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  • Plainview upended by No. 1 Tuttle in opener

  • Plainview coach Chris Berus said Tuesday that he wanted to see what his team was made of in a matchup against 3A's top ranked squad, the Tuttle Tigers.
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  • Plainview coach Chris Berus said Tuesday that he wanted to see what his team was made of in a matchup against 3A's top ranked squad, the Tuttle Tigers.
    And after a 40-7 loss in the No. 5 Indians' season opener, Berus may not be entirely sure of what he has on his hands.
    "First of all, Tuttle is a great football team and it was obvious tonight," Berus said. "Now, hopefully, as coaches and players we can make the adjustments necessary to be a better team next week.
    "We're figuring out who we are, so now we can make the adjustments."
    In a matchup of preseason powerhouses, only one of the teams at Indians Stadium looked like a title contender, and it became obvious at the halfway point of the contest that it wasn't the team in red.
    Tuttle, who looked bigger, faster and stronger from the outset, had its way with the rebuilding Indians from the start. Tiger starting running back Jesse Gregory piled up 186 rushing yards and a touchdown, quarterback Connor Koons threw three first-half touchdowns and the Tigers cruised to a 28-0 lead at intermission.
    "I didn't have our kids prepared to go execute against them, and that's fully my fault," Berus said. "You never know what you have until you go out there and play, so now we have an idea."
    While the Tuttle offense appeared to be firing on all cylinders, Plainview's unit struggled to get out of the gate early. Between junior Taber Jordan and senior James Bowker, the team failed to complete a pass in the first half, while the venerable Indians rushing attack was kept in check.
    Jordan finished 2-of-13 for 28 yards and an interception, while Bowker was 1-for-3 for three yards. Jordan also ran for 55 yards on 14 carries, while junior Austin Carrera had a quiet night, picking up 42 yards on just four carries.
    Defensively, a rebuilt Plainview defensive front simply couldn't match up in the trenches with a beefy Tuttle offensive line, as the Tiger offense opened holes all over the field for Gregory to slice through.
    "They wore us out up front, plain and simple," Berus said. "We just have to get better, and that comes through repetition and learning where you made your mistakes."
    When Gregory wasn't gashing the Indians for yards on the ground, Koons showed an efficient and poised command of the Tiger air attack. The senior finished the game with 11 completions on 17 attempts for 169 yards and four touchdowns.
    Plainview defensive back Jordan Rickets did intercept Koons early in the second quarter, but the offense was unable to take advantage of the turnover.
    Plainview finally got on the board at the start of the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Bowker, but the game was effectively decided at that point.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We still have strong kids, fast kids, quality kids, they're just inexperienced," Berus said. "Right now, (Tuttle) is the best in 3A, and now our kids understand what that is.
    "It's up to them to respond."
    Spencer White
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