The Fort Stockton Panthers will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2014 after a 46-14 win on the road against the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes Friday night.
With the win, the Panthers (4-2, 8-2) locked up third in the District 1 4A-2 and eliminated Lamesa from the playoffs. Monahans beat Sweetwater to secure the district's final playoff berth. Greenwood won the district and Snyder, which beat Pecos 56-20, took second.
The Panthers will play 7 p.m. Thursday against District 2 runner up Estacado at Grande Communications Stadium at Midland High School.
The third-place finish and the 4-2 district mark are the Panthers’ best in five years competing at the 4A level.
The Panthers completed the regular season with an 8-2 record, good enough for a fifth-place tie for the best record in the 107-year history of Fort Stockton football, equaling the records of the 1936, 1962 and 1977 teams.
A win over Estacado in Thursday’s playoff opener would equal the 9-2 mark of the 1942 and 2007 teams. The 1978 team has the all-time best record at 10-1.
Of course, a win over Estacado would also bring the Panthers their first-ever playoff win after 14 previous losses.
FS: Brian Gonzalez 14-yard pass to #80. PAT failed. 6-0 6:25
FS: Nick Johnson 3-yard run. Cole Daggett PAT good. 13-0 7:14
FS: Nick Johnson 14-yard pass to Jayden Valdez. Nick Johnson two-point run. 20-0 0:51
FS: Nick Johnson 19-yard pass to Derek Hernandez. PAT blocked. 26-0 2:25
L: Jackson Napper 30-yard pass to James Rodriguez. Trace Phillips PAT good. 26-7 1:29
FS: Nick Johnson 52-yard run.2-point conversion failed. 32-7 1:17
FS: Nick Johnson 13-yard pass to Cesar Trejo. Cole Daggett PAT good. 39-7 11:17
FS: Pedro Vazquez 13-yard run. Cole Daggett PAT good. 46-14 6:35
Fort Stockton (3-2, 7-2) can lock up is first playoff berth and third place in district with a win Nov. 9 at Lamesa (3-2, 3-6) in the district finale. The two teams enter the game tied for third in district behind champion Greenwood (6-0, 8-2) and Snyder (4-1, 7-2).