PLAINVIEW— With stars and stripes on their shoulder pads, Plainview's bend-but-don't-break defense and a strong ground game brought the Indians back to their winning ways Friday in a 27-12 victory over Elgin.
PLAINVIEW— With stars and stripes on their shoulder pads, Plainview’s bend-but-don’t-break defense and a strong ground game brought the Indians back to their winning ways Friday in a 27-12 victory over Elgin.
Plainview coach Joe Price said the win is just the beginning for the Indians.
“It’s a confidence booster,” he said. “You just gotta get over that first hump and then get rolling.”
It was military appreciation night at the home opener for the Indians. After a helicopter fly-over and a standing ovation for the veterans in attendance, Plainview’s defense took the field with Old Glory on their shoulder pads and socks.
But in the first two possessions of the first quarter, Plainview was caught on it’s heels as the Elgin ground game drove deep into Indian territory.
The game seemed to be following a troubling trend for the Indians following their season opening loss to Broken Bow where Plainview surrendered 22 points in the first half.
But the Plainview defense stiffened it’s spine, forcing the Elgin Owls to turnover on downs on consecutive trips inside the Plainview 15-yard line.
“The defense came up big,” Price said. “We were able to play some bend but don’t break defense and we got some turnovers off of it. The kids did a good job of hanging in there.”
After sustaining Elgin’s early barrage, Plainview deconstructed the Owl defense on the ground, as the Indian offense rumbled down the field on a unrelenting 89-yard drive.
Plainview quarterback Spencer Somervillle capped off the drive with a 24-yard scamper to bring the score to 7-0 early in the second quarter.
The drive took back the momentum for the Indians, and soothed an anxious home crowd.
In the second quarter, Plainview kept up it’s physical play, continuing their success in the run game. Wtih 3:31 remaining in the first half, Plainview running back CJ Jefferson shrugged of multiple Owl tackles to cap off another scoring drive for the Indians. After missing the PAT, Plainview then built a lead of 13-0.
The tides shifted abruptly in the second half.
Plainview fumbled the kickoff return and on the very next play, Elgin’s Jalen Wells brought the score to 13-6 after a 29-yard touchdown run. After another fumble gave Elgin the ball, Wells capped off a 64-yard scoring drive, with a 7-yard touchdown run to cut the Plainview lead down 13-12.
With Plainview seemingly reeling, Somerville shrugged off the pressure and broke the game open with an 85-yard touchdown run, bringing the score to 20-12 to end the third quarter.
Elgin, unfazed, drove right back down the field. But Plainview’s sure-handed defensive back Tyler Yakubchik doused the comeback bid with a massive interception with just 8 minutes left in the game.
With their first win of the season in sight, Plainview took advantage of the worn down Elgin defense.
The Indian’s prolific run game barrelled down the field, with running back Jermaine Scallion sealing the game with a 2-yard touchdown rush to increase their lead to 27-12.
Plainview rushed for 312 yards in the game. Spencer Sommerville racked up 123 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in addition to 25 yards passing.
Tyler Berryhill, Austin Teacle and Yakubchik led the way for the Plainview defense. Berryhill and Meade each finished with 10 tackles in the game.
Yakubchik finished with two interceptions and four tackles.
Though happy with the win, coach Price said the real heroes we’re the veterans the team had been working with and had the chance to honor Friday night.
“We’re all here doing what we want to do because of what they’ve done in the past. I just can’t say enough about the military and the things they do for our country to keep everybody safe,” Price said.
Plainview (1-1) will get their next game action on the road in Oklahoma City against U.S. Grant High School Friday night before returning home on Sept. 15 to face off against Tuttle.