Friday Night Lights, the famous and controversial book written by H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger chronicling Odessa Permian's rise toward a run at the Texas State Championship, showcases one of Texas High School Football's rivalries, Permian vs. Midland Lee, with the season on the line. Fast forward to last Friday night and it's "deja vu all over again".
On Friday, both teams hit the turf at Odessa's Ratliff Stadium for the 2019 version between schools separated by only 20 miles.
For Permian's senior quarterback Easton Hernandez, Friday's game proved to be a memorable run to the season in leading his team to an upset over their bitter rivals.
Hernandez ended the game completing 8 of 11 passes for 142 yards along with 16 carries for 149 yards, in handing Midland Lee it's first loss of the season.
He caught a touchdown pass of 18 yards from Alex Rose in the first quarter and opened the second quarter scoring by connecting with Terran Limuel for a 26 yard TD pass.
Hernandez gave Mojo the lead in the third quarter on a 60-yard TD run and added another from one yard out to give Mojo a 35-25 lead.
Up by three points, 35-32 in the final period, Hernandez scampered for a 27 yard TD run to literally put the came out of reach with only 2:12 left in the game.
Permian (6-4) clinched a share of the District 2-6A title and will play in the Bi-District round at Ratliff Stadium this Friday at 7 p.m. as they host El Paso Franklin. It will be the two teams second meeting this year. Franklin won the first encounter, 49-28 in Week Two.