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Team: Odessa Permian Panthers

District: 2-5A

Coach: Gary Gaines (New Coach) coached at Odessa Permian from 1986-1989 and had a 46-7-1 record;

Last Years Record: 12-1 overall 9-0 Distirct

2008 Games:
vs Duncanville (6-5) (at Abilene) (W 28-22)
vs *San Angelo Central (0-10) (W 46-14)
at *Lubbock Monterey (5-5) (W 49-7)
vs *Amarillo (5-5) (W 47-10)
at *Odessa (9-3) (W 54-20)
vs *Midland Lee (7-4) (W 35-17)
at *Lubbock (1-9) (W 35-14)
vs *Lubbock Coronado (5-5) (W 56-31)
at *Amarillo Tascosa (3-7) (W 36-8)
at *Midland (8-4) (W 28-21)

Playoffs: Division I Regionals
Won 62-14 vs El Paso El Dorado (6-5) -- Bi-district
Won 56-21 vs Burleson (5-7) -- Area
Lost 22-28 vs Allen (15-1) -- Regionals

Returning Lettermen: 22

Returning Starters: Offense: 4 Defense: 3

Key Players:
OL Margarito Vasquez 2nd Team All State
C Austin O'Connell Honorable Mention All State
DB Brennan Welch 76 tackles 4 INTs

Notes:
After back to back 12-1 seasons Coach Darren Allman left for Austin Westlake. To read more about this go to:

http://www.lonestargridiron.com/2009/02/26/westlake-lures-odessa-permian-coach-to-austin

Odessa Permian then went and found one of the most famous coaches in Texas to take over. The Panthers coach from 1986-1989, Gary Gaines. The same Gary Gaines who coached Odessa Permian when the Friday Night Lights book was written.
To read more about this go to:

http://www.lonestargridiron.com/2009/03/10/gaines-is-back-to-lead-the-mojo

With only 22 lettermen and 7 starters coming back it will be hard to get another 12-1 season but with Gaines leading the way it might happen. Look for the Panthers to finish the regular season at 8-2 or 9-1 and make another run to the Area or Regional playoffs. They open up their season at the Kick Off Classic in San Antonio against Duncanville.

History:
3 year winning streak
All time record: 465-125-12 78.24% 602 games
Playoff Appearances (28) 1960,65,68,70,72,73,75,77,78,80,81,82,83,84,85,87,88,89,91,92,93,94,95,96,98,2006,07,08

Championship History: Odessa Permian (11) 5-5-1 (Tied for 1st in All-Time appearances in Championship History)
1965 4A - Odessa Permian 11, San Antonio Lee 6
1968 4A - Austin Reagan 17, Odessa Permian 11
1970 4A - Austin Reagan 21, Odessa Permian 14
1972 4A - Odessa Permian 37, Baytown Sterling 7
1975 4A - Port Neches-Groves 20, Odessa Permian 10
1980 5A - Odessa Permian 28, Port Arthur Jefferson 19
1984 5A - Odessa Permian 21, Beaumont French 21
1985 5A - Houston Yates 37, Odessa Permian 0
1989 5A - Odessa Permian, 28, Aldine 14
1991 5A Division II - Odessa Permian 27, San Antonio Marshall 14
1995 5A Division I - Converse Judson 31, Odessa Permian 28

Last 5 year record: 42-17

Last 10 year record: 57-42

By: Michael Wright
Lone Star Gridiron
www.lonestargridiron.com

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