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Odessa High has built a reputation as a football team that finishes.
Even in losses, the Bronchos have made a habit of playing well in the second half, a cue Odessa High has taken from its superstar running back, Bradley Marquez, who never slows down.Desperate to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Bronchos hit the afterburners Friday night. A fourth-quarter explosion by Odessa High blew away Permian 38-21 and eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs.
Permian (4-5 overall, 0-4 District 3-5A) struck first.
A 2-yard Tommey Morris run and a 9-yard touchdown pass from Landry Serrano to Jalen Loud gave the Panthers a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
But Marquez has been an equalizer for the Bronchos all season long.
Ripping off runs of 20 yards and 45 yards in Permian territory, Marquez set up a pair of touchdowns by OHS quarterback Johnny Campos, and the Bronchos headed into halftime with a 17-14 lead.
Marquez finished with 201 yards on 24 carries, his fourth 200-yard night of the season, and broke his own single-season rushing record with a 33-yard fourth-quarter gallop that gave him 1,730 yards for the season.
“Marquez is a great back, and he’s a big part of the difference,” Permian head coach Gary Gaines said.
Permian fought its way back.
Sparked by a defense that gave Odessa High (4-5, 1-3) fits in the third quarter, the Panthers came back to take the lead on a 7-yard scoring run by DeAnthony Fay late in the third quarter to give Permian a 21-17 lead heading to the final frame.
“It kind of brought us down, but I kept the guys up,” Odessa High cornerback Darrian Samuels said. “The seniors are going to step up. We know what happens, so the next series, we stopped them, and the offense took over.”
Marquez had plenty of help.
Before the third quarter even ended, Campos hit little-used Abram Ybarra for 25 yards to keep a drive alive, and six plays later, Campos bowled in from 7 yards out to retake the lead.
Permian nearly answered. Sparked by the connection of Serrano and Morris — Serrano completed 21 of 29 passes for 208 yards and a score — the Panthers drove deep into OHS territory, but junior safety Kyle Alexander made a leaping interception to take the ball back at the 2-yard line.
And the Bronchos, sparked by a 52-yard flea-flicker from Campos to Jonathan Lara, marched 98 yards in six plays. Marquez bowled over from the 1 to give Odessa High a 31-21 lead with less than four minutes left.
“When we needed big plays, we couldn’t come up with it,” Permian inside linebacker Craig Wesson said. “We shut them down twice in the third quarter, but we had to keep stopping them, and we didn’t do that.”
A last-chance Permian drive ended when wide receiver Austin Reynolds was sacked by Spencer Carrasco, who had three of Odessa High’s six sacks, to set up a bowling, churning 20-yard touchdown run by Ivan Subia that sealed the Bronchos’ win.
Odessa High now finishes its season with a do-or-die district finale against Midland Lee next week at Ratliff Stadium.
All that the Bronchos have to do now is finish.
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