LUBBOCK - An incredible 62-yard field goal by Odessa Permian's Russell Wheatley and Wheatley's extra point after Permian's touchdown with 2:55 remaining gave the Panthers a 10-9 victory over the Longview Lobos Saturday night in a Class AAAA semi-finals football game.
Longview, which entered the game with a 13-0 record, grabbed a 9-3 lead with only 7:55 left when quarterback Llewellyn Fambles bucked into the end zone from one yard out on fourth down.
The score was set up on an interception by Johnny Fuller, who returned the ball 31 yards to the Permian 7.
But, Mark Bolton, who kicked a 28-yard field goal for Longview with 11:13 left to tie the game at 3-all, missed the point after.
Longview was forced to punt deep in its own territory, and an 18-yard kick gve Permian the ball on the Lobo 36.
The next play, Panther quarterback Kris Howard hit Ricky Ross on a 35-yard pass play. Three plays later, Johnny Houser banged into the end zone from the one, and Wheatley added the winning extra point.
Wheatley had booted a 62-yard field goal with 7:18 left in the first quarter. It was the only score until the 4th quarter action.
Permian will play Port Neches-Groves in the AAAA championship game.