All season long Permian focused on their goal of winning the district title. A 9-0 record and a No. 7 ranking had Permian entering Friday night with their heads held high with a share of the district title being guaranteed. Seemingly making the game easier for them was the stat in turnovers. Permian had forced an average of three turnovers a game. Central had a -1 of the turnover differential for the season. All that was about to change.
Three turnovers in four possessions and a fourth down stop led to 17 straight Central points and a 20-10 Halftime lead, but it would take a Will Vincent interception with 1:14 to go to give Central the upset and a share of the district title. Even more important for Central, the upset gave them a first round home playoff game.
Permian began the night with some trickery up their sleeves. Brother Miller made the start at Quarterback instead of Trey Potter. On their first play from scrimmage Kobe Robinson scrambled around the end for 43 yards. The drive would stall shortly thereafter, but it led to the first of two Dakoda Delao field goals and put Permian in a familiar position, leading the game.
Central would quickly change that outcome. Within four series Central’s defense forced three Permian turnovers, changing their -1 turnover deficit into a +2 surplus. On the fourth series they held Permian on fourth down. The defensive stands allowed Central to go on a 17-0 run, led by Breenen Wooten.
Wooten rushed for a touchdown and passed for a second one to spark the 17-0 run. Overall he threw two touchdowns and 165 yards. Every time Wooten appeared to be stopped a huge passing play or a pass interference penalty would allow Central to continue moving down the field. The 17-0 run placed Permian in a position they were unfamiliar with, trailing a game. As Wooten scrambled for a 14 yard touchdown Permian found themselves in their first deficit of the year.
Brandon Bailey seemed to respond to every Central score. Bailey would go for 157 yards and two touchdowns, but Trey Potter interceptions would end Permian’s threats. Entering the game Potter had thrown zero interceptions. By the nights end he would have two.
When all was said and done Central walked away with their third consecutive district title, preventing Permian from winning their first outright championship since 2003. The loss will likely drop Permian out of the top 10. San Angelo Central (9-1, 4-1) will host Arlington High to open the playoffs next weekend. Permian High (9-1, 4-1) will host Arlington Bowie next Friday at 7 p.m.
SAN ANGELO CENTRAL 27, NO. 7 PERMIAN 20
Permian 3 7 7 3 — 20
Central 3 17 7 0 — 27
PHS– Dekado Delao 27 FG, 9:41
CHS– Marc Cabrera 25 FG, 2:17
CHS– Brennen Wooten 14 run (Cabrera kick), 10:45
CHS– Adam West 20 pass from Wooten (Cabrera kick), 6:51
PHS– Brandon Bailey 2 run (Delao kick), 4:48
CHS– Cabrera 35 FG, 1:02
PHS– Bailey 8 run (Delao kick), 5:07
CHS– Cal Vincent 42 pass from Wooten (Cabrera kick), 1:30
PHS– Delao 25 FG, 4:52
First Downs 14 18
Rushes-Yards 42-209 32-88
Passing Yards 155 165
Comp-Att-Int 9-18-2 16-30-2
Punts-Avg. 1-42 2-32
Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-0
Penalties-Yards 6-75 2-13
Rushing: PHS– Brandon Bailey 30-157, Kobe Robinson 3-42, Brother Miller 2-14, Dexter Neboh 2-13, Team 1-(-3), Trey Potter 3-(-14); CHS– Brennen Wooten 16-54, Khalil Antoine 6-28, Daven Manning 8-3, Mike Brown 1-6, Team 1-(-3).
Passing: PHS– Potter 9-16-2–155, Brother Miller 0-2-0–0; CHS– Brennen Welch 16-28-2–165, Cal Vincent 0-2-0–0.
Receiving: PHS- Jack Fawcett 6-135, Robinson 2-15, Miller 1-6; CHS– Vincent 5-52, Adam West 4-46, Will Grindstaff 4-33, Khalil Antoine 3-27, Wooten 1-8.
Interceptions: PHS– Jordan McCoy 1-0, Isaiah Sarabia 1-0; CHS– Beau Lasater 1-18, Will Vincent 1-4.