Last year’s game came down to a game-winning drive by Plainview. What will happen at Indians Stadium on Tuesday?

Last year’s game came down to a game-winning drive by Plainview. What will happen at Indians Stadium on Tuesday?

Though Sulphur (2-5, 1-3 District 3A-2) enters tonight with a losing record, part of an uncharacteristically sub-.500 year, the Bulldogs have weapons offensively that Plainview will have to account for.

Defensive accountability has been key for the Indians in district play. Plainview (4-3, 4-0) is on a four-game winning streak and only needs a win tonight to ensure that next week’s game at Madill is for the district championship. Madill faces Marietta in non-district play tonight.

“We have to chase the football,” Plainview offensive/defensive line coach Michael Garrett said. “If we have a couple kids taking a down off, their quarterback can make big plays.”

That quarterback is Ty Williams, who has been the fulcrum of Sulphur’s attack this season. Last week, Madill held Sulphur to its lowest point total of the season (14), one of few teams that have contained the 6-foot, 175-pound junior. Williams had 116 all-purpose yards against the Wildcats after pounding Marlow for 114 yards rushing and 123 passing the week prior.

Williams, along with running backs Tylor Graves and Caleb Neal, should provide Plainview with a taste of what Madill will line up with on Oct. 29.
“He’s gonna make his plays,” Garrett said of Williams. “A football player of his caliber is gonna have a good game. He has the confidence to give up 25-30 yards to make a big play.”

One of the players chasing down Williams will be senior defensive tackle Tyler Winnard, who played with a broken right hand in a 37-21 win over Lone Grove last week. Winnard will play with a hard cast on tonight but Plainview will rotate senior tackles Paul Ray and Jeff Henry in on defense to give him a spell.

The 6-2, 275-pound Winnard, who recently added North Texas to the list of schools who are interested in him, will also line up at his usual left tackle spot.

Offensively, Plainview may be able to break loose for the third time in four weeks. Sulphur’s defense is giving up more than 30 points per game which bodes well for running back Blake Campo, who had 285 yards and 5 TDs against Lone Grove last week.

Last season, Plainview went into Sulphur and escaped with a climatic 19-14 win. That victory set up a district championship scenario with Davis in District 2A-4.

If the Indians can beat Sulphur again, they’ll set up another exciting district finish.

One game stands in their way.

Erik K. Horne


Sulphur at Plainview

  7:30 p.m. tonight at Indians Stadium
  Records: Sulphur 2-5, 1-3 District 3A-2; Plainview 4-3, 4-0
  AP records: None
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