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Mistakes stunt effort as Mustangs fall to Panthers in season finale

Mustangs wind up season 2-8, 1-7 in District 2-5A

Posted: November 8, 2012 - 11:12pm  |  Updated: November 9, 2012 - 1:27am
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Odessa Permian's Desmond Daniels shoves away Lubbock Coronado's Cody Wilbanks to take the ball down near the goal line during their game in Lubbock on Thursday.
Odessa Permian's Desmond Daniels shoves away Lubbock Coronado's Cody Wilbanks to take the ball down near the goal line during their game in Lubbock on Thursday.
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The effort was there Thursday night for the Coronado football team. But like many of the other nine games of the 2012 season, the execution didn’t always follow along.

The Mustangs suffered through several drive-killing penalties in the first half that allowed Odessa Permian to take the early lead, and Coronado could never recover enough to overcome them in falling, 49-24, to the Panthers in the season finale at Lowrey Field.

“I loved our kids effort and thought they played their tails off,” said Coronado coach Kent Jackson, who finishes his second season 2-8 overall and 1-7 in District 2-5A. “They fought hard and responded well. There were a lot of negative things in the game but that was on both sides. I was proud of the way the kids fought. They came out and really gave the effort we expected them to give and finished on a deal where they can at least feel good that they put their best effort out there.”

Jorrion Wilson rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns for the Panthers (5-5, 5-3 in District 2-5A), who used a 21-point swing over the end of the second quarter and well into the third to turn a tenuous 14-10 lead into a comfortable 35-10 advantage with 5:25 left in the third quarter.

Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the Coronado bench and a third after the touchdown to make it 35-10 showed some frustration with a game and a season that turned out nothing like what the Mustangs had hoped.

The Mustangs rushed for 307 yards and finished with 338 total. But they had just 109 yards in the first half thanks mainly to drive-killing penalties that wiped out big first-down gains on three of their first four drives, and only a bit of trickery saved the third penalty from forcing another punt.

“Very unfortunate,” Jackson said of the penalties. “That’s about all I should probably say on that.”

Coronado opened the second half with a missed field goal, and the Panthers took advantage with touchdowns on their first two drives. The second was set up by the two unsportsmanlike penalties on Coronado that came after a Mustang drive where two big gains were wiped out by a post-play personal foul and a holding call.

The Mustangs cut the Permian lead to 35-17 late in the third quarter, but the Panthers responded with another touchdowns on their next two drives to put the game out of reach — the second touchdown set up by a Greg Hewett fumble and a personal foul on Coronado that put the ball the Mustang 9-yard line.

“I thought in the second half we had some nice drives going down but we just didn’t come away with points,” Jackson said. “Either the drive stalled or we missed a field goal, whatever the case may be.”

The Panthers racked up 245 rushing yards in the first half and finished with 425 total yards, most of that coming from Wilson, who had 128 of his yards after halftime. Quarterback Jack Wilkins added 180 yards through the air with two touchdowns.

The Panthers set the tone early with touchdowns on two of their first three drives. Permian took advantage of a short field after a pooch kickoff and went 50 yards in eight plays on its opening drive, capped by a 1-yard sneak by Jack Wilkins with 9:20 left in the first half.

Coronado answered with points, but only three of them. A big kickoff return by Andrew Ellison put the Mustangs in business at the Permian 37, but four plays netted just four yards, and they settled for a 49-yard Joey Alexander field goal.

The Mustang defense forced a Permian punt but the offense could do nothing with it and gave it right back. The Panthers capitalized by going 72 yards in nine plays. Wilson had six carries for 50 yards on the drive, including the final 8 yards to push the lead to 14-3 two plays into the second quarter.

Coronado’s offense against sputtered and was forced to punt, but the defense held at its 30, and the Panthers missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.

Coronado seized the momentum and turned the defensive stand into points. A holding call wiped out a run for a first down by Rod Moore, but two plays later, the Mustangs pulled out the wrap-around draw. The entire team aside from Isaiah Tates went right, but Tates took the ball from Hewett from behind and outraced the Permian defense 74 yards down the left sideline for the end zone to cut the lead to 14-10.

On the ensuing kickoff, Clay Adams coughed up the ball and Dalton Doss fell on it for the Mustangs at the Permian 37. But on the very next play, Robert Lee took the Wildcat snap and fumbled the ball without being hit, and the Panthers recovered at its 43.

Permian, however, gave it right back as Wilkins’ deep pass over the middle was tipped and intercepted by Toby Maxwell, who returned it to the Permian 40. The Coronado offense did nothing with the gift, however, and had to put it back to the Panthers with 39 seconds left.

An 18-yard completion to Mirage Bibb and a late hit by Coronado put the Panthers at the Mustang 35 with six seconds left. Permian lined up for a Hail Mary, but Andrew Perez broke off from the main group, headed for the left corner of the end zone and Wilkins hit him as time expired between two Coronado defenders for the touchdown for a 21-10 halftime lead.

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ODESSA PERMIAN 49, CORONADO 24

Odessa Permian 7 14 14 14 — 0

Coronado 3 7 7 7 — 0

First Quarter

PER — Jack Wilkins 1 run (Barron Becker kick); 9:20

COR — Joey Alexander 49 FG; 7:15

Second Quarter

PER — Jorrion Wilson 8 run (Becker kick); 11:27

COR — Isaiah Tates 74 run (Alexander kick); 3:22

PER — Andrew Perez 35 pass from Wilkins (Becker kick); :00

Third Quarter

PER — Wilson 34 run (Becker kick); 7:25

PER — Wilson 14 run (Becker kick); 5:25

COR — Greg Hewett 5 run (Alexander kick); :50

Fourth Quarter

PER — Wilson 20 run (Becker kick); 10:48

PER — Dez Daniels 9 pass from Wilkins (Becker kick); 8:44

COR — Brandon Sherlin 13 run (Alexander kick); 2:19

TEAM STATISTICS

PER COR

First downs 22 15

Rushes-yards 37-245 42-307

Passing yards 180 31

Comp.-att.-int. 9-16-1 6-11-0

Punts-avg. 2-27.5 4-17.5

Fumbles-lost 0-0 4-2

Penalties-yards 8-77 10-110

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Odessa Permian, Jorrion Wilson 23-209, Jack Wilkins 7-17, Tyler Hutson 4-14, Mikorban Fields 2-3, Justin Hall 1-2 ; Coronado, Rod Moore 13-114, Isaiah Tates 2-79, Greg Hewett 10-47, Brandon Sherlin 2-28, Nick Bartley 4-24, Robert Lee 6-22, Andrew Ellison 1-1, Tevin Holmes 3-(-3), Dallas Smith 1-(-5).

PASSING: Odessa Permian, Wilkins 9-16-1—180; Coronado, Hewett 3-8-0—16, Moore 3-3-0—15.

RECEIVING: Odessa Permian, Andrew Perez 5-95, Des Daniels 2-43, Javier Gavaldon 1-18, Fields 1-15; Coronado, Lee 3-16, Sherlin 3-15.

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