Peyton Powell (Baylor), Matt Jones (Baylor), Landon Peterson (Texas Tech), and District MVP Justin Hammond (Stephen F. Austin). Those are just some of the seniors for Permian moving on to the next level.
With those departures comes opportunity for the team’s returners.
“We’ve talked about it with our guys throughout the year,” said Permian head coach Jeff Ellison. “This is high school – people graduate. So when that happens, positions open. We’ve had some guys step up in those roles and they’ve done an outstanding job.”
MOJO once again held spring practice this offseason. That period was particularly helpful this year, allowing the coaching staff more time to evaluate.
“We’ve got some good top-end guys and we’ve got some depth that we’re looking at, like a lot of people in our league do,” said Ellison after the Black and White Game. “It was good. The way we practiced this spring on both sides of the football I thought helped us as a whole as a football team.”
Offensively, Easton Hernandez is slotted to take over as quarterback. Defensively, Ellison says he’s pleased with the team’s overall speed.
The Panthers held their first scrimmage last Friday night – a week before their season opener against DeSoto.
“Executing and not making mistakes,” said Ellison, when talking about the team’s goals for the scrimmage. “Early on, I think that’s the biggest thing for all teams is to go out there and not make mistakes. Offisdes, turning the ball over, missed assignments, missed tackles – things like that – and just continue to work and get everything secure.”