Everything Plainview coach Chris Berus put his team through — from the scrimmage with Millwood to the rugged non-district schedule that featured two Texas powerhouses and Class 4A’s No. 5-ranked Clinton — came to fruition on Friday night at Alumni Field where the Indians clinched the District 3A-2 title. Just like after their first three losses, they found a way to scrap back. Trailing 21-7 in the third quarter, Blake Campo scored two touchdowns to tie the game up to force overtime, and Sam Waters drilled a 21-yard field goal in the second overtime to knock off Class 3A’s No. 4-ranked Madill, 27-24.


Everything Plainview coach Chris Berus put his team through — from the scrimmage with Millwood to the rugged non-district schedule that featured two Texas powerhouses and Class 4A’s No. 5-ranked Clinton — came to fruition on Friday night at Alumni Field where the Indians clinched the District 3A-2 title. Just like after their first three losses, they found a way to scrap back. Trailing 21-7 in the third quarter, Blake Campo scored two touchdowns to tie the game up to force overtime, and Sam Waters drilled a 21-yard field goal in the second overtime to knock off Class 3A’s No. 4-ranked Madill, 27-24.

Plainview (6-3, 6-0 District 3A-2) dominated the line of scrimmage, paving the way for a monster effort from Campo, who carried the ball an astounding 55 times for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Campo finished with 336 all-purpose yards, and missed one series after suffering an injury.

After the game Campo didn’t even know what the injury was or when it happened. He was just happy they got the win.

“I don’t even know which one (injury) you’re talking about. I’m all beat up,” Campo said with a grin, as he looked at his battle scars. “Our gameplan, was just to come out here and win. My job is to get behind those big uglies and run. We have the best line in the state, they keep blocking like that and we’re going to go a long ways.”

After Campo scored a 3-yard TD on the first possession of the game, Madill took control. It wasn’t that the Wildcats were dominating, they were just making big plays.

Madill (8-1, 4-1) quarterback Spencer Bond broke a 21-yard run to give the Wildcats first-and-goal inside the 5-yard line and three plays later, Caleb Muncrief scored a 3-yard touchdown to tie it up at 7-7.

Madill won a battle of will early in the second quarter, when a pass appeared to have been intercepted, but Wildcats’ receiver Ethen Hoedebeck ripped the ball out of the defensive back’s hands and raced to the end zone for a 73-yard score to make it 14-7.

Midway through third, Muncrief used his speed to run right up the middle of the Plainview defense for a 66-yard TD run, giving the Wildcats a 21-7 lead.

“They big played us. They had three big plays. Other than that, we pretty much shut them down. Madill’s a great football team, and they are going to have success in the playoffs. Spencer Bond, Caleb Muncrief, those are great players and that’s what they do every game,” Berus said.

Plainview made some big plays down the stretch, but none of them covered more than 15 yards.

Late in the third, facing third-and-12 from its own 43, Plainview quarterback Chad Smith hit Will Roberts with an 11-yard pass. On fourth-and-1, Campo picked up seven yards and the first down. Three plays and a Madill unsportsmanlike conduct penalty later, Campo broke free for a 15-yard touchdown to make it a one-score contest.

Plainview’s defense was stiff throughout the game. Madill was limited to just three first down’s the entire second half. And a quick three-and-out early in the fourth quarter, gave the Indians the ball with 11:00 remaining.

Campo rushed 11 times for 70 yards on a 14-play, 85-yard drive, which he capped off with a 5-yard TD run to tie the game with 5:13 left to play.

In the first overtime period, Madill got the ball first, and after going backwards, kicker Arturo Flores bailed them out with a 37-yarder to give them a brief 24-21 lead.

Plainview had limited success on its drive, and Waters drilled a field goal from 22 yards out.

Plainview got it first in the second overtime period and again it was Waters, this time from 21 yards to make it 27-24.

Madill fumbled on its second offensive series, giving the Indians the win.

“We’ve been working for this moment and the postseason, since November. Games are won and lost on the line of scrimmage. These guys never got down, they just kept working to get better every single day,” Berus said. “We got some breaks, but we made those breaks.

“If you looked at our sideline once tonight, you saw a team that truly believed they were going to win this game. If you win the hitting game, more times than not, you’re going to win the game.”

Muncrief led Madill with 90 yards on seven carries, while Bond completed 6-of-10 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Campo finished with 296 of the Indians’ 351 yards of total offense, and also had a 40-yard kickoff return.
Madill travels to Pauls Valley next Friday to end the regular season, while Plainview travels Kingston in a non-district contest.

Eric Spruill
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