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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • District title race heating up

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  • By Scott Joiner scott.joiner@ardmoreite.com Plainview and Dickson meet on Friday in a clash of District 4-3A football powers. The Indians are undefeated on the season and 4-0 in district play, coming off a 69-3 thrashing of Atoka last week. On the other end of the spectrum is Dickson. The Comets started the season on a 6-0 roll before losing to Purcell, 41-6, in Week 7. “They're going to be fired up and ready to go,” Plainview coach Chris Berus said. “Just a few mistakes here and there and it's a lot closer ball game (last week). “They're shoring up those mistakes and working their tails off to get after the Indians.” The district rivals meet for the 40th time on Friday, with Plainview holding a 30-9 record against Dickson. The overall record may favor the Indians, but Berus said close proximity between the schools makes for an exciting atmosphere on game day. “We're always excited about playing Dickson,” Berus said. “It's a local game. We know each other real well, the kids go to church together. We see each other at Walmart. “They get up for Plainview rather easily and I think we do the same when we play them.” An Indians' win would be the 250th regular season victory in school history. Plainview is 249-165-1 overall in the regular season. Plainview beat Dickson, 49-0, when the teams met last season. Berus knows his team is in for a much tougher ballgame this time around. “They're playing some good football right now,” Berus said. “Coach Reed has gone to that flexbone, triple-option offense and they run it really well. “He's given those kids an identity offensively. That system fits those kids and what they do.” Berus said his team's approach to the season has made a huge difference, resulting in success on the field. “My hats off to our kids, especially the senior leadership this group has brought,” Berus said. “Our practices are really good. We're intense in practice and fluid. Our kids enjoy the time it takes to prepare and get ready for a ball game. “When you have that component, it makes the season a lot of fun.” The Indians have won 11 district titles in school history and two under Berus. But, the Indians aren't looking too far ahead. “Our kids are hungry and we know we haven't accomplished anything yet,” Berus said. “The district title is still at stake. There are teams with no losses or one loss in district. “The next three games are going to determine where we fall in the district race.”

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