Whether on offense, defense or special teams, no phase was safe for Marlow as No. 6 Plainview pushed the scoreboard to the brink, Friday, outlasting the Outlaws 67-48 in the opening round of the class 3A playoffs at Plainview Stadium.

 Whether on offense, defense or special teams, no phase was safe for Marlow as No. 6 Plainview pushed the scoreboard to the brink, Friday, outlasting the Outlaws 67-48 in the opening round of the class 3A playoffs at Plainview Stadium.

The victory sets up a rematch with No. 1 Jones at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Jones.

These two teams met in the state finals last season, with the Longhorns winning 16-6.

Plainview scored 10 touchdowns in the win, and through three and a half quarters it appeared they’d need every one of them as the Indians and Outlaws traded touchdowns in a neck-and-neck scoring barrage from Plainview Stadium.

Despite giving up 458 yards, Plainview’s defense came up big when it mattered the most, forcing three turnovers in the fourth quarter; none bigger than a 76-yard pick-six by Plainview’s Tyler Yakubchik to give the Indians a double digit lead that they’d never surrender. 

“It was a barn burner until the middle of the fourth quarter,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

“We got two interceptions and a fumble in the fourth. That was huge. It was one of those deals where you just keep hanging in and eventually something will go your way.”

The game began a bit wacky with Plainview and Marlow trading special teams touchdowns on three consecutive kicks. 

The Outlaws struck first with Marlow receiver Dawon Huddleston returning a punt 88-yards to take an early lead. Plainview Blake Nowell responded on the ensuing kickoff, returning the ball 77 yards to the house to give the Indians a 7-6 advantage before Huddleston struck again on the next Plainview kick, reeling off a 95-yard return to give Marlow a 12-7 lead.

While the special teams explosions ended after both teams started playing keep away from the others receivers, Marlow and Plainview’s offenses picked up where the special teams left off in the second quarter.

Price said his team had a special game on the offensive end.

“We had a great game plan and we executed,” he  said. “Our coaches made some great calls down the stretch and it was just an all-around great effort by the kids.”

Plainview racked up 450 yards in the win, and quarterback Spencer Somerville accounted for a majority of the production with 367 yards and 5 total touchdowns.

Somerville set up the Indians for their first offensive touchdown of the game, connecting with Grant Gorrell on a 35-yard pitch and catch. 

One play later, the Plainview offensive line pushed the pile and the churning legs of running back CJ Jefferson into the endzone to give Plainview a 13-12 lead. Jefferson rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the win.

Marlow reclaimed the lead after running back Wyatt Bergner punched it in from 4 yards out  and Will Coffman connected with Huddleston for a successful 2-point conversion.

Plainview pulled even later in the second quarter after Somerville connected with Tyler Yakubchik on a 34-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 20-20. Yakubchik led Plainview in receiving with two receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown in addition to two interceptions and a touchdown on the defensive end.

On the next drive, Marlow running back Tag Allen broke off a 61-yard touchdown rush, but Plainview got the final say of the first half, bringing the game to 27-27 after a 5-yard quarterback keeper by Spencer Somerville.

Plainview picked up where they left off in the third quarter, scoring on their opening drive of the second half. 

CJ Jefferson took his second trip to the end zone, this time from 10 yards to give the Indians a 34-27 lead.

But just like in the first half, Marlow’s offense answered accordingly, with Wyatt Bergner snapping off a 43-yard touchdown rush to bring the game even at 34-34.

The scoring see-saw flipped back in Plainview’s favor on their next possession, with Sommerville showing off both his speed and his strength, stiff arming a Marlow defender before hitting another gear down the sidelines on a 65-yard touchdown rush.

Marlow gave their final answer with a rushing touchdown on their next possession to bring the game even at 41-41. 

Plainview took the final lead of the game after Somerville connected with receiver Blake Nowell on a 19-yard pitch and catch to give the Indians a 48-41 lead to close out the third quarter. Nowell caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown in addition to his 77-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.

After giving up 41 points through three quarters, Plainview’s defense flipped a switch in the fourth. Yakubchik gave the Indians a 54-41 lead after making a break on a slant route and returning the pick 76-yards for a touchdown. 

On Marlow’s next possession Plainview’s Tyler Berryhill poked the ball free on the exchange and Britton Sperry made the recovery, giving the Indians the ball on Marlow’s 25 yard line.

Somerville then went for the jugular, connecting with Lane Ross on a 5-yard touchdown pass to give the Indians a 61-41 lead. 

Somerville racked up 162 yards and three touchdowns on 7-for-11 passing and rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. 

Unfortunately for Marlow, Plainview’s turnover spree wasn’t quite finished. On Marlow’s next possession Yakubchik made the Outlaws pay with his second interception before being tackled just short of his second pick-six of the game on the Marlow 3 yard line.

Plainview running back Jaxon Clemons would cash in on the next play with a three-yard touchdown rush to give the Indians a commanding 67-41 lead. The Outlaws would respond with one final touchdown, but it would not be enough.

Marlow and Plainview will meet again next year as the Outlaws join district 3A-4.