Two storied programs clash at Abilene Christian, as Permian is a six-time state champion, while the Dragons counter with eight state titles. Two teams that have combined to win 14 state titles will meet Friday in second round of playoffs. Permian and Southlake Carroll will play at Wildcat Stadium on the campus of Abilene Christian University on Friday. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.
CLASS 6A DIVISION I AREA PLAYOFF
ODESSA PERMIAN VS. NO. 19 SOUTHLAKE CARROLL
When/where: 4 p.m., Anthony Field, Abilene
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Records: Permian 8-2; Carroll 8-1
Last game: Permian 37, El Paso Franklin 26 (bi-district); Carroll 49, Haltom City 14 (bi-district)
Last meeting/series: Carroll def. Permian, 48-7, in 2019 to take a 3-0 lead.
The Southlake Carroll (Southlake, TX) varsity football team has a neutral playoff game vs. Permian (Odessa, TX) today @ 4pm. This game is a part of the “2020 Football State Championships – 2020 Football Conference 6A D1 ” tournament.
Two storied programs clash at Abilene Christian, as Permian is a six-time state champion, while the Dragons counter with eight state titles. Panthers QB Harper Terry ran for 107 yards, threw for 111 yards and accounted for three TDs in the win over Franklin. Shy Stephens-Deary caught a 21-yard TD reception from Terry, which was his 18th TD catch of the year to break the Permian single-season record set by former NFL player and University of Texas great Roy Williams, who caught 17 TD passes in 1998. The Dragons are led by sophomore RB Owen Allen, who has carried the ball 180 times for 1,421 yards and 21 TDs this season. However, Carroll has been without junior QB Quinn Ewers, an Ohio State pledge, since Oct. 30. In last week’s win over Haltom City, backup QB Hunter Holden completed 12 of 16 passes for 223 yards, three TD passes and two interceptions.
Carroll’s eight state titles are tied for second-most in UIL history, and seven of those championships have been won since Permian claimed its last title in ’91. Carroll won three consecutive state titles from 2004 to 2006 as part of a 49-game winning streak, then went 16-0 in 2011 to win its last championship.
The legendary programs will meet in the playoffs for the first time since 2006 when they square off in a Class 6A Division I area-round game at 4 p.m. Friday at Abilene Christian University. It will be a matchup of two programs trying to recapture their glory days, although Carroll has come much closer in recent years.
Carroll has won 86% of its games from 2010 to 2020 — amassing a record of 125-21 — and it won one state title and played in six other regional finals during that time. Permian has lost some of its Mojo, going 76-47 in the same span, and it advanced past the second round of the playoffs just once, reaching the third round in 2014.
From 2010 to 2019, Carroll won 10 or more games in a season nine times, including three 13-win seasons and a 16-0 season. Permian had just one double-digit win total in that stretch, finishing 10-2 in 2015.
Carroll (8-1), ranked No. 19 in the state, has gone 5-0 without injured five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, an Ohio State pledge who is the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2022. Carroll scored at least 45 points in all five games, as running back Owen Allen ran for 792 yards and 11 touchdowns and Hunter Holden threw 13 touchdown passes.
Permian (8-2) enters Friday’s second-round playoff game having won five in a row since a loss to Abilene. Quarterback Harper Terry has accounted for 18 touchdowns, and Shy Stephens-Deary has 13 touchdown catches during the winning streak.
Carroll beat Permian 42-6 in the third round of the playoffs in 2006 en route to a third consecutive 16-0 season. The teams have played just twice since — both times in the regular season — and Carroll won 24-20 in 2018 and 48-7 in 2019.