HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Permian brings the productive spring to an in depth in a black and white recreation
Permian Panthers play their annual spring game on Thursday afternoon at Ratliff Stadium. (Jacob Ford | Odessa American)
After the Permian football team had no chance of quitting spring football in 2020, they wanted to make up for lost time during Thursday’s black and white spring game at Ratliff Stadium.
Quarterback Rodney Hall threw a touchdown pass and Tate Terry scored two field goals to score in a controlled 10-minute quarter.
When it was all done, head coach Jeff Ellison said he was happy with the Panthers’ position.
“I’ve seen a lot of improvement since we started five weeks ago,” said Permian head coach Jeff Ellison. “I was proud of our boys today. It was fun and good for the fans and the community to get out of here and see them. “
The early part of the scrimmage was highlighted early on by Hall, who only played the first half.
Hall almost canceled a touchdown run in the second game after a scrimmage for the white team. He followed four games later with a 48-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Salazar to end a strong opening run.
The Panthers will have a new center quarterback for the 2021 season, with Harper Terry graduating. The good news for Hall is that he believes in the supporting cast.
“I felt like I did well today, but I feel like a team from the O-Line to the guys around me. We all did a good job today,” said Hall.
One focus of Permian for the spring was building the next group of running backs. This was also evident in the number of ball carriers who had repetitions on Thursday.
Returnees Tristan Johnson and Johnny Martinez all received broadcasts, along with newcomers who included Marcus Lares and Jonathan Vizcaino.
Permian quarterback Hunter Ramage (20) protects the ball while Jaxon Doherty (35) and Matt Abila (center) try to wrap themselves up during Thursday’s black and white spring soccer game at Ratliff Stadium.
“I think we have a lot of depth in going back and I think we did a great job,” said Ellison. “Coach (Kirk) Thurman, I think this is one of the areas where we’ve made a big leap.”
Ellison was also pleased with the defense’s particularly early performance. The White Defense forced sales on their first two possessions: a fiddly recovery by Cooper Brannan and an interception by Bryce Woody.
Woody, along with safety Kayden Baze and cornerback Corey McCoy, is among the seasoned starters returning to defend the Panthers.
“I think this is going to be huge for us,” said Ellison. “If there are people who started when they were a year or two and come back for their final years, that’s a lot of football that they played to get better.”
The panthers are now turning to summer training before returning to their first exercises in August.
Permian will face Amarillo High at Ratliff Stadium on August 20, before opening the season at home against El Paso Pebble Hills the following week.
At the moment the focus is on building on what the team achieved in the spring.
“It’s all about summer training,” said Hall. “You really get stronger there and come together as a team.”
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