A future and former district foe awaits Plainview in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs with the Indians (8-2, 5-1) hosting the Marlow Outlaws (5-5, 4-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Plainview Stadium.

A future and former district foe awaits Plainview in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs with the Indians (8-2, 5-1) hosting the Marlow Outlaws (5-5, 4-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Plainview Stadium. 

In 2015, the Marlow Outlaws left district 3A-4 for 3A-3. 

Now the teams reunite for the first time as Marlow is set to join Plainview’s district in 2018.

Both Marlow and Plainview will enter the playoffs with each carrying three game winning streaks. 

Plainview coach Joe Price said the Outlaws will be tough test for his team.

“They’re physical on the offensive and defensive lines and they got a good quarterback and receiver that do a good job of hooking up on deep balls,” he said. 

Marlow has averaged 32 points per game on offense this year, highlighted by a 70-15 scoring display against Comanche earlier in the season, while Plainview’s defense has given up just 13 points per game this season.

Price said containing Marlow’s balanced offense, led by senior quarterback Will Coffman and rangy senior receiver Dawson Huddleston will be key if the Indians are to advance.

“They don’t throw it a ton but they’re pretty effective when they do,” Price said. “We got to stop the run because they run the ball more than they throw it, but they make their big gains in the passing game.”

But Marlow’s defense, which has given up over 24 point per game will also have its hands full in containing Plainview’s offense.

Plainview quarterback Spencer Somerville has given defenses fits all year, both inside and outside of the pocket. The quarterback comes into the game averaging 100 yards on the ground and 103 yards through the air this season. 

Somerville is joined by Plainview running back CJ Jefferson who has exploded the last few weeks and comes into the matchup averaging 73 yards per game on the ground, and Plainview receiver Blake Nowell, who has stretched out opposing defenses all season, averaging 40 yards per game as Somerville’s primary receiving target.

Plainview owns a 3-1 edge over the Outlaws in their last four matchups. 

In their last game in 2015, Plainview won 36-27. 

Marlow beat Plainview 19-13 in 2014.

Plainview and Marlow have faced a common opponent this season. 

Plainview beat Elgin 27-12 this year while Marlow fell to the Eagles 26-6.

Price said the main key to Plainview succeeding in the matchup will be matching Marlow’s physicality and limiting their big plays.

“I think it’ll be a physical game,” he said. “We’re going to have to go out there and match their physicality. Defensively we’re going to have to limit their big plays.”

The winner of the matchup will either face No. 1 Jones (10-0, 6-0) or Chandler (3-7, 3-3) on the road next Friday night in the second round of the playoffs.

Jones and Plainview met in the state finals last season with the Longhorns winning 16-6.