After jumping out to a 21-7 lead at the break, Plainview found little success in the second half, as Bethany scored 24 unanswered points on its way to a 31-21 win on Friday night at Indian Field.


After jumping out to a 21-7 lead at the break, Plainview found little success in the second half, as Bethany scored 24 unanswered points on its way to a 31-21 win on Friday night at Indian Field.

The Indians caught some breaks in the first half, which led to the 14-point cushion. But three-straight turnovers to start the third quarter, proved to be too costly for the hosts.

Plainview took the kickoff to open the third quarter, but after going three-and-out, had its punt blocked, setting up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ryley Claborn to Matt Branscum. The Indians blocked the extra point, as they held on to a 21-13 lead.

On third down deep in its own territory, Bethany blitzed Plainview and came up with a fumble recovery. A few moments later, Devin Campbell made it 21-19 with a 13-yard touchdown.

The Indians threw an interception on their next possession and Campbell made them pay again, this time from 1-yard out. The touchdown gave Bethany a 25-21 lead as it had erased a 14 point deficit in less than 8 minutes.
Campbell added a 19-yard touchdown with 11:28 to go in the fourth to make it 31-21.

“Technically, we didn’t change anything that we were doing. The team just settled down and started making plays. Defensively we were just chasing them in the first half,” Bethany coach Reagan Roof said.

“We made some big plays early in the second half and once we got the momentum, we never let them have it back.”

Campbell accounted for four touchdowns on the night, as he scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter.

“He had a big game, he carried us all night,” Roof said. “He’s a special athlete, but he’s a competitor, too. Combine those two things and you have a really special player.”

Plainview’s offense didn’t get a single first down in the second half.
After the game, Plainview coach Chris Berus delivered a heartfelt speech to his players.

“I know it hurts,” Berus said. “But the reason it hurts so much, is because each of you had so much invested in it. I don’t like losing, but this doesn’t change how I feel about any of you. I love everyone of you. There wasn’t a moment out there tonight, where I didn’t think anyone wasn’t giving it everything he had.”

The Indians jumped out to a 14-7 lead behind a couple of Blake Campo touchdowns, then late in the second quarter Chad Smith hit Gary Heller with a 10-yard touchdown pass to go up 21-7.

The loss snapped an eight-game win streak, as the Indians end the season at 8-4. Bethany (9-3) advances to face Cascia Hall in the third round.

Eric Spruill
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