Whatever frustration Plainview might have had lingering from its shootout loss against Madill last season was pretty much extinguished Friday night.
The Indians thoroughly dominated district rival Madill in all phases of the game, rolling to a 63-7 rout. Austin Carrera led the way, rushing for 158 yards on nine carries and returning a kickoff 94 yards for good measure.
Defensively, Plainview held Madill to 208 yards of total offense, 68 of which came on a touchdown run by Samuel Bond.
"Our kids executed and played hard," Plainview coach Chris Berus said. "We made too many mistakes, and defensively, they came out and hit us in the mouth. We stuffed them and didn't let them score."
Madill was able to drive the ball to the Plainview 11 on a 15-play opening drive, keyed by two fourth-down conversions. The Wildcats were forced to settle for a field goal attempt, which sailed wide.
"We were nervous on the first series," Plainview sophomore Dorian Fagan said. "We just played harder. This win means a lot; they are a good football team."
Plainview is also a good football team, something the Indians set about proving immediately after the missed field goal. It took the Indians four plays to drive 80 yards. Carrera ran it in from 23 yards out, and also had a 40-yard run on the drive.
"The line did a great job," Carrera said. "I can get five or 10 yards with the holes they open, and after that, I just tried hard for my team. We just came out and did what we had to do and took care of ourselves."
The Indian defense held Madill to three consecutive three and outs, while the offense did its work, scoring the next three times it had the ball. Taber Jordan scored on a six-yard run and threw two scoring strikes to extend the lead to 28-0. Steven Roberts caught the first pass from 27 yards out, and Jordan Rickets caught the second for a 17-yard touchdown.
Bond, who finished with 115 yards, was bottled up by an Plainview attacking defense. Kastin Spencer had a sack, and the defense provided few running lanes. Bond finally found some daylight and scored on a 68-yard run to close the gap to 28-7.
The Wildcats appeared to be gaining momentum when Gereall Jordan intercepted Taber Jordan on the ensuing drive. The Plainview defense rose up, held Madill to another three-and-out and, moments later, Rickets scored on a nine-yard run to extend the lead to 35-7, which stood going into the half.
"We are just not playing very well," Madill coach Milton Cooper said. "We are better than what we showed. To me, it's a question of the heart right now. It's just a question of the heart."
Special teams took over for the Indians in the second half, with Carrera leading the way. The senior ran back the kickoff 94 yards for the score. Plainview would also score on a 43-yard punt return by Vinny Martinez, who earlier set up a touchdown with a 56-yard return in the first half. Carrera also had a five-yard scoring run in the quarter.
Kelton Kelch ended all scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth period. Despite the one-sided score, Berus emphasized that there remains work to be done and the Indians remain a work in progress.
"It's about us being far from the best we can be," he said. "We don't judge ourselves on the scoreboard."
Plainview, 4-0 overall and 1-0 in district play, finished with 391 yards of total offense. Kelch finished with 57 yards and one score, all in the second half. Rickets had 34 yards and one score, and Jordan had 30 yards and one score. The quarterback was also 3-of-9 for 58 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Bond was 5-of-12 passing for 30 yards, finding Gereall Jordan three times for 26 yards.
Plainview will be on the road Friday when it travels to Sulphur. Madill (2-2, 0-1) will host Purcell. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.