PLAINVIEW — Plainview quarterback Spencer Somerville rushed for 158 yards on 25 carries and passed for 169 yards with five total touchdowns to help lead the Indians to a 36-27 victory over the Tuttle Tigers Friday night at Indian Stadium.

PLAINVIEW — Plainview quarterback Spencer Somerville rushed for 158 yards on 25 carries and passed for 169 yards with five total touchdowns to help lead the Indians to a 36-27 victory over the Tuttle Tigers Friday night at Indian Stadium.  

Plainview finished the game with 442 yards of offense to 430 yards for Tuttle. 

Somerville accounted to 327 of those yards by rushing or by passing.

Early action seemed to forecast a tough defensive struggle with neither team scoring in the first quarter. 

In the first 12 minutes the Tigers had three first downs, and the Indians had just one. 

But in the final three quarters it was the two teams’ offenses that stole the show. Plainview had a strong second quarter that gave them enough breathing room to gain the win. 

Tuttle came on strong in the fourth, but the Indians continued to score on enough possessions to maintain a comfortable lead.

“This was a great team win,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “Spencer did a great job with his decision making. He ran the ball well and threw it well and basically did a solid job of running the offense. 

“I thought our defense played well, especially in the first half,” Price added “We got the two interceptions that set up scores, and we came out with a good intensity.”

Two minutes into the second quarter, Plainview took the lead when Somerville broke over right tackle, weaved right and ran untouched 49 yards for a touchdown which put the Indians up 6-0. 

The drive started following an interception by Caleb Burson at the Plainview 27 yard line that stopped a strong drive by the Tigers.

The next Indian possession began at their own 17-yard line. 

Plainview used just six plays to move 83 yards with the score coming on a 7-yard pass from Somerville to Blake Nowell running a post route. The drive used just 1:48 of clock time.

With 2:42 left before intermission, Damon Landis nailed a 32-yard field goal that pulled the Indians ahead 16-0.

A pass interception by Tyler Berryhill at the Tuttle 28-yard line helped set up another Plainview score. 

With nine seconds left before halftime Somerville score on an 11-yard run around right end that gave the Indians a 23-0 halftime lead.

“Those two interceptions were big for us there in the second quarter,” Price said. “Our coaches did a good job of game preparation for this game. And we were in the correct spots to make some big plays that helped us.”

Tuttle (1-2), took the second half kickoff and drove it 68 yards for their first score. 

Ethan Glass took the ball around left end and tip-toed down the sideline 31 yards for a touchdown that made it a 23-7 game.

Plainview (2-1), and ranked No. 7 in Class 3A, kept pace later in the quarter when they drove 80 yards in eight plays to go up 29-7. 

The touchdown came when Somerville scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak with just over two minutes remaining in the third.

The Tigers scored on their final three game possessions to make things interesting. 

Taking the kick-off from Plainview, Tuttle started at their own 32-yard line and drove the 68 yards for a touchdown. 

A 7-yard run by Glass trimmed the Plainview lead to 29-13. Glass finished with 158 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.

Both teams now seemed to be moving offensively with relative ease. 

The Indians went on a 7-play, 51-yard drive and upped their advantage to 36-13 when Somerville circled left end and took it 10 yards for the score with 8:13 left in the game.

A 14-yard touchdown run by Tiger quarterback Carson Berryhill made it a 36-21 game with seven minutes left. 

Following a Tuttle defensive stop the Tigers drove 81 yards in 10 plays and scored on a 1-yard run by J.D. Eddy with less than a minute remaining. Berryhill finished the game 15-29-2 for 234 yards. In the fourth quarter he hit 10 passes in a row.

“It was a key for us to keep answering any score they got, and that’s what we did,” Price said. “Tuttle is a good team, especially up front. They have big people along the line, and they did a good job of protecting their quarterback. We were able to get a good lead early and then match scores with them in the second half. 

“Defensively we made enough solid plays to hold them at key points in the game,” Price added. “Having that good game play by our coaches and the solid effort from our players helped us get this important team victory.”

The Indians will celebrate Homecoming this Friday when they welcome the Lone Grove Longhorns to Plainview Stadium to open district play.

The week after they head to Pauls Valley to take on the Panthers in district play.