Permian Panthers (10-1) vs Tascosa Rebels (9-2)
Saturday November 21 – 1:00 pm
Lowery Plains Capital Field – Lubbock, Texas
2014 – Permain-49 Tascosa-28
Permian is coming off of a convincing 49-12 victory over Arlington Bowie, while the Rebels claimed a 66-40 victory over El Paso El Dorado.
Last week, Brandon Bailey became the all-time all-purpose touchdown leader with 56 scores for Permian in the win and we can expect another heavy dose of him in today’s game.
Last week, Bailey rushed for 265 yards and 4 touchdowns and shows no signs of slowing down. The Rebels defense has other ideas in mind and have talented players like linebackers Keshon Cervantes and Traeven John who can help try and slow down the Mojo machine that is Bailey.
The Rebels defense is allowing 218.3 yards per game, while Permian is averaging just under 500 yards of offense per game, over double of what the Rebels give up per game. One strength for the Rebel defense is that they have 9 starters returning from last season, experience that will come in handy once this game gets under way.
QB Spencer Isern leads the Rebel offensive attack along with RB’s Brett Russell and Tim Fields. Isern, Russell and Fields have combined for 1560 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns on the year thus far. Isern has also passed for 723 yards, 9 touchdowns and has 4 interceptions on the year. The Rebels run the option offense, which consist of a lot of run plays, but they can also throw the ball when needed too.
Rebel Head Coach Ken Plunk spent two years as an assistant coach for Permian and after letting the game slip away in the same round last year, he would love nothing more than to return the favor to the Panthers.
“The thing is we let the emotion of the game dictate it,” Plunk said. “We gave up some big plays late and that happens. We’re way more experienced and make adjustments on the sidelines we couldn’t make last year.”
Asked if the result of last years game helps motivate the team, Plunk said “It’s very motivating, we feel like we let it slip away. (The Panthers) are a good football team but we want another shot at them.”
The Panthers defense is led by the new Texas Tech commit Des Smith, but he has plenty of talented teammates who help him shut down other teams offenses. Tommy Taylor, Jax Welch, Josh Nguyen, Deylan Moreno and Smith’s cousin Jordan McCoy are a few names that you will hear regularly called Saturday afternoon. The Panther defense is giving up just 10 points a game, while the Rebels are averaging 40 points per game. The Panther defense will have to clamp down once again to contain the Rebel offense and walk away with a win.
Panthers Head Coach Blake Feldt knows that coming away with a win will be a tough challenge, he had the following to say about the Rebel team.
“(Amarillo Tascosa) has a heck of a football team and what they do offensively is going to give us problems,” Feldt said. “It gives everybody problems. We should know, because what we do isn’t the same, but it’s similar. They have some very good athletes. We’ll have to be at our best Saturday afternoon in Lubbock.”
One thing is for sure, this is going to be one heck of a game and one very good team will have their season end today. It is pretty scary how similar these two teams are, but one advantage that Permian has is Brandon Bailey.
Cerda-Fied Prediction: Permian-41 Tascosa-31