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Playoff Game Preview: Permian Panthers vs Arlington Bowie Volunteers

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Permian Panthers (9-1) vs Arlington Bowie Volunteers (6-4)
Friday November 13 – 7:00pm
Ratliff Stadium – Odessa, Texas

Last meeting:
2011, 1st round of playoffs – Permian-7 Bowie-42

Permian suffered its first defeat 27-20 last week against Central and could not complete the season undefeated as they hoped to. Arlington Bowie finished its regular season play on a three game winning streak that was capped off with a 55-15 win over Weatherford.


The Volunteers are are a pretty well balanced team led by QB Donoven Davenport, RB Deandre Cook and WR Anthony Hawkins. Davenport used both his arms and legs to hurt defenses and he finished up the regular season with 1080 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions and also added 373 rushing yards with 6 touchdowns. Cook had 1630 rushing yards on 176 carries for an average of 9.3 yards per carry and had 14 rushing touchdowns. Cook also added on 160 receiving yards on 10 receptions for an average of 16 yards per catch. Hawkins closed out the regular season with 583 receiving yards on 25 catches for an average of 23.3 yards per catch and had 8 receiving touchdowns. Hawkins also rushed for 414 yards and had 4 rushing touchdowns on the year.

For the Volunteers to have a chance in this game, all three of these young men will need to continue playing at a level that their team is accustomed to them playing at. The Panther defense isn’t happy about what happened last week and I would expect them to come out and play at a very high level in this game.

The Volunteer defense is led by LB Xavier Baskeyfield, Safety Toriano Hargrove and CB Trey Pope. Baskeyfield led the team in total tackles with 95 tackles and was secong in QB sacks with 4. He was followed by Hargrove who had 76 tackles and 1 interception on the year and Pope had 71 tackles, a team high 3 interceptions and also recovered a team high 2 fumbles. The team had a total of 11 takeaways on the year and allowed 29 points per game.

This defense will have its hands full on Friday night against this high powered offense that is the Permian Panthers. They have numerous players who can contribute on any given night and much like the defense, they want to correct any errors they had last week and will be looking to get back on track in this game.

The Panthers can hurt you in various areas of the game, with various players throughout the game. QB Trey Potter, RB Brandon Bailey, WR’s Kobe Robinson, Dexter Neboh and Brother Miller along with TE Jack Fawcett can all have an explosive play at any given moment.

Potter finished the regular season with 1247 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 460 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. Bailey finished the year with 1625 yards rushing on 208 carries for an average of 7.8 yards per carry, 23 rushing touchdowns, 113 yards receiving and 2 receiving touchdowns. Robinson totaled 490 rushing yards on 40 carries for an average of just over 12 yards per carry, 6 rushing touchdowns, 282 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. Neboh closed out the year with 444 yards rushing, 4 rushing touchdowns, 293 receiving yards and 5 receiving touchdowns.

Miller also played the back up QB role along with WR and he saw some playing time at the QB position this year when Permian had games won well before the game was over. He finished the year with 56 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 262 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 249 receiving yards and 5 receiving touchdowns. Fawcett had his moments throughout the year and contributed 362 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.

As you can see from their season totals, Permian is not afraid to get multiple players involved in the game. They push each other to work harder and do better and it shows in their games. This offense is putting up 50 points per game and have scored over 50 points in 6 of their 10 games thus far. The Mojo machine is looking to bounce back after putting up a season low 20 points last week and that could be bad news for Bowie.

The Panthers defense has just as much talent as the offense does, maybe even more depending on who you ask. This defense allowed an average of 10 points per game, had two shutout games, kept teams in single digit scoring in 4 other games and only gave up more than 17 points once.

Some of the key contributors to the defense are Josh Nguyen, Jax Welch, Deylan Moreno, Tommy Taylore, Jordan McCoy and Des Smith. Nguyen led the team in tackles and interceptions with 4, while Smith and McCoy were tied for second on the team with 3 interceptions.

Much like the offense, the defense will want to come out and correct any breakdowns that they had in last weeks loss. If they aren’t careful and try to do too much, the Volunteers have the talent to make them pay on any repeat miscues they have this week.

I think that the Panthers get even more focused and bounce back this week after the tough loss last week. Bowie won’t go quietly, but I just don’t see them putting up enough points to come away with a victory.

Cerda-Fied Prediction: Permian-42 Bowie-17

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Jeff Cerda is the founder and editor at Heel/Face Wrestling, and is also a reporter for Texas Redzone Report, Bobcats Insider and FightScribe.com.

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