Plainview finding rhythm in district play

You have to give the Plainview Indians football team credit. The young squad knows how to take a punch.

It also knows how to get back up off the mat and sock its next opponent square in the jaw.

Two times this season, the Indians have taken beatings on the gridiron — in a season-opening 40-7 loss to top-ranked Tuttle, and in the team's first district game of the season against Madill, where the Plainview defense surrendered 59 points and over 500 yards to quarterback Paten Bond.

After each of those losses, the Indians rebounded to win its next two contests, with the scores becoming more lopsided as the weeks progressed.

Now, a week removed from a 35-7 shelling of the Purcell Dragons on the road, Plainview will finally look to keep the good times rolling as the Indians (4-2, 2-1 District 3A-4) host Atoka (1-5, 0-3).

Atoka has struggled mightily in district play, suffering blowout losses at the hands of Dickson (57-17), Lone Grove (38-6) and Sulphur (62-13).

Meanwhile, Plainview has begun to blossom on offense as junior quarterback Taber Jordan has become more comfortable in coach Chris Berus' option offense. After scoring just 25 total points in the team's opening two contests, Plainview has scored no less than 34 in the four contests since, in which the Indians are 4-1.

Much of the credit also belongs to the rebuilt lines, both on offense and defense, which replaced almost every starter in the trenches. Plainview was in complete control of the line of scrimmage in the win over Purcell, holding the Dragons to just over 200 total yards of offense while piling up yardage on gashing runs where Jordan, Austin Carrera, James Bowker and the other Indian backs had enormous holes to run through.

The start of the season has not always been easy for Berus and his Plainview squad, but the Indians finally appear on the verge of a big run, just in time for the meat of the district schedule.

Spencer White