Dragons Host Storied Odessa Permian Panthers
Sep 13, 2018 09:10AM
● By Mike
The Dragons will look to complete a perfect non-district slate on Friday when Carroll welcomes storied Odessa Permian following wins over South Grand Prairie (25-8) and Colleyville Heritage (42-17) to open the season.
The matchup features two programs that have combined for 14 state championships, though Permian last hoisted a trophy in 1991.
Permian travels east to Southlake boasting a 1-1 record after dropping its opener against DeSoto, 38-28, before bouncing back in Week 2 with a 43-27 triumph over El Paso Franklin.
Projected by prognosticators to claim the District 2-6A title, the Panthers return six starters on each side of the ball from a squad that went 9-2 a year ago and was eliminated in the area round of the playoffs by Arlington Martin.
Running back Ed Williams returns to lead the Permian offense after posting 1,476 yards and 17 touchdowns last.
In Permian’s opener, Williams picked right up where he left off, racking up 117 yards and a score on 25 carries against a talented DeSoto defense. Justin Hammond chipped in 79 yards for a Permian team that rushed for 274 yards as a squad.
Quarterback and transfer Peyton Powell contributed 67 of those yards while also completing 7-of-18 passes for 91 yards with two touchdowns and one interception with Hammond (four receptions, 63 yards) his top target.
Defensively, Permian not only brings back six starters, but five that were all-district performers last season (linebackers Matt Jones, Kaetyn Armstrong and Tanner Adams and defensive backs Rakeeb Adeyemi and Christian Tschauner). That hasn’t spelled success early on, however, in particular in the loss against DeSoto where the Eagles racked up more than 500 yards of offense, including 357 passing on just 17 completions (21 yards per catch).