Indians’ offense efficient against Valliant
Plainview dominated on both sides of the football Friday night, outgaining Valliant 494-123 in yardage, as they rolled to a 34-0 victory over the Bulldogs at Indian Stadium.
Plainview (2-1) scored on its first two possessions. Austin Carrera scored on an 11-yard run on the game’s fourth play that ended a 65-yard drive that took just 93 seconds. A three-and-out by Valliant, and the Indians had the ball again. This time it took 11 plays but had the same result. Carrera ran it in from 13 yards out for a 14-0 Plainview lead.
“Everyone executed well tonight on both sides of the football,” Plainview coach Chris Berus said. “We had an opportunity to play a lot of people, and the execution was consistent with the second and third teams. It shows that the coaches are doing an excellent job of preparation and the players have confidence in the plan.”
The margin of victory could have been worse had the Indians not lost three fumbles and committed 105 yards in penalties. The next two Plainview possessions ended with lost fumbles, but the Indians got on track again in the second quarter.
A four-play, 61-yard march by Plainview culminated with quarterback Taber Jordan hitting Chase Brooks over the middle with a 9-yard touchdown pass.
Plainview’s next try with the football was brief as well. James Bowker scored on a 5-yard dash around left end to give the Indians a 28-0 halftime lead. The run ended a 4-play, 57-yard drive that took just two minutes to complete.
By halftime, Plainview had 297 offensive yards to Valliant’s 81. The Indians’ defense simply would not allow the Bulldogs offense to get going.
Late in the opening frame, a Plainview fumble had the Bulldogs set up at the Indian 31-yard line. But on the next play, Brooks picked off a pass by Valliant quarterback Brandon Hairrell at the Plainview 10 to end that threat.
After a 16-play, 64-yard drive by Valliant (2-1), that took 8:03 off the clock stalled at the Plainview 5-yard line, the Bulldogs attempted a 22-yard field goal. It flew wide left, and the Indians took over at their 20-yard line.
In the third quarter, a 54-yard run by senior Brandon Nowell moved the ball to the Valliant 26-yard line. Two plays later, Nowell skirted left end for the game’s final touchdown at 2:46.
Jordan had 92 rushing yards on 10 carries and was 7-of-13 through the air for 99 yards. Nowell had three carries for 77 yards and caught three passes for 55 yards.
Justin Strawderman had 73 yards on 10 carries, Bowker had four carries for 57 yards and Carrera had 50 yards on five carries.
The Indians head to Alumni Field Friday night to take on the Madill Wildcats (3-0) in a key District 3A-4 matchup.
“We have a big week ahead of us. We go to Madill Friday night, and we will be challenged,” Berus said. “Coach (Milton) Cooper does a great job with the Wildcats, and he has them rolling right now.”