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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Carrera scores 5 TDs in Plainview win

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  • Plainview finished three points short of a school scoring record in Friday's 70-6 win over District 4-3A foe Dickson. The Indians led 35-0 by the end of the first quarter with the first eight plays on offense resulting in three touchdowns. Momentum immediately favored Plainview. The Comets fumbled the opening kickoff to set up the Indians at the Dickson 7 yard line. “We took advantage of the opening kickoff fumble,” Plainview coach Chris Berus said. “And, that's just our kids flying down the field and taking advantage of their mistakes.” After a false start, Austin Carrera scored from 12 yards out nearly untouched for a 7-0 Plainview lead. Carrera struck again after a stalled Dickson drive. The senior used a daunting wall of blocks to the home sideline, and cruised 80 yards for his second score of the night. “Austin is a great football player,” Berus said. “When you've got kids out there blocking like they do for him and creating those seams so he can do what he does well, it's fun to watch. You're proud of your kids when they do that.” The Indians' luck on the night can be summed up with a play during the opening drive of the second half. Gage Kennedy fired a pass to Steven Roberts that was defended well by the Dickson defensive back. Kennedy's route was undercut, but the pass bounced off the Comet defender's shoulder into the hands of Kennedy. The 66-yard pass put Plainview ahead 63-0. “That's when you know that things are going your way,” Berus said. “That's a pass that probably should've been an interception. It bounces off of them and our kid never quit on the play. A lot of time there is talk about being lucky, but sometimes you create your own luck.” Dickson avoided a shutout with a 20 play drive capped off by a Miko Blancett short-yardage touchdown in the last minute of play. The Indian starters showed passion on the sideline supporting their teammates as if a goal line stand was critical to the outcome. “Our kids have a lot of pride in our defensive unit,” Berus said. “When they scored late, our kids were frustrated about it. They have a lot of pride in what they're doing. It doesn't matter which group is on the field. Our kids are playing hard and the group on the sideline is supporting them extremely well. It's a complete team effort.” The depth of Plainview's roster was on display in the second half, when junior Chris Hamilton scored a touchdown and had five carries for 83 yards. “Chris is a fantastic athlete,” Berus said. “He's fast, he's' strong. In a lot of offenses, he would be a true fullback because he's such a physical kid. Our offense is a little bit different. He's a defensive starter. We try to keep from having kids going both ways as much as we can. He got to showcase his athleticism a little bit and did a good job.” Plainview will take on Pauls Valley on the road Friday.

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