Friday Night Legends
Friday Night Legends is a football board game that uses actual team statistics, play calling and some luck to determine the outcome – kind of like real life! In this series, we will take some of these great teams we have compiled and give you a write-up of how the two played using Friday Night Legends.
1985 Houston Yates (16-0) vs 1989 Odessa Permian (16-0)
The Jack Yates Lions from Houston traveled 502 miles to Ratliff stadium to take on the Odessa Permian Panthers and their MOJO. The Panthers won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Yates chose to put their defense on the field first and elected to kick. Great coverage for the Lions left Permian starting with the ball on their own and 11.
A quick three-and-out left the Panthers with 0 yards and a punt that put the Lions at their own 47. Yates had no luck, getting -5 yards on two plays before coughing up a fumble and turning it over to Permian at their 42. After the opening two drives the teams had combined for -10 yards and one lost fumble. It was a sign of the defensive struggle that was about to unfold.
After managing only one first down (thanks to a penalty) the Panthers attempted a 40 yard field goal that sailed wide left leaving the game tied 0-0 with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter. Yates started the next drive with an 18 yard run and it appeared the Lions were going to get on track. Next, a quick 21 yard screen pass had them in Permian territory but, the drive stalled there. Again special teams came up big pinning Permian down to their own 5 yard line with the punt.
A Panther 16 yard run was the first sign of life for their offense. The drive quickly stalled and the Panthers punted it away. Yates took over at their own 35 with 4:50 to go in the first.
It looked to be another no-gainer of a drive until the Lions busted out a run down to the Permian 6 yard line. The Panther defense tightened sacking the Yates quarterback for 11 yards. After missing the chance at the endzone, Yates looked to settle for the 34 yard field goal. The Lion kicker clanked it off the upright leaving the score still 0-0 with 2:20 to go in the first. The teams swapped three-and-out punts and the first quarter came to an end with Permian on their own 20.
The second quarter started off with a bang as Permian tried an outside run but fumbled. It was picked up by a Yates defender who scrambled all the way to the seven before getting tackled. Two plays later Yates got the first score on a roll out pass. 7-0 with 10:50 to go in the half after the big break setup by the defense.
Permian ended up punting not once, but twice on the next drive. Facing fourth down and 2 in their own territory, Permian punted but a penalty against Yates gave them a first down. Three plays later they were forced to punt again.. this time down to the Yates 19 yard line.
On this drive, Yates managed one first down before punting the ball away. Permian took over at their own 30 with 5:40 to play in the half. The quick three-and-out and the ball was back in the Lions hand. Yates drove the length of the field on a drive that included some key third-down conversions – one of which was a 39 yard pass down to the 7 yard line. Facing third and goal at the 2, the Yates running back’s outside run reached the end zone with 10 seconds to go in the half. 14-0 and Yates would take that score into the halftime
The second half started when Permian (trusting their defense) elected to also kick to start the quarter. Yates began at their own 20. The gamble paid off as Houston went three-and-out before punting the ball to the Permian 40. In a defensive game, field position is very important.
Permian again went three-and-out and the punt left Yates starting at their own 24. Another three-and-out lead to a punt with the starting field positions edging in Yates favor. Permian began their next ride at their own 38.
Things turned when Yates was called for roughing the passer giving Odessa Permian the first first down of the second half. On the next set of downs, the Mojo gambled and went for it on fourth and three. A roll out pass for 6 yards set them up with first and 10 at the Yates 32. With momentum swinging heavily their way, Permian reeled off their largest run of the day… a 15 yarder down to the 18 yard line. The drive ended a few plays later when Permian got on the board with a 31 yard field goal making it 14-3 with 2:20 left in the third quarter.
Special teams again played a big role when Yates received the kickoff at their 3 and returned it all the way to their 40 to start the drive. Content to play field position with the lead, Yates punted away after a three-and-out. Starting at their own 39, Permian got things going right away with the 16 yard pass. This ended the third quarter 14-3 Yates.
The Permian drive stalled and they punted again to Yates who took over at their own 17. Things again started to look good for the Lions. After getting a first down, it appeared they were going to start something, but it stalled quickly. A booming kick and a nice return set Permian up at their own 35 with 9:40 to go in the game.
The Yates defense stiffened and Permian went backwards for three plays before punting down to Houston’s 30 yard line. On third down, a 23 yard draw play moved the ball into Permian territory at their 39. Unlikely to hit a 51 yard FG and unlikely to hit the coffin corner punt, Yates elected to go for it. The Lions came up short turning the ball over to Permian at their 31.
With 6:20 remaining in the game and down by two scores, the Mojo looked for some magic. They caught some of that as a 16 yard run was added to a 15 yard personal foul setting them up first down at the 19. The magic ran out there though as the Mojo drive stalled and they attempted a 37 yard field goal. Their second miss sailed wide right!
Yates took over needing just to salt away their victory with 3:10 to go in the game and an 11 point lead. With the Permian defense pressing too hard, a draw play busted open for 20 yards. This gain would almost guarantee the victory. Just when it seemed all was lost, the Permian defense came up with a big play causing a fumble and recovering it 35 yards from the end zone. With 2:30 to go in the game and needing two scores, it was still a near impossibility.
An outside run took Permian down to the 11 yard line with 1:40 to go. A short gain followed by a defensive penalty left them at 1st and goal at the 2. Again the Yates defense stood strong. On fourth and goal at the 5, a screen pass for no gain ended Permian’s hopes. The Lions knelt the ball in victory formation to take the win 14 to 3.
1985 Houston Yates 14, 1989 Odessa Permian 3
Yates 0 14 0 0 —- 14
Permian 0 0 3 0 —- 3
10:50 YATES – 5 yard TD pass
0:10 YATES – 2 yard TD run
2:20 PERMIAN – 31 yard FG
Rushing: 33 carries, 120 yards 1 TD, 2 fumbles, 0 recovered
Passing: 9 of 19 completions, 126 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Penalties: 9 for 103 yards
Big Plays: 4
Rushing: 32 carries, 66 yards, 0 TD, 1 fumble, 0 recovered
Passing: 7 of 25 completions, 39 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Penalties: 1 for 10 yards
Big Plays: 6