player has contributed more than Brandon Bailey and he moved into third place all time on the rushing yards list for the Panthers last week. If the Bobcats can somehow contain him, the Panthers can count on Kobe Robinson, Dexter Neboh, Trey Potter, Brother Miller or Jack Fawcett to come through for them. I can sit here and throw stats at you all day, but the numbers don’t even do justice for what this offense has been doing all year.
When I asked QB Trey Potter and RB Brandon Bailey their thoughts on this game, they had the following to say:
Trey Potter-“This is it, this has been what we’ve worked and strived for. It all comes down to this week and going in and taking what is ours. A district championship has been our goal and we are going to achieve that.”
Brandon Bailey-“Our mentality is just like any other game we’ve played, we gotta go out there, keep grinding and playing hard and get the win.”
Like I have said many times before, for as good as the offense is, and I think cornerback Des Smith would agree with me when I say that, the defense has been even better. This defense has not given up more than 17 points in any game this year and has two shutouts and has given up only one score in four different games. If you get an opportunity to score on them, you better take advantage of it, because those chances are few and far between.
Much like the offense, you can take your pick of players on the defense and that guy has contributed to a win at some point during the season. This team truly is a team, they play that way and they win that way. No one cares who gets the ball or who gets the credit for the wins and even when they have little mishaps, they are all quick to put the blame on themselves, not a teammate. This is a special group of guys that are playing at a phenomenal level that we may not see again for some time.
When I asked corner backs Des Smith and Jordan McCoy their thoughts on the game, they had the following to say:
Des Smith-“Last season, we allowed them to raise the district ball at our house. So I feel it would only be right if we returned the favor.”
Jordan McCoy-“This is a good and important game to build off of to make our run in the playoffs. We’re just going to play hard and fast like the first 9 games and treat it like every other game.”
San Angelo also has many players that contribute offensively, but leading the pack is TCU commit QB Brennen Wooten. Wooten has 2557 passing yards with 25 touchdowns and 277 rushing yards with 7 rushing touchdowns on the year. He is averaging 320 passing yards and 35 rushing yards per game this season.
Also contributing to the offense are running backs Daven Manning and Khali Antoine. Manning has 578 yards rushing with 7 touchdowns and Antoine has 434 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns and also has 148 yards receiving with one touchdown on the year.
Several receivers help this offense, but the top three receivers are Cal Vincent, Aaron Wooten (younger brother to Brennen) and Adam West (Not Batman, I checked, or at least he says he’s not.). Vincent has 635 yards with 5 touchdowns, Wooten has 560 yards with 5 touchdowns and West has 471 yard with 6 touchdowns. Both the running back and receiving groups are filled with juniors and seniors, so they bring a lot of discipline and experience with them.
The Bobcat defense has not been as dominant as the Panthers have been, but they have been making plays all year for this team to help get them wins. Three major contributors to the defense are Donavyn Jackson, Dylan Parsee and Brock Martin. Jackson has 48 total tackles, with one tackle for a loss, one QB sack and also has one interception returned for a 101 yard touchdown, which is also a record. Parsee has a total of 44 tackles, with six of them for a loss, has a team leading eight sacks, one forced fumble with a recovery and also has one interception. Martin has a total of 39 tackles, leads the team with 2 interceptions and also contributes in the punt return game.
It’s hard to imagine that the Panthers won’t be able to produce the way they have in previous games. But this game is different than the rest, this will be the toughest test for the Panthers before heading into the playoffs. The only loss for the Bobcats came at the hands of Abilene, a team that Permian defeated 37-17.
With all of this said, I think we will see a competitive game, for one quarter of play. Permian will put the exclamation point on this regular season and accomplish their first goal of the season, winning a district title. Permian has already clinched a share of the district title at 4-0, but a loss to the Bobcats gives them a share of the title and also gives the Bobcats a playoff game at home in the first round.
So, to recap, if Central beats Permian, the two would split the district title, but Central would win the automatic homefield spot in next weeks 1st round of the playoffs due to their head-to-head win over Permian. Permian gets the home game in the playoffs next week with a win.
Cerda-Fied Prediction: Permian-45 San Angelo-17
Writers note: I asked multiple players from San Angelo to comment on this game, but all of them declined.
Thanks to Daniel Ormsby for contributions to this game preview.