Paten Bond was a one-man wrecking crew Friday night in Madill's 59-45 victory over Plainview at Alumni Field.
MADILL — Paten Bond was a one-man wrecking crew Friday night in Madill's 59-45 victory over Plainview at Alumni Field.
The senior quarterback ran over, around and through the Plainview defense with his legs. And when that didn't work, he went up top and threw the football over the Indian defenders.
On the ground, Bond had 35 carries for 238 yards and five touchdowns. Through the air, he was 19-of-30 for 277 yards and one scoring toss. He even picked up a key interception late in the game that sealed the win for the Wildcats.
Plainview quarterback Taber Jordan had his best game under center for the Indians, finishing with 376 all-purpose yards. The junior had 16 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown, and was 11-of-23 through the air for 214 yards and two scores.
"We knew this was a big game, and we worked hard all week in practice to get ready," Bond said. "We didn't take any days off this week because of the game's importance.
"Our offensive line did a huge job up front and opened up some big holes for me, and my receivers went and made plays."
Madill needed nine plays and 4 minutes to score first. Bond hit Joe Avery with a 6-yard scoring toss to end the drive.
The Wildcats (4-0, 1-0 District 3A-4) settled for a 27-yard field goal by Edgar Salinas to go up 10-0 on their next possession.
Plainview (2-2, 0-1) got its first scoring drive in the second quarter when they moved 75 yards on 16 plays and scored on a 30-yard Trey Tully field goal with 4:38 left before intermission.
But Bond and the Wildcats put up two more touchdowns before the half. A 24-yard run by Bond made it 17-3 a minute later, and an 8-yard scoring run by Gereall Jordan upped the lead to 23-3.
"Paten is a warrior," Madill coach Milton Cooper said. "He is an exceptional athlete and a wonderful young man. He has great downfield vision and excellent footwork. It's hard to tackle him."
With 34 ticks left in the half, Jordan hit Chase Brooks with a picture-perfect 65-yard touchdown pass. Brooks had slipped behind the entire Wildcat secondary, and his touchdown trimmed the lead to 23-10 at halftime.
The Wildcats scored on their first two possessions in the third. A 68-yard scoring run by Bond 16 seconds into the third put Madill up 31-10, and a 13-yard touchdown scamper by tailback Christian Gentis had the game almost put away.
Or, so many fans might have thought.
"When you're down by four scores in the second half, it's easy to give up," Plainview coach Chris Berus said. "But our players did not do that. They just kept working hard, and we had a lot of kids step up and make big plays to turn things around."
In the final eight minutes of the third, the Indians made a game of it. A 55-yard drive by Plainview ended with James Bowker running it around right end 11 yards for a touchdown to make it a 38-17 game.
Senior Brandon Nowell then picked off a Bond pass at the Wildcat 25-yard line and returned it all the way for a score to trim Madill's lead to 38-24. With 6 seconds remaining in the third, Jordan broke free and outran the Wildcat secondary for a 75-yard scoring scamper, cuting the deficit to 38-31 with 12 minutes remaining.
But in the fourth quarter, Bond and the Wildcats had an answer for every challenge they faced down the stretch.
Bond scored on runs of 13, 1 yard and 10 yards. With the Indians driving to make the game closer, Bond picked off a Jordan pass inside the Wildcat 5 with just under a minute remaining to cap off the win.
"We had a lot of tough situations tonight, especially in the second half, and Bond made a play when we had to have one," Cooper said. "This was a game between two evenly matched clubs that played out just about the way most people thought it would."