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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: El Paso Franklin has all the answers against Permian

By Michael Bauer mbauer@oaoa.com, 432-333-7772 | Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:45 pm

The El Paso Franklin Cougars dealt the Permian football team its second loss of the season as the Panthers fell 49-28 Thursday night at Ratliff Stadium.

Playing in their home opener, the Panthers (0-2) spent the entire game playing from behind.

“Overall, defensively, we didn’t play as well as we should’ve,” Permian head coach Jeff Ellison said. “We didn’t play very well.

“We made mistakes on offense. I’m not pleased with tonight’s performance.”

Franklin moved to 2-0 for the season.

The Cougars wasted very little time in scoring as they found the end zone on their first drive of the night with a 10-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 6-yard run by David Powers with 5:55 left in the first quarter.

 “We’re just excited that our kids came out and played,” El Paso Franklin head coach Daren Walker said. “We had a lot of guys who stepped up and I’m proud of them.

“Our kids just rallied. They played well.”

The Panthers managed to respond very quickly with a 74-yard touchdown pass from Harper Terry to Amarion Garrett on a one-play, 14-second scoring drive and the game was tied up in the opening quarter.

The Cougars, however, weren’t to be denied before the quarter was over as quarterback Danny Walther found the end zone on a 10-yard run with 3:17 left in the first quarter to take a 14-7 lead.

Franklin’s lead stayed at seven at the end of the opening quarter as Permian’s kicker Carson Roberts missed a 32-yard attempt wide left with three seconds left in the first quarter.

Franklin’s Pablo Ryan scored on a 22-yard reception by Walther with 7:05 left in the second quarter to extend the Cougars’ advantage to 14 points.

Permian’s Malachi Medlock helped the Panthers respond, powering in the end zone on an 8-yard touchdown run with 1:00 left before the half.

But that was enough time for Cougars to respond, scoring on a Gabriel Stonewall 24-yard touchdown reception with 33 seconds left in the half and the Cougars had a 28-14 halftime lead.

The second half continued to be a back-and-forth contest as both offenses continued to dominate the field.

Franklin managed to stay in front and a 6-yard touchdown reception by Ethan Bustillos with 1:11 left in the game gave the Cougars a 49-28 lead.

“I think our offense did a good job of using what we had,” Walker said. “We kept the ball going. Our quarterback did a great of job carrying the ball. I thought we did a good job on offense. Our defense had a few drives where we were frustrated by Permian.

“We would score and they would score but we sent a message when we scored right before the half. We were able to send a message to our kids that we’re not going anywhere.”

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