With the prep football season just days away from kickoff, the Plainview Indians took a road trip northeast to take on the Ada Cougars in a controlled scrimmage Thursday.
Plainview coach Chris Berus has ties to Ada, and was pleased to be able to return home with his new squad.
As for the Indians squad itself, the progression of the team has been one of the key storylines in fall camp. A year removed from a 9-4 season that included a deep playoff run, Berus and his staff have had the unenviable task of replacing a large contingent of departed senior starters.
“Last year was the culmination of three years with that class,” Berus said. “They had their own flow, they understood all the little details that you take for granted on a veteran team.”
Reteaching those small things, and making them stick with the players, has been a top priority for Berus, especially along the offensive line, which will feature five entirely new starters.
One of the first things that Berus praised about his squad post-scrimmage was the improvement he had seen from the offensive line group.
“The pass protection was much better,” Berus said. “The depth has been good so far, the starters are playing well and I like what we’re seeing.”
Berus also took time to praise junior quarterback Taber Jordan, who is looking to replace one of the school’s best ever in Blake Campo.
“Taber threw the ball really well,” Berus said. “He had good touch and zip on a lot of his throws.”
Ada, a Class 4A program, is the second challenging opponent of the preseason for Plainview, following a scrimmage against Millwood a week ago. Berus said he relishes the challenge of taking on quality opponents when preparing for the grind of a 3A season.
“You want to play good teams to see how your boys will do,” Berus said. “When you challenge yourself early, it gives you a good idea of what you’re working with.”
Now, with the preseason almost finished and an opening season matchup against Tuttle looming, Berus will begin the task of opening week game preparation.
“Tuttle is a great team,” Berus said. “They’ve got a ton of kids returning, and they have a good pedigree.
“We can’t wait.”